Generating unprecedented awareness and trust in Rochester’s Settlement Houses, leading to a groundswell of desire to invest time, money and resources in a movement and approach that transforms lives by reducing poverty, increasing job opportunities and strengthening families.  Because of this investment, the work of Rochester Settlement Houses will benefit our community for generations to come.  And, because of this investment, individuals in Rochester, regardless of circumstance of birth, will have the opportunity to do what makes them happy and productive, allowing them to create prosperity for their families and neighborhoods.

When it comes to helping our neighborhoods and community thrive, we will always be stronger when we work together. The same holds true when it comes to raising the funds necessary to do that work. A cooperation between three local settlement houses— Community Place of Rochester, Charles Settlement House, and Baden Street Settlement—the Settlement Houses of Rochester Foundation was created to be a fundraising arm for all three houses, allowing each to retain their autonomy and provide an even more comprehensive range of valuable, neighborhood-based programs.


Each of our settlement houses offers similar programs designed to identify and reinforce the strengths of youth, families, and seniors based on the needs of the individual neighborhood.

Programs Offered:

Family & Housing Service

Family & Housing Services


Job Preparation


Youth Services


The Learning Center


Early Childhood Programs


Disability Services


Aging Services

A Message from the Chief Development Officer

The Settlement Houses of Rochester including, Baden Street Settlement, Charles Settlement House and the Community Place of Greater Rochester, have truly stood the test of time. Operating since the early 1900’s, The Settlement Houses of Rochester continue to serve as an unwavering resource in Rochester’s most poverty stricken neighborhoods. 

With the level of poverty at an all-time high, there is no greater time than now to give a gift to the Settlement Houses of Rochester Foundation. Under the roof of the settlement houses, you will find real people with real life needs.

Thanks to your generosity, the Settlement Houses of Rochester can perform the works of our mission, in transforming the lives of others.   
Thank you for your consideration and support, as together we touch the lives of our neighbors who need us most. 

Board of Directors

Ron Thomas, Executive Director, Baden Street Settlement

Scott Benjamin, President, Charles Settlement House

Rod Cox-Cooper, C.E.O., Community Place of Greater Rochester

Molly Mesko, Director of Marketing & Enrollment, Simon Business School, University of Rochester

Jeff Clark, Senior Counsel, Bond Schoeneck & King

Steve Smith, Community Representative

Barbara Hoffman, Community Representative