“What do we live for if not to make life less difficult for each other?”
— George Eliot
During this holiday season we are warmed by the love of family and friends and the feeling of gratitude for all we have. At the ROC it is the perfect time to reflect on the extraordinary generosity of time and treasure so many have shared to help make life less difficult for others.
Our volunteers, donors and Participants have made extraordinary strides in changing lives and we are indeed humbled and encouraged by the support we have received.
This year donations have increased significantly as have the number of donors. This increased support has enabled us to meet the ever growing needs of those living in poverty in our rural community. I guess you could say, success breeds success.
Allow me to share a few statistics with you that demonstrate this point. In 2018, the ROC has:
- Increased visits by 225 percent
- Improved housing for 63 percent of our participants
- Improved the health status of 54 percent of our participants
- Improved emotional stability for 71 percent of our participants
- Added Play Therapy, ROC U and Kids U to our program curriculum
Sadly, every child that comes into the ROC has experienced some kind of trauma, often unimaginable trauma, so the addition of these programs is critical to the long-term outcomes for these children.
All we have accomplished is due to the generosity of people like you. Philanthropy is the lifeblood of the ROC. In short, we could not have done any of this without your support. From the bottom of my heart and on behalf of all those whose lives you have helped to change, please accept my heartfelt thanks.
Warmest holiday greetings to you and your family.
Sometimes ripples turn into tsunamis!