Rochester Bicentennial Kick Off Pancake Breakfast to Neighborhood House Program

Proceeds to Benefit the Neighborhood House Capital Campaign

Rochester will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of its founding in 1817. To kick off the events, Neighborhood House, in partnership with the Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the Rochester Fire Department, invites the community for a pancake breakfast from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Children (and those who are kids at heart) are welcome to tour the fire trucks during the breakfast. The price of the breakfast will be $7.00 for adults and $4.00 for children ages 2-10. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Neighborhood House Capital Campaign. Then from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. there will be Rochester Homecoming activities in Rochester Municipal Park, including fireworks, entertainment, kids’ activities, a pioneer playground, a mobile farm and much more.

Rochester Bicentennial Kick Off Pancake Breakfast for a Cause

Rochester Bicentennial Kick Off Pancake Breakfast for a Cause

Neighborhood House recently reached 70% of their capital campaign goal of $1.5 million. Founded in 1968, the nonprofit helps to bring neighbors in financial crisis to self-sustainability. In September of last year, they moved into a larger location at 1720 S Livernois in Rochester Hills. Neighborhood House is seeking compassionate community members and businesses to help them across the finish line of their campaign. Once the remaining $500,000 of the goal is raised, they will be able to complete the needed renovations within and outside the building to accommodate neighbors seeking assistance.

The new building has brought with it enormous success, expansion and potential. In 2016, they provided 25% more food to hungry families (over 236,000 pounds), 31% more rides for those who lack transportation (over 500 rides), and 50% more counseling hours (over 300 hours) for neighbors in need to get the help they needed to turn things around. With the increased space, Neighborhood House now provides classes in financial literacy, computer skills, nutrition and positive parenting. These initiatives focus on the long-term self-sustainability of neighbors in need, preparing them for new jobs and a successful future.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Rochester DDA and Fire Department to bring awareness to the final stretch of our campaign,” said Pat Botkin, Co-Chair of the Capital Campaign at Neighborhood House. “We welcome community members to schedule a tour of our new building to learn about the services we provide.” Those interested in learning more about the campaign or contributing to the cause should contact Neighborhood House at

The Bicentennial Pancake Breakfast event details can be found on the Facebook Page.

About Neighborhood House

Neighborhood House serves Rochester, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Oakland Township and Addison Township. They provide rent and utility financial assistance, operate a Food Pantry and Clothes Closet, offer transportation services, provide counseling, facilitate many educational programs for families in need, and more. Last year, Neighborhood House’s programs helped over 3,000 households on their path from financial crisis to self-sustainability. You can follow Neighborhood House on Facebook.

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