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Newly renovated Brownwood rec facility continues to help youth

Published On: Feb 27 2014 07:21:35 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 27 2014 08:21:34 PM CST

The City of Brownwood is giving back to an organization that helps local youth.

The renovations have given the "Revitalizing Our Community" (R.O.C.) group an opportunity to better their work.

R.O.C. founder and Brownwood Councilman Draco Miller said he is very pleased and grateful for the work that the city has done for the Bennie Houston Recreational Community center, which is where R.O.C. operates.

The center received makeovers such as upgrades on the basketball court and kitchen unit. Heating and air conditioning units were also installed, something which Miller said he didn't have when growing up at the center.

"We called it a sweat box but we still enjoyed it because it was a place for us to go," Miller said.

Miller said the purpose of the organization is to get the youth involved in the community. "We keep them off the streets. We keep them busy."

R.O.C. offers more than just sports and games.

"We are involved with helping the youth with GED programs or even tutoring."

Miller said R.O.C. holds fundraisers and money they receive will go toward events and functions for the youth to attend. The money will also be used to supply scholarships. 

"If kids need coats or shoes, they can come to us and say, 'Hey, we need help with that.' We'll go out and we'll do fundraisers for those as well."

Miller stressed that R.O.C. is multi-cultural, so youth of all ethnicities are welcome. 

According to Miller, the Bennie Houston Recreational Community Center is the only city-owned recreational center in town. It serves an average of 20 to 30 kids per day. The city spent about $50,000 for all of the renovations, which took about a year to complete.