First Plymouth Congregational Church has an active Outreach Ministry reaching out to the greater community and educating the congregation in ways to help others. The Outreach Ministry receives nominations for the “Share-the-Plate” program from parishioners and the wider community. Each Sunday the worship service hosts a “Moment for Mission” segment where a representative of the recipient organization speaks to the needs and successes of their organization. 80% of the funds collected during the service for “Share-the-Plate” flow through the church to the organization. The remaining 20% is retained in the Outreach Ministry fund for future educational programs and other outreach purposes.
The Share-the-Plate recipient for July 2017 is:
Rocky Mountain Stroke Center, founded in 1992 by a group of stroke families and physicians, is an organization whose mission is to care not only for the victims of stroke, but for their caregivers as well. They provide information, rehabilitation, and support to stroke survivors and their families in Colorado. Beyond offering access to resources and therapy, and continually increasing the programming offered, RMSC is committed to educating the surrounding community about the risk factors of stroke, the warning signs of stroke and what steps to take when you or a loved one has suffered a stroke. They envision an outreach and education program that reaches community members and local hospitals, sharing important information such as what to do during the initial days after a stroke. Surprisingly, when a survivor is discharged from the hospital or other care facility, they and their families are often left adrift, not sure of what steps to take to reach the next part of the recovery. With an increased awareness campaign, more survivors and caregivers will be able to more easily and quickly access the information they need towards a successful recovery. RMSC is the only agency in Colorado with a program for young stroke survivors (ages 20 to 50), the only agency serving families of survivors, and the only agency offering low cost, long term rehabilitation programs.
Some of the Former Recipients:
The Action Center
Audubon Society of Greater Denver
Colfax Community Network
Denver Inner City Parish
Friends of Man
Loaves and Fishes
Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative
New Foundations: Alternatives to Violence
Reach Out And Read Colorado
Second Chance Center