Why We ROC

   A story of how grief transformed into positive action!


ROC began in 2009 as a passionate movement of the soul. After the tragic death of 13 year old neighbor, Steven Odom, a hole was left in the heart of the neighborhood. The community needed to come together, so resident Trena Ambroise, along with fellow neighbors, went door-to-door with clipboards, collected names and contact info, then invited people to attend a meeting at the True Vine Church, where Steven’s parents, Kim and Ronald Odom (pictured above) are pastors. The people who attended continued to meet and decided to form an official group, creating the name, Redefining Our Community. The meetings became the planning grounds for multiple projects and events, resulting in the birth of one of Boston’s most thriving organizations. ROC was officially granted status as a 501c3 in 2016. “Combining prayer with action…now that’s grassroots efforts creating great change!”


“ROC has bonded the residents of multiple streets like Corbet, Nelson, Evans, Maxwell and more! Our intention is to bring back the good ol’ days when you knew who your next door neighbor was and you looked out for them. We care about where we live and we will not allow others who do not live in our community define who we are. That is why we are Redefining Our Community!

-ROC President and Co-founder, Trena Ambroise