Danny Garland, interim director of the Resource Office of Social Ministries (ROSM), was the guest speaker at Church Women United’s May Friendship Day Celebration held May 9 at Highland Christian Church. He spoke about the local non-profit agency, focusing his remarks on the celebration’s theme, “Through God Our Hands Can Serve.”
ROSM was started 32 years ago. It currently has two part-time volunteer staff members and provides help in emergencies, such as utilities, rent and medical care for those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless in Frankfort and Franklin County. Each request comes through an application form and is reviewed by the staff.
If the request meets mandatory criteria, then the entity that is owed by the client will be paid by ROSM, which is not an ongoing assistance program for individuals but for emergency cases only. ROSM is not part of the local Food Pantry.
ROSM has become a major community resource for agencies and churches by providing information to help determine what services can be provided and prevent duplication of assistance. With the screening process ROSM performs, clients can be referred to other agencies that have the resources to aid the individual or families. Screening also verifies the legitimacy of the need that is requested.
To assist those in need, ROSM depends on contributions from various sources such as federal grants, individual donations, churches and fundraisers.
A fundraiser will be held June 6 at First Christian Church, 316 Ann St., in honor of Alene Ransdell, longtime director of ROSM. With just enough funding to respond to a third of the requests received, citizens, churches or groups may help by making a tax-deductible donation to: ROSM, P.O. Box 302, Frankfort, KY 40602.
Two CWU members were recognized.
Beth Avent was presented the Valiant Woman Award that is given to a woman who has given years of service to CWU, her church and her community.
The Key Woman Award was presented to Dorothy McGowan. Key women are those women who are well known in the community and church and for their promotion of CWU activities.
Fellowship of the Least Coin Offering was taken and will be sent to the CWU national office to be combined with the International Fellowship of the Least Coin where it will help women around the world.