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First-Ever Service Truck Rodeo Comes to Rochester

In the Community: From Rochester Hope, Inc.

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Food Truck Rodeos may be all the rage for hungry individuals, but now Rochester’s first-ever Service Truck Rodeo will serve those hungry for social services that are often inaccessible to them. 

On Sunday, October 2, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., 13 social service organizations will set up their mobile units on the campus of St. Michael’s Church, 859 North Clinton Avenue, offering free services and information in one of Rochester’s poorest neighborhoods.

The event is being sponsored by Rochester Hope—a new organization dedicated to connecting individuals to existing services.

“Our mission is to connect people in need to the services they need most,” said Father Daniel Ruiz, volunteer director of Rochester Hope. “We operate in the heart of Rochester’s Latino and Black communities, where people either don’t know about the services available, or simply can’t afford the gas to drive to get to them. Our goal is to offer these Service Truck Rodeos on the first Sunday of each month, complementing the current charities we run such as Matthew’s Closet, the Sister Regis Food Cupboard, the community center at St. Michael’s and others.”

Organizations joining with Rochester Hope for the first first-Sunday event include Dress For Success, Eastman Institute for Oral Health, Flaum Eye Institute at URMC, Heritage Christian, The Housing Council at PathStone, Huther Doyle Substance Abuse Services, Jordan Health, Just Cause Legal Support, Lifespan Services for Older Adults, The Margaret Home, Trillium Health, UR Medicine’s Mobile Crisis Team, and UR Aging Institute and Division of Geriatrics. 

Monroe County Executive Adam Bello and Rochester City Mayor Malik Evans will join Fr. Daniel Ruiz for a brief press conference at 2 p.m. to commemorate Rochester Hope’s first-time event.

A free buffet lunch will be served from noon until 1 p.m., courtesy of the parishioners of St. Michael’s Church.

Rochester Hope, Inc. connects people in need with the services they need most. By identifying, supporting and bringing together existing service providers in select locations, as well as creating new services to fill unfulfilled needs, Rochester Hope improves life in inner-city neighborhoods lacking easy access to social services. With many of its core organizations having 30-plus years of service history, Rochester Hope serves approximately 89,000 mostly Latino and Black residents located in the northeastern quadrant of the City of Rochester, representing zip codes 14605, 14609 and 14621—neighborhoods that rank among the highest in the state for food-insecure communities, amplifying the effects of poverty on all areas of life, including education, health and security.

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