ROC (Reach Out and Care) Warriors is a new innovative program that Wayne Hanson, of ROC Wheels, and Eric Donoho have designed to pull disabled Veterans out of their comfort zones to face their fears, while highlighting the strengths they have inside. It is a six month curriculum based program that involves building and delivering wheelchairs to disabled children in developing countries. As a part of the project and a way to highlight strengths, the Veterans will identify other areas where they can help the community they are serving to improve quality of life. Most Veterans first experience overseas is war, which can negatively shape their view of the world. By taking them overseas again we are asking them to overcome fears, be open to new cultures, and hopefully find faith, hope, joy, and love. Our first trip is scheduled tentatively for spring of 2020.
The ROC WARRIORS program serves veterans who would like to experience the joy and healing restoration of helping others. The ROC Warriors will learn disability awareness, the principles of wheelchair seating, and wheelchair maintenance. They will build and assemble at least 50 wheelchairs in preparation for an expedition to Nepal where they will help deliver each wheelchair to children with disabilities. They will be able to share the joy as well as the pain and anxiety with these children. ROC WARRIORS will receive therapeutic and clinical support throughout the 6 month program from the organization, Finding Freedom. The final celebration will consist of an expedition into the Himalayas.