Rifle’s ROC charity finally has a home
After six new homes in five years, the ROC center, a Rifle-based nonprofit, has finally found a new location that it can call its permanent home for the foreseeable future.
At June 27’s Garfield School District Re-2 school board meeting, Superintendent Brent Curtice confirmed that the district has found a new home on Railroad Avenue for the ROC for the long term.
“We’ve worked with owner Dave Bottroff to find the ROC space, and every time he found a new home, they’ve had to move,” said Re-2 Director of District-Wide Services Theresa Hamilton. “I know it’s not ideal, but it’s as long-term as they want to make it.”
Every Tuesday volunteers gather at the ROC’s location, wherever it may be, and help pack pantry supplies for local students as part of the Totes for Hope program. Last Tuesday was the ROC’s first packing session at the new spot.
“Yesterday we had four or five tables full of food with a dozen people helping to pack lunches,” said Bottroff, ROC executive director. “A family just came out yesterday to help us move in who we helped pay their electric bill. People who we’ve helped will often volunteer.”
The ROC, an acronym for Reach-Out Colorado Inc., serves as a resource and referral center connecting those who are down on their luck with vital services, such as financial assistance for paying utility bills.
Founded in 2012, every Tuesday ROC volunteers help put together care packages for Totes of Hope, a program designed to supplement a weekend pantry for local kids.
Each student signed up for the free or reduced lunch program at the Garfield School District Re-2 is eligible for Totes of Hope, according to Bottroff.
The ROC provides food for Rifle students for the Totes of Hope program, while the River Center provides pantry supplies to New Castle and Silt students.
“The River Center and Reach-Out Colorado are huge for our students,” Hamilton explained. “Through the coat drive and angel tree, so many community members get help.”
Now instead of contacting each volunteer with a new location, ROC volunteers will simply need to head to the Grand River Student Health at 737 Railroad Ave. from now on.
“We would’ve had to stop this summer if we didn’t find a new place to pack,” Bottroff explained. “A lot of kids depend on the lunch program at school, and I couldn’t do it out of my car.”
Last week Totes of Hope provided pantry supplies to 208 kids, compared with the 332 lunches it provides during the school year.
Bottroff explained that those numbers fluctuate because some families may suddenly find themselves in need while others just land a new job.
Volunteers pack food on Tuesday evenings to be sent out to kids for the weekend. Each care package includes one protein, carbohydrate, vegetable, fruit, as well as one snack. Families with multiple children receive a package for each kid.
Anyone interested in helping out on Tuesdays can contact Bottroff at 970-309-0384.
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