By Tonya Whitaker
Inside The Pew
PLANO, Texas – On Aug. 11, visitors to a Sonic location on Coit Road in Plano were not greeted to their normal roller-skating carhops. Instead, the guests were greeted by tireless workers for the homeless in Dallas and Tarrant counties.
Members of Restoring Our Communities (ROC) Crew Ministries and the Women’s House in Pleasant Grove spent most of the day delivering meals and offering condiments to guest so others who are less fortunate than themselves can get out of their situation.
The purpose of the organization is to assist families to get acclimated back into society, said founder Richard Allen Calvert.
Founded in 2002 by Calvert, an ordained AME minister, the Garland ministry began as an organization to help homeless men. However, due to the recent influx of homeless children and women, Calvert said the organization now assists families.
The ROC Crew has also partnered with other nonprofit organizations in the area, including Restoration Ministries in Fort Worth, Arlington Missions, Dallas International Street Church, and The Bridge.
The organization’s largest project is its Spiritual Enrichment And Life Development (SEALD) program. Based out of Crandall, the two-year program teaches homeless men how to transition out of their situation and into the work world.
“We teach stewardship and job skills where they can become skilled laborers when they get back into society, he said.
“We also offer peer-to-peer mentoring and, above all, discipleship as Jesus Christ told us to do,” said Calvert, who on the ministerial staff of All Nations Fellowship in Garland.
Calvert said after six months, the program participants’ transition out of the shelter and into off-site housing.
In addition to SEALD, the crew takes part in outreach programs in the community. ROC Crew partnered with Restoration Ministries of Fort Worth to hold a back-to-school party at West Point Pines Apartments in Fort Worth. Calvert said the Aug. 25 event is an extension of the Thanksgiving donations the crew provides to the residents of the apartment complex.
“There is a big need for financial resources to help the homeless,” Calvert said. “It is our responsibility to help them because they cannot help themselves.”
Calvert said he had no problem serving as a Sonic carhop on this hot Saturday. The cause is worthy to him and the others who joined him.
“We have gotten creative and intuitive with this, but we are intentional in our purpose,” he said.
To learn more about The ROC Crew Ministries, contact Calvert at 214-282-3273 or find them on Facebook and Twitter @MinistryRocCrew.