To all the ladies out there...

 Please remember October is a month dedicated to “breast cancer awareness”  and all things PINK.

What breast cancer awareness mean? For some it is a reminder to get your annual mammogram. 

For others, October is a painful reminder of their breast cancer experience, and the tens of thousands of lives lost annually to this disease. However for us at AROC, October for us along with our partners and those who will host a fundraiser to support our efforts and raise money for our “essential” mission. Please know without your contributions/support from AROC “365 PINK FUNDS”, many individuals in active treatment for breast cancer are at risk for a sudden hard financial losses. In other words, they are at-risk to not show up for chemo infusion or radiation, or they do not fill prescriptions.  

Treatment patient is overwhelmed and can lead to earlier mortality, an outcome that is unacceptable. When lost income come into conflict or opposition with the cost of health insurance premiums, high deductibles, and co-pays, patients and their families are at risk for suffering financial losses.

The threat of vehicle repossession, utility shutoffs, foreclosure, or eviction, can result in patients making decisions to stop treatment and return to work. Many women will have the honor of sharing that these are choices they feel compelled to make, until they learn about AROC “365 PINK FUNDS”. 

If you would like to share your story/ your journey send it to is at: [email protected] today.

For women with HER2+or HER2- or metastatic disease awaiting a social security disability decision or Social Security Disability Income payments to begin, AROC 365 PINK FUNDS can provide them with up to six months of financial assistance. 


A Message From The Director

Better Vision for 25, 000 Underserves youth, young adult, family, and veterans, seniors, disability individuals in our service area of Charleston and Berkeley County. AROC and its collaboration partners, we believe that everyone deserves to see their best so that they can live their best. That is why this philanthropy project is so important is fulfilling our mission to individuals' and families we serve in adult basic education, Youth literacy, Family Literacy, Health, Eyeglasses- Vision for  everyone to be able to eye to have literacy improvements.

This project will provide 24 complimentary pairs of eyeglasses for underserved individuals within the community in which we serve through our referral voucher program.. It is Easy as 1, 2, 3 just call us today for additional information to add your name to our list for your complimentary basic eye-exam, complimentary pair of eyeglass. 

Appointment times can book up quickly, so please so be encourage your vision is very important to us here at AROC. Please go to our contact page and request for these services before  time runs out. Talk with you soon.

Thank you

Bettye J Simmons-Weeks

About National Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.”


Do you know that even in the wealthiest communities, there are people who need help with access to healthy food. 

The essence of Thanksgiving is the presence of family and friends coming together for a time-honored tradition of joyful celebration with the deliberate practice of gratitude as the central focus. The ritual is there to remind us to be grateful that we are alive and have food on our table, since not everyone on our communities is so lucky.


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