September 14th, 2017
As we celebrate our 20th Anniversary, we want to share a story that marked an important part of our journey: the launching of Restoration Outreach Programs.
Around 2002 we began to notice how many people in our neighborhood were moving to East Colfax to find more affordable housing. We started bringing outreach teams to that area, passing out school supplies door-to-door and hosting back to school festivals.
During that time, we developed a vision to replicate ODM on East Colfax. An existing ministry located at Colfax and Peoria had an empty room in the back of their shop and allowed ODM to open up Heart to Hand Resource Center. We taught GED classes, held counseling sessions, and operated a food bank.
In 2006, Heart to Hand joined forces with Prodigal Gatherings, a program for kids and teens living in the motels on East Colfax. These two programs partnered with a small local church, Restoration Worship Center, and took on the name "Restoration Outreach Programs" (ROP). When the landlord told us he was selling the building, ODM purchased and renovated a warehouse at 1540 Boston Street to house the programs and church. Then in January of 2008 ODM officially launched ROP as an independent ministry.
This coming January, ROP will celebrate their 10th anniversary. To this day, they still serve children, youth, refugees, and families in their diverse neighborhood. They continue meeting needs, building relationships and restoring lives through Christ. We are amazed at the work God has done and continues to do through ROP on East Colfax!