our mission & vision

The mission of the ROC Center is to renew our city by providing services for our community with compassion, truth and hope.  We will do this by providing services 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

Volunteer Opportunities

Areas of impact

Meet our Team 

LaShunda McFarland

Board President
Coe College

Keith Burgh

Board Vice President

Steven Wilson

Executive Director

Kayla Juehring

Executive Administrative Assistant
The ROC Center

Rod Dooley

Board Member
New City Church

Dede Fantroy

Board Member
Cedar Rapids Community School District, Hoover


Board Member
Aegon Asset Management

Daniel Winn

Board Member
New City Church
Drop Inn Ministries

Dan Devore

Board Member
Cedar Rapids Community School District, Metro

Matt Jenkins

Board Member
College Community School District, Prairie

George Bounds

Board Member
General Mills

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Introducing Buxton Hall

Introducing Buxton Hall

Our heart today at the ROC Center is to recapture, renew and build on that work ethic, love of family and friends and fully integrated sense of community that sparked this neighborhood in the early 1900’s.   We honor the memories that precede us and look forward to what God is going to do afresh in the Oak Hill Jackson neighborhood in the years to come.

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The ROC Center welcomes Kinyange House

The ROC Center welcomes Kinyange House

Meet our partner Georges Dakonsa, founder of Kinyange House and learn about their vision. 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...

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ROC Renovations

ROC Renovations

If you have visited the ROC Center lately, you probably noticed things look a little bit different.

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Whether you have a question regarding one of our programs, would like to request meeting space or, would like to learn about volunteer opportunities, our team is looking forward to hearing from you and will be in touch soon!


1202 10th Street SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

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