Help ROP score a Touchdown by Making Our Building more Accessible and Hospitable




Why is ROP doing the "Join the Team" Campaign again this year? - Throughout the Bible, God's mandate to serve the poor is clearly evident. (A couple verses to check out are Is. 58:6-12 and Matt. 25:31-46). The only real question is what does my (and your) service to the poor look like? Restoration Outreach Programs offers many opportunities to serve the poor through use of your time, talent and treasure. To learn more or get involved, click on the appropriate link below.

This year a major focus of our Join the Team Campaign is raising the funds needed in support of ROP's expanding role in Community Development by making our building more accessible and hospitable.  We hope to do this in two specific ways.

  • One is to hire and train a team of receptionists from our community in order that we have at least 15 hours per week when our front door is not locked and people know there will be someone available to give them the assistance they are seeking.  
  • A second step is replacing the 60+ year-old tile in our primary ministry rooms and the carpet in the front of the building. 
It is our hope and expectation that these enhancements to our services and facilities will better convey the dignity and respect we want to show all those who come to our ministry seeking assistance.

If you would like to make a donation in support of ROP's plans to make our building more accessible and hospitable, please click on the "Donate Today" button below. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated, but you can be an MVP with a donation of $500 or more or a pledge of monthly support. Please be sure to indicate in the comment box that your gift is part of the Join The Team campaign.



To learn more about why ROP is doing the Join the Team campaign and the specifics of our plans to enhance the accessibility and hospitality of our building, click HERE.

Of course, another major goal of ROP's annual Join the Team campaign is to mobilize volunteers who are called and gifted to serve in on of our ongoing programs.  Several of our programs would benefit tremendously from the addition of just 2 or three volunteers. We know that distance is a significant obstacle for many prospective volunteers. So we encourage you to consider turning a potential negative into a positive by inviting a family member or friend to share some fellowship time on the commute to and from ROP.

Click HERE for a complete listing of ROP's ongoing service opportunities..

To conclude our campaign we will be hosting an Open House at ROP's building on Sunday, November 1st from 2 to 4pm. At the end of each hour a leader from one of our refugee church partners will share his story of transitioning from life in his country to life in Denver (2:45 Nepal and 3:45 Myanmar). The Open House will also provide a great opportunity to talk to ROP staff, catch up on all of ROP's existing programs and to check out our newly expanded Kitchen.

For more information about the Open House click HERE

ROP's spending and staff have grown at a fraction of the rate of our services. Most of the growth in ministry ROP has experienced in the past and any growth we hope to see going forward has been and will be a direct result of the volunteers God has called and will call to Join the ROP Team.

Click HERE to see how ROP's ministry has grown from 2008 to 2014.

Look how we've grown!


ROP Growth Chart 2008 2014 % change
Monthly ave. people served by Food Bank 571 1376 141%
Monthly ave. people served (excl. Food Bank) 62 838 1252%
Total people who accepted Christ 8 206 2575%
ROP Staff 8 8 0%
Monthly ave regular vols. 32 46 44%
Special event/visiting vols. 547 1047 91%
Total volunteer hours 4991 17149 244%
Operating expenses - $k $176 $273 55%

As you can see, ROP's staff has not grown at all and its spending and volunteer base have grown at a fraction of the rate of our services. With a larger budget and a bigger team of volunteers we can accomplish even more of the plans God has for this ministry.

You can make a difference when you Join our Team!

Your support of ROP will help us reach out to those in need of food, education, community, counseling, and a restored life through Christ.


Thank you for responding by the end of this year's campaign - November 1st - with your gift.




Volunteer

ROP offers many fulfilling opportunities to serve Christ by Joining the ROP team, and making a commitment of a few hours each week for one year to serve in urban ministry in northwest Aurora and east Denver.

ROP's high impact volunteer opportunities include:

Food Bank
Work Readiness (GED) Tutors
Elementary and Middle School Tutoring
ESL Teachers
Child Care
Mentors and Counselors
Street Ministry (Serving hot meals to the homeless)
Elementary School Program (Spark)
Middle School Program (Ignite)
High School Program (Impact)
Office Administration

To talk with someone in the Youth Ministries department call 303-344-4219. To speak with someone from the Resource Ministries department call 720-859-2513.

