ROP serves people living in poverty along East Colfax in Northwest Aurora and East Denver, providing resources and developing relationships which lead adults to lives of self-sufficiency; and providing mentoring and tutoring to teens and children that build character and stability into their lives.
"When my twin brother and I were two years old, our father passed away. Our mother left us with our uncle to raise because she was not liked by my father's family because she was a Tutsi from Rwanda. I left Congo with my Uncle's family when I was 15 because of the civil war in my country. We applied for resettlement in the United States and were granted it after about three years. We arrived in Denver in 2010. My husband and I have three boys ages 6, 2 and 1. My husband got his Commercial Driver's License and now drives a bus for RTD. I learned about Restoration Outreach Programs from a friend of mine from church. I like it a lot. It helps me improve my English. I feel more confident now when I speak English. My husband also goes to ROP for GED. I would love to get my GED, too, and continue my education and work as a nurse. Thank you ROP donors and volunteers for helping refugees like my husband and me."
--Rose Mbayo, refugee from Congo Kinshasa
"Over the last several years, ROP has become an increasingly valuable partner with our school in serving the families of our community. Our relationship began 4-5 years ago with ROP's delivery of school supplies leftover from an ROP Back to School Outreach. Since that time, ROP has organized a work day at our school, provided food for our teachers during parent-teacher conferences and last year, they provided backpacks filled with school supplies to all of Crawford's 615 children. Most significantly, ROP began an after-school tutoring program at our school last spring. After observing the commitment of ROP's staff and volunteers for a semester, we invited ROP to partner Crawford's Reading Corps program. For the last two semesters, ROP's tutors have worked one on one with 18-19 of our children, most of whom have made significant progress in their reading ability."
--Jenny Passchier, Principal, Crawford Elementary
"For more than nine years ROP has been a valuable part of the northwest Aurora Community. ROP provides a number of needed services without discrimination to anyone coming to them for assistance. I am thankful for the staff and many volunteers of Restoration Outreach Programs and consider them to be a valued partner of the City of Aurora in seeking to address the needs of the people in the district I serve, many of whom are refugees who have fled persecution in their home countries."
--Sally Mounier, Council Member, Ward I, City of Aurora