New Life. New Hope. New Future.
Renewing Our City by providing services for the community that offer opportunities for a new life, a new hope, and a new future.
our mission & vision
The ROC Center’s mission is to provide services for the community that offer opportunities for a new life, a new hope, and a new future. The services we provide are in five areas of impact: Education, Recreation, Business Partnerships, Community Support and Spiritual Growth & Development.
The board members and executive director look to achieve success by working together with community leaders to best care for the community. Located in the heart of the Oakhill-Jackson area of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the ROC Center looks to not only provide new programming for the community but also assist and provide support for organizations that are already serving the community. By Renewing Our City, the ROC Center seeks to serve the community as a thriving hub of activity for youth, families, senior citizens, civic organizations, parks and recreation departments, and more.
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for others?
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
Areas of impact
Partnering with local schools to offer and offering tutoring, free ACT prep courses, ESL, Culinary Arts, Staff Support, workforce development tools, meeting spaces
Seasonal athletic programs, community game nights, music lessons, cooking and other life skills concerts, picnics
Working with businesses in the area to help them grow and develop, workforce development tools, office and collaboration space
Weekly meals, community garden, neighborhood meetings and also support for organizations already serving our city i.e. Bridgehave. Habitat for Humanity
SPIRITUAL GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT
Bible studies, worship services, weekly prayer, discipleship and mentoring opportunities
Meet our Team
Cedar Rapids Community School District, Metro
Cedar Rapids Community School District
College Community School District, Prairie
Cedar Rapids Community School District, Hoover
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My name is Georges Dakonsa. I come from the Democratic Republic of Congo. I have five kids; four boys and one girl. I have an extensive background in diverse fields, and have skills in effectively communicating in several languages, mobilizing communities, creating sustainable systems for data management, and designing mechanisms for access to information.My passion for social justice landed me here in the United States of America from Africa
If you have visited the ROC Center lately, you probably noticed things look a little bit different.
What’s a Thanksgiving dinner without a turkey? For a few Cedar Rapids families, that is a worry they did not have to face this holiday season.