In the summer of 2005 and again in 2006, Grace Church Presbyterian in Fort Collins, Colorado held community service and outreach events called City Project. These were week-long events bringing together volunteers in the church to help a few local homeowners with home repairs which the homeowners had been unable to complete themselves due to financial or other hardships. This ministry was envisioned by then Senior Pastor Richard Reeves, Associate Pastor Scott Lowe, and member Josh Roloff. Witnessing the success of those events, these three began to consider how to expand the concept beyond the single-week event to help people year round. In 2007, Grace Church began a mercy ministry which they called Restoration Now, and Josh Roloff became the ministry leader.
Over the next six years, Josh led this ministry to complete countless projects, from small repairs to large remodels, operating primarily with donated materials and volunteer labor. Throughout this time, Restoration Now mercy ministry partnered with local service organizations that referred their clients for assistance. Of note among these partners was the United Way of Larimer County, Project Self-Sufficiency, and Northern Colorado AIDS Project. The United Way was responsible for a large number of referrals. Some were elderly individuals without families to support them and without the financial resources to hire a professional. Others were disabled individuals who needed their homes remodeled to make them wheelchair accessible. Project Self-Sufficiency is a local nonprofit which helps single parents become independent through education and employment assistance. This organization referred a number of single parents over the years that were suffering various hardships and needed assistance with home repairs. Northern Colorado AIDS Project referred a couple, one of whom was suffering from an AIDS related illness. The couple’s home was in need of major repairs but all their money was going toward medical expenses. Each of these individuals or families was helped through the work of Restoration Now mercy ministry. Over the years, the organization built a reputation for addressing a unique set of needs which were not being met elsewhere.
In the summer of 2012, Josh Roloff felt called to leave the director position to pursue community development work in under-developed areas of the world. Temporarily without a leader, the church returned Restoration Now’s activities to an annual week-long event. Scott Lowe, the pastor of Grace Church, recognizing the tremendous value of the work which had been done over the past years, determined to continue the mission somehow. In early 2013, Matt Sullivan agreed to take the lead on this mission as the new director. Board members were recruited from among business leaders in the community, with Scott Lowe acting as the initial board chair. The board felt that Restoration Now would be able to accomplish more as a nonprofit corporation, and approval was given to proceed with organizing activities. In March of 2013, Restoration Now was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in the state of Colorado.
We are extremely excited to renew the vision for this ministry and eagerly anticipate the work ahead.