2024 promises to bring additional programs.
Paper Bag Ladies of Rochester will continue to focus on assisting those who need to work in identifying interpersonal strengths, mental health goals and general wellness and personal stability.
We offer a variety of online programs as well as in person programs which include open studio art, farming, hiking, and creative writing.
In addition, we have a forest and nature program available for those seeking inner peace and reflection.
All programs are of no cost to participants.
Land of Misfit Toys
November 1, 2023 - January 6, 2024
A program where we collect used toys and redistribute to inner-city children in Rochester, NY so they have new adventures.
September 2023 - Ongoing
This outreach program provides hats, scraves, gloves and socks that are either new or hand-made which are then distributed to persons in need.
In the Media
Activists shine light on sex trafficking
Democrat & Chronicle Neeti Upadhye, Staff writer
On a scorching Friday afternoon, Jennifer Wolfley walked up and down Monroe Avenue with a red Adidas drawstring backpack, handing out condoms and food to prostitutes who approached her.
sharongrace.com Jennifer Wolfley
On behalf of Rochester Institute of Technology, The Department of Criminal Justice and English Departments,
A Tale of Two Mothers
RPD News Jennifer Wolfley
On a fall October day two mothers set out to go to work. Officer Kate kisses her children goodbye, concers herself with what is for dinner, the status of the laundry and other domestic child rearing concers. She puts on her clothes, a freshly pressed uniform, black boots, a Kevlar vest.L
Mary Cariola unknown
A Mother's Story: Where would he have all these opportunities for self growth and
Brighton couple provides a stable home to a little boy
Democrat & Chronicle Chris Swingle
On a December day in 2006, Jen Wolfley stood in the blowing snow in Rochester talking to a drug-addicted prostitute, one of many she helped as an outreach worker. Wolfley remembers the sun shone brilliantly even through the storm as the woman said she was likely pregnant.
Wolfley had known her for seven years. She'd seen her high on the street and in jail, where Wolfley led a support group for women.
"She said, 'I want you to take the baby.'"
There were plenty of reasons to say no. more...
Churches in Solidarity against Violence and Social Injustice
The Episcopal Diocese of Rochester Greater Rochester Community of Churches
6th Station: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus – Grace Urban Ministry Office at
the corner of Dewey Ave. and Driving Park
Speaker: Ms. Jennifer Wolfley, Director of Client Services, Grace Urban Ministries (Mary
Magdalene Women’s Outreach Center & Shalom Family Life Center)
New liberal arts courses bring societal issues to the forefront
RIT News & Events Will Dube
Jennifer Wolfley, adjunct professor
of English and criminal justice,
has dedicated her professional life
to increasing understanding and
assisting people involved with one
of America’s most prevalent, if little
talked about, social problems—
prostitution. As the longtime director
of Rochester’s Mary Magdalene
Outreach Center, she works to assist
prostitutes in getting off the streets
and rebuilding their lives, while also
enhancing public awareness concerning
the social effects of the issue.
Interesting people bring joy to others
Democrat & Chronicle Marketta Gregory
Sometimes people ask me to tell them about my most interesting interviews. They get really quiet,
expecting to hear me rattle off a list of famous names that I've scratched down in my skinny reporter's
Neighborhood Reacts to Arrest in Shaw Case
FOX 31 / WROC-TV 8 Evan Axelbank
The words have been passed down
through the ages, but Thursday night, on
Dewey Avenue and Driving Park Avenue in
Rochester, "thou shall not kill" has new
WHEC-TV Nikki Rudd
Rochester Police are teaming up with a
local outreach center, targeting people in
our community many tend to overlook: the
homeless, prostitutes, and people out of
Grace Urban Ministries needs volunteers, donations
Democrat & Chronicle Marketta Gregory
Looking for a place to help out during the holidays?
Grace Urban Ministries needs youth groups and others to provide warm meals on Tuesday nights. Plus, they need donations of personal
hygiene items, canned food, warm coats, boots, hats and gloves.
120 mourn A.J.; mother indicted
Democrat & Chronicle Donna Jackel and James Goodman,
Arthur J. Gibson Jr. was an outgoing, energetic child who loved playing video games, attending church and having his hair braided.