|Posted on July 12, 2012 at 1:20 PM|
The ROC Report #2
July 9, 2012
Thank you for the encouraging notes we received from many of you about our new endeavor. Your encouragement means so much to us!
The MAJOR thing accomplished this month was the filing of the 501(c)(3) with the IRS on June 22. This will give us our non-profit status. I think the application was 27 pages long. Jeanne did a marvelous job of following the directions, giving me assignments and putting it all together in the proper order so we could submit it. We received a receipt confirmation from the IRS this weekend. So now we are waiting to hear their verdict.
Meanwhile I have been making initial face-to-face contacts with all the current community service providers in the area, including: Garfield County Social Services, Lift Up, Catholic Charities, The Salvation Army, Feed My Sheep and the Jobs Center. They were all very pleased to learn what the ROC plans to offer in Rifle and are eager to work with us. I have researched what these various agencies offer, and believe me they do plenty!
The local newspaper, the Rifle Citizen Telegram, featured an article about The ROC. The reporter called me twice to get information. The article was well written and supported our endeavor. I’ll attach a copy of the article.
A minor set-back is that Kim, our Totes of Hope leader, had a bike accident, breaking her wrist. She had to go to Denver for surgery and, since she works in a hospital, can’t go back to work until the stitches are removed. So she is staying in Denver with friends until then. After her return we will get back to work on the Totes program so by the time school starts this September we will be able to provide weekend food for the kids in need. Since Rifle schools have decided to go to a 4-day school week the food they take home will have to stretch over a 3-day weekend rather than just the usual two days. So a greater need for more food than before! We are applying for local grants to help finance this project.
Elaine Cloninger has agreed to serve as Team Leader for the Angel Tree program this Christmas. She is well suited for the challenge.
We are still looking for a Volunteer Coordinator to coordinate all of our volunteer teams. This is a big responsibility and we are searching for the right person.
Meanwhile, I found out that there is a lunch program as well as a medical clinic available for the kids in Rifle this summer. So that is very good.
We had our first board meeting for The ROC On July 5 in our Rifle Office. There is a good spirit among the board members. They are good people.
Our web site is up and running! It needs some fine tuning, but it’s up! You can view it at reach-out-colorado.org
I learned a valuable lesson two weeks ago. I spent all day with a client referred to me by Garfield County Social Services. Their intake worker had interviewed her and the story was that she was homeless and had been living with her 5 children at a friend’s home somewhere in rural Rifle. They had been living in the garage of this house when the house burned down. She was only able to get her car out but she lost everything else. I arranged a hotel suite for her family, meals at Burger King, and a doctor appointment because she had now broken out in hives. However, she never showed up for the hotel, doctor appointment or the meals. Although I had been a little suspicious earlier during the interview, the fact that she had been referred by social services led me to think that she was legit. When I called the police to inquire about the fire I found there had been no fire and this lady was wanted for questioning by the police. I had no idea where she was since she had no phone or address. She is evidently an addict and has been pulling stunts like this. Lesson: go with your gut and get answers to your questions. Still this poor lady needs help.
The ROC also arranged lodging for a family (with their 3 dogs) in a hotel for the night because the apartment they had put a deposit on had not been vacated as promised. She has a job in Rifle and he is a disabled vet. We were able get them help through the Community Service Center.
We were able to get a gas voucher (through The River Center) for a couple so they could visit their son on a weekend pass in his half-way house in White Water.
In preparation for our non-profit status we are now gathering grant and funding applications.
We are eager to do more but my “coach” at the River Center says to pace ourselves, go slow and let it grow naturally. Good advice, I’m sure.
Jeanne and I thank you again for your interest. We appreciate the feed-back we have received from you.
Director, The ROC