Ministry of Concern welcomes new executive director for ‘Agency of Last Resort’

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 June 2022 at 3:19 pm

Provided photo: Bob Harker of Clarendon is the new executive director of the Genesee Orleans Ministry of Concern.

ALBION – The Genesee Orleans Ministry of Concern has a new executive director. Bob Harker of Clarendon leads the non-profit organization that provides assistance to individuals who are struggling and often don’t have other resources available to them.

The agency offers emergency services to many of the working poor in the two counties.

“I could not be more excited about the opportunity to help guide and grow Genesee Orleans Ministry of Concern in its role as the ‘agency of last resort,’” Harker said. “We strive to provide services to individuals and families that for one reason or another are not being served by more conventional community assets.”

The Ministry of Concern has in-house advocates who work on behalf of clients with utility companies, landlords and other entities as necessary. Eligible individuals and families can receive help with personal care items, short term emergency housing and financial assistance with prescriptions and utilities.

The Furniture Program also accepts donations of gently used furniture and non-gas appliances which are subsequently delivered without cost to people in need.

Harker grew up in Rochester and served four years with the Navy as an aircraft electrician. He earned a human services degree from Monroe Community College and worked in that field and as well in retail management.

“I hope to combine business experience with my strong desire to give back to the community to help guide the ‘agency of last resort’ to an expansion of services in both counties,” Harker said.