In 2004, Rev. Jim Crowley, Senior Pastor at New Testament Christian Church in Greece, NY, together with the church elders and congregant Don Buongiorne, identified a significant need in Rochester for housing for men returning from prison. Through Elim Fellowship, Jim Crowley met Rev. Terry King, founder and Executive Director of Saving Grace Ministries, Inc. in Buffalo, and invited him to come and preach at NTCC. Reverend King’s passion and anointing were evident and touched the hearts of everyone present. Soon afterwards, a meeting was set up to explore the possibility of bringing the “Grace House” Buffalo model to Rochester. After three years of planning and preparation, a building on Amherst Street, near Monroe Ave. was purchased to become the first “Grace House” Rochester.
 Grace House received our first resident in January of 2008, our focus was on loving, serving and assisting each man that the Lord sent to us. That was a simple goal in the 6-bed residence we operated at the time. Now, 10 years later, with a total of 3 houses and 36 beds, our focus remains the same but the challenges are far greater. The staggering growth of Grace House Rochester has been completely overwhelming. This ministry would not be possible without the favor of God, the dedicated and self-sacrificing staff of SGMR, our committed volunteers and the numerous churches and ministries that have supported this work. This amazing story is truly a testament to the power of the Body of Christ at work in the city of Rochester. Our intention from the beginning was to duplicate the efforts of Saving Grace Ministries in Buffalo, NY. Under the direction of Rev. Terry King, Grace House Buffalo has been used by the Lord to transform countless lives and make a lasting impact on their community. SGMR has a current contract with NYS DOCCS to provide services for 20 parolees each day.
“Thank God for Grace House. You have given me back my son! My granddaughters now have their father back in their lives. I can’t thank you enough!” Carol Burdick “Prior to coming to Grace House, I had burned bridges with my family and was on a downward trajectory. The love and mercy I was shown at Grace House turned my rebellious heart around.” Daniel (Former Resident / NOW ON STAFF)
 Approximately 300 men enter Grace House each year. These men are provided with shelter, food, counseling, 24 hour supervision, and case management. SGMR has 8 employees who are dedicated to the welfare of our residents with 2 of our employees being graduates of the program. In addition to the state contract which covers a fraction of the cost to house each parolee, SGMR is supported by numerous local churches who share the vision of serving the needy in our community. Many individuals also give and volunteer at Grace House to help to serve our homeless residents. The recidivism rate has been a constant problem in the state of New York. Parolees tend to commit more crime and return to prison. The ministry (presence?) of Grace House has meant that fewer men are reincarcerated, therefore making a significant impact on the crime rate in the city of Rochester.

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