July 2015 Newsletter

Raise the Roof River of Refuge Gala

JB_Red_Guitar_1Don’t miss this incredible night in support of River of Refuge. It’s your chance to work as part of this community to empower working poor families by helping them find financial security and permanent homes. In addition to the silent auction and raffle, guests will be entertained by nationally-recognized Blues artist Jimmie Bratcher. Dr. Jeff Adams, a longtime River of Refuge supporter, will offer an inspirational motivational address at the gala. Join us Saturday, September 13 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Independence, Mo. in support of River of Refuge. Click here to get your tickets online.

What is AmazonSmile?td-amazon-smile-logo-01-largeAmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization (River of Refuge) every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to River of Refuge.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com.

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?
Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?
On your first visit to AmazonSmile, select River of Refuge to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping.


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Volunteers have helped at River of Refuge on various Saturday workdays this summer. The first workday was a huge success with completion of demolition and cleaning of the construction space. By the end of the second workday, the team was able to see the  bones of the first family unit! Volunteers came from Graceway Church, River Church Family and Serve KC. To learn more about volunteer opportunities please visit www.riverofrefuge.com/volunteer/

String of misfortune
With seven children under 10, a loss of job and discovery of black mold in her home, ShaNicka Jones of Kansas City moved into a motel with her kids to keep them together and safe.
IMG_8242Their home was condemned and her husband of eight years had just left. She felt her life was crumbling. But what she did know was that she was strong and she must get a job and keep a roof over her family.

ShaNicka is proud that her children haven’t been “in the system” and she doesn’t drink and is able to keep a job to stay current on her bills. Although her schedule is hectic, she keeps the children in various child care and school programs during the day while she is at work. Since her loss of job, she’s since found work and has also found River of Refuge. As part of the River of Refuge program, she is able to receive reduced “rent” at the motel and access to resources for her family. She is on her way to getting back into a home very soon.

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