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The latest bi-monthly edition of ROP’s eNewsletter – Urban Voices – is now available on ROP’s website.

This 2-page edition of Urban Voices includes the following articles:

  • Kazumi’s Story – Marla Vlieger helps committed Food Bank volunteer, Kazumi Austin, share her story about how God has used her ministry at ROP to bless others and change her life.
  • Will ROP’s Hospitality Room Become a Hospitality Room? – The building across the street from ROP went on the market on Monday. It’s going to take a miracle, but we believe God wants ROP to buy it and use it to bless our community. Could be exciting!
  • Reflections on First Year of Wednesday Lunch Outreach – This month we are celebrating one year of Wednesday Lunch Outreaches at the Martin Luther King Library. Tom Adams shares lessons learned and blessings received.

Click on this link – Urban Voices – October 1, 2018 Edition. (If you cannot see the embedded version, just click on the link below it to access the current and older editions of Urban Voices.)

Hope you enjoy this edition of Urban Voices.

By the way, we still have room for Homework Helpers on Fridays and Reading Mentors on Wednesdays at Crawford Elementary. Even if you cannot do it this semester, but think it might work next semester, please let me know. We would love to add you to one of our Crawford teams.

Crawford Elementary Looking for “Homework Helpers” on Friday Afternoons

If you have been reading ROP’s eblasts over the last several years, you know that our relationship with Crawford Elementary School has become an important part of ROP’s ministry and community development efforts. On Friday, we received some additional evidence that our relationship is also important to our friends at Crawford. It came in the form of a request from Crawford’s Communities In Schools Site Coordinator, Alma Palma, asking for our help in providing help with their Homework Club on Friday afternoons. Here is what she sent me.

“Crawford’s homework club is an informal program designed to assist students with their homework. We get together every Friday from 1:15 pm to 2:15 pm. During the homework club children work on their own, and if they need help, they raise their hand and we come and assist them. We do not intent to teach, and there are no specific qualifications. We have about 25 students right now, but we are getting more. We need at least 4 to 6 volunteers per session. But the more we have the better it is.”

I know this is similar to our request for Reading Mentors on Wednesday afternoons, but I still wanted to get this request out there for our Denver friends to consider because (1) we want to help the school and its children in any way we can, and (2) in the hope there may be some available during the requested time frame (1:15 to 2:15 on Fridays) that may not be available for Reading Mentoring (3:15 to 4:45 on Wednesdays).

If you are interested or simply have questions, please email me and Alma Palma at [email protected].

Thanks for your consideration of this request on behalf of our friends at Crawford Elementary.

By the way, we still have room for more Reading Mentors on Wednesdays. Even if you cannot do it this semester, but think it would work next semester, please let me know. We would love to add you to our Mentor Team.

P4AP 2018 Provides Much to be Thankful For

Pedal 4A Purpose 2018 began with probably the best weather we have ever had for the event. Just the first of many things for which we thank God related to this year’s bike ride and run/walk. Others include:

  • Our awesome team of volunteers,
  • The 111 people who participated,
  • Our hosts, the Bridge Church at Bear Creek
  • Our two ministry partners, Christian Cycling and Denver Leadership Initiative,
  • Our generous sponsors,
  • And our many donors who contributed more than $22.5k to ROP and our ministry partners.

Of course, it is not too late to add to this total. This year’s Pedal 4A Purpose website will remain open for another week until October 1st. To make a donation, just click on this link to the website’s fundraising page.

And to check out more photos from this year’s event, click on this link.

The Primary Purpose of Pedal 4A Purpose is to Raise Money

Tomorrow, Saturday, September 22nd, is the first day of Fall. More importantly, it is also the day of Pedal 4A Purpose 2018.

Certainly, one of the main goals of Pedal 4A Purpose is to make it as enjoyable as possible for our participants (riders, runners and walkers). God has given us a perfect day in terms of the weather. Temperatures will be in the 60s and 70s during the event and winds are forecasted to be light. Thank you, Lord! Truly, it promises to be our best weather day ever since ROP started running Pedal 4A Purpose 10 years ago.

Of course, we have also tried to do our best to make a great event by including the following:

• A variety of cycling, running and walking options,

•6 Aid Stations along our courses,

•A Chick fil A lunch,

•Great prizes for our fundraisers and participants. (Every $250 donated or raised earns 1 ticket in our fundraiser prize drawing.), and

•An on-site mechanic to help with last minute MINOR maintenance issues.

