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Founded in 1868 on the Christian values of The Episcopal Church and its members, The Episcopal Church Home has been meeting the needs of our community with care and compassion for 145 years.

Our hallmark has always been the ability to respond to social needs and change as necessary to provide the utmost quality of care. We have grown into Episcopal SeniorLife Communities which now encompasses a full spectrum of care and housing options, as well as neighborhood programming. Our focus on each individual makes us one of the most trusted providers of senior care in the Rochester area. Our vision is to create relationships and communities that inspire active, purposeful, fulfilled lives.


Episcopal SeniorLife Communities is a faith-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to understanding individual and community needs, and responding. We support seniors and their families through life’s transitions and honor each individual’s unique desires, beliefs and values thus fulfilling our pledge of…Life. Inspired every day.

Community Engagement

Episcopal SeniorLife Communities is committed to expanding services in order to provide more options for seniors to age in their place of choice. Our neighborhood programs promote health and wellness to seniors in various neighborhoods throughout Monroe County. These initiatives include a tailored fall prevention program, nutrition education, strength training, wellness presentations, and other supportive health promotion services. The programs bring seniors into a social network, improving their endurance, making them stronger, and improving balance, all while enhancing their quality of life.

Core Values

At Episcopal SeniorLife Communities, we are committed to our core values which you will find at every one of our campuses:

  • Compassion: We seek to be sensitive to each other’s needs.
  • Dedication: We are focused on caring for seniors and families.
  • Friendliness: We are inviting to all residents, families, staff, and visitors.
  • Innovation: We embrace new ideas and think in terms of the future.
  • Respect: We are considerate of others.

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Inspiration is the common thread throughout all of our core values. Episcopal SeniorLife Communities is Life. Inspired every day.

The Chapel of the Good Shepherd

The Chapel of the Good Shepherd is located at The Episcopal Church Home at 505 Mount Hope Avenue. The Chapel carries a great history and contains many elements from the original “Chapel at the Church Home” of 1902.

Take a closer look at the history of The Chapel of the Good Shepherd

Read More about our Chaplain, The Rev. Byron Roy.

  • 1868 Establishment of The Episcopal Church Home, serving woman and children
  • 1938 Transformed to serve elders only, both genders
  • 1967 Added 24-hour skilled nursing care
  • 1983 Opened The Chapel of the Good Shepherd, known as the “Heart of the Home”
  • 1994 Implemented the first specific dementia care program
  • 1997 Opened River Edge Manor, independent living apartments
  • 1998 Completed The Center for Rehabilitation
  • 1999 Opened Brentland Woods, an assisted living community
  • 2000 Established a corporate identity, Episcopal SeniorLife Communities, to embrace all the residential and community opportunities for seniors that have grown out of the original Church Home
  • 2002 Opened Seabury Woods, a residential community consisting of patio homes, assisted living apartments and memory care studios
  • 2005 Received recognition awards including Quality of Life from the Alzheimer’s Association for Dementia Programs; Employer Appreciation Award from the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center; 
Certification of Recognition from Arc Works
  • 2012 Launched Neighborhood Outreach and Companion Care Programs
  • 2013 Opened Rockwood Center, affordable senior apartments
  • Opened Beatrice Place, an independent living community
  • 2014 Valley Manor affiliated with ESLC
  • 2015 Acquired Pinehurst, an independent living community