“Home is where we can laugh and cry, embrace and dance, sleep long and dream quietly. Home is where we can rest and be healed.” ~Nouwen, 1986

Jennifer House


Jennifer House opened in January 2002 and serves homeless women with a criminal history who are entering the community from jail, in-patient facilities, the streets and other homeless situations. This program provides a safe and structured home environment for homeless women  who are age 18 or older.


Our acceptance criteria for women in the Jennifer House Program include an interview prior to admission.  Interviews are scheduled by the Program Staff for women who are interested in either the program at the Monroe County Jail or the Jennifer House Residency Program. The women who are accepted are required to live drug-free in a structured environment, and must be willing to receive chemical dependency evaluations and mental health evaluations, if necessary.  


Basic needs are provided for homeless women such as food, clothing, and shelter. In addition, residents receive twenty-four hour supervision, intensive case management and guidance. It also offers the opportunity for residents to become mentors for other women battling substance abuse and mental health issues. Children are reunited with their mothers in a supportive, drug-free environment, which helps to break the cycle of crime and increase community safety.   


For more information about the Jennifer House Program contact:


Sarah Lee Jennifer House Director


Phone: (585) 288-1074

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