Gerhardt Neighborhood Outreach Center

Mission Contact:

GNOC
910 N. Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14609
(585)288-0030
Website: http://gnocrochester.org

 

Vision:

To help bring people into a stronger place both as individuals and as families.

Mission:

To identify the needs of the community immediately around the center. To put in place practical services to help meet needs of individuals and families with a Christ centered approach. To provide a “hand up” rather than just a “hand out”.

Current needs:

  • Help with the annual golf tournament – partnership/sponsorship (Aug. 15, 2014)
  • Help with the annual 5K race fundraiser (Aug. 1, 2014)
  • Food donations for the Hope Shop
  • Walk in freezer for the Hope Shop
  • Clothing donations for the Hope Shop
  • Diapers and baby clothes for Place of Hope
  • Strollers, car seats and cribs (new only) for Place of Hope
  • Funding and volunteers to build new playground

 

 

Description:

The Gerhardt Neighborhood Outreach Center is a multi-purpose community center on the corner of Bay and Goodman Streets in the Northeast area of Rochester. It is lovingly supported by Joy Community Church (right next door) and serves many in need of services in that part of the city.

GNOC houses a food pantry (The Hope Shop), a medical clinic (Joy Family Medicine), a computer lab and classroom (The Learning Center), a crisis pregnancy center (Place of Hope), a baby item resource center (Bundles of Joy) and a place where teens can come for support, community, and learn about Jesus (The Youth Center). In addition to the food pantry, a meal is provided on Fridays. Gifts, food baskets and other necessities are distributed during the holidays.

The Gerhardt Neighborhood Outreach Center
is a multi-purpose community center on the corner of Bay and Goodman Streets in the Northeast area of Rochester. It is lovingly supported by Joy Community Church (right next door) and serves many in need of services in that part of the city.

History:

Anything of excellence in this world usually starts with the vision of a person or persons. In the case of the Gerhardt Neighborhood Outreach Center it is no different. The founding pastor of New Jerusalem Church was Albert Gerhardt. New Jerusalem’s original building was out in Bushnell’s Basin. But Pastor Al, along with his congregation, had a vision for the inner-city and a desire to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those in need.

In 1986 Pastor Al Gerhardt prayerfully decided to make the move back to the city, purchasing the f

Joy Community bought the two-story, 8000 square foot building and began its transformation. The renovations, through much toil and trouble and money, became what GNOC is today. ormer Profetta Funeral Home. For the next 20 years New Jerusalem reached out and impacted the surrounding city neighborhood. In 2004, New Jerusalem Community Church became Joy Community Church. Next door to the church was a run-down building, housing a bar, a burned-out laundromat, sub shop, and apartments. Once a landmark, it had become a crime-infested, neglected corner of darkness.