Time for Christmas Cheer

Dec 23, 2015   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off on Time for Christmas Cheer

2014 Christmas Tree Wishes for CPPToday, I have the pleasure of spending the day with our Community Participation Program for their annual Christmas Party.  Everyone will be headed over to the American Legion Hall on North Pecos Street to enjoy an Italian Lunch, games, music, singing, dancing, pictures and presents.  What a true blessing it is to see the people we support enjoy a time of fellowship and fun together.  And what a blessing it is that we have gifts to hand out to each person that have been donated by staff, board members, Xcel Energy, families and a number of other cash donors.  Without the help of these generous people, the party would not have gifts.

What are some of the best parts of getting together?  The smile that comes to each person’s face as they enjoy opening a gift just for them.  The laughter that fills the room.  The sound of a young lady singing loudly a favorite Christmas carol.  The joy in the face of each person that serves a plate of food to each individual.  The passing of cookie trays from one table to the next.  The wearing of Santa Hats for those pictures that will capture the good memories.  Merry Christmas to you and be blessed in the New Year.

Community Connections in Colorado Springs

Oct 12, 2015   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off on Community Connections in Colorado Springs

At the end of 2014, Roundup added service provision for adults in Colorado Springs.  The program is called Community Connections and we are serving a small group of adults in accessing community activities.  Under the leadership of Skye Rust, Community Connections is looking to expand and serve more adults who are looking to be involved in community life.  Activities in the program focus on adult learning, volunteer opportunities and community connecting.  As far as activities go, Skye reports, “We’ve done a fire day where we toured fire station 9, went to the fire fighter museum and then to the IAFF fire fighter memorial.  We go to the YMCA, libraries and I am excited to announce that as of today we are proud Meals on Wheels volunteers!  The route is called Opal and we deliver every Thursday.  We have toured the Air Force Academy, Peterson Air Force base and gone out to Cici’s pizza.  The adults participated in Bear Creek Regional Walk and Scavenge program.  They walk the trails and pick up trash.  All participating were given stickers and floats at the end of that day.  It was a hit.  We’ve also done lots of crafts, a movie and popcorn day, and celebrated two birthdays with cake and cocoa.”  We are continuing to build new activities around the wants and needs of the people we are serving.

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We have curb appeal at Evans House!

Jun 10, 2015   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off on We have curb appeal at Evans House!

We are so grateful. 11 fabulous volunteers for 7 hours from Essex Financial, Mountain West Management and Baron Properties = 50 bags of mulch, 1 gigantic ugly bush gone,  countless shrubs and flowers planted = one fabulous looking yard-front, back and sides! Thank you Jeff, Patrick, Lisa, Matt, Nikki, Carrie, Dan, Kristi, Sandy, Mike and Brett. We truly are lucky to call you a friend.

Thank you so very much!

That’s a Wrap…Another Successful Year At Roundup School.

Jun 9, 2015   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off on That’s a Wrap…Another Successful Year At Roundup School.

School Graduation 15 019 School Graduation 15 015One of the best days to visit Roundup School is on Graduation Day.  Friday, May 15th, was a celebration of the many accomplishments of students and staff at our school. We had 3 young adults graduate and many staff and students receive recognition for their efforts. One young man graduating proclaimed, “Amen and Alleluia”, after he received his diploma. The school staff shared how dramatically his behavior had improved over the year. Awards were given out for the best smile to the most improved reader in the group. We had a number of staff members receive Years of Service Awards for their 5 plus years of service. This year, Charlie Tomkins celebrates 30 years of service. Whitney Smoote celebrates 15 years of service.  Steve DeFelice celebrates 10 years as a teacher at Roundup School.  Those staff receiving 5 years of service awards were teachers, Kyle Reno and Jesse Tomkins, and paraprofessionals Jacob Vigil and Anthony Whaley. The festivities concluded with a luncheon prepared by the Roundup School Staff. The desserts served were prepared by the Roundup Students who participate in cooking class. Board members, families, staff and friends were blessed by the fun experience of another year completed.  Thank you goes out to all who helped with this great day!

