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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. 

https://www.chathamdailynews.ca/news/local-news/rock-solid-partnership-helps-homeless-access-mental-health-services?fbclid=IwAR3IYzXLLq8WCs3VRnFEMCjIUuAhirWFuLf2NZCQr5ko2cJnhfWKD7WDp3g

Look what a bunch of grade 9 kids 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 and the class that brought in the most items won a pizza lunch which the gr 9s paid for. Throughout the homeless awareness week the gr 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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To see the full story, click this link:  https://www.facebook.com/maplecityhomes/posts/1430055000536280

I was struggling this week to come up with a topic for this blog. I mean, we go around and around talking about our friends, and how if we give them even a bit of hope, love, or care they might make the first step in making better choices. How we give what we can give, as we’re so blessed, and it’s not about anything other than taking care of those who have less.


It’s a simple concept.


So, why, oh why, are there so many naysayers out there? Why are so many adamant that we’re enabling them, and that we shouldn’t try and make anything easier for our friends? I try to comprehend what makes someone so unwilling to see the humanity in those we help. Not only our humanity, but that those we help are still humans, people just like us. No one would ever choose to be in the situation they have found themselves in. How they got there is their story, but irrelevant as to whether or not they deserve our help. They all do. What they choose to do with the help given is theirs. It won’t change our decision to go back out and help them, and others, again and again.


Whether you are Christian, Buddhist, atheist, or a little bit of everything, I feel that one of the greatest things we can do to change this world is to just give. Whether that be giving financially, giving hope, giving time, giving up some old ideologies, or giving a hug – what does it hurt to give? There is a train of thought out there that says whatever you give out, you get back a hundred-fold (or ten-fold, or 7x7, etc). I believe in it. I believe that when we do good, good things happen. My experiences in my own life are proof enough for me. My view of how our organization is exploding in Chatham-Kent should speak to some of you! Our community has gathered around us and every day we have someone new offering help in some way. We are seeing our youth take up the cause and wanting to make a difference for people they’ve never met. There are random people dropping off donations, and others reaching out to come on board. We are blessed, and we are passing along those blessings to our friends.


Join us, at R.O.C.K. Missions, and let’s do some good. We’re making a difference in people’s lives, and honestly, we don’t have to see it. Knowing what we do ripples through our community is good enough.


This video discusses the serious consequences homelessness has on Canadians, even (or especially) children. Take a few minutes to watch:

Reference: CBC News: The National Published on Feb 21, 2015 Tough Winter for Canada's Homeless (2:35) https://youtu.be/C87yuC60uO8

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Yes, you read that correctly, we save toes.


One of our recent success stories includes getting two people into a home (with their furry family members), while saving one of our friend’s toes.


With the recent cold weather, one of our friends was still living out in the cold, quite literally. It got to the point where this friend has frostbite, and the tips of their toes were turning black. Can you imagine? A few hospital visits later, supported by our wonderful volunteers, and not only are they in a warm place to live, but with all 10 toes still attached.


Why is this important, you ask? Try walking without them…


“your toes provide balance and support when you walk. When you walk, your toes maintain contact with the ground about 75% of the time. They exert pressure in a manner similar to the metatarsal foot bones integral to movement.

Your toes help your feet to bear the weight of your body when you walk. They play an even more important role in running. When you use your whole foot while running, your toes effectively increase the overall length of your foot, allowing you to run faster.

Of all your toes, your big toes are the most important. They play the most critical role in maintaining your balance. They also bear the most weight when standing. Your big toes can bear almost twice as much weight as the other toes combined.” (https://www.wonderopolis.org/wonder/why-do-you-need-your-toes)


We tell you this not because we want to toot our own horns, but because it’s a reminder of what some of us might not consider when thinking of the homeless. Imagine if no one had bothered to stop and help. Not only are there consequences mentally and emotionally, but physically as well. A little bit of a hand up and any one of us can make all the difference in the world to those whom might be deemed irreparable otherwise.


Compassion and love, if only to give a bit of hope to those who might feel hopeless. That’s what we do.


Oh, and we save toes.

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Hello and Happy New Year from all of us at R.O.C.K. Missions! We have had an amazing beginning in the last part of 2019, and we are anticipating even more success and growth in 2020.


In the spirit of new beginnings, today I want to share with you our beginning. R.O.C.K. Missions started in August of 2019 with two of our founding members, Candy and Jeff. They decided to go where the people were and deliver food – starting with a small number, only 15. A compassionate undertaking, and I wonder if they knew (even a little bit) what they were about to start.


Don't these pictures speak volumes about how small beginnings can effect huge change?











Out of a desire to help our friends, R.O.C.K. has grown to delivering up to 100 meals each time we go out, twice a week. We are creating our organization from the ground up, growing pains and all, and have a compliment of more people now committed to following that example. Our goal remains the same – helping our friends. Through community support we have a huge supply of clothing, blankets, hygiene products, boots, coats, and many other items some of us take for granted. We are creating bridges between our friends and organizations which can provide them the help they need, and walking with them every step of the way. By giving these people a little bit of compassion and a whole lot of love, it may just be what they need to turn themselves around.


Just look at us now! And this is just a small example of what we put out there each week!


And somehow our shelves, and our hearts, are constantly being filled by our community - YOU! We couldn't do this without any of you, and we are grateful.





So, what's in store for 2020 for R.O.C.K.? Growth! And what do we need? Well, we need you. We need volunteers, we need donations, and we need resources. How can you help us with any of that? Come on out!! We are accepting applications if you'd like to volunteer! If you'd like to partner with us and do some fundraising, drop us a line. If you'd like to support us, please give us a shout. We'd love to have you all on board! Tell your friends and family about us as well, the more hands we have, the more we can help our friends. At the end of the day, helping others is what we're all about.


From our hearts to yours, thank you Chatham-Kent!



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