|Posted on March 11, 2013 at 1:05 AM|
The ROC Report #10
We’re on a roll so far this year. Last year from June to December we helped a total of 58 people not including the 249 Totes of Hope we deliver to the elementary schools each week. So far in 2013 we’ve been able to affect 53 lives as well as the Totes of Hope. It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to make a difference for a family on the brink. Some of these people have 6 or 8 children in their home. Thanks to all of you who have helped us help them!! Without going into detail I’ll just summarize by category of need:
Help with utilities: 2
Auto repair: 2
The ROC is preparing for next school year with the Totes of Hope. Kim Regan has done a wonderful job and continues to do so. We welcome Tami Long as her assistant Totes leader. She is a gung-ho hard worker with many good ideas of her own. It’s a joy to work with her as well. Welcome aboard, Tami!
Also Nohemi Arredando (Naomi) who has helped so much with Angel Tree and Totes, has agreed to become our Latino Integration leader. She has some good ideas about how to include more Latinos as volunteers in the community. We welcome her on board as well.
Graham Mesa Elementary School honored us this month with the Business of the Month award for our Totes of Hope Program at their school. They also posted a notice on their out door marquee saying, “Thank you ROC for the Totes of Hope.” We’re glad to do it and glad it is helpful for your students and teachers.
I have begun doing some investigation into Parachute, the next community down valley from Rifle, in preparation for extending the Totes of Hope program to that school district next school year. It is a an even more depressed community than Rifle and with what I have found so far over 50% of the children would qualify for Totes. In order to do this we will need to move our food bank out of its present location at the SDA Church in Rifle to find larger quarters. The room we are in gets loaded to the gills with food when our shipment arrives each month and we are out of shelf room. The potential of more than doubling our monthly shipment and number of Totes each week would require a much larger building with more shelving. In Rifle there are quite a number of empty properties and we are following leads to convince owners that a $1/year lease with a tax break would be better than they are doing now and would certainly help a good cause. This is something to pray about!
I’m looking for a Senior Assistance Team leader, an Emergency Services leader & other prayer needs. We will also be holding more volunteer sign-up drives in these communities.
Jeanne has been very busy applying for grants. Now that she has the basic form completed (what a lot of work!!) she is sending out an average of three grants per week!! And I actually had a personal interview with one foundation for a general operating grant. We will hear from them sometime mid May. Yes, more to pray about. As you can see much prayer goes into this work and we really appreciate prayer partners calling for God’s grace upon The ROC. If you think of it, and are able, send a contribution our way as well. Our non-profit 501c3 will get you a receipt right away. The ROC, PO Box 1222, Rifle, CO 81650.
God is good! and we are certainly enjoying ourselves serving the Lord in this way. Thank you for your interest in The ROC and I implore you to spread the word. We hope to have our Face Book page up and running very soon. I’m not savvy about all of that but God has given us people who are.
Have a great month. I know we will!