Providing programs and services for people with developmental disabilities since 1973

Nov 20, 2014   //   by Danni Danko   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Blowing KissesRoundup 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.Please support the people we serve at Roundup Fellowship on Colorado Gives Day, December 9th, 2014.

Prescheduled donations can be made at www.coloradogives.org

Roundup Fellowship is a nonprofit organization providing programs and services for people with 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, a school/day-treatment for program for children, a community participation program for adults, supported-living apartments for adults, and a transitional program for individuals aging out of publicly funded programing.

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 they can learn to trust others and be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.

PAIN AND SUFFERING

Nov 11, 2014   //   by Jim Vander Kamp   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

20131205_143530The title above alludes to that less tangible part of what is so prevalent these days in a law suit. You can restore your car, home, or other property when an accident or disaster occurs, but what price tag can you put on pain and suffering? Typically, this category generates the lion’s share of the proceeds in a legal action while the overt damage is compensated at an appropriate fair market value. Considering this, allow me to offer some competition for your attention, competition that moves us into a different realm but certainly carries with it some of the same potency as pain and suffering.

Caring. Tolerance. Struggle. Perseverance. Four words with loaded meanings. Four words that capture the essence of what happens during the course of a life. Four words that grab us, hold us, and eventually release us.

This has been a particularly hard year for us at Roundup. We have had to apply that opening quartet of words from the micro view of each person who we serve, to the macro view of our organization as a whole.

Caring has always been a cornerstone for us at Roundup. We have built our reputation on caring for “the least of these” for more than forty years. This year, however, has brought retrenchment in our plans for serving, not growth. We closed a home for eight children in August and are doing it again in November. Major changes in state policy have been squeezing us in ways we never imagined. Our goal has always been “How can we help more people?”, not reducing our avenues of service. This has cut our children’s homes by more than half their capacity and left us reeling as we try to reshape who we are and where we should go next. We cannot let our guard down with regard to maintaining that same caring attitude which has served us well for so long. Read more >>

Our 3rd Annual Be A Superhero 5K Run/Walk & Roll Was Packed with Superheroes!

Oct 24, 2014   //   by Danni Danko   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

1500100335_image48_00481 Murfman1499300565_image14_00141500100335_image13_00131500100335_image22_00221499300565_image48_00481499300565_image50_00501499300565_image33_0033We had more than 100 Superheroes band together at America the Beautiful Park for our 3rd Annual Be A Superhero 5K Run/Walk & Roll benefiting people with developmental disabilities. Wonder Woman, Spiderman, Batman, Superman and many more gathered at the park to support Roundup Fellowship’s programs and to raise awareness about people who have special needs. Thank you to everyone that came out, supported, sponsored and cheered-and of course Bestway Disposal’s Murf Man! So many smiles and thanks to give out! Check out our event pictures on Roundup Fellowship’s Facebook page (don’t forget to ‘Like Us’!).

America the Beautiful Park lived up to its name and the weather was perfect. Our fastest runner was Patrick Pellow with a 5K finish of 20:11! Jessica Luedke came in a close second at 20:51. The costumes were fabulous. The Skyview Squad, (Superman, Captain America, Flash, Wonder Woman and friends) swept away with the ice cream prizes! They were also the events fastest team. Way to go Skyview Squad! Not to be out done by Batman and Robin (aka Timothy Brennan and Alisha Davis).

Please support those that support us!
Bestway Disposal, FirstBank, Sprouts Farmers Market, Borriello Brother’s Pizza, PetCo, Einstein Brothers Bagels, Starbucks, Boulder Running Company, Coca-Cola/Dasani Water and Wag N Wash. With a special thank you to Nycholle Archuleta, Tom and Darcy Johnson, Michael Capshaw, the rest of the Fortune House gang, Laura Murray, Kyle Reno, and Awesome Zac Gomez!

Be A Superhero 5K Run/Walk & Roll Saturday, October 18th

Aug 18, 2014   //   by Danni Danko   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

SuperHeroRace26of82Be A Superhero 5K Run/Walk & Roll

For Registration and Webpage Click Here .

Help support children and adults who have developmental disabilities-recognize their worth, affirm their contributions and promote dignity in all relationships.

Three easy steps to join our league of Superheroes

1) Register to Run/Walk:

We challenge you to move, get involved, make an impact and help make this world better. Register to run or walk on race day by using our easy online form to become a participant in Roundup Fellowship’s Superhero 5K Run/Walk & Roll.

2) Form a Fundraising Team:
Participating in the Roundup Fellowship Superhero Run as a fundraiser is even more fun with a group. You will be amazed at how many of your friends and coworkers want to help people with Down syndrome, autism and similar disabilities in our community. Challenge each other for the most money raised or best finish times. If you like-just take a leisurely stroll along our America the Beautiful course with friends and family. This will be an event for heroes of all ages to enjoy.

