Campaign to build The Scott Bieler Family Foundation Rural Outreach Center

drawing of mother and son walking into the Rural Outreach Center

The Vision

The Original Situation

The original space – a small, repurposed FEMA trailer – was not large enough to meet the increasing need for services. In fact, it limited the ability of staff, partners, and the community to address the complex issue of rural poverty.  It was in need of major repairs that surpassed its value.   The situation was critical.

Creating a New Home

The ROC and our amazing community of supporters envisioned a place where people could come together in support of one another – a place where the community felt at home and where true, meaningful transformation could take place.  Over the course of several years and with input from community members, staff, volunteers, Participants, and supporters, the ROC created a vision for our new home: a centralized place for services and support that welcomed all who walked through the doors.  We broke ground in June of 2021, with construction beginning in the fall of that year.  By January of 2023, we moved into the Scott Bieler Family Foundation Rural Outreach Center and opened our doors to the public.

The Result

The Scott Bieler Family Foundation Rural Outreach Center

Our new home, the Scott Bieler Family Foundation Rural Outreach Center, is all that we dreamed of and more.  It is home – as one young boy told us, “I think I could live here!”

From counseling offices with soothing natural light to playrooms designed to help children heal and from community spaces for gatherings and meetings to a welcoming front lobby, the Scott Bieler Family Foundation Rural Outreach Center is a place of hope and healing – and a place of community togetherness.

We are grateful for everyone who helped make this new space possible.

Next Steps

The next phase of construction is to build the Community Development Hub, an accessory building right next to the new building that will house warehouse space, a training classroom, and an additional office.  From here, we will be able to run additional programs and serve even more individuals and families.  Your continued support will make this next part of our vision a reality, and we are thrilled to have you along for this journey.

Donate to the Campaign

Circle of Care

Gifts of $50,000 or more


Scott Bieler Family Foundation

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

KeyBank in Partnership with the First Niagara Foundation

The M&T Charitable Foundation

Peter & Elizabeth Tower Foundation

Pathways Christian Fellowship

Children’s Guild Foundation

Chur Family Foundation

National Fuel Gas Company Foundation

John R. Oishei Foundation

Hayes Family Partnership

James H. Cummings Foundation

Paul and Helen Ellis Charitable Trust

Buffalo Bills Foundation

Margaret L. Wendt Foundation

Corporations & Organizations

Midwest Air Traffic Control Service, Inc.

Moog Inc.

Erie County


Estate of Donna Brott & Family

Keith & Lucie Albee

Paul Babbitt & Judith Van Nostrand

James & Karen Dusel

Christye Peterson & Peter Grogan

James & Judith Oubre

Charles E. Balbach

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