When asked what ROP’s ministry strategy is, my short answer is often to say that we try to “scratch where people are itching.” By that I mean that ROP seeks to meet the practical or felt needs of those coming to us for assistance, needs for things like food, language acquisition, and jobs. We meet many of these needs through ROP’s regular programs, like our Food Bank and English as a Second Language and Work Readiness Programs. Sometimes, however, we get requests that our programs are not able to address. Often, we end up referring these requests to other organizations, but on occasion a volunteer or staff member feels led to step beyond their ministry description and address a more unique need. The following story comes from Marla Vlieger, ROP’s Education Director, regarding a special request from one of her Work Readiness students.
“Andrea” is one of my former Work Readiness students who graduated with her GED earlier this year. Since then, she has started college and has even been able to buy a car. But she had a problem. She didn’t have anyone in her life who could teach her to drive and help her get her driver’s license. So, she asked me and I agreed to be her driving instructor (using her car, not mine :-). We started lessons in May. She made good progress even though we could only meet a few times a month. Last week, she took her driving test, but did not pass :-(. This week, however, she tried again and passed. Yay! Andrea is very excited to be driving to school and work instead of taking the bus, especially because of the coming snow! (This photo is of GED Graduate, “Andrea”, and her driving instructor, Marla.)
Sometimes our stories are about “big” things like a Thanksgiving Outreach or the start of a new lunch program for the homeless or the launch of a new affiliated counseling center. But every day at ROP “smaller” stories are taking place, where God gives a staff member or volunteer the opportunity to make a difference in the life of someone who needs a little help. Marla’s story above is just one recent example.
Your support of Restoration Outreach Programs is a critical part of these stories, big and small. Indeed, they could not happen without the support of our financial partners. So, as we approach year-end, we ask for your consideration of a special year-end gift in support of ROP’s ministry. And if it works for you to make your year-end gift on-line through Colorado Gives Day (CGD), reduced fees and other financial benefits make this is the best time of year for ROP to receive donations via credit card.
To make a Colorado Gives Day donation just click on this link to ROP’s page on the CGD 2017 website. If you are making your donation before December 5th, you just need to be sure to check “CO Gives Day” under “Donation Frequency” and your donation will be scheduled to be made on Colorado Gives Day, Tuesday, December 5th. Of course, it also works fine to make your donation on 12/5. It also works fine if you prefer to send a check. Checks should be made payable to ROP and mailed to ROP, PO Box 632, Aurora, CO 80040.
Thanks for your consideration, and if you have already made your year-end donation to ROP as many have, thank you and I hope you enjoyed the story :-).
If for some reason the link does not work or is not handy when you want to make your donation, just type Colorado Gives Day into your browser to go the CGD website and search for Restoration Outreach Programs. This will quickly get you to ROP’s CGD Donation Page.