Charles Settlement House
Today Charles Settlement House is the only comprehensive human service provider centered in Northwest Rochester. We offer neighborhood-based programs for approximately 3000 children, teens, families and seniors each year. Additionally, we work with residents to build the capacity of the neighborhoods we serve.
Youth Development: Charles House has provided a wide array of youth programs over our entire 95-year history. We offer an asset-based youth development approach in all of our youth services that seek to empower and equip youth with life skills, knowledge and training through various clubs, activities, and programs that include: After-school program at Enrico Fermi School #17, Teen Club, Teens Active in Civic Engagement and THRIVE
Senior Services (71 Parkway): Our Senior Center offers a welcoming, safe and healthy haven for elder residents to gather, socialize, and participate in activities that help them maintain their independence. Annually 16,000 nutritious meals are provided in a group setting and 300 seniors participate in health and wellness programs, including a walking club, exercise classes, flu shots, and presentations about health and nutrition. The center provides servicesto a wide range of seniors, including a number of developmentally and physically disabled individuals. The center also serves a growing number of Somali residents, refugees who have resettled in Rochester from their native country.
Family Services (445 Jay Street): Charles Settlement House provides emergency food through its on-site food cupboard, as well as holiday baskets. A clothing closet offers essential clothes, coats, and shoes year-round to adults and children in need. Our case workers assist adults with employment, housing, agency forms, advocacy, counseling, budgeting & financial literacy, home repairs and lead remediation, and service coordination. Our bilingual (English/Spanish) staff provides translation services. Caseworkers help families resolve crises and work toward increased stability and improved quality of life.
Neighborhood Building: Charles House Neighbors In Action: As residents and groups attempt to improve their neighborhood, the leadership development and coordination of information and activities provided by the Charles House Neighbors in Action assures efforts have high-impact. Neighbors can come together to be heard, to work as citizens addressing pressing needs.