Reach-Out Colorado, Inc
|Posted on 22 August, 2013 at 0:30|
The ROC Report #14
Have spent a lot of time this past month mediating for clients re. housing and utilities. This has allowed me to work with many other agencies in the county from Adult Protective Services to the Housing Authority. Time consuming but very good networking. These agencies are coming to realize that The ROC can be helpful in these situations, so that is all good.
The total number of people helped in July and August is 18. For the calendar year, 127.
Thank you to Rosie and Sharon from Tom’s Door who had a lunch meeting with me last month to discuss working together. They want to refer clients from my end of the valley to me to evaluate and then send the request on to them. This will make a more efficient process in getting help to clients down valley and will expedite those clients who contact me that I refer to Tom’s Door. Thank you for lunch as well!
St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Rifle Parish, is also partnering with The ROC by sending a monthly contribution for Emergency funds. They also refer people who come to them to The ROC.
Thank you to former Mayor Keith Lambert of Rifle for meeting with me in July. He is on the Aspen Foundation Board and we discussed the possibilities of the Foundation funding a team of professionals to meet with The ROC Board to work on strategic planning and growing our Board. I heard from Aspen Foundation yesterday and they gave me a name to contact to get this process going, so I’m excited about that.
The Totes of Hope summer program went well. Thank you to Kim Regan, our Totes leader, and to the volunteers who came out to pack the food for the summer school program. We did 60-70 students per week. The Re2 School District wants us to take on the Rifle Middle School this school years and we think we’re looking at 100-150 more students. That will bring our weekly student rate up to 400. This means we will need a larger area to receive, shelve and pack the food each week. Listen to how God is working things out.
In July the Ladies of The ROC (Marjorie, Sandy, Elaine and Jeanne) put together a dozen “ROC Boxes.” These were small packages containing luxury toiletries to give to the Advocate Safe House in our area. This is where women go to be safe from dangerous and abusive situations. They are cared for there but are virtually prisoners until their situations are resolved. Our ladies thought this would be a way to give a boost to these ladies living in these circumstances. I sent an article to our local paper with a picture of the ladies and their ROC Boxes and I added a PS that perhaps the paper would do an article for The ROC because we needed a larger space to do Totes of Hope. The editor got back with me and arranged an interview to do an article about our need. It so happened that that same week that the Glenwood Post Independent also contacted me (probably because they say the article in the other paper about the ROC Boxes) and wanted to do an article. So there were two interviews and two articles that came out in two different papers on the same day: August 8, 2013 (see Rifle Citizen Telegram and Glenwood Post Independent.)
As a result of that article The ROC has so far received two monetary contributions. I have been going throughout the community contacting building owners re. their properties that are sitting empty (bad economy) looking for a property on the ground floor of at least 1000 sq ft. Some are thinking about it. I need all of you to be praying about it. We hope to get it rent free otherwise we’ll need to be raising money for rent. We will also need utilities. We have been fortunate in the past to be able to use the SDA church food bank for our storage facility but that room is only 16’x16’ and is way too small for what we will need this year. But we didn’t need to pay rent or utilities so that was a big help to us for our first year.
We are grateful to God for His blessings and for opening doors for this ministry. Thank you to each of you for your interest in reading this blog, for praying for us and for supporting us when you can.
Director, Reach-Out Colorado, Inc.