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OUR PROGRAMS


Our services focus on children, education, and job creation which assist, empower, and elevate our participants out of poverty.  We provide a holistic approach to the needs and challenges of the rural poor as they work toward self-sufficiency through social work support and emergency food and clothing assistance.


CHILDREN

  • Play Therapy – Young children can express their feelings so they can resolve and overcome challenges in a safe environment to help them develop better emotional control and social skills.
  • Weekend Snack Pack Program – The Snack Pack Program provides children who receive school food aid nutritious food for weekends and summer breaks.
  • Back Pack Program – Each September, the Backpack program provides school supplies and backpacks to students returning to school
  • Coats for Kids – In October, new and gently used outerwear is collected for children in need.
  • School Readiness – The ROC provides home-based school readiness programs for young learners and their parents.



EDUCATION AND SUPPORT

  • Adult Literacy – The ROC provides literacy facilitators for ROC participants.
  • Financial Literacy Classes – In many cases, in order for participants to progress with ROC support, we require involvement in financial literacy classes provided by Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Western New York and Great Erie Federal Credit Union.
  • Parent Support Group – Parents and guardians gather to support one another and learn through workshops and share common concerns and joys.
  • Health Education Classes – Our health education classes include diabetes, caregiver, and nutritional information programs.
  • Loans and Savings Programs – We partner with the Great Erie Federal Credit Union to provide our participants with a savings program and optimized loans.

EMPLOYMENT ENHANCEMENT

  • New Path Redistribution Center This program provides clean, usable appliances and furniture to individuals in need who reside in Western New York (WNY) rural communities. Program participants volunteer at New Path to enhance their work experience.  Recipients are asked to make a small monetary donation, an in-kind donation, or volunteer in other programs unless certified by the social worker. Over 300 families have been assisted to date. 716-777-4007 Open Wed 6pm – 7pm/Sat 9am – 10am  **New Paths will be working from 11/6 – 12/1 out of the South Wales Community Center 6387 Olean Road, South Wales, NY 14139 (next to fire station)
  • ROC Stars – ROC participants who are giving back by providing feedback for ROC program development, as well as program support to enhance employment skills and capabilities.
  • Small Business Enhancement, Development, and Employment Programs (coming 2017) – The ROC will be examining and developing programs designed to support and enhance small business development and small business employment in our service area.

OTHER

  • Social Work Support – The ROC provides assistance in identifying needs and accessing resources, including counseling services and substance abuse support.
  • Monthly Community Dinners (provided by Pathways Christian Fellowship) – A complete hot meal free of charge to individuals and their families who reside in WNY rural communities. Various professionals from community organizations provide information to those attending the dinner. Between 70 and 80 persons are served each month.
  • Small Home Repair – Local and national home repair and rebuilding services are offered.
  • Food and Clothing – ROC partners with local services such as FISH, Trading Post and Bread of Life; The ROC provides non-food items that can not be purchased with Supplemental Nutritional Assistance.

OUR PARTNERS

The Rural Outreach Center is proud to partner with the following organizations.  We are always looking for new partners and supporters to enhance and expand our services.  Please contact us with new partnership and support program ideas.

Baker Victory Services(716) 828-9500   www.bakervictoryservices.org

Boys and Girls Club of East Aurora – (716) 652-4180  www.bgcea.org

Bread of Life Colden(716) 941-3550   www.breadoflifecolden.org

Crisis Services (716) 843-3131   www.crisisservices.org

Consumer Credit Counseling Services of WNY(716) 712-2060   www.consumercreditbuffalo.org

East Aurora Co-Op Market(716) 655-2667   www.eastaurorafood.coop

EPIC – Every Person Influences Children(888) 819-3742   www.epicforchildren.org

Family Justice Center(716) 558-7233   www.fjcsafe.org

FISH of East Aurora(716) 652-7272   www.fishofea.com

Great Erie Federal Credit Union716-662-1311   www.greatereriefcu.com   

Hearts and Hands(716) 406-8311   www.nhncares.org

Trading Post Springville(716) 592-4455   www.fellowshiphill.org