259 Monroe Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

Oasis Rochester

Our vision is to see that adults age 50 and older have opportunities to pursue vibrant, healthy, productive and meaningful lives. Our focus is on learning opportunities through the arts, health, fitness, nutrition, music, humanities, and consumer topics. Oasis Rochester currently offers over 500 courses per year at our downtown location and at various locations in the community. Courses are offered year round and we have an average registration of 1300 students per trimester. Oasis Rochester is a public-private partnership. We receive funds, donations and in-kind support from private businesses. Donations would allow us to continue these offerings in an effort to keep our older adults healthy and independent. We would also be able to upgrade older audio visual equipment and add to our new fitness room. Oasis Rochester membership is free and open to anyone 50 years of age or older, with an average age of 71. Our class fees are very low (some are free) and scholarships are available to those who cannot afford tuition. Our location in downtown Rochester allows for easy accessibility by public transportation nearness to under served populations. While the majority of our members live in Rochester and the surrounding suburbs, we also serve people from Livingston, Wayne, Ontario, Steuben, Genesee, and Yates counties. Last year 10.66% of our classes were offered in zip codes identified as poverty areas. Oasis Rochester members serve as the center staff. Over 100 volunteers manage the office, introduce speakers, plan programs, teach classes, and perform outreach in the community. The program has two full time paid staff. The following quotes from two Oasis Rochester participants explain the impact of our program: "Last year I took an Oasis Rochester class that recommended seniors have an annual carotid artery ultrasound. I had the test and had (surgery) two weeks later (80% blockage). I am doing well now and am extremely thankful to Oasis Rochester." (Carolyn A.) "All week I look forward to doing my homework and coming to class. Even though I have a severe visual handicap, everyone has been most kind and helpful so that I can participate fully…These classes are a good antidote to depression." (Constance D.)

We focus on: Education

Where we are: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates

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