Community picnic, medical checkup at Memorial AME Zion Church
ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) — Community members had the opportunity to gather this Sunday at the Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and enjoy a summer meal.
Memorial, in partnership with Ministry of Community Services Beyond Sanctuary, also provided games, health checks, and information at this completely free family-friendly event.
Information was provided on Narkan training, sickle cell disease education and advocacy. The mobile clinic provided colorectal screening and his COVID-19 vaccine booster. There was also an inflatable walkthrough colon, a visual aid in educating about colon health and disease.
The event was held at a church on Clarissa Street in the Cornhill neighborhood.
Memorial AME Zion Church is the oldest African-American church in Monroe County, according to representatives. The church has seen many historical events, being an Underground Railroad stop, home to famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass and hosting one of Susan B. Anthony’s last public speeches.
Beyond the Sanctuary is a nonprofit community service that serves Monroe County through programs and services such as food pantries, clothing closets, and rental assistance programs.