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Rainbow of Challenges kicks off 50-year celebration at coffee

By Rick Kennedy, managing editor
Rainbow of Challenges hosted the weekly Hope/ Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce coffee event at its ROC Administration building located at 500 South Main Street. Locally known as ROC, hosting the weekly coffee on Wednesday morning marked a special occasion as the organization celebrates its 50th anniversary throughout 2019.
Scott Jester, development supervisor, said “In 1969, we started off serving six children, and today, we now serve over 500.”
ROC Vice President of Innovation and Development Jennifer Block said ROC has facilities in Hope, Prescott, Lewisville, and Arkadelphia and provides
services to individuals in approximately 35 counties.
Block welcomed the Chamber gathering Wednesday morning, saying “We are thankful for the community’s unceasing support, and with continued support, we look forward to providing dedicated services to individuals with special needs for another 50 years.”
In Hope, other well-known ROC facilities include the Melon Patch restaurant in downtown Hope as well as a downtown thrift store and recycling center.
During Wednesday’s coffee, Block touted 2019 as ROC’s anniversary year, and she announced two other 50th anniversary events happening over the next two months.
On March 29, ROC will host a “Roc’n Rendezvous” fundraiser dinner, and on April 24, it will have a 50th anniversary public reception. ROC also plans a Business after Hours, a “Roc’n the Block” party, and the new version of ROCtober Fest throughout the rest of 2019.

ROC is celebrating its 50th Anniversary throughout 2019. (RIck Kennedy photo)
ROC Vice President Jennifer Block lays out food for visitors to Wednesday’s coffee at ROC. (Rick Kennedy photo)
Many members of the ROC staff were on hand for Wednesday’s coffee event. (Rick Kennedy photo)
ROC started in 1969, and it moved into its current administration building in 2012, where Wednesday’s coffee event was held. (Rick Kennedy photo)

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