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Baden Believes Press Release

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Jon Alhart
Baden Street Board of Directors

Baden Street Settlement Announces a Comprehensive $15 Million Capital Campaign for Rochester: Baden Believes

Includes the Building of a New Baden Street Headquarters in Northeast Rochester

Rochester, NY (June 3, 2024) – Baden Street Settlement announces Baden Believes, a comprehensive $15 million capital campaign that will help ensure a brighter future for Rochester’s families. Baden Believes will grow Baden Street’s commitment to continuously evolving to the needs of the Rochester community and encompasses four key elements:

  • New Headquarters: The building of a brand-new headquarters for Baden Street will be a vibrant community hub, offering many of Baden Street’s programs in one place. The current buildings at 13 Vienna and 152 Baden Street will be completely torn down (except for the gymnasium at 13 Vienna which will be renovated) to build the new headquarters. This expansion and renovation will help Baden Street expand essential services including emergency assistance, youth and adult development, peer services, and senior services.
  • Unrestricted Support for Baden Street to continue its programs and services, vital programs such as providing healthy
    after-school activities for children to participate in, emergency assistance for families in need, behavioral health for adults
    through counseling, a child daycare center, educating youth in the city’s most-stressed neighborhoods on important
    health issues and more.
  • An endowment so Baden Street can continue to serve Rochester well into the future.
  • Programs that support the basic needs and priority initiatives that address the effects of poverty while building self-sufficiency and community. 

New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblymember Demond Meeks announced the Enacted State Fiscal Year 2024-25 Budget includes $8.1 million in funding for Baden Believes

“This is a milestone moment in Baden Street’s 123-year history,” said Tyrese Bryant, President of Baden Street’s Board of Directors. “Baden Believes is a transformative campaign that will lead to a brighter future for Rochester’s families. We are extremely thankful for New York State’s support, especially Assemblymember Demond Meeks. Their support puts us more than halfway to our fundraising goal. Baden Believes in Rochester and providing a brighter future.”

“Baden Street Settlement has been a cornerstone of the Rochester community for over a hundred years,” said Assemblymember Meeks. “This funding will provide them the needed capital to expand their efforts to care for the next generation of families as we focus on providing for all families across our great state.” 

In addition to funding from New York State, Monroe County is committing $1 million in funding toward Baden Street’s new headquarters.

“This investment in Baden Street Settlement will help improve the lives of many in our community. We are fortunate to have Baden Street as a partner that has served our most vulnerable residents for over 120 years,” said County Executive Adam Bello. “I’m appreciative of Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and his support of Monroe County, and thankful to Assembly member Demond Meeks for his efforts to secure this much-needed funding. Time and time again, he has delivered for our community.”

For more information on Baden Believes, visit https://badenstreet.org/comprehensive-campaign-page/.

About Baden Street Settlement 

Baden Street Settlement is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1901 that serves residents in northeast Rochester. Through its programs and services, Baden Street Settlement works to improve the quality of life of adults, children, and families; to pursue the elimination of the causes of poverty, and to reduce the level of negative social problems associated with being poor and disadvantaged. The Agency works in a cooperative, collaborative, and supportive spirit with concerned agencies in the community to meet the needs of neighborhood residents. To learn more about Baden Street Settlement, visit www.badenstreet.org.