Our Vision

Our primary purpose is to provide support to anyone affected by substance use disorder and addiction, through outreach, community cleanup, and education.  

HD BTC's founder, President, and CEO, Stephanie Forrester.



From The Brink of Death,

To Hope

With Every Breath

How one recovering addict turned unbearable grief into a grassroots movement to help save a struggling community.  

HD BTC's Board of Directors and volunteers pictured with Gates PD Chief James VanBrederode and the Gates to Recovery / S.O.A.R.S. van.

We DO Recover


Volunteer Chris Perry crouches at the unsecured entry point of an abandoned property during Sunday clean up.
Photo Credit: Julie Oldfield Photography

Clean Up

To date we have:

Picked up 125,407 needles

(188 during the week ending  3/10/20)

Secured 60 abandoned properties

Without fail, every Sunday the Hope Dealers crew meets in the neighborhood that has become known as "ground zero" of the opioid pandemic in Rochester, New York. 

From 9:30 am - 3:30 pm, beginning at 10 Sullivan Street, we move through the city cleaning up sharps and other hazardous materials from public spaces and abandoned properties.

On February 24, 2019, our crew found the residence that stood at our 10 Sullivan Street meeting spot unsecured for the first time. During the cleanup of that property over 400 needles were removed from the three-story abandoned home. On April 1, 2019, the city was finally able to come in and take down the property that had been on their demolition list for years. 



To date we have:

Helped 161 people find recovery

Resuscitated person with CPR & Narcan

Handed out 9,920 bagged lunches

Served 250 hot, Thanksgiving dinners

(courtesy of Huther Doyle)

Distributed 778 prepared meals​

(courtesy of Food by DeLeo)

Distributed 26 sheet pizzas

(courtesy of  Caraglios, Greece)

and 4 large pizzas

(courtesy of  Domino's, E. Main St.)

While out on clean up we encounter community members in need on a regular basis. We supply these individuals with food, clothing, hygiene items, and provide recovery resources they can use to seek treatment.

Sunday's from 9:30 - 1:30 pm free lunches, toiletry items, and clothing are available at our pop-up outreach station,

located at 10 Sullivan St.

Every Sunday our Outreach station sets up in this location to provide food, clothing, and toiletries to people  in need in the community.


Stephanie Forrester and Karena Lee share their stories at a local church.

Photo Credit: Patrick Howell Studios

Prevention Education and Awareness Events

Outside of Sunday clean up and outreach activities, we also provide prevention education services to the community. We do this by visiting schools, churches and participating in community events to raise awareness for addiction.

Visit our Events page for information regarding upcoming public events.

Event planners, Contact Us for participation inquiries.


Hope Dealers BTC Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 public charity, incorporated in New York State.

We are currently funded solely by donations from the community and staffed entirely by volunteers.

Click below to discover ways to help!

Hope Dealers BTC Inc.

Mailing Address: 

1485 Howard Road 64264

PO Box 64264

Rochester, NY 14624





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