The Older Wiser Learning Seniors are a vibrant group who meet Thursdays at 11:30 AM to expand their minds, exercise their bodies, and share a meal. The OWLS share their experiences and gain knowledge while building deep friendships.

Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 10.49.44 AMKandee Tabor, leader of the OWLS ministry, had always felt a lifelong desire to minister. After a career in engineering and construction, she finally found her calling in serving the elderly. While pursuing a Gerontology certificate from St. John Fisher, she established the OWLS ministry, a way to serve this growing portion of the population.

The OWLS find they have more energy, more friends, and more enriching lives due to their weekly gatherings. This invigorating group proves that no matter what one’s age, there is always more to learn, more to gain, and more to give.


Visit the O.W.L.S. Website!



Brighton Churches Habitat Coalition

The Baptist Temple is one of nine Brighton churches which have joined together to fund and build houses in the city of Rochester with Flower City Habitat for Humanity. We have completed houses in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2012 and 2015.


Atonement Lutheran First Baptist St. Thomas’ Episcopal
The Baptist Temple Edgewood Free Methodist Trinity Reformed
Brighton Reformed Our Lady of Lourdes Twelve Corners Presbyterian


habitatgeneEach family completes 450 hours of labor on the house before it receives a thirty year interest free mortgage. Our most recent house, pictured below, was completed January 2012. The house is a single story, 4 bedroom, 1.5 bath home. The house costs about $70,000, of which the coalition is asked to fund $65,000. This design replaces the two story design which we have built in the past. Poured concrete basement walls replace the concrete block walls of the past. Both the one story design and the poured concrete make the new design easier and safer to build.

This house at 91 Orchard Street is the new home of a Somali couple, Ahmed and Mumina Abdi, and their family. They were able to prime and select the color for the exterior siding, which is made of recycled materials.

We plan to build another home and are in the process of raising another $65,000. The coalition will accomplish this through donations, ongoing, and special projects.


Clothing Collections

The coalition maintains a Saint Pauly Shed located at Brighton Reformed Church, 805 Blossom Road. Each church volunteers to manage the shed for a week on a rotating basis to keep it orderly and bag the clothing. The coalition receives funds on a per pound basis from Saint Pauly to support Habitat.  Saint Pauly distributes the clothing to the needy in this area and across the world. Every item of clothing both clothes the needy and helps Habitat build houses.



The Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network


raihn2Where do you go with your family when you lose your job and can’t pay the rent? You’ve been evicted, and you have a daughter, age 14, and a son, age 12. You can’t go to a woman’s shelter because the boy is too old and you can’t go to a men’s shelter, because the girl is too old. You’re homeless and you want to keep the family together. RAIHN provides temporary shelter to keep families together. Professional help is provided at the day center for training on work and social skills; and help is provided to find work and an apartment. At the end of the day, the families are transported to a church where church volunteers provide dinner and a place for the family to stay together for the night.

Marilyn and Rod Vane head up RAIHN at the Baptist Temple. We partner with Asbury First United Methodist Church where living space is provided for overnight stays. Volunteers are needed to provide and serve meals and to stay overnight with the family. Contact Marilyn or Rod to volunteer. Rod can often be found driving the bus that transports the families between the day center and the church. Can you help with dinners or with an overnight stay? Training is provided periodically during the year.





cameron1Cameron Community Ministries is a Christian Center within the National Ministries Neighbor Action Program. It serves the community around Cameron Street northwest of downtown Rochester. Its programs support the families in this neglected area:

Hot Lunches six days a week
Sunday Celebration Dinners
After School Program for Children
Kids Cafe Suppers
Family Computer Learning
Family Clothing House
Summer Safe Haven Program

Volunteers for these programs are always needed. Talk to Carol Kenyon about her experiences teaching arts and crafts to the children. We always need help at our turn to serve the Sunday Celebration Dinner. And don’t forget fund raising at the Cameron BOWL-A-THON.




American Baptist Churches R/GR Town of Brighton Monroe County
American Baptist Churches USA City of Rochester New York State