Programs and Services

Jan 23, 2015   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off on Programs and Services

Blowing Kisses

Roundup Fellowship is a Colorado nonprofit organization providing programs and services for people with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and similar intellectual and developmental disabilities. We are devoted to caring for the needs of more than 100 individuals and families every day. We see those in our care as having the same basic needs and feelings that any person has. We challenge and aid each individual to develop physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually, so that they may acquire the attitudes, habits and skills necessary to function in society. Roundup Fellowship’s mission is to serve children and adults who have developmental disabilities – recognizing their worth, affirming their contributions, and promoting dignity in all relationships.

Our clientele’s disabilities transcend racial, ethnic, educational, social and economic differentiators. Most have substantial, long-term needs for assistance with normal, day-to-day activities of life. Many suffer from dual diagnosis (mental or physical impairments compounded by mental health issues). Our clients are highly susceptible to abandonment, crimes, homelessness, poverty and abuses. For many Roundup Fellowship is the first place in their life where individuals with special needs can learn to trust others and be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.

We operate 4 intensively-staffed teaching homes/2 adult group homes in Denver and 2 children’s group homes in Colorado Springs, a school/day-treatment for children in Colorado Springs, a community participation program for adults in both Colorado Springs and Denver, a transitional program for individuals aging out of publicly funded programming in Colorado Springs, supported-living apartments for adults in Denver, and supported employment and job development services in Denver.

Support Colorado programs for people who have developmental disabilities – Please help us help them

Dec 1, 2014   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off on Support Colorado programs for people who have developmental disabilities – Please help us help them
2014 Christmas Tree Wishes for CPP

Community Participation Program’s Christmas Wish Tree-39 wishes left!

As you and your family and friends reflect about how truly blessed you are this season, thank the Lord for His many blessings. Then think about those who are not so blessed. Did you know that Colorado’s citizens who have developmental disabilities and solely rely on government funding live 20% below the poverty line? Their annual income for housing and personal care needs is $8,652!

Last year, Roundup Fellowship provided more than 420,000 service hours to Coloradan’s who have developmental disabilities. Please help us help them. You have an opportunity EVERY day to make a difference in these lives. If you can give support today (or pre-schedule your Colorado Gives Day donation), fantastic! You can CONTRIBUTE HERE.

Additional opportunities to make a difference during the holiday season:

Celebrate with a plate! Sponsor one of our group homes holiday meals. For $69.99 one of Roundup Fellowship’s four group homes can purchase a prepared dinner for up to 10 individuals from King Soopers, Safeway, Sprouts Farmers Market or Target. Please call 303-353-8312 or email ddanko@rup.org for more information.

Our 1st Annual Pantry Collection drop off on Wednesday, December 17th
Help us fill our group home pantries by collecting nonperishable and personal care items at your office, with your family and friends or civic group. Click here to download the flyer for our 1st Annual Pantry Collection.

Buy or sponsor a bag of groceries for $25. Click here for a list of needs or click here to sponsor a bag for $25.

Sponsor or purchase a Christmas Wish off of our Community Participation Program’s Christmas Wish Tree. Call Danni 303-353-8312 or Mary at 303-353-8320.

An alternative to public school for children with developmental disabilities

Nov 25, 2014   //   by Crystal Morgan   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off on An alternative to public school for children with developmental disabilities

0c84ff57ad1bf84873270e614511e188[1]As the children arrive at Roundup Fellowship, they are greeted with brightly painted walls that proudly display the children’s work. Each face has a smile on it and everyone gives an enthusiastic hello. One key phrase at Roundup is peace (with the hand gesture) and everyone gives lots of high-fives for encouragement for one another. The children are ready for class. When making the best choices for a child with a disability there are times that families are faced with very difficult decisions. Where does a child with a severe disability receive their Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) if their behaviors are too extreme for the public schools to appropriately handle?

