Through the vision of Colleen Knauf, the foundress of Saint's Place, a dream definitely became a reality. Nineteen years ago, Colleen volunteered through her Church, St. Louis, to assist a Somalian family. She was shocked at how little the family had and how much they needed. At that moment Saint's Place took shape.
Colleen began to ask for donations to help the refugees in the Rochester area. The number of volunteers grew but so did the number of newly arriving refugees. After several different locations, Colleen was given the house at 46 South Main Street to run the Ministry of Saint's Place.
At that point in time, Colleen and her band of volunteers were assisting well over 300 refugees from all over the world.
Five years ago, St. John of Rochester donated five classrooms to Saint's Place. It is there that we house our Clothing Closet, Sorting Room and Household set up operations.