You can also visit our web page for more details.

Why Join The Team?


Is. 58:6-7 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked to clothe him…”

Throughout God’s Word it is clear that caring for the needs of those less fortunate than ourselves is not an option, but a command. God created all of us for a purpose (Eph. 2:10) and one of those purposes is caring for the needy. God takes caring for the poor very seriously and so should we. The only difference should be in how that care is expressed in each of our lives.

ROP’s ministry expresses care for the poor in a variety of ways: by providing food and clothing to the needy; by providing teaching and tutoring to adults wanting to learn English, earn their GED or get a better job and to kids struggling in school; by providing counseling and mentoring to people struggling with addictions, abuse and other issues; by encouraging kids to learn how to make healthy choices at home, at school and with their friends; and by taking the opportunities God gives us to share His love in word as well as deed.

Over the past couple years, ROP has also felt God's call to play a greater role in the area of Community Development. For ROP, Community Development means (1) supporting local church leadership, (2) encouraging unity within the Body of Christ, (3) facilitating connections between urban and suburban church partners, and (4) partnering with local churches in serving our community.

As we have felt God calling ROP to a greater role in community development, we have also felt convicted that we need to do a couple things as it relates to our building in order to make it a better tool for ministry.

First, we feel like we need to make ROP’s building more accessible to the public. We intend to do this in two ways. One is to staff the front desk with a receptionist so that we can have regular hours when people can come to ROP and find the door unlocked with someone readily available to answer questions and provide assistance. (Without someone at the front desk, we need to keep the door locked for security reasons.) A receptionist can also help us with another need – doing a better job of answering the phones. It is our hope and expectation that over time unlocked doors and answered phones will make ROP a more accessible and hospitable venue for the people of our community.

Second, we are convicted that the building itself could use some attention in order to make it feel more like a place where people are treated with dignity and respect. Earlier this year we hired a partially disabled Burmese man as a janitor to do routine cleaning. Thanks to a grant from The Anschutz Foundation we are also in the process of upgrading and expanding our kitchen. These are big steps in the right direction, but one significant item desperately needs attention – our floors. The tile in the back of the building is likely original which means it is 60+ years old. The carpet in the front was installed only 7 years ago when our building was renovated, but the combination of heavy use and poor quality carpet means it is time for replacement and hopefully an upgrade.

Obviously, these things take money. We plan to hire and train receptionists from the community we serve. Paying a receptionist $10/hr. to man the front desk three days per week for 5 hours each day will cost about $600/month or $7,200/year. Replacing the tile in the back and carpet in the front of the building will cost about $7,500 and $6,000, respectively.

ROP needs the ongoing partnership of the Body of Christ to sustain and grow this ministry. We need this partnership to be expressed in volunteering and financial support. If God is leading you to get involved (or more involved) with ROP, please act today by making a financial gift and/or contacting the appropriate program director regarding your interest in serving.

To learn more about volunteering at ROP click HERE

Open House - Sunday, November 1st, 2015

Push ROP Over the Goal Line at ROP's Open House and Dessert on November 1st

This year's Join the Team Campaign culminates with an Open House at ROP's building on Sunday, November 1st from 2 to 4 p.m. Our address is 1540 Boston Street, Aurora 80010

This event provides a great opportunity...
  • to check out ROP's ministry first hand, especially if you have not been to our building in a while. We have a newly expanded Kitchen thanks to The Anschutz Foundation. Yay! 
  • to meet and talk to ROP's awesome staff. God is doing a lot of great things through our ministry and we would love to share with you about some of those things.
  • to hear the compelling stories of two refugees who are now serving as leaders in their respective churches here in ROP's community. Coincidentally, the name of both men is James. James from Nepal will share at 2:45 and James from Myanmar will share at 3:45.
  • to enjoy some yummy treats
  • to make a generous donation in support of ROP's work - do not want to forget that one :-).
Hope you can join us. RSVPs are not necessary, but appreciated. If you know you are coming, please RSVP by sending an email to Event@restorationoutreachprograms.org.