Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
A Court Appointed Special Advocate's mission is to train and supervise a diverse group of volunteers to advocate for children who have been abused and/or neglected. The children are at risk of being removed, or have been removed, from their homes. Our goal is a safe, permanent home for children as soon as possible. CASA becomes involved with a case by appointment from a Family Court judge. If interested, please contact Pat Slimmer at 586-2537 or [email protected]
Elderberry Express is a senior (55 and older) citizens transportation service for Pittsford residents and residents at 81 Linden Knoll in Brighton. All our volunteer drivers handle any valid senior activity. Service is free, but donations are accepted. The service operates Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 3 PM. If interested in volunteering, please the Elderberry Express at 248-6237.
Gifts in Faith
Gifts In Faith Through Solidarity (GIFTS) is the new name for Gifts to the Poor, but the purpose will not change. Gifts In Faith Through Solidarity will continue to award grants to organizations, projects and individuals on a monthly basis. Committee meetings will be held the second Monday of each month. All applications received by the Sunday preceding the monthly meeting will begin to be evaluated at the meeting. GIFTS is a method for the people of Transfiguration to direct a portion of the church's donations to an organization or individual in need. It begins with a need that has touched you personally - a call to help another. GIFTS will award grants to organizations, projects and individuals on a monthly basis.
Submit a Grant Request on behalf of that person, family or organization
A team of six parishioners reviews the applications on the second Monday of each month and determines whether to fund the Grant and the amount to be awarded.
This team seeks to ensure consistency in recognizing both the need and level of funding awarded.
The committee meets on the second Monday of each month.
Grant Requests received by the previous Sunday are considered and reviewed.
Link to grant request form is HERE. If you have any questions, please contact Father Mike.
In prior years we have raised $80,000 for 25 houses and 25 latrines for San Lucas, Nicaragua (each house is $6,400, however, due to a Nicaraguan Government match, our cost in only half). Specifically, twenty-one families in the village of La Manzana and four families in the community of El Mogote received these blessings. They are in many ways a forgotten people who live 5 ½ hours North of Managua. Eight people from Transfiguration traveled to these communities from February 20-24, 2017 and experienced firsthand the love, joy and gratitude these families have for our faith community. Our travelers were blessed with the experience of being in community with our brothers and sisters. Please view this video, produced by Food for the Poor, of our trip. https://youtu.be/uJl4i3_saDk
Next we raised funds for a water project that will include new piping, water intact tanks, wells and pumps that will serve over 1,100 people in El Mogote and La Manzana. The project details and costs can be viewed in these documents: La Mazana Phase 1, La Mazana Phase 2, El Mogote. However, due to instability in Nicaragua, Food for the Poor had to withdraw, we were not able to complete this project as planned.
Update in December, 2018 - After much time and prayerful discernment, we are pleased to announce that we are working through Food for the Poor with a new village in Macuelizo, Honduras. Please visit our display in the Gathering Area to see detailed information on this poor community situated in the northwest corner of Honduras near the city of San Pedro Sula.
We have agreed to help fund raise for safe, structurally-sound housing for the families of their community. Each house comes equipped with a two bedrooms, a living room and a personal sanitation unit. A healthy kitchen to house each eco-stove and water purification unit will be constructed outside each house on a concrete floor with a zinc roof. Ten fruit trees will planted around each house. Each home costs $8100.
There has been a matching gift offered by some generous parishioners for the housing project: They have offered to match dollar for dollar up to the value of two houses, a value of $16,200. It is our hope that donations can meet this match by February 18, 2019 when 18 people comprised of five teens and 13 adults will be traveling to Macuelizo.
In addition, we have agreed to construct and furnish a Bakery for the Sabaoth Baking Group in Macuelizo. They are a group of 12 women and two men who currently operate out of an inadequate and unhealthy “kitchen space”. This formal bakery will increase employment for residents and reduce respiratory and vision ailments as well as providing wholesome food.
