|Posted on February 6, 2013 at 6:40 PM|
The ROC Report #9
Did you notice that this is # 9. We’ve been in operation 9 months and it’s wonderful to see how God is blessing by allowing us to help and involve so many people. We thank you for your interest and support in The ROC.
The month of January started off busy. A couple and their dog were traveling with a trucker and ended up stranded in Rifle during one of our very cold weeks in early January that never got out of single digit temps. I was in CA checking on my Dad when I got the call from them. They had been referred to The ROC by a local church. Fortunately I had visited local businesses in December seeking contributions. The La Quinta Inn GM had offered to “comp” a room for stranded people for a night when needed. So I called her, explained the situation and she gave the couple a room to get out of the cold. The trucker, who was supposed to get back to pick them up the next day, himself got stranded in a CA storm and would be an extra day getting back. The couple called me again and, hoping for the good graces of LaQuinta, requested that they give them another night, which they did! The couple was so happy not to have had to stay out on the street. (I don’t understand why people set out across country with no means of support, but some do, I guess.) The point is they may have frozen to death outside. There are no shelters in Rifle.
We helped a single parent with 4 children who was missing work because she was recovering from shoulder surgery. She was unable to pay her electric bill. The electric company was going to turn off the power the next day if the bill wasn’t paid. Still in CA when this call came in I worked with the SDA Church Community Service Center who contacted her, paid her utility bill and she was able to keep heat in her home. When I got back home The ROC contributed $100 to the SDACSC to help with that expense. Thank you Reba at the CSC!
The ROC also helped a teacher’s aid (a single parent) with her utilities to keep the heat on. In another case the ROC made arrangements for B&B Plumbing to make emergency repairs on a frozen/broken water pipe in a couple’s trailer.
The best story this month concerns a single parent with a 3 year old child with JRA (junior rheumatoid arthritis.) She is a student and needed transportation to get the child to doctors appointments in Denver (3 hours) and Grand Junction (1 hr). She had no transportation at all until someone made arrangements for her to get a used car at very reasonable terms. But the tires were bald. One was even leaking air so she really couldn’t go anywhere, especially in the winter. She was referred to us by her college program director. I didn’t know how I would arrange for 4 new tires. She had already checked with one tire place and said they would be at least $119 per tire plus installation, balance and tax. So I visited tire places in Rifle and Glenwood Springs. I also made some business contacts for donations towards this project. I received a $100 donation from Rifle Equipment and a $75 gift card from Wal-Mart but I was still short. Then I went to Columbine Ford in Rifle. I explained the situation to the GM and asked him what his best deal for me could be. He replied, without hesitating, “How about free?” I couldn’t believe my ears! “Free? Did you say free?” He had been looking through The ROC brochure while we were talking and then replied, “Yes, free, and how about if we gave you $200 a month for The ROC.” I must say that my eyes teared up at that.
I came in the next day with the mother to have her tires put on at no charge. They treated her royally. She was so grateful she even signed up to volunteer for The ROC. Thank you Tim Evely, GM of Columbine Ford in Rifle. And thank our God in heaven who opens doors and answers prayers. We are so blessed!
I want to thank those of you who are making monthly contributions that range from $10 to hundreds of dollars a month for The ROC. For the first time The ROC was able to commit a small monthly stipend for the director starting in January, for which we are grateful. Jeanne has kept busy in her “spare time” writing grants to Colorado organizations who fund projects such as ours. We heard from one of them this week and they want to come for an interview with me on February 18. Please pray that this goes well and they will grant us funding for general operating.
Last night we packed totes of food for 248 children to be delivered to the elementary schools the end of this week. I’m meeting with a potential Seniors’ Assistance team leader today. Tonight is our monthly ROC Board where I will lay out a vision of expanding our services to Parachute, the next community to the west. This is a community that is even more economically depressed than Rifle. God says that if we knock he will open.
Thanks for listening. Thanks for your prayers. May you have a good month.
Till next time.
Director, The ROC