LAST DAY OF AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM IN CORDILLO COURTS
(La Isla Magazine, April 2018) ~ HHI, SC. Neighborhood Outreach Connection (NOC) at the South End Center on Hilton Head has been operating out of two apartments at the Cordillo Courts condominium complex since 2014. A September 2017 court order means the group can only serve a maximum of 30 kids out of two condo units — about half of what they used to serve — until May 15, when the center must close its doors. NOC currently operates in neighborhoods on Hilton Head and in Bluffton and Beaufort. Dr. Narendra Sharma, the program’s founder, said the group has never encountered problems in other neighborhoods like they have in Cordillo Courts.
The NOC is a nonprofit program operating in Beaufort County that aims to help at-risk youth. The program sets up shop in low-income neighborhoods and serves the kids who live there by offering healthy snacks, play time, and help with math, reading and other homework. It also offers health services, workforce development workshops, and social events for the community. The last day of NOC's after-school program in Cordillo Courts will be Thursday, May 10.