Stephan Fury is a young man who participates in our Community Connections program in Colorado Springs. He was recently awarded a certificate for completing 100 hours of volunteer work. You can see by the smile on his face how excited and proud he is of his accomplishment. Roundup’s Mission is realized through the adults we serve participating in contributing back to their community. We help empower people to see their strengths and to give back where ever they are needed.
Stephan has done everything from landscaping to homeless shelter work. He’s worked at Springs In Bloom, Harley’s Hope Foundation, Crossfire Ministries, Mission Medical Clinic, Partners In Housing. We have recently contracted with Habitat for Humanity to volunteer at the Restore as well as with a Safe Place for Pets.
A group of staff and participants from the Community Connections program in Colorado Springs have recently taken on the task of planting and taking care of a corner of Colorado Springs. “We have “adopted” a city plot and have been put in charge of planting and maintaining it as a group. Here are the before, during and after photos!” says Skye Rust, Program Director.
Today, 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.
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.
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!
One 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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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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