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Our friend Elwood Shreve came out again to see what ROCK is up to.  Read about our partnership with the CMHA in Chatham-Kent.

Look what a bunch of grade 9 students can do!  

Students from UCC grade 9 religion class worked on a Service Learning Project. The student-led initiative took what they had learned in class about being a disciple of Christ and put it into action.

 

They decide on a cause and figured out how they could help. The students decided to do a Homeless Awareness Week at UCC. They challenged each grade level to bring in certain items.

The class that brought in the most items won a pizza lunch which the grade 9's paid for. Throughout Homeless Awareness Week the grade 9 students did announcements about the facts of homelessness in Chatham-Kent, put up posters around the school and created digital slides for our broadcast system.

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​We have had to make a decision to stop taking donations of clothing and household items at this time. There is too much of an unknown risk, and we have to make the safety of our friends and our volunteers paramount. We are also aware that many are unable to drop off the normal donations of food due to isolation and quarantine.

​That being said, we are now up to handing out close to 200 lunches per trip. One of our most vulnerable populations in our community is also feeling the effects of this pandemic, and it's becoming an even bigger struggle just to meet the basic needs. Right now we are putting out a plea for financial help. We are asking if you are able to e-transfer a donation, every little bit helps. Chatham-Kent has come together in an amazing way, and we need to continue to support everyone! We appreciate all the support and love you have shown. We'll get through this together!

​Email address to e-transfer: reachoutchathamkent@gmail.com

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R.O.C.K. Missions Response to the COVID-19 Situation


As we are all well aware, we are in the middle of a pandemic. Everyone’s lives have been changed/altered dramatically, and ROCK and our friends are no different. In the midst of these times we have had to make the best decisions possible to support our friends, and protect our team of volunteers.


Our board of directors met last evening, and have come up with as many contingencies as we can to try and continue our work. We have made the decision to continue, indefinitely, our outreach and support our friends. They are amongst some of the most vulnerable in this crisis, and we cannot abandon them.


In order to do so, here are the measures put in place:

1) Our volunteers will wear protective gear as much as possible – including gloves – and every vehicle will be kept with an ample supply of hand sanitizer.

2) We will be handing off meals in boxes, as often as possible, so no direct contact happens. We will also be practicing social distancing as much as possible. We will also restrict entry to the homes we visit, no volunteers will be allowed to enter a home.

3) Our volunteers in the kitchen will wash their hands frequently, wash every surface of the kitchen used.

4) Any of our volunteers who are feeling sick, have been in contact with anyone who has travelled or is sick, will be asked to stay home.

5) If anyone in our organization who has been active in outreach tests positive, we will be forced to shut down for the mandatory 14-day isolation period.

6) Any volunteer who is concerned and wants to restrict their involvement with the R.O.C.K. can do so with our support.


We have become aware, today, that there is now a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Chatham-Kent. Please read the news release here: http://www.ckha.on.ca/first-confirmed-case-covid-19-chatham-kent


There is a COVID-19 assessment centre being opened on Emma Street, starting tomorrow. Please be aware that this is NOT a walk-in centre. Persons who are concerned about COVID-19, experiencing respiratory symptoms, or potential exposure to another person with COVID-19 should first contact their primary care provider, the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit or Telehealth at 1.866.797.0000 (24 hours, 7 days a week) to discuss the need for testing at the assessment centre.


As always, if anyone has any questions or concerns, please reach out to us (phone, text, email, facebook, website). We will continue to do our best to support our friends, and our team, and continue to do the important work we do. Please remember, ROCK friends/family, these people still need us. Many of their regular support systems have closed (including the food bank and some soup kitchens), and their regular places to access internet (library, Timmies, etc) are now closed off to them. Most social services are very strictly limited at this time, as well. If we can stay open for as long as possible, we know they are at least getting some kind of food source and a little bit of social support. They are just as overwhelmed as the rest of us!


Also, in lieu of leaving your homes to drop off donations of food and items, you can still support us financially via e-transfer to reachoutchathamkent@gmail.com.


Thank you for your continuing support and love. It’s amazing to see Chatham-Kent come together and work as one great big team to get through this time.



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Friends and family of the ROCK... We have so many things happening, and I'm here today to fill you in. We are growing, and learning, and helping, and making a difference in our community!


This weekend, on the Leap Day of the Leap Year - February 29, 2020, there is an amazing fundraiser being held at the Chatham Christian School for the ROCK. Come out! Check out some awesome vendors and spend a little money. Donations are being accepted at the door.


Shortly after that, we're having a ROCK party at the Sons of Kent, with the Moondog Howlers!

https://www.facebook.com/events/220921539062354/ <- check it out and watch for our promotions coming up!


In business news, we are officially electing our first board. Here is the list of those up for election:


Executive Director - Al McGuigan (will be elected by acclamation)

Treasurer - Renee Geniole (will be elected by acclamation)

Secretary - Cynthia Thayer (will be elected by acclamation)

Trustee - (in alphabetical order - four positions will be filled)

Jeff Eldridge

Mike Garland

Colleen Lewis

Debra Klippenstein

Jenny Jackson

Helen Northcott

Jeff Parker

Andrea Sullivan

Karen Varey


On our next meeting (March 3, 2020, at the Chatham-Kent Nonprofit Building) we will hold our first official vote, and a new board will be formed. We are so grateful to have so many people willing to serve, and to see what the new year will bring in for us.


As we continue to grow, so do our needs. We are currently up to approximately 140 lunches being served, twice a week. We meet new friends each week. The number of disadvantaged folks trying to survive in our small community is staggering. Any and all support we can get from all of you is very much appreciated. We are working to try and build a support network and bridge gaps between our friends and the services offered to them, but this takes time and trust. If you can help us from either side, supporting us, or hooking us up with any organizations that want to partner up with us, please reach out.


At the end of each day, we are grateful. We have helped many. We have been helped by many. We have an amazing team of people who show up to make a difference. And we have a community who have welcomed us and work with us to make a difference for those who mostly feel forgotten. Many of us are blessed beyond measure, and to be able to share those blessings is what will make a difference for someone else. Thanks to you all (if we forget to say it from time to time) for helping us build the R.O.C.K.



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