November 2020 What’s happening this month?

The Holidays are Upon Us!

WOW has time flown by!  We have fought the onset of a global pandemic, horrific fires that have ravaged our country and our homes, a very emotional and divisive election cycle, riots & protests.  Now we are heading into a season where families traditionally come together in gratitude to God and each other for our many blessings.  Setting aside fear can feel almost impossible right now.  Yet, now more than ever should be a time for us to gather and spend time visiting and encouraging one another.  The staff and volunteers at the ROC would like to encourage you to take time during this season when we offer our thanks to Almighty God for His many blessings upon us and our nation, to spend time together.  If you are unable to do so then at least call, video chat or even write a nice letter to your family, friends, and neighbors.

For local folks in need of a place to go on Thanksgiving Day, the ROC will be closed but the Gospel Rescue Mission opens their doors each year for a huge holiday feast.  Keep in mind that they are the only homeless shelter in Grants Pass and an outreach to those on the streets.  To date there has been no cases of COVID-19 among the staff or resident population at the Mission, but if you struggle with a compromised immune system it may be wise to sit this meal out.  They will be open to the public from 12 to 3pm on Thanksgiving Day and you can avoid the bulk of the crowd if you come after 1pm.  They are located at 540 SW Foundry Street in Grants Pass (right next to the ROC), and their phone # is 541 476-0082.

It is truly amazing how many people in our Southern Oregon community come together and share the little we have with those in need.  At the ROC we even have donors from outside our state that give each month because they believe in the work we do here.  In a year that has felt as if the whole world intended to crush us, God has used you to help the ROC become stronger and better as a food pantry.  You have undoubtedly had all kinds of noble and righteous causes requesting your financial support and yet you have chosen to support the ROC Food Pantry.  Thank you so much for being a part of our family and may God bless you and yours as we give thanks together!

Luke 8:22-25

Brian Bouteller – Executive Director

Vacation is over…gearing up for fall

My long vacation is over and as I return to work I can already sense that we are gearing up for the fall season. There are some specific needs that we have right now that I want to mention first. We are in desperate need of mens clothing. Our shelves have been bare for weeks and when we do get in a few jeans or shirts, they fly out of the door quickly. Our socks box has also been empty for weeks. These are important items for our clients. Please, if you can help in any way, it would be greatly appreciated.

We are also planning for our Fall Family Festival on October 14. This fun event will include games, raffles, pies, food for purchase, and a huge and very cheap rummage sale. W like to think of this as a “give back” to the community for the continued support. Save the date: October 14 from 11 until 3. It is going to be lots of fun.

July Update from the ROC

Greetings from Reaching Our Community Food Bank. This is a new post, just starting, and hopefully updating from time to time. Thanks to Kristin and John Noveske of imainstreet for training and allowing us to have more control over this web page. Keep watching this post for news, updates, and information as we move forward and keep serving those in need in our community.

God has been good to the ROC this summer and we are very grateful for all of the grants, assistance, and local helpers that have brought so much to our summer. Gardeners bringing in surplus produce have made our distribution weeks so bountiful. Babe’s Bakery and Heavenly Sweets continue to bring us surplus baked goods. We have also purchased food from Food for Less in Medford and dairy from Umpqua this summer to supplement our regular food resources from the Josephine County Food Bank.

Our numbers are on the rise! We heard in early July that our food stamp clients were getting cuts, some as much as 50% or more. That means that we will have new clients, people will require more help, and our jobs will continue to increase in work and service.

In early July a young lady went to this website and looked at our needs list. Then she went out and purchased as many of the tings as she could for us. That included personal needs items and food. When she arrived on a Saturday, her vehicle was literally packed full with items for the ROC. In all there were 348 pounds of food and personal items! Why did she do this? She was going to be baptized on the day following and wanted to do something to commemorate that. Awesome!

So this inaugural column is ready for you to read and digest. As always, volunteers are welcome, donations of food and clothing are welcome, and donations of money are also much appreciated. And you can give passively by linking your Fred Meyer rewards card to the ROC, or linking up on Amazon Smiles.

Look for more human interest columns coming in the near future.

God. Bless. Ron McCallum, Executive Director