Our founder, Dale Dove, a lawyer and community leader, worked with the homeless for more than two decades and realized there was no one central place in the York County where people in need could go to receive help. No single location where a struggling York County citizen could receive assistance and the kind of support needed to get them back on their feet.
Dale’s vision was to open a resource center that offered immediate access to every York County outreach ministry, organization, and foundation. And if the help didn't exist, with the grace of God, the resource center would make it happen.
In 2011 Dale’s dream became a reality, and the mission of the organization was right in its name – Renew Our Community (ROC).
In the last five years ROC has served more than 85,000 client visits. In 2011 we were busy serving ten clients per day. Now, that number has rocketed to more than 125 clients each day, far exceeding initial projections, and the number of daily visitors continues to grow.
Now located at 546 S. Cherry Rd., Suite S in the back of the Pathways Community Center in Rock Hill, the ROC is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, ROC relies primarily on volunteers and local donations. More than half of the people who enter ROC are experiencing an emergency in their lives. These are neighbors without clothes, food, housing, and/or electricity.
ROC provides essential services including an emergency food pantry, clothes closet and transportation. To assist with power and utility shut offs we work closely with area churches, businesses, and Carolina Community Action.
Many of our ROC clients are repeat visitors, looking for day shelter from the elements, but also guidance and long term help. As the number of daily clients rises, so do the needs. ROC has responded by offering several programs that provide relief and renewal.
“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile,
and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”
- Jeremiah 29:7 (ESV)
Renew Our Community, Inc. is a 501 (c)3 faith-based organization founded in 2011. It was created to provide community and church leadership to care for the overall health of the community by assisting those in need, moving them from hopelessness to hope.
Act on the teachings of Jesus Christ
Building Community, Renewing Lives
Mobilize the people of York County to renew broken lives
and build up the entire community
Our People, Our Community, Our Responsibility
OUR CORNERSTONE: The brokenness in our community is reminiscent of the Bible’s book of Nehemiah, and reminds us as to how he must have felt when Jerusalem lacked a solid wall of protection. He loved his city and knew that the badly broken wall needed substantial repair and immediate care. As told in the Bible, Nehemiah rallied the people of the city together and assigned various family and tribal groups to repair different segments of the wall. In less than two months, the wall was reconstructed and effectively protecting the people from enemies. The renewed peace among the people was due to the collaborative effort of the community members. York County is our part of the wall. We take responsibility to repair what we can, and look forward to working as a team so we can Renew Our Community together.
1.Every person has value and worth, with a purpose for living as a cherished creation of God
2.Every person needs help to realize their value, worth and purpose
3.Every person has a responsibility to fulfill their life purpose, to find peace and hope for their future.
GO help others: Every person can find fulfillment and joy by sharing their purposes, failures and successes to help other people in need