About Family Service Communities

Enriched Housing & Assisted Living in Rochester, NY

Our History

Family Service Communities was founded over 100 years ago to provide support to families of the Rochester region. About 30 years ago, a lack of access for seniors for supportive, affordable housing was identified. At the time, the choices for seniors were nursing homes or to be overly dependent on family members. Recognizing this need, Family Service of Rochester partnered with the Rochester Housing Authority and converted a portion of its Danforth Towers building into Enriched Housing units. That partnership was a huge success and grew to partnering at two more Rochester Housing authority sites: Hudson-Ridge Towers and Jonathan Child Apartments.

In 2005, another need was recognized: the need of seniors considered middle class to have access to supportive housing. In Rochester, supportive housing was focused in two areas: low-income and upper-income housing units. The access was not there for individuals who do not qualify for low income subsidies but could not afford the high end alternatives. Family Services of Rochester developed and built The Northfield in Fairport to serve this community’s need.

During this same time, Family Service of Rochester realized the other services it was providing would be better achieved on a larger scale, and found a partner in Catholic Family Center to merge all services with CFC, except enriched housing. By doing this, it was possible to offer these services in a more efficient and cost-effective manner for the individuals both agencies served.

After completing this merger, Family Services of Rochester re-branded as Family Service Communities to show our focus on providing safe, healthy, and active communities to low- and middle-income seniors in the Rochester region.

In 2014 Family Service Communities partnered with Cornerstone Property Managers and Pathstone to continue expanding supportive housing in the Rochester region by building a new apartment building in Greece. Opening the Long Pond Senior Housing in Greece provided the area with another 30 units of enriched housing.

Going forward Family Service Communities will continue to focus on addressing the housing and supportive service needs of our region. All of our communities are licensed by the New York State Department of Health. We offers residents a range of support services including weekly housekeeping and laundry, three daily meals, case management, recreation opportunities, financial management and more.

Our Staff

Jeff Sweeney, Senior Director of Managed Services, Family Service Communities
Kevin Dougherty, Administrator, The Northfield
Bobbi Collins, Administrator, Danforth Towers
Rhonda Cobb, Administrator, Hudson Ridge Towers
Colleen Bowman, Administrator, Jonathan Child Apartments
Emma Woodward, Administrator, Greece Long Pond Senior Housing

Board of Directors

Family Services Communities is governed by a volunteer Board of community leaders and stakeholders. We appreciate the dedication and service of the following individuals:

Ryan Gilmartin, Chair
Jean Lowe, Vice Chair
Chris Mariano, Treasurer
Vince Mannella, Secretary
Gretchen Baumer
Kevin Hurley
William Lowe
Ellen Lynch

For more information about our enriched living communities, our services to residents, or to request a tour please contact Family Service Communities today at 585-377-1810. We look forward to meeting you!