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!)
Years 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 >>
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 >>
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
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:
The Ford Women
Dave and Barbara Bandimere
Some 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!
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 >>
Roundup Fellowship was recently invited to partner with a non-profit organization that serves people who are refugees, new to the Denver area. Run by Pastor Joseph Nsabimbona and his wife, Angeline Habonimana, the agency – A La Source Refugee Ministry – serves newcomers to our country. Joseph and his wife have a personal connection to refugees. They escaped the genocide in their home country of Burundi a number of years ago. They know what it is like to be in a new country as a refugee.
In our partnership, Roundup Fellowship will be allowing local refugees to come to Roundup as a training site for employment. With the support of A La Source, individuals will be able to train to become a housekeeper or a direct care counselor. The opportunity will provide Roundup a new source for employees. Roundup will be a supportive job site for newcomers to the United States who are often fearful and unaccustomed to our culture.
It will be amazing to see how our staff can make an impact on the lives of new Americans in our city. These refugees often have emotional and physical disabilities from the trauma they have experienced in their war torn homelands. Like the individuals we support in our residential programs, refugees have the need for dignity, respect and an opportunity to give back to their community. Roundup continues to serve “the least of these” with this newest opportunity. For more information on A La Source please visit their website at http://alasourcerefugeeministry.com/.
Isn’t it interesting that many professionals often find themselves communicating to each other in language that is obscure or even unintelligible to the average person? They may use language that is for “insiders only,” people who are comfortable with abbreviated terminology or a string of letters that are meaningless to anyone who is not a part of their particular fraternity.
When I started working with young people many years ago, the question was raised about the type of “b-mod” program we were using. I must admit, I’m sure my answer was purposely circuitous so that I could offer a show of learning without really knowing what I was talking about. Behavior modification, “b-mod,” was a relatively new arena for me, so my response had to at least sound learned even if I didn’t know what I was talking about.
Of course there have been numerous iterations on this theme over the years. To conduct an educational enterprise outside of the classroom means you are now doing “community referenced education.” To move people through the social services system, what is most highly prized is offering them “seamless transitions” from one service or service provider to another. People won’t even notice that they are being shuttled from here to there if the transitions seamlessly eliminate all bumps along the way. When we take on a new child who has gone through some exceptional abuse or other emotional shock, we must offer “trauma informed” care which will demonstrate that we are fully aware of the person’s condition and can provide an appropriate remedy. By merely using the right terms, people will put their trust in us to do the right thing in response to an extreme situation because we must know what we are talking about. (Whether we really do or not). Read more >>
Beginning now through April 30, 2014 Roundup Fellowship is partnering with Concerts for Kids to increase awareness and raise funds through a simple contest called “Million For What Matters.” The winner will receive a brand new Ford Mustang.
All you have to do is purchase a ticket for $10 and guess the total weight of the Austin Young Band including their instruments. If your guess comes the closest to the actual weight, you’ll win a brand new Ford Mustang provided by Sill-TerHar Motors. 100% of all funds generated through Roundup Fellowship’s ticket sales will be distributed back to us by CBIZ and FirstBank.
Tickets are sold for $10 each and every ticket purchased buys one guess. By purchasing a ticket, you can show your support for Roundup Fellowship and have a chance to win a white 2014 Ford Mustang! The closest guess will take home the Mustang, donated generously by Sill-TerHar Motors, Inc. The winner will be announced at Denver Day of Rock on May 24, 2014 on the Main Stage.
How many tickets would you like to purchase? Contact Danni at 303-353-8312 or firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase your tickets.