About Us

Our Story

The Ministry of Concern grew out of the Migrant Ministry committees of the  churches in Orleans and Genesee Counties in the 1950's.  Over time many  migrant workers resettled in our area and faced new problems such as job  and housing discrimination and economic hardship.  To meet their  year-round needs, the committee formed the Genesee Orleans Ministry of  Concern, incorporated in June 1968, to work with them and all of the  economically poor of the two county area.   

Today,  the Ministry of Concern provides services to the poor and working poor  who are facing hardship and/or crisis.  Our communities have been  greatly impacted by the loss of manufacturing jobs in the surrounding  urban areas.  As a result many families and individuals are  struggling.  

Who comes to us for assistance?

-   Adults and young people working for temporary agencies or working  several low paying jobs who find it difficult to afford home  furnishings. 

- Families and individuals struggling  to pay for utilities or prescription co-pays. 

- Older adults who have experienced a sudden loss in income due to the death of a spouse.  

- People just starting a job who need gas money to get to work until they get a pay check.

-  Families with children who are at risk of school failure turn to us for  youth development activities through Just Friends E-3 Team events and  adult role models. 

These  are just a few of  the situations faced by our neighbors who come to  the Ministry of Concern for  help when they have exhausted all other  sources of assistance.  

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The Ministry of Concern is here to lend a helping hand to our  neighbors to improve the overall vitality of our communities.  We are  encouraged by the words of Margaret Mead:

"Never  doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change  the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." 

 Please join us by donating, becoming a Coach (mentor), or helping out with special events and fundraisers.   

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