|Posted on October 11, 2013 at 9:20 AM|
The ROC Report #16
On the last report we were praising God for opening for us a new facility where we can do the Totes of Hope and Angel Tree programs. Since then God has filled up the building with shelving and furniture! God is good! Our old friends at Rifle Truck and Trailer moved to their new facility at the same time we were acquiring ours. I asked John if he was going to have any extra shelving from the old building and it turns out he did. He gave us two industrial shelving units that measure 8’ long 3’ deep and can reach up to 12’ high. They are valued at $350 apiece. One of his men helped me disassemble them, transported them to our facility and my son-in-law, Mike Glynn, helped reassemble them. So we have wonderful shelving.
That week I received a call from The Rotary Club in Rifle asking if I would be willing to accept an invitation do be a last minute substitution and present a program for them at their next meeting in 4 days. I gladly accepted and put together a power point presentation which I gave to the group of about 20 at an early morning breakfast. One lady in attendance is the director of Garfield County Libraries. After the presentation she said, “Come see me. I’ve got some stuff you can use.” And did she ever! Glenwood Springs just completed a new library and were opening it that weekend. The old library was full of tables, chairs etc. that she said I could have if I wanted. Son-in-law Mike went over with me and between his truck and my Ford Focus station wagon we loaded: 7 folding tables, 10 padded chairs, office desk and chair, two cabinets, one large and one small book case, 3 step stools, two coat racks, 3 large door mats and a large trash can. It’s all nice stuff too. We are set! So God arranged for me to be a substitute-program where I would cross paths with the very lady with whom I needed to be in contact. God is Good!!
In September we received two $1,000 grants for Totes of Hope from Wal Mart and Western Colorado Community Foundation. This helped us purchase diabetic food as well as some packaged fruit we were short of for the totes. So with the money we saved by having all these things donated we were able to buy the two wheel dollies we needed as well as basic office supplies so we could function. Thank you, Jeanne, for all the hours you spend grant-writing!
We are serving up to 320 children per week with the food program. Kim Regan, our School Programs Leader, is doing a good job.
Sept. numbers for Emergency Assistance:
14 Client interviews; 50 people, 7 referrals to other agencies for assistance; $2,450 assistance from other agencies for utilities and rent; ROC helped people with $351 for utilities; ROC paid $128 lodging for 5 people, 1 referral to Columbine Ford for auto repair, ROC paid $137 gas for 5 people. Total ROC Emergency Fund used was $450.17.
The Angel Tree Program is starting this month. This provides a toy for children under age 12 who otherwise would not receive a Christmas present. We have a wonderful team leader in Elaine Cloninger who is detail oriented and knows the community. The local Catholic Church is teaming up with us because they were dissatisfied with how their Jerome Tree program went last year. Agencies and schools will accept applications during the month of October. Elaine and I are soliciting businesses for their support this month as well. By mid November the Trees with the children’s names on the angles will be in Wal-mart, the local grocery store, Alpine Banks and other locations and the gifts returned to us by early December for distribution to the families on December 14; a lot of work in a short time. Elaine expects we may do as many as 400 gifts for children in Rifle, a community of about 9,200. We could use donations for this program because there are expenses beyond the buying gifts for angels that are taken and the gift not returned to us. When that happens we need to purchase a $25 gift for that child. Then at the end of the year, if we have any money left, we take advantage of after Christmas sales on gift bags and toys to build up stock for next year. I’m sure you have a similar program in your community. If you’d like to support ours, feel free!
On Sunday, October 6, 20 ROC volunteers worked to clean up weeds and accumulated junk from the yard of a senior citizen who is widowed and wheel-chair bound. The city had cited her for the condition of her yard but she was unable to do it herself nor was she able to pay anyone to clean it up for her. After surveying the situation I went to the City of Rifle and asked if they would be willing to provide a dump truck to haul the stuff off if I got the volunteers to do the work. God bless them; the city parked a large dump truck beside the house and our volunteers worked with family members to completely fill the truck plus two pick trucks. We started at 9 AM and were done before noon! What a great group of volunteers!
At The ROC Board last night we had a preliminary meeting with a group from The Executive Service Corps headquartered in Snowmass, CO. They came to evaluate us for the purpose of helping us create a strategic plan for the future of The ROC. These two gentlemen are retired executives: one from an oil company in TX and the other from an aluminum company. During their retirement they are using their experience to help non-profits organize to become more successful. They seemed genuinely pleased with their interview of the board and were impressed with how much The ROC has been able to accomplish in its first year. We should have a proposal by the end of the month of what they think they can do for us.
Fall has finally come to our area but the trees are late in turning their golden colors. The rain you heard about in Colorado did all its damage on the Front Range north of Denver. We got a lot of rain in September, and it’s raining again today, but no flooding in the western part of Colorado. We’ve had one ½” skiff of snow and a freeze. This just reminds us that the cold weather is coming and that means that heating bills will be going up. We expect an increase of requests for assistance as long as the economy in our area remains the way it is. Lots of people un-or-underemployed.
Thank you for your interest in Reach-Out Colorado. I appreciate your feed-back and I thank those who support us with your tax-deductable contributions.
Dave Bottroff, Director
Reach-Out Colorado, Inc