The founders of two Rochester nonprofits are finalists for the 2018 Farash Prize for social entrepreneurship, sponsored by the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation: Sister Grace Miller from House of Mercy and Martin Weingarten from The Center for Youth.
The winner will be announced on Nov. 7 at George Eastman Museum. Their organization will receive $100,000.
Nicholas Coulter, executive director and founder of Person Centered Housing Options Inc., will be recognized as an emerging entrepreneur during the ceremony.
“Once again, we are amazed at the dedication and accomplishments of the many local social entrepreneurs nominated for this award,” said Holli Budd, executive director of the Farash Foundation. “These are the change-makers, individuals who just will not be satisfied with the status quo when it comes to meeting the needs of many in our community.”
The Farash Prize rewards the efforts of an outstanding social entrepreneur in the community with the hope of encouraging others to emulate those efforts and honor the entrepreneurial spirit of Max Farash, the Foundation’s founder.
House of Mercy opened in 1985. The Ormond Street shelter and community center serves at least 5,000 people each month. It has 82 beds, and provides hundreds of meals each day for the homeless and hungry people in the neighborhood. House of Mercy provides advocacy services for its guests, financial assistance for those struggling with their own housing, meal delivery to homebound individuals, burials for the poor and other services. Thirteen staff and 85 volunteers oversee these operations each week.
The Center for Youth offers counseling, prevention education and youth development opportunities to young people throughout Greater Rochester. What was a small office on Alexander Street with a handful of staff in 1971 now is a substantial headquarters on Monroe Avenue with a staff numbering 240. Its programs include a 13-bed emergency shelter; a transitional living program; Chrysalis House for young mothers, their children and pregnant teens; the Crisis Nursery, which provides temporary child care during family emergencies; Safe Harbour, which focuses on youth trafficking; New Beginning House for young men; Rochester Teen Court; and various school-based services.