Imagine losing your entire house of furniture due to a flood, or a earthquake or a fire. A family that finds itself in need has to depend on the kind help of neighbors to get back on its feet. The RMA store is able to help in these terrible conditions for families. It is invaluable to working families, single parents, senior citizens, handicapped men and women.
Los Banos Oasis Role Models of America Store is now ready to serve the people who live here. Merced County is the poorest county in California.... I am proud to be able to help them get their furniture dept set up and ready to go!
The Ladies dept is now complete and ready for the families of Los Banos California to be served. It meets my criteria now....
Someone ask me yesterday 'why are you doing this?' I believe churches that would like to provide answers for their communities should have an Role Models of America store. It is very significant to me to develop stores where families can find gently used affordable clothing, shoes, furniture and provisions for their homes. In the economic challenges of America, RMA stores provides compassionate care for families in need. This store will help Oasis Community Center to reach families with the Gospel while providing for their needs.
Think of those who suffer due to a fire in their house.... or foreclosure happens... or eviction hits them. They lose a job and are forced to find help for their families from somewhere. The working poor are those who are working full time jobs, but are living paycheck to paycheck and have nothing to fall back on for any sort of problem. What happens when the car needs repairs, or the washer goes out, or a child has to go to the doctor? Role Models of America stores helps to provide for the needs of families at extremely low prices, or also a free RMA voucher system while keeping their self esteem intact. This store is completely self supporting and can continue to provide aid to families through donations from the community at large.
So here is what Los Banos women will find when they come to shop......
I can't think of a better way to spend my life, than to help families across America suvive and thrive through the practical provisions of the love of Christ!
Babyland is complete - everything is organized and the staff understands what is expected of them to keep this area cute. Moms on a tight budget will appreciate the value and the tlc that has been put into presenting supplies for them.
The maternity dept is nice, well stocked and ready to help women expecting babies. Our model is expecting 'twins' due anytime!
Plenty to choose from in this newly opened RMA store.
Today will be another big day.... we will be working on the 'kitchen' area - there is a perfect little nook for it. And also the men's dept will get set up and organized so men can easily shop too. They had alot to draw from already - it was just a matter of pulling things together from their stock room, incoming donations and various things already in the store. The basic store design is here already.
A very special thank you to all the staff here at Oasis Community Center for helping me with energetic help. Pastor Susan has a great team to take the RMA vision forward!! I am excited for her.... she will be able to help families in a tangible way with quality goods and in a professional way. This makes me happy!
Back in Los Banos this week to bring some answers and fresh changes to RMA .... let the fun begin!
Now that the Role Models of America store is up and running it's time for structures to come into place to help the staff manage smoothly.
The cash stand is in position for command of the store now. The jewelry displays are looking great. (last week I had one day here before leaving for the Conference) so I taught the staff how to display their nice items well.
Yesterday was the baby department, baby beds, blankets, sheets, bouncers, baby baths, shoes, clothing, stuffed animals and any other baby related items were all gathered and placed in 'Babyland'. It's perfect.
Added a maternity nook with clothes for mothers to be and diaper bags and a rocking chair for sale too. I think the model we picked out looks like she is carrying twins... we had a lot of laughs over her. Hopefully she will be 'delivered' soon and another model will take her place. LOL
Boys department now includes all boy clothing, shoes, hats, and boy toys, puzzles and games.. a mom on a tight budget will appreciate the value that she will find here everyday.
Girls department is a 'shabby chic' type area with dresses, tops, pants, skirts. Dolls, purses, hair bows and china dolls all make this area so sweet and inviting.
I started on the furniture area and knickknacks... but the day ended too soon. The staff has been hopping all day for me and I know they are tired. Tomorrow we will start again and by the end of the week RMA - Los Banos will be a wonderful blessing to this community. Pastor Susan is a natural at this!
Special special thanks to Pastor Susan for all her hard work getting the RMA store up and running. I hope to make her life easier with new procedures and policies in place! I will try to take pictures today so you can see.....
I wanted the Ladies Tea this year to be completely different from every other focus we have had. Last year it was 'Hat's Off to Women' the year before was 'Heavenly Dreams'. So this year my plan was for each leader to create her own table and atmosphere around a woman's life in the Bible. Do you know how many women are listed in scripture? It's interesting for sure....
So the buzz right now in Role Models of America is exciting. Each leader has chosen 3 women to focus on. Each table will be unique and incredibly special I know. Pastor Angela is in charge of the entire event this year. We are planning on our biggest turnout yet. It will be both very inspirational and entertaining as we have 'Tea with Mary and Martha'!!
Yesterday was pure joy! It was time to fill the baskets with toys and stuffed animals.... books and goodies for the Orphanage in Mexico. Missionaries Billie and Willeta Boren were here and my oh my it ws fun. The Lively Hope Children's Home is going to be blessed today.
Games and puzzles, art projects and dolls are sure to thrill the hearts of lonely children without their parents.
It fills my heart with joy to know that little children's eyes that are full of suffering are going to light up when a darling stuffed animal is put in their arms. I can see them now hugging 'theirs'. And their little arms holding tightly to something that is truly theirs.
Leave this basket here and let's go fill another one! I explained to the customers waiting to check out their purchases, 'this is what you are supporting when you shop here'. Everyone was happy to wait a moment, and it was good to let them see RMA in action for themselves. No one got in a hurry - there were 5 people lined up to check out - and they were thrilled to actually witness the gifts going out the door to the Orphanage.
Perfect! Looking for ways to help them learn English, we find 'Hooked on Phonics'. A complete set of books and videos to teach children with.
Garbage bags are filled with delights for kids. And wrapping paper to complete the surprises on Christmas for each child.
Last time they were here, they needed 9 toilets for the new wing built on the Orphanage. Now here are the toilet seats needed! Perfect completion. Take an extra one just in case.
The truck is loaded down with blessings aplenty! With hugs and smiles we said goodbye. To tell you the truth..... I would rather do this than anything else in life! It's so much fun.
Role Model Rhonda was in charge of the massive decorating project at New Life this year. And she did a wonderful job managing all of the details that go into transforming 2 buildings into Christmas. With careful plans, and attention to details way back in October, she undertook the whole event. I understand between the 2 days she directed 40+ women with lunches, music, lots of laughter and fun, ladders, electrical details, ironing, sorting through our many boxes, 2 tree collapses, and lots of conversations with smooth leadership.
When I get a moment to snap some pictures I will show you her creativity. It shows real maturity when I can be out of town and whole teams of Role Models descend and magically turn these huge buildings around in 2 days. I am so proud of my ladies..... and so very appreciative of Rhonda's abilities.
When I returned and saw the professionally done decorations.... I was told 'you trained us.... we should be doing this now'. Role Models of Texas I love you all, and Rhonda you are a star!!!
Rhonda is a great singer, musician, hostess, decorator, teacher and friend. I love you and thank you for being my right arm last week!
Surprise! It's now ready to show you what has been happening in one of our churches on the West Coast. Role Models of America now has a thrift store in Los Banos California under Pastors Doug and Susan Young. And together we will begin to touch lives here as well.
You have to see this. To God be the Glory, may many souls be ministered to and won for Christ as a result. Today my thoughts and prayers all all with Pastor Susan and Doug Young. www.pastorsusan.net