Category Archives: ROP Outreach

Annual outreaches & special one-time events

Check Out the Latest Happenings at ROP

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.

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).

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.

Check Out the Latest Happenings at ROP

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:
  • Many Opportunities for Summer (Year-round) Groups – Summer is an especially busy time for ROP’s Office Manager, Vicki Ekberg, as she organizes, leads and teaches a wide variety of work groups looking for ways to serve and learn.
  • Everybody – Always – …is the title of the Bob Goff book that ROP’s staff is currently reading and discussing at the beginning of our weekly staff meetings. It’s core message is central to the heart of ROP’s ministry. We love it. You might too.
  • RCEC – Called to Serve the Trafficked and the Addicted – One of the cool things God has orchestrated in 2018 is the spin-off from ROP of Restoration Counseling on East Colfax (RCEC). RCEC’s founder, Deb Ford, shares about what God has done to help launch RCEC and invites all interested to RCEC’s inaugural dinner on September 14th.
Click on this link – Urban Voices – August 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.
P.S. Stay tuned for a report on the delivery, earlier today, of back packs and school supplies to Crawford Elementary School.
P.S.S 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 ministy and other partnering non-profits.

Trash Vigilante Making a Difference in Northwest Aurora

Meet Bill Gondrez, aka Mr. Bill.  Bill is a pre-school teacher in Aurora Public Schools who moonlights as a trash vigilante in his off-hours. I first met Bill when he came to one of our Flourish East Colfax Neighborhood Meetings to present the Blockmeister Program.  Following Bill’s presentation, ROP and several of our neighbors signed up as Blockmeisters with the primary responsibility of keeping the trash picked-up around our homes, buildings and streets. In our neighborhood, this is an ongoing challenge and clearly not a current priority for many of our neighbors, but our hope is that, as our neighbors see their neighbors picking up trash in front of their homes, they might choose to join us in making our community a trash free environment. And although this often feels like a very long-term goal, a wonderful by-product of doing this on a regular basis is that we have more opportunities to engage with and get to know more of our neighbors, which is a very good thing.

But back to Mr. Bill. While the Blockmeister Program is a good solution for all the plastic bottles, pop cans, fast food wrappers and other small stuff that litters our streets, it provides no answers for the mattresses, couches, tires, shelving, pallettes and other big stuff that clutters the sides of alleys throughout northwest Aurora. Most people just complain about this junk, but not Mr. Bill.  Through Flourish East Colfax, Bill applied for and received a $2,000 grant from the Stapleton Foundation to clean-up the big trash in Northwest Aurora’s alleys – well maybe not all of the alleys. But beginning in June and on one Saturday a month, Bill rents a truck, fills it with the “big stuff” and takes it to the big public dump east of E470. If Bill could do it by himself, he probably would, but the “big stuff” takes two people. So several of our Flourish East Colfax neighbors/participants, including yours truly, have had an opportunity to partner with Mr. Bill in this worthy endeavor, and we will continue doing so, one Saturday morning a month, until the money runs out.
There were other things I could have done this past Saturday morning, but I am glad I chose to spend a few hours taking a load of trash to the dump and making our community just a little nicer. Along the way we had the opportunity to meet a few more people, tell them what we are doing and directly or indirectly encourage them to be a part of cleaning up our community. The big bonus is it gave me some quality time to get to know Mr. Bill a little better. I thank God for him and all those who are working to make our community a better place to live and work.
P.S. I am thankful to report that we raised almost exactly the amount needed to complete the purchase of back packs and supplies needed to provide these items to all 490 students at Crawford Elementary, which will happen on August 2nd.
P.S.S. Pedal 4A Purpose 2018 is just two months 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 ministy and other partnering non-profits.