3) Get creative and let your alter-ego go! Become a superhero complete with your unique and colorful costume. Prizes will be given at the race for the best costumes (canines included!)

“Still Seeing Through a Glass Darkly”

May 22, 2014   //   by Jim Vander Kamp   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

20131205_143530Years ago, I read a book by the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., titled, Where Do We Go From Here:  Chaos or Community?  Obviously, that takes us back a long time but in many ways, isn’t that the quintessential question that every society needs to revisit periodically?

When our republic was in its formative stages, from declaring independence to writing the Constitution, there was actually a great deal of chaos.  People were divided over whether they should attempt to break away from Britain and they were divided over what their new entity should look like, whether it should have a strong central government or whether it would be best to have a dispersed governing structure through the individual states.  Though more than two centuries have passed, our country continues to wrestle with many of these same issues today.  Thankfully, chaos is not the order of the day despite the continuing differences that citizens have.

In many ways, organizations often realize that they must also answer some fundamental questions about where they are headed.  Should we continue to do the things we have been doing successfully for many years or should we also begin looking at pursuing other options?  In the for- profit world, that is what leads a company that builds components for stereo systems to move into making toasters or lawnmowers.  Hardly the same product line but maybe the new line will sell too.  For those of us in the not-for-profit world, maybe we can identify a new group of people we can serve, or maybe we can expand our services into new areas with the folks we are currently serving.  Since we’re here to help, maybe there is someone else around who could use our help. Read more >>

Program Spotlight-Roundup School

May 7, 2014   //   by Danni Danko   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

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 Danni Danko   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

 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

 

2nd Annual Colorado Classics Car Show

Apr 14, 2014   //   by Danni Danko   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

 

At Lincoln High School on Saturday, July 12

It’s a family affair with burgers, brats, sodas, prizes and drawings. Browse classics, antiques, vintage and street rod cars. Proceeds benefit Roundup Fellowship’s Community Participation Program.

We had a ton of fun last year and are very excited to be planning this year’s event. It is scheduled for Saturday, July 12th in Lincoln High School’s student parking lot. Our goal for this year’s show is to build upon last year’s success by reaching out to more participants and growing our fundraising efforts. We are expecting nearly 100 cars this year!

For questions, sponsorship opportunities or to donate a prize call Danni at 303-353-8312.

To register your car click here.

Generously sponsored by:

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The Gym on Broadway Helps Build Skills for Monaco House Boys

Apr 9, 2014   //   by Danni Danko   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

Monaco Boys at GymSome of the boys at Monaco House have had the opportunity to become more active in the community by going to The Gym on Broadway! Chris Williamson, the owner and head personal trainer of The Gym, has generously donated his time, facility, and energy to help our guys stay active. During a personal training session, staff member Brianna Makowka learned Chris had extensive experience working with children with Autism. Chris offered to work with the kids of Monaco House on a weekly basis, and they have now been working out for two months! At The Gym, Chris focuses to improve balance, hand-eye-coordination, strength training and nutrition. The boys enjoy using the elliptical, participating in obstacle courses and even bonding with Chris and his dog Sam. The tools and skills learned at The Gym have transferred over to activities at the house. Best of all the boys have grown in their social skills and improved their overall health. We really appreciate Chris and The Gym and look forward to more fun!

Today is the first day of Autism Awareness Month!

Apr 1, 2014   //   by Danni Danko   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

Encouraging words from Kristine butterfly_autism_awareness_month_pins-r1d68cde523c74d94afa486437a94d0e5_x7j1a_8byvr_512[1]

Story found on Autism Speaks website posted by Kristine

My son was severely autistic by age 3. Completely non-verbal, except for the near-constant shreiking and chanting sounds. No communication what-so-ever. We moved to California, so he could be in a special program for kids like him when he was 3 years old, and he attended the program for 30 hours a week. At age 5, after 2 years in the program, he had made little progress (we thought!) Then suddenly one day, he spoke. He pointed and said “GO!” Over and over he repeated himself, until the light turned green, and the car started moving.

Three months later, he was putting words together to make small sentences, like “pick a berry” and “find it.” By the end of the year, he was able to write his name on the chalkboard. But here is the interesting part: Even though he never spoke a word and never gave any indication of understanding speech at all, until he was 5, by the time he was 8, he was able to talk about things that he remembered from when he was 2 and 3 years old. Like our old house in Idaho, with the purple kitchen, where we lived until he turned 3. One time when he was 8, he talked about a “sandwich fish”  at the “snake store” in the mountains….o.k…?… huh? Read more >>

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