People thrive when community is lived out. At Open Door it is our goal to help change lives, but we cannot accomplish that on our own, it take a Community. There are many ways to support the Open Door Mission. Listed below are just a few ways in which you can partner with us to help restore hope and change lives. All donations support our programs to battle homelessness in the Rochester community. 

Monetary Donations

The easiest way to support our programs is to make a financial donation. This allows Open Door Mission to direct funds to our programs with the greatest need.  Your dollar makes a difference at Open Door Mission. 

  • EASY: We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express

  • SECURE: Our online donation form utilizes the highest level of security

  • PRIVATE: No third parties will have access to your information

Matching Gift Companies
When philanthropy is weaved through the inner workings of a company they succeed in more ways than one. Contact your employer to see if your company offers a matching gift program to their employees. 

Double your donation dollars with the support of your employer. 

Open Door Mission, Inc.
P.O. Box 14236
Rochester, NY 14608

(585) 454-6696 x1284


Christopher Scribani at (585) 325-3243 or cscribani@opendoormission.com

Food Donations

Donating food is just one of the many ways you can contribute to Open Door Mission. All food donations must follow Health & Safety protocols and be untouched. The items listed below are specific needs for the Open Door Mission. Please keep them in mind when making a donation:

  • Perishable items including: meat, cheese, milk, cereal and eggs.

  • All canned food

  • All prepared boxed food

  • Fruits and vegetables: Planting a vegetable garden this summer? Consider donating extra produce to Open Door Mission.


  • Butter

  • Breakfast Cereal

  • Powdered Coffee Creamer

  • Powdered drink mix

  • Toilet Paper

  • Bottled water

  • Coffee

  • Penne Pasta

  • Elbow Pasta

  • Salad Dressings

  • Juice


  • 8 oz. and Styrofoam cups

  • Table napkins

  • Elbow pasta

  • 9 in. disposable plates

  • 7 in. disposable plates

  • Butter

  • Paper towels

  • Bathroom tissue

  • Salad dressings

  • Breakfast Cereal


  • Butter

  • Coffee

  • Salad dressings

  • Maple syrup

  • Non-flour/ non-flavored cooking spray

  • Powdered drink mix/ assorted juices

  • Creamer

  • Turkey

  • Ham

  • Chicken/Beef broth

  • Paper towels

  • Bacon

  • Sugar

  • Potatoes

Special Food Policies:

  • All catering and restaurant services should contact Open Door Mission at (585) 454-6696 x114 prior to their delivery

  • Food should be untouched

  • Open Door Mission does not offer pick-up service for donations

  • Some food will not be accepted, including partial leftovers.

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Open Door Mission Caring & Donation Center
156 Plymouth Ave N.
Rochester, NY 14608

Clothing Donations

New and gently used clothing give the homeless community a fresh start to the day. With your donation men, women and children are able to depend on a warm jacket in the winter and an outfit for a job interview.

Please review our list of immediate needs and special policies and procedures. 

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Open Door Mission Caring & Donation Center
156 Plymouth Ave N.
Rochester, NY 14608


  • Coats

  • Gloves/ Scarves/ Hats

  • Boots (children and adults)

  • Socks

  • Hoodies

  • Long Underwear/ Thermals

  • Sweaters

  • Hand warmers

  • Blankets/ Sheets/ Pillows (please new)

  • Towels/ Wash cloths


  • Family-size Shampoo/ Conditioner

  • Large toothpaste/ Toothbrushes

  • Deodorant

  • Disposable Razors

  • Family Size Lotion

  • Sanitary Napkins

  • Body Wash/ Soap

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Nail Clippers

  • Brushes/ Combs

Coldwater House Needs

  • Twin size comforter- winter weight

  • Toys /Games/ Activities for kids play room

  • Books for Preteens

  • New socks / Underwear (All sizes)

  • Full size toiletry products

  • Toilet paper

  • Paper Towls

  • Beanbag chairs

  • New slippers

  • Winter boots with tread (all sizes)


80% of the selling price of your vehicle will go directly to The Open Door Mission.


While many individuals provide a lifetime of generous gifts for family, friends and organizations they care about, over half of U.S. adults do not have a will or other estate plan. Without a will, your estate will be divided according to the state in which you live. And the result may be very different from what you had wished, especially if your desire was not only to care for those you leave behind, but to leave a lasting legacy for the causes close to your heart.

The Open Door Mission can help make sure your wishes are followed. 

Christopher Scribani at (585) 325-3243 or e-mail cscribani@opendoormission.com

If you have already included the Mission in your will, please let us know so we can say “thank you.”


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