In the 1960s, individuals discharged from psychiatric hospitals, who were not ready to live on their own, had no place to go. The Mental Health Association (MHA) of Rochester, headed by Hilton Hedrick, developed a plan that would provide supported housing options for individuals with persistent mental illness in the community. As a result of the MHA plan, East House was founded. The founding board members, led by Paul Wolk and Hettie Shumway, championed East House to become incorporated as a non-profit organization. East House was founded by The Honorable David O. Boehm, Ralph T. Collins, M.D., Hilton Hedrick, Hettie L. Shumway, James Sterner, M.D., and Paul Wolk.

In 1966, with the additional support of local foundations and private donations, Dorothea Brayer was hired as East House’s first executive director. That year, with three employees and an annual budget of $39,000, East House became the first halfway house in New York State and one of the pioneer programs in the country for individuals recovering from mental illness.

Since 1966, East House has been on the cutting edge of providing recovery services and programs to individuals in recovery from mental illness and substance use disorders. To see the full East House Chronology, Click Here.

Ways To Give

Support East House and Move Lives Forward.

Donations and grants are important to maintain our quality of services, staff and facilities.
Your donation goes directly where it is needed – to programs, services and client care.

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Board of Directors & Leadership

-Board Officers-

Andrew Dollinger • Chair • Hanna Commercial Real Estate

Chuck Montante • Vice Chair • Westfall Associates

Michelle Pitti, SPHR • Secretary • Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

David VanBlarcom • Treasurer • Community Volunteer

Gregory J Soehner, M.A., M.F.T. • President & CEO • East House

-Board Members-

Ann Bergeman • Rochester Regional Health

Doug Bufano, Ph.D. • St. John Fisher College

Mike Fowler • Capstone Information Technology

Arthur Hirst • Community Volunteer

John Leary • Community Volunteer

Karen Lustick • Community Volunteer

Martin Lustick, M.D. • Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Aaron Olden, M.D., F.A.C.P. • Lifetime Care Home Health Care and Hospice

Patricia Phillips • Clarity Recruiting and Career Management, Inc.

Daryl Sharp, Ph.D., RN, FAAN • Accountable Health Partners

Hezekiah Simmons • Monroe Community College

Dawn Sullivan • Rochester Institute of Technology

Kimberly VanCamp • Mental Health Courts, Monroe County, NY

Brandon M. Wolk • JP Morgan Chase Bank

Julie M. Wood, Ph.D. • Lilly USA, LLC

– East House Executive Leadership Team –

Eileen Cavalier • Vice President of Finance and Information Technology

Mark DeRycke • Vice President of Human Resources and Facilities

Michaela Neer • Vice President of Development and Community Relations

Valerie Way • Vice President of Programs

financial summary

This summary is based on 2017 financial statements audited by Rizzo, DiGiacco, Hern & Baniewiecz

East House Corporation is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization recognized under
501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. East House IRS Form 990 financial reports are
available from:; NYS Department of Law Charities Bureau, 120
Broadway, New York, NY 10271; and East House, 259 Monroe Avenue, Suite 200,
Rochester, NY 14607.

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