Update in March, 2019
A group of parishioners and teens was able to visit Macuelizo in February, 2019. Below is the reflection of one of the teens who participated in that missionary visit.
Contact Lauren Burruto at [email protected] if you are interesting in sharing your time, talent and treasure with our ministry for this important initiative for Winter 2019.
Twice per month a team of volunteers brings Communion to individuals at the Highlands of Pittsford. If you are interested in joining the team, please contact Margie Benza in the parish office.
Hope for the Homeless
This is a ministry in collaboration with St. Mary's Church downtown to provide food, toiletries and basic health screening to chronically homeless men and women in and around downtown Rochester. Please contact Deacon Eric Bessette 264-1796 or via the Contact Us page of this website.
Kentucky Men's Retreat
This is an annual week long retreat in Boonville, Kentucky where we work with the poorest of the poor, praying with each other, getting to know and supporting each other. It is a powerful part of Men's Fellowship. The retreat is usually held in September. Please contact Deacon Pat DiLaura via the Contact Us page in this website if you are interested in learning more.
Kentucky Women's Retreat
A powerful week-long retreat in Boonville, Kentucky, where we serve the poorest of the poor while being spiritually renewed through prayer, communion and support of one another. This retreat is usually held at the end of April each year. Please contact Meg Kastner at the parish office if you are interested in learning more or participating in a future retreat.
Mercy Outreach Center
A sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Mercy, the center provides access to primary health care, dental care and advocacy services to the uninsured and the under-served as well as anyone in the community denied access to basic medical and dental care because of their lack of financial resources. Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dental assistants, dental hygienists, board members and office support staff are needed for this important ministry. Contact Don Campanelli at 248-3319 or visit the website www.mercyoutreachcenter.org.
Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (RAIHN)
The RAIHN ministry provides a transition for families (parents with children) that have temporarily lost their housing. These are truly homeless, but not the stereotypical image that comes to mind. They have lost their homes due to fire, loss of livelihood, illness, new to the Rochester area … many of the crises that you or I might encounter. The families are referred to the program and are pre-screened for addictions, abuse, and mental illness. They just need a break to get their lives back on track.
Volunteers can prepare a meal, share that meal or provide overnight support. This is a great opportunity for Transfiguration families to help the less fortunate. The facility is nearby in East Rochester. For more information, please click HERE. Contact Barbara Balzano at [email protected] if you are interested.
"Saint's Place is a volunteer organization based on Christian values, that provides household goods, clothing and education to legal refugees of all races and creeds who settle in the Rochester area to escape violence, discrimination and poverty". Located at 46 South Main Street, next to St. Louis Church, Saint's Place accepts donations (in good condition) of furniture, household items for kitchen, bath, bedroom and living rooms. Volunteers are needed to pick up and deliver donations, organize and sort household goods and clothing, and provide tutoring to newly arrived refugee children. Bulletin announcements inform our parishioners of the current needs of Saint's Place. Clothing in good condition can be donated at the Clothing Closet located at St. John of Rochester. If interested, please contact Rosemarie Burke (662-5569) [email protected]
St. Andrew's Food Pantry
St. Andrew's Food Pantry is looking for some birds, hams and a few good volunteers. Volunteers can work during the Pantry hours of operation, 9:30-11:30 AM, Tuesday- Friday. More volunteers are needed during the Christmas season. Call Margaret Oberst at 338-1764 if you would like to learn more. Donations are always accepted, especially frozen turkeys, canned hams, other canned foods, and cash donations. St. Andrew's Food Pantry is located at 890 Portland Avenue, Rochester NY.
School #39 Tutoring
With the poverty rate in the City of Rochester one of the worst in the nation, the affect can be seen most profoundly in children. Volunteers from Transfiguration visit once or twice a week during school hours, and partner with teachers to tutor elementary students in Math and Reading. The individual attention and extra assistance makes a world of difference for our young friends. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Helen Konz at [email protected]