Costs and other FAQs

Mission Program Costs

What does it cost?

During this pilot phase (2019) of the ROC SALT Mission Program, fees are:

$175 per person/per week

When do I have to pay?

A non-refundable $150 deposit is due at the time of registration. Full payment must be made thirty days in advance.

What if we have to cancel?

For cancellations received more than 30 days in advance of the mission, any program fees beyond the deposit will be refunded. The deposit itself can be applied to another trip if it is scheduled at that time. Trips cancelled with less than 30 days notice, will forfeit all payments (deposit and program fees) made to that point.

Who do you work with?

Our partner organizations include:

  • South Wedge Food Program
  • FoodLink
  • St. Joe’s House of Hospitality
  • Harbor House
  • Mary’s Place
  • Cameron Community Ministries
  • Salem UCC lunch program
  • Attica Active Veterans Group
  • House of Mercy
  • Social Welfare Action Alliance
  • St. Joe’s Neighborhood Center
  • Supports on the Streets
  • Rochester Refugee Resettlement Services
  • Teen Center, Family YMCA
  • InterVol
  • Free Store (a mission of St. Joe's House of Hospitality)
  • Eastern Service Workers Association

Other FaqS

What does ROC SALT provide?

The ROC SALT mission team plans your mission; identifies and coordinates with partner organizations about the work you will do; accompanies you to the sites; leads worship, reflection and debriefing times; and offers experiential learning and other programming to deepen understandings of the issues our partners face and to invite theological reflection on how we are called to respond in our own contexts as people of faith.

Is there a minimum age?

Most of our partner organizations accept only middle school age (rising 7th grade) youth and above, while some partners have a 14-year-old minimum in place. Please speak to us about any special age requirements that apply to your group so that we can work with you to plan accordingly.

What is the chaperone to youth ratio?

We ask you to provide a 5:1 ratio for high school youth, 4:1 for middle school.

Is food included?

Food is not included. In most cases, a local church provides one meal during the mission week. We will confirm the availability of this meal with you when you make your final payment. We have an on-site kitchen at ROC SALT as well as a large outdoor grill, both of which are available for the use of our mission teams. Many teams choose to bring one adult as a dedicated cook who supports the group by preparing breakfast and dinner rather than by joining them at the partner work sites.

Where do we sleep?

Teams joining us during the pilot phase (2018), can choose to sleep at ROC SALT and shower at the YMCA. Alternately, they can elect to stay at a partner church that provides six double futons and has shower facilities on the premises. ROC SALT can also help participants find inexpensive housing locally if people would prefer to have their own rooms.

What should I bring?

Participants should bring sleeping bag and camping mat or mattress; pillow; towel and toiletries; clothes that can get dirty, including closed toed shoes (required for some work sites) and a sweatshirt (sometimes we work in warehouses that can be chillier than the outside temperatures); water bottle, day bag or backpack, sunscreen, hat.