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Rural Outreach Center expands its reach in Southtowns

The Rural Outreach Center in East Aurora, a nonprofit Christian organization committed to helping individuals and families in rural communities overcome poverty through multiple strategies, is expanding its medical services.

“Our primary mission is to offer free basic medical care for uninsured adults,” said Ruthie Hunt, director of the ROC’s Health Care Services program. “These services are provided primarily by on-site qualified nurse practitioners with an on-call physician.”

New services offered by the ROC at its health center, 730 Olean Road, include:

  • New morning hours the fourth Saturday of each month, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
  • Appropriate follow-up care for in-house patients who may have acquired insurance but have not yet found a physician.
  • Blood pressure and glucose screening without an appointment during all hours of operation.

The center also is open from 5:30 to 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month.

“We would encourage anyone who is uninsured, or knows of someone who is uninsured, to take advantage of these services,” Hunt said in a news release. “We urge all without insurance to come to the ROC even when they are not ill so that a relationship can be established.”

Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins also are welcome. Call 220-4834 for information or to make an appointment, and visit or follow the Rural Outreach Center on Facebook for more on the organization.

The ROC served more than 550 people last year, according to the nonprofit organization’s recently released annual report.

“Having a physical presence has increased foot traffic and allowed us to expand our services,” said the Rev. Frank Cerny, ROC board chairman. “We serve with compassion, empathy and respect for all people.”

The nonprofit also operates several other programs, which had the following impact last year, officials said:

  • ROC social workers served 447 individuals, participated in 151 intensive home visits and intervened in 51 crisis situations.
  • The New Paths Household Goods Redistribution Center served 268 households and distributed more than 700 household items valued at approximately $24,000.
  • The ROC distributed thousands of non-food products such as toilet paper, hygiene items, laundry detergent and more to needy households.
  • Approximately 100 free dinners were provided each month through a monthly community dinner sponsored by the Pathways Christian Fellowship.
  • The Weekend Snack Pack for Kids program provided 55 school-age children with backpacks filled with nutritious take-home food every Friday during the school year. The ROC also provided 125 children with backpacks filled with school supplies.
  • A total of 17 healthcare volunteers provided more than 300 hours of service for 28 patients. Additionally, a “Living with Diabetes” class was offered in the spring.
  • The ROC offered a reading readiness program, an expanded four-day summer program and in-home assistance, play therapy and counseling for children.
  • The 15-person Social Work Assistance Team (SWAT) provided mentoring services to help numerous clients achieve self-sufficiency.
  • Other services provided included minor home repairs, financial coaching, employment assistance and more.

“The ROC continues to work in partnership with several local agencies and more than 100 dedicated volunteers to provide services to those individuals and families in need,” Cerny said, “and we continue to pursue community partners to broaden our outreach.”



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