|Posted on March 4, 2014 at 10:30 PM|
The ROC Report #19
This is a much overdue ROC Report as I haven’t written since December 27. One of the problems I need to remedy is that when it comes to Emergency Services for The ROC, it’s sort of a one horse show and I’m the horse. I’m really praying for someone with the interest and experience to help with this about 10-15 hours a week. We also need some help when it comes to Totes of Hope delivery to the schools which takes about 2 hours per week. But you need a strong back and an SUV or truck to do it. I’ve been blessed to have Michael Smith help me the since Thanksgiving but he will be going back to work very soon. He works as a golf pro at the local course. I’m sure gonna miss him! Thanks to all of you volunteers who come on Tuesdays to pack the totes! We LOVE YOU!!!
God has blessed The ROC so that it was able to extend a helping hand to many individuals and families the last year. The totals for 2012 are:
Lodging $ 996.30
Gas $ 600.00
Rent $ 342.00
This is just the families that we actually helped out of our budget. We made many referrals to other agencies where people got the help they needed (after all, that’s what we do: we are a resource/referral agency first.) The above totals also do not include food, gas or bus tickets for transportation to doctor appointments, work or back home. This also does not include the 319 Angel Tree gifts at Christmas nor the 320 Totes of Hope distributed each week to school children. Plus we arranged for 4 cars to be fixed (no charge) at Columbine Ford in Rifle as well as a used car they donated to a single mother of 5 whose car was too dangerous for her family to ride in.
In February The ROC was recognized by Highland Elementary School in Rifle as Business of the Month. They presented us with a plaque for our work in providing Totes of Hope to the students. The presentation was made at their School Board meeting and we, Kim Regan and I, got our picture in the paper. Re2 School Superintendent, Dr. Susan Birdsey, was at the meeting and made a speech to everyone present about how much she valued the Totes of Hope Program in the district. One of her major concerns about going to a 4 day school week (to save the district money when their budgets had been drastically cut by the state) was that this would mean a longer weekend for the children and that many of them would have inadequate food at their homes. She is so excited that the Totes of Hope is providing food for 320 children whose parents have signed up to receive it. She knows it is helping tremendously and she sees that the children are so excited each Thursday when the Totes of food are passed out to them to take to their homes. Her words made us feel very good about what we do! We hear from parents and teachers how much better the children are doing in school because of the food they are getting on the weekend.
A few exciting things are happening at The ROC this month:
1. I met with the Board of Tom’s Door in Carbondale last week to make a presentation about what we do because they are considering being regular sponsors of our emergency assistance program. I have been using Tom’s Door when the situation fit their guidelines and I was out of other resources. A year or so ago I met with Rosie Mc Swain, the founder of Tom’s Door, for lunch to discuss how we could work together. She wanted to know just who The ROC is and what we do. She was very pleased that our goals are much the same as theirs are. I presented along with three other agencies in the valley who were invited to present their organizations mission as well. They were very pleased with what they heard about Reach-Out Colorado and will be offering, in the near future, to give us funding for our Emergency Assistance program each month. Now I’m just waiting to hear what it will be.
2. Just heard today from The Aspen Community Foundation who called to say that they had approved a grant request Jeanne has sent to them for funding to finance a professional team to help The ROC with Strategic Planning. This will help to strengthen our board, give us guidelines for future growth and help us with a business model. It’s kind of scary but we’re excited about it. We hope to begin that right away.
3. The Aspen Foundation recommended us to a ladies organization in Aspen who call themselves The Baguettes. They do charitable work in the valley and want to help The ROC with its Totes of Hope program. Jeanne submitted a letter of inquiry to them giving them the information they requested. They called us back and said that they will, for sure, be helping us very soon. This is exciting as well!
4. A representative from the Re2 school district contacted me last week as well and they are excited about what we are doing in the Rifle Schools with the Totes of Hope. Now they want to discuss with us what they can do to support us so we can continue to do what we do for them. It seems they’re talking about volunteer help as well as financial help. I’m trying to arrange a meeting between them and The River Center in New Castle (who have already been working on a similar arrangement with the New Castle schools which is also part of Re2). Hopefully this meeting will happen soon.
5. Jeanne has been working with my sister, Judith Horton (who just moved to Rifle from WA state) to teach her the ins and outs of writing grants for The ROC. She has had some experience in this and after the first day together Jeanne said she could see what a wonderful benefit Judith was going to be to the team. She already helps pack Totes each week and was active with Angel Tree in December as well.
We are well into 2014 and we are excited to see what God is going to do through The ROC to be His hands giving aid to those in need. Pray for us, won’t you.
Thank you to those who have faithfully supported The ROC with contributions regularly or occasionally. Just so you’ll know, your contributions are tax deductable.
God is Good!
Dave Bottroff, Director