Now it’s your turn.  I am happy to report that as of this moment we have 104 people registered to participate and we have raised $19.2k for ROP, Christian Cycling and Denver Leadership Initiative.  Both of these numbers are good improvements from last year, but we have room for more participants and, as the sub-title above states, the primary purpose of tomorrow’s event is to raise money for our three organizations. So, we invite you, your family and your friends to join us tomorrow morning. (You can register on-line up till 9 p.m. this evening by clicking on this link, and we will be more than happy to take walk-up registrations tomorrow morning.)

We also invite you to be a part of making it a great day for ROP, Christian Cycling and Denver leadership Initiative by making a donation on the Pedal 4A Purpose website – even if you are unable to participate. Just click on this link to the website’s fundraising page.

Thanks for your consideration of these invitations to partner with ROP and our ministry partners in serving our communities.

ROP’s Food Bank, ESL Program and P4AP Looking for Participants

This will be quick. I want to make you aware of three opportunities to partner with ROP in serving our disadvantaged community:

  1. The first opportunity is with ROP’s Food Bank. Earlier this year, we began receiving food from the South Glen Whole Foods store. The perishable foods provided by Whole Foods have been a huge blessing to the people served by ROP’s Food Bank.  We would love to add a few more people to the team that collect the food at Whole Foods and/or drive the food to ROP. If you are available around noon on Monday’s and are interested in this opportunity, please contact Tish Freeman at [email protected].
  1. Opportunity no. 2 is with ROP’s English as a Second Language program.  We are hoping to start a Wednesday evening conversational English class for those who are unable to attend our morning classes.  This will be a time for them to practice speaking and build a friendship with a native speaker.  We need 2-3 more volunteers to make this happen.  We will meet 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the ROP building.  You can volunteer every week or every other Wednesday.  Please consider joining us!  Anyone interested should contact Angie Long at [email protected].
  1. While the first two opportunities are ongoing, the final opportunity is for just one day and is coming up very soon, like this Saturday. It is an opportunity to get some exercise, enjoy some fellowship with family and friends and help ROP raise some much needed support so that we can keep offering programs like our Food Bank and ESL program. Yes, this is another shameless but brief plug for Pedal 4A Purpose, ROP’s annual bike ride and run/walk.  There are many good reasons to do this, including of course the support thing and an ideal weather forecast, but I will not bother repeating them all again here. For more information, to register or to donate just click on this link.

 Thanks for your consideration of these opportunities to partner with ROP in serving our needy community.

One Day in Support of One Community and Several Ministry Partners

Pedal 4A Purpose is coming up very soon, just This coming Saturday on September 22nd. It promises to be a special day of good fun and fellowship and great weather. Yes, my weather program is forecasting a perfect day with lots of sun, no rain and temps in the mid 70s.

But the best thing about this day that makes it most special (at least for me) is that it supports all the things that happen almost every day at Restoration Outreach Programs, and with our staff and our ministry partners, Denver Leadership Initiative and Christian Cycling.

Just last Wednesday at ROP:

• 25+ students participated in English as a Second Language class,

•70 homeless men and women received a Chik fil A lunch and some prayer and care,

•10 students were tutored in our Work Readiness program,

•8 children participated in Reading mentoring at Crawford Elementary, and

•14 children sang songs, played games and learned from the Bible as part of our evening Spark program (photo).

On other days of the week:

•8 students receive seminary level Bible training

•100 families receive food and a lot of care.

So, I hope you will consider joining us for a bike ride or run/walk on a beautiful Colorado day, but even if you cannot make it, please consider making a donation and using this special day to support a lot of special ministry that happens year-round through ROP and our ministry partners.

Thanks for your consideration.

Pedal 4A Purpose Economics Hard to Beat

Pedal 4A Purpose 2018 – 9/22/18

Did you know that your Pedal 4A Purpose Registration includes the following?

  • A $20 gift certificate from Wheatridge Cyclery
  • A Pedal 4A Purpose t-shirt (bet you can’t guess what color it will be this year)
  • A Pedal 4A Purpose water bottle
  • Lunch from Chick-fil-A
  • Snacks and beverages at 6 Aid Stations manned (and womanned) by our awesome volunteers

All this for just $40 per individual and $90 per family (of three or more). Hard to beat these economics – right?

Plus 

  • All participants have an opportunity to win some cool door prizes, and
  • Those who choose to raise funds or donate will receive a ticket in our major prize drawing for every $250 donated/raised. Major prizes include:
    • $1000 toward the purchase of a bike at Schwab Cycles
    • Wheatridge Cyclery stuff
    • Full auto-detailing from AutoNation Subaru Arapahoe
    • $50 – 100+ gift certificates from Schwab Cycles and Pedal

And of course, the best “economic” return of all is that you are partnering with Restoration Outreach Programs and our non-profit partners to raise much needed funding in support of our ministries.

