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.

I Remembered the Boy with the Yellow Pail

Fall 2011

We went to the beach and had a picnic

I held your small hand as we braved the waves washing our feet while balancing on the rocks

I heard you laugh

I laughed with you

You held my hand so tight, and you are so small and the water is so voluminous

I love you so very much.

Later, we went on a makeshift picnic and had crack and peel peanuts.

You really believe that the squirrels are coming for you, and that I should call the Easter bunny to tell them you have peanuts. That is some world you live in, and I am glad to be part of it.

Suddenly, this woman came over and asked ?did you have a flowered bag? Because you left it under the picnic table?. We all said yes and thanked her. I was just so happy she said ?I thought it was you as I remembered the little boy with the yellow pail?.

I was so happy. My whole life many have never remembered me or tried to forget me. Here we are and you are the little boy with the yellow pail to her, and the world to me.

Sometimes I wonder if you will ever remember me, or is the autism going to rob us. Or is the autism going to just continue to provide us a fantasy world, where there isn?t any blood pressure pills, cholesterol issues, poor economies, foreclosures and all the things that everyone gets wrapped up in yet, doesn?t make a difference to you

The boy with the little yellow pail. Call the bunny. The waves. Your small hands. My heart is full.