Community signs petition to keep Neighborhood Outreach Connection

Published: Oct. 31, 2013 at 3:32 AM EDT|Updated: Nov. 30, 2013 at 4:32 AM EST
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BLUFFTON, SC (WTOC) - Neighborhood Outreach Connection, Bluffton House Residents and members of the greater Bluffton community delivered a petition to the office of the new owners of the Aspen Square Apartment Complex Wednesday in a last ditch effort to keep a community outreach program going in the lowcountry.

The petition, signed by more than 220 people, asked the management to let Neighborhood Outreach Connection remain in the complex.

NOC's two-apartment lease runs out in November, and Aspen Square said the non-profit must go.

If the program were to leave, that would mean no more after school programs for children living at Bluffton House and no more health or workforce development programs for the community.

Mica Weathers, mother of an NOC student, has experienced first hand the great things the NOC does for the community.

"I had issues with my son last year and the program really helped," she said. "My kids have been going to this program since it started, and in the nine years that I've lived here this program has changed this complex and this community tremendously."

Children also delivered notes of support for the NOC to Aspen Square's office.

The NOC has asked Aspen Square if it could rent one of the available apartments at Bluffton House to continue its programs, but the company has said no.

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