Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

St. Thomas’ parishioners participate in and provide support for parishioners in need as well as many community outreach opportunities listed here. Several even serve in leadership roles in these various organizations!

If you see something that piques your interest, please contact the individuals listed. They would love to share their passions with you, and hopefully help you find a meaningful way to engage as well. And if you have an opportunity you would like to bring to the attention of the parish, let us know that as well!

Asbury First Storehouse

Leader: Caroline Yates (send e-mail)

Asbury First Storehouse distributes donated clothing, kitchenware, and linens free to people who are referred from social agencies, health care facilities, and churches.


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Dept: Adult Ministries
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

Brighton Coalition supporting Habitat for Humanity

Leader: Lisa Hand (send e-mail)

Flower City Habitat for Humanity's mission is to bring people together to build houses, communities, and hope. Since 1984 we have built or renovated over 200 homes in Rochester, helping families achieve their dreams of home ownership and strengthening local neighborhoods.


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Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

PRAM (Prison Reentry Aftercare Ministry)

Leader: Dick Laidlaw (send e-mail)

Alcoholics Anonymous and Adult Children of Alcoholics groups for men, women and young adults that meet weekly at the Monroe County Correctional Facility at which St. Thomas' parishioners volunteer.


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Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

Step by Step

Leader: Kathy Walczak (send e-mail)

A program of Volunteers of America for which St. Thomas' parishioners volunteer that provides hope, support and guidance to women who are, have been or are at risk of becoming incarcerated, as well as women in drug-recovery programs.


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Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

Volunteers Of America - Guesthouse

Leader: Christine Long (send e-mail)

In the spirit of service and compassion, Volunteers of America offers a safe place where homeless families and individuals can come in out of the cold...a place where they can recover from the crisis in their lives and begin to rebuild…a place where someone believes in them and is there to help.


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Dept: Adult Ministries
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

Watch Care: Make-a-Meal Team

Leader: Deb Cougler (send e-mail)

Make a meal for individuals or families who are dealing with an illness, surgery or loss.

Day: Varies
Time: Varies

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Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

Watchcare: Card and Note Writers

Leader: Deb Cougler (send e-mail)

Parishioners who send cards and notes to those who need encouragement or who have an illness or who've had surgery.

Day: Varies
Time: Varies

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Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

Watchcare: Eucharistic Visitors

Leader: Leslie Burkardt (send e-mail)

Licensed and trained eucharistic ministers who take holy communion to parishioners who are unable to be present for worship services.

Day: Varies
Time: Varies

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Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

Watchcare: Flower Delivery

Leader: Deb Cougler (send e-mail)

Deliver weekend altar flowers to people who are ill or in need of some cheer.


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Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

Watchcare: Funeral Hospitality Ministry

Leader: Lois Giess (send e-mail)

Parishioners who help coordinate the care of families before the funeral of a loved one and who organize receptions afterward.

Day: Varies
Time: Varies

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Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

Watchcare: Prayer Ministry

Leader: Sue Scanlon (send e-mail)

St. Thomas' Prayer Ministry provides daily, confidential prayer support for the needs, concerns and joys of our parishioners and their families and friends. Members of this Ministry who are able, meet in the North Porch after the 10:00 on the last Sunday of each month to pray in community. Anyone in need of prayer support is welcome.

Day: Last Sunday of the Month
Time: Morning

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Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

Watchcare: Transportation & Delivery Team

Leader: Sue Scanlon (send e-mail)

A group of parishioners willing to transport those in need to church services or other St. Thomas' events.

Day: Varies

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Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

Watchcare: Visit the Homebound

Leader: Deb Cougler (send e-mail)

Visit parishioners who are homebound and can't get to church on a regular basis.


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Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs