We trust everyone had an exceptional holiday season. We are sad but excited to see the year end as 2013 marks Roundup Fellowship’s 40th anniversary! It’s hard to believe that just 40 years ago a group of individuals met in effort to provide a better life for people with developmental disabilities and similar disorders to form what we now recognize as Roundup Fellowship.
We want to thank our supporters, clients, and self-advocates throughout the years for making what Roundup Fellowship is today. We have a plethora of events to celebrate Roundup Fellowship’s big birthday and would be honored to have you join us. Stay tuned for the details.
Fortune House was overwhelmed by all the generosity of others. We received donations from neighbors, parents, the pharmacy, a GAL, and the lady that we found her lost purse, Mountain West Management, Baron Properties, Essex Financial Group and Essex Financial Servicing!
All the children were able to see some sort of family; some parents and family visited at Fortune, well others went one day passes, and overnight passes. The kids woke up to a breakfast meal of homemade waffles with fruit topping, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, eggnog, and orange juice. The night before some of the boys left letters for Santa and cookies. They were excited to see that he ate the cookies. All were very excited about their gifts. Fortune received many board games and it is definitely keeping the boys occupied. The boys will be working on Thank you letters this next week.
Christmas is coming, and it is time again for our annual Christmas Gift Drive at Roundup Fellowship. At Roundup, we are committed to seeing that each of our clients has a happy and full life, and that includes having a good Christmas!
Roundup Fellowship provides services and supports to more than 100 people with developmental disabilities in Denver and Colorado Springs areas. Through residential teaching homes, community-based vocational programs, and a school/day treatment setting, Roundup provides a variety of safe, nurturing, learning environments for people who might otherwise be candidates for institutionalization.
The Christmas Gift Drive is a great opportunity to share the spirit of Christmas with those who have not been as fortunate in life. There are a variety of ways to help. You may want to shop personally for some of the items on our clients’ wish lists. Give us a call and we will be happy to match you up with gift ideas that fit your budget. Also, our group homes would appreciate the donation of hams and turkeys for their holiday dinners. Cash donations are always welcome, and should be designated for use in the gift drive.
Everyone had a great time at Roundup Fellowship’s inaugural Be A Superhero 5K Run/Walk & Roll. We hit our goal of 100 participants! Thank you to everyone that came out, supported, sponsored and cheered – and the guy from Durango who saw the Superhero run sign on the road and decided to stop and RUN! So many smiles and thanks to give out. What a fabulous day!! Check out some of the pictures on Facebook. America the Beautiful Park lives up to its name.
Our fastest runner was Tyler Scholl with a 5K finish of 17.25! Tyler’s mom, Stephanie Scholl finished first for the women with at time of 21.07. Shawn Scholl followed son Tyler with a finish of 19.11. All three were in town from Kremling for Tyler’s sister’s cross country state championship race. That’s a fast family! Renee Renn and Dawn Boucher won for their costumes and Wrinkles the Incredible Hulk pug won the canine costume contest.
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I can honestly say that without them, I have no idea what my son’s future would have been. I had adopted my son Jamey when he was 11 years old and I only had a small glimpse of the “special needs” that he had. A few months after the adoption Jamey’s emotional and behavioral problems increased beyond what I was able to handle. I was getting calls daily from the school about issues they were having with his behaviors. I was unable to find before or after school care for him, while I was working. I found places that either addressed his special needs or his behavioral problems but not both. At home Jamey also struggled, safety became an issue and the police had to be called on several occasions to intervene.
After 3 stays in the hospital and Dr’s telling me that Jamey was not safe at home, I was completely lost. Read more >>
Band together with your family, friends and neighbors as a league of superheroes.
Become part of the movement to raise funds and awareness for children and adults with developmental disabilities. America the Beautiful Park offers a flat and fast 5K course which accommodates all levels of expertise. Enjoy entertainment from Key of Joy and Hopeful Heroines, beer garden sponsored by Bristol Brewing Co., and refreshments from Dunkin Donuts and Sprouts Farmers Market. A great time for the entire family. Costumes are optional, but make it more fun! Dogs are welcome please see event dog guidelines at www.rup.org/be-a-superhero/. Prizes will be awarded in age groups based on race results and those wearing the most heroic costumes (including dogs!).
For more information contact Danni Danko at 303-757-8008 ext. 12 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Last week I accompanied eight clients to the Black Hills of South Dakota. For four days and three nights we had the opportunity to experience some amazing sites and learn about the rich history of the area. As a staff member it was both extremely exhausting and unbelievably rewarding.
After a six hour van ride we spent the first night discovering the town of Keystone. We enjoyed dinner at a local pizza parlor and explored souvenir shops. The second day was busy! Read more >>
Bouncing up the front walk and through the door comes my son David, after his day at Roundup Fellowship!
The grin is wide and full of all the information that he is unable to voice. Maybe the staff took him for his favorite hamburger lunch–maybe it is just a snack or dessert of ice cream, his favorite. Or perhaps it is the great game of bowling that he just had with a score of 200! As he takes time to think, he giggles a little and then says, “Miranda is nice!!”
The activities are many and varied in the day program, from visiting the museum, bouncing on the trampoline, lunch in the park to working in a community garden. He gets his exercise but interacts with others as he does it. David, 45, is developmentally disabled with a stronger receptive language than expressive which means he takes in far more than he can give out language-wise plus he has an uncanny perception of understanding people on the non-verbal level. Read more >>
Change comes in many forms. At St Paul House, it has come in the form of improved self esteem, confidence and attitude in the lives of the boys that currently live there. Much of this success has evolved from the positive team approach that has been instituted in the home.
Kevin K. is a resident at St. Paul House who celebrated his second year at Roundup this past March. Kevin and his family are Colorado natives and enjoy home visits a couple of times a month. Since his placement at St. Paul House, Kevin’s behavior has changed drastically. He has worked hard with staff to find healthy, safe ways to manage anger. Kevin has expanded his interests in music and art while at St. Paul House. One day he hopes to be a composer for bands. His talents have been enhanced greatly by his increased confidence, motivation and the encouragement of staff. Kevin has a unique personality and is a great provider of humor for his fellow residents and staff at St. Paul House. Even after a tough day at school or the house, Kevin always has a joke to tell. Read more >>