Dimitri House Inc. assists people who are homeless or living in poverty. It currently is offering a winter shelter for men, an emergency food cupboard and a drop-in hospitality and service program.
The organization is named in memory of Dimitri Mamczur, a homeless man who lived in two taped-together cardboard boxes under an expressway bridge in Rochester. Mamczur was hit by a car in November 1985 and died shortly after being hospitalized. Remarkably, 150 community members attended Dimitri’s funeral, and people who knew him shared stories of his random acts kindness. He helped merchants on Park and East avenues, declining payment when offered. He was well known for collecting bottles and cans to buy loaves of bread to feed the birds.
Although small in structure, Dimitri House offers many programs. Services rendered include the emergency food cupboard that serves residents in several north-side neighborhoods. The holiday program distributes Thanksgiving food baskets to families with children within the service area. The afternoon drop-in program serves meals and problem-solves issues related to health care, housing, public assistance, clothing needs and other matters. Best known for the seven-bed shelter for men, it is open from November through April, seven nights a week. Guests get a light meal when they arrive in the evening and a hearty breakfast before they leave in the morning. The shelter has showers and laundry facilities, and men can stay for extended periods with a goal toward permanent housing and self-sufficiency. A capital campaign will be initiated soon to develop housing for people transitioning from homelessness.
Dimitri House is run by two full-time employees, one part-time staffer and the aid of approximately 100 volunteers. Laurie Jones-Prizel became executive director in December. Dimitri House is located at 102 N. Union St. The website is: www.dimitri-house.org.
Financial record Year ended June 30, 2015
Contributions, gifts and grants $113,785 77
Fundraising events 33,794 23
Total revenue 147,579 100%
Program $135,229 82
Management and general 25,143 15
Fundraising 5,537 3
Total expenses 165,909 100%
Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses ($18,330)
Board of directors
Amy Edwards, president
Eugene Rogalski, vice president
Robert Wood, treasurer
Gene Renner, secretary
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