How many other charity fund-raisers can you think of that offer these kind of economics?

You can register or donate by clicking this link.

I hope to see you on Saturday, September 22nd, at The Bridge Church at Bear Creek (new name, but same location as last year).

Back Pack Project Provides Nice Back Drop for Meeting School’s New Principal

This will be pretty quick. Recently, several of us went to Crawford Elementary for their annual Back to School Resource Fair.  The purpose was to promote several ROP programs for kids and parents, but while there, the school’s director of after-school programming and our main contact handed me a stack of “thank you notes” from students for the back packs and supplies ROP was able to provide to every student in the school a couple weeks ago.

ROP was only able to bless the students, their families and the school in this tangible way thanks to the partnership and support of Cherry Hills Community Church, Valor High School and the many individuals who contributed to our “School Supplies” project. This is really huge not only for the school but also ROP’s relationship with the school, as evidenced by Crawford’s new Principal, Michael Abdale, coming to our table, introducing himself and expressing his personal thanks for the back packs and supplies.

So, I know I have expressed our thanks to all who contributed to this project before, but this time I want to pass along the thanks of the students supported by just a few of their Thank You Notes.

We still have room for a few more people to join our awesome Reading Mentoring team.  This semester the program begins with training on Wednesday, 9/5, at 3:15 p.m. at Crawford. The program runs every Wednesday after that from 3:15 to 5 p.m. for 10 weeks. This program offers an incredibly powerful way to impact a child’s life. Please contact me if you are interested or just have questions.

Pedal 4A Purpose 2018 is just 4 weeks away on Saturday, September 22nd. Click here for more information or to register. And be sure to invite others to join you in this fun event which provides much needed funding for ROP’s ministry and other partnering non-profits. Registration fees go up on September 1st.

Calling All Reading Mentors – Training Provided – No Previous Experience Required

When you help a child succeed academically, you are helping him or her succeed in life. That is the opportunity you have to make a difference as one of ROP’s awesome team of after-school Reading Mentors.

Our Reading Mentor team has a few openings this semester. So, if you are available on Wednesday afternoons, from 3:15 to 5:00 p.m. and are interested in joining our Mentor team at our neighborhood elementary school (Crawford), I strongly encourage you to email me.  No previous experience is required, just a heart to help a child. Training will be provided on Wednesday, September 5th, and the first mentoring session for the Fall semester will begin the following Wednesday, September 12th.

We want to help as many kids as we can. So, even if you just have questions about the program, please email me at [email protected]

P.S. Pedal 4A Purpose 2018 is 6 weeks away on Saturday, September 22nd. Click here for more information or to register. And be sure to invite others to join you in this fun event which provides much needed funding for ROP’s ministry and other partnering non-profits.

School Supplies Bless Students, Families and Teachers of Neighborhood School

Things slow down a bit at ROP in August with both our English as a Second Language and Work Readiness programs taking much needed breaks.  But this past week was a busy one with lots going on related to our Back Packs for Crawford project.

Tuesday, we started setting up our assembly line. Since this is the first time we have done it this way, I was amazed at how many boxes we needed open to get ready for the “stuffing” team, but there were a lot.

Wednesday evening was “stuffing” time.  We hoped we could get it done in less than three hours, but our team of 15 freshman (and three adult drivers) from Valor High School did an awesome job, stuffing 492 back packs and cleaning up in just two hours.

On Thursday morning a group of 6-7 Flourish East Colfax friends loaded a friend’s trailer at ROP and unloaded it at Crawford. When school starts next week, every student will receive a back pack filled with school supplies. Our friends at Crawford are delighted and very thankful.

And so am I. Many people contributed to making this happen. Our thanks go out to all the donors, stuffers and loaders who played a part in blessing the children, families and teachers of our neighborhood elementary school.

Well done team. Project complete!

ROP’s Reading Mentoring program at Crawford starts up on Wednesday, 9/5. If you are available on Wednesdays between 3:15 and 5 p.m. or just interested in learning more about this very strategic program, please contact me (Kent) by email or phone.

Pedal 4A Purpose 2018 is  7 weeks away on Saturday, September 22nd. Click here for more information or to register. And be sure to invite others to join you in this fun event which provides much needed funding for ROP’s ministry and other partnering non-profits.