An Alternative to Public School

Roundup Fellowship is a beautiful and friendly alternative placement school that a child with a dual diagnosis from 8 to 21 may attend to have their needs met while assuring that the child is receiving a FAPE in accordance with IDEA. In Roundup’s Day Treatment Program children with disabilities receive instructional and therapeutic learning and an IEP is followed the same as with general education schools. The children are provided with therapies such as speech as well as receiving a wide variety of accommodations, modifications or assistive technologies as the IEP calls for. Additionally, the child with a disability will receive behavior management, life-skills, and many other areas to nurture healthy development throughout the child with a disabilities’ life.
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Programs and services for people who have developmental disabilities

Nov 20, 2014   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off on Programs and services for people who have developmental disabilities

Blowing Kisses

Roundup Fellowship’s mission is to serve children and adults who have developmental disabilities – recognizing their worth, affirming their contributions, and promoting dignity in all relationships.

Roundup Fellowship is a Colorado nonprofit organization providing programs and services for people with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and similar intellectual and developmental disabilities. We are devoted to caring for the needs of more than 100 individuals and families every day. We operate 4 intensively-staffed teaching homes/2 adult group homes in Denver and 2 children’s group homes in Colorado Springs, a school/day-treatment for children in Colorado Springs, a community participation program for adults in both Denver and Colorado Springs, supported-living apartments for adults in Denver, a transitional program for individuals aging out of publicly funded programming in Colorado Springs and supported employment and job development services in Denver.

We see those in our care as having the same basic needs and feelings that any person has. We challenge and aid each individual to develop physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually, so that they may acquire the attitudes, habits and skills necessary to function in society.

Our clientele’s disabilities transcend racial, ethnic, educational, social and economic differentiators. Most have substantial, long-term needs for assistance with normal, day-to-day activities of life. Many suffer from dual diagnosis (mental or physical impairments compounded by mental health issues). Our clients are highly susceptible to abandonment, crimes, homelessness, poverty and abuses. For many Roundup Fellowship is the first place in their life where individuals with special needs can learn to trust others and be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Program Spotlight-Roundup School

May 7, 2014   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off on Program Spotlight-Roundup School

Starbuck[1]Roundup School is a multi-grade Special Education School designed for youth ages 6 to 21. Children are referred to Roundup School by Colorado School Districts when they have had negative experiences in their previous educational environment, or they may have been out of school for an extended period of time due to difficult behaviors. We help children adjust to their new classroom and school environment while addressing any concerns they many have with feeling that they have failed in other educational settings. We work towards building trust and respect, helping children feel safe and confident in their surroundings so that academic improvement and progress can be achieved. At Roundup School we understand that there are no quick fixes to living with a disability, and we strive to help teach, support, and provide opportunities for children attending our school to become part of their own community and to find meaningful and gainful employment post graduation.

Focus on Technology Campaign- Improving and updating teaching software and hardware for Roundup School.

 

A large part of our curriculum is developed to help students understand their interactions with others, their own behavior and how their behavior affects others around them. The more students with autism, Down syndrome and similar diagnosis can understand their own disability and how to use the amazing technological tools available today, the more successful they will be as they move on to the next grade and as functional members of our community. Roundup School’s greatest need at this time is updated technology. We need laptop computers and specific software like Skills Tutor – a comprehensive student improvement program that removes limitations on learning with targeted differentiated instruction. Read more >>

Throw Back Thursday!

May 2, 2014   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off on Throw Back Thursday!

 Tony Jackson Then and Now

At Roundup, we take pride in the relationships we have with the people we serve and support. One of those people, Tony Jackson, came to our agency at the age of 7. Tony had been in the state system since he was an infant. When our state began deinstitutionalizing children in the mid 1970’s, Roundup was asked to open a home for children with developmental disabilities. Roundup answered this need and continued to open more homes for children with disabilities over the next several years.

Tony is the person Roundup has supported the longest. He is a part of the Roundup family, living today at our Evan’s House and attending Roundup’s Community Participation Program.

Anyone who has ever met Tony knows what a joyful heart he has. He is always ready to greet you with a giant smile and a high five. Some of his favorite activities involve sound and movement. Tony loves trains, planes and buses. He loves to go places. He loves music and singing. He has a keen sense of hearing and identifies many things by their sounds. Tony does the best impressions of animal sounds that I have ever heard. I think back to the 1980’s and the time we took Tony camping with some of our friends. We all had such an awesome time. We had a contest around the campfire making animal noises. Tony won hands down! He is a joy to know and I feel very blessed to have been a part of his life these many years.

– Mary Anaya

 

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