Modified: June 10, 2021 10:57am
Erie County Legislator Joe Lorigo spoke at a ceremony celebrating the groundbreaking of the Rural Outreach Center’s new building site Wednesday morning.
Once completed, ROC Central will include offices, counseling rooms, large, open, dividable areas, for children’s programming including play therapy, larger community gathering spaces, and small group sessions, a plaza, and meditation/chapel and access to the building for worship. Legislator Lorigo thanked the team at ROC for their tireless work in the fight against poverty and joined other community leaders to officially break ground on the site. Right now, fundraising efforts are $700,000 short of the $4,200,000 goal to make the new facility a reality.
Legislator Lorigo said, “I can’t thank Frank Cerny enough for everything he has done to address rural poverty throughout the areas that are too often overlooked. During my time as an Erie County Legislator, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know Frank and his staff and see everything they do to help those who need it most. Unfortunately, the demand for help is growing. This expansion will be a huge asset in the fight against rural poverty and will serve even more children and families who are struggling to make ends meet. It was an honor to be part of this special day and I look forward to seeing the new building take shape.”