Jennifer Wolfley, Director of Outreach Services
(585) 748-8490 after 9:00 pm
Theodore Wolfley, Jr., Deputy Director
(585) 362-6386
Happy New Year 2024

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.
Crochet Project
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. more...

Rochester Starts Human Trafficking Court
Beth Adams
Starting this week, men and women arrested for prostitution on the streets of Rochester will face a new kind of court hearing. more...

Prostitution court views crime through different lens
Democrat & Chronicle
Jon Hand
Jennifer Wolfley never thought she’d see the day. more...

Rochester City Court To Feature Human Trafficking Unit
Caroline Tucker
There is a growing movement in New York State and across the country to get prostitutes off the streets and out of the legal system. Most are women who are breaking the law, but they are also victims of abuse. more...

Human Trafficking Concerns Become A
Just Us
Feminists for Life and the Gandhi Institute more...

Do The Right Thing Executive Board
Members more...

Jennifer Wolfley
On behalf of Rochester Institute of Technology, The Department of Criminal Justice and English Departments, more...

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 more...

Jennifer Wolfley
Paulette Swartzfager
Jennifer Wolfley more...

Mother's story
Mary Cariola
A Mother's Story: Where would he have all these opportunities for self growth and more...

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.

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) more...

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. more...

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 notebook. more...

Former prostitutes share experiences with Shawcross
Luciana Da Silva
At times Arthur Shawcross was nice and other times he was the focus of nightmares that is what two former prostitutes have told a woman who helped them turn their lives around. more...

"Dear John" Billboards Slated for Lyell Avenue
Rachel Barnhart
(Rochester, N.Y.) – It’s been a while since the issue made headlines, but there’s a new reminder that prostitution remains a scourge on Lyell Avenue. more...

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 meaning. more...

Women's Outreach
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 prison. more...

CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Lyell group wants tougher stand on prostitution
Tim Louis Macaluso
Like most parents, Shirley Pratt would like to think about college and her daughter's future. But right now, she says, she doesn't have that luxury. Her only concern is keeping her safe. more...

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. more...

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. more...

Going homeless: Social worker gets perspective
Democrat & Chronicle
Marketta Gregory
Of all days to become homeless, Jennifer Wolfley chose a day when the rain came down not in drips and dribbles but in streams. more...

A helping hand out on the streets
Democrat & Chronicle
Marketta Gregory
Jennifer Wolfley is a self-described poet, someone who observes and then communicates the truth. more...

NYS Thruway works to fight human trafficking
Jen Wolfley on WXXI's Need To Know - WATCH Human Trafficking In Monroe County - A Need To Know Special - YouTube [720p]
Jen Wolfley on WXXI's Need To Know