June 2015 Newsletter


Raise the Roof
This year’s gala is set to be the best yet! Save the date for Saturday, September 19.

Name – We’ve been named! The gala has had some wonderful names in the past, but from now on, the event will be called Raise the Roof and will beidentified with the logo shown here. Congrats! We’re a brand!

Volunteers – The event’s executive committee has already been meeting regularly to plan the event logistics. Now it’s time for the fun to begin. Volunteers can help plan the event details. Please email amy@riverofrefuge.com if you can donate about 4 to 6 hours a month to the Raise the Roof gala.

Ambassadors – For the first time, the gala has integrated an army of loyal RoR supporters to assist with ticket sales. Ambassadors will help sell tickets to friends, family and colleagues to spread awareness for the gala, generate new individuals to the event and, of course, increase fundraising revenue. This unifying spirit is truly an advantage to this year’s event.

Location – We have a fun, exciting new location for the gala this year. The Stony Creek Hotel, 18011 Bass Pro Drive in Independence, is a beautiful brand new space and will add a lot of pizzazz to the event.

Entertainment – Stay tuned because we will announce gala entertainment in the next newsletter, and you won’t want to miss out.

2015 Ride for Refuge FLYER-2

June 13 – Ride for Refuge

Attention motorcycle enthusiasts! This is our fifth year of Ride for Refuge. Join us for this very fun event, and help raise money for River of Refuge. All motorcycles and buggies invited. Please tell your friends and neighbors. All of the information, registration and payment links are on the River of Refuge website’s events tab.

Event – Saturday, June 13

Time – Registration: 9 – 10am and Kickstands up 10am

Cost – Bike Riders: $25, Passengers: $5, Buggies $30

Rider starts and ends at River of Refuge, 5155 Raytown Road, Kansas City, Mo 64133. Enjoy live music, a beautiful ride, food and raffle all to benefit River of Refuge.

IMG_8971Saved by River of Refuge
When Teraneisha Jones first moved to Kansas City from Topeka with her three-year-old son, Latreal, she didn’t know anyone, didn’t have any family to stay with and ended up in a pay-by-the-week-motel.

“I knew I was taking a chance, but I didn’t want to push myself off on others,” Teraneisha said.

Every morning she applied for jobs with Latreal at her side for each job interview. She was paying for the motel out of the money she had left in her pocket but that was running out quickly. She had only a little food in the room for the two of them, a few toys to keep Latreal busy and things were looking bleak.

Fortunately, Teraneisha qualified for the River of Refuge’s Family Assistance Program. The program helps between 15 and 20 families a month with various services to assist working-poor families who are homeless or at immediate risk of becoming homeless.

The ROR Family Assistance Program was able to fully fund the motel where Teraneisha and her son were staying and get her a microwave. But most importantly, River of Refuge was able to help her find temporary housing. Today, she is living in a furnished Community Linc apartment, works part-time at Walgreens and has found child care for her son. Her next goal: go back to school or get certified as a pharmacy technician.

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