Operation Rebirth provides educational program


Operation Rebirth hosts its Day on the Farm open house in the shelter built with Match Day 2017 gifts. The facility is located near St. Paris.

Operation Rebirth hosts its Day on the Farm open house in the shelter built with Match Day 2017 gifts. The facility is located near St. Paris.


Courtesy photo

What is Match Day?

The Community Foundation of Shelby County is repeating its Match Day event. On Nov. 27, the foundation will offer a total of $70,000 to 14 local charities that can each receive a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $5,000. The goal is to generate at least $140,000 in charitable dollars.

Participating organizations challenge their supporters to give to the Community Foundation and to earmark gifts for their charity. Gifts must be made payable to the Community Foundation of Shelby County and received by Nov. 27 to be eligible for the match.

The local foundation administers more than 180 charitable funds, including scholarship, donor advised, designated, organization and community granting funds. Match Day participating organizations were selected because of having a 501(c)(3) tax status and an organization fund within the foundation that had an asset balance exceeding the Foundation’s fund minimum. Gifts received will not be placed into an organization’s fund, but instead returned to the organization and put to work in the community.

Participating organizations are Alpha Community Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County, Compassionate Care of Shelby County, Historic Sidney Theatre, Operation Rebirth, S&H Products, Senior Center of Sidney-Shelby County, Shelby County Arc, Shelby County Historical Society, Shelby County Libraries Foundation, Shelby County United Way, Sidney First United Methodist Church, Sidney-Shelby County YMCA and Wilma Valentine Childcare.

For details, go to www.commfoun.com and view Match Day information on the home page.

ST. PARIS — Operation Rebirth lives the motto: It is better to build boys than to mend men. The Christian boarding school for boys will use its Match Day gifts to purchase new textbooks for the various ages of boys served.

Located on 17 acres in the St. Paris area, the school provides a year-round educational program using the Alpha Omega curriculum. The Christian-based learning program is administered by a full-time teacher and new, updated books are needed.

“We assist boys up to 18 years of age who are having problems adjusting to school, home and community life,” said Dr. Sam Ronicker, who is an executive director along with his wife Teresa. “The staff and volunteers provide academics, real life experiences and work to strengthen and restore family relationships through the application of God’s Word.”

In addition to traditional student coursework, Operation Rebirth offers a program of farm and animal management and supervised dorm life built around a warm home environment where Christian principles are taught through Bible study, responsibility and relationships. The school is recognized by the state of Ohio, but accepts no public funding.

“For 42 years, our program has helped boys from throughout the region develop personal and vocational skills and get their family involved in counseling to work through issues that may be disrupting the relationship,” said Teresa Ronicker. “We take the boys on outings and go camping to give them new experiences, as well as teach them resourcefulness and responsibility.”

“A large shelter house was built using last year’s Match Day gifts. It will get use for our own programming in the future and has already saved us money from renting temporary tents for our Day on the Farm open house this fall.”

To support Operation Rebirth on Match Day, gifts must be made payable to the Community Foundation of Shelby County with: Match/Operation Rebirth noted on the memo or in an accompanying note or form. Details and forms are available at the Community Foundation website at www.commfoun.com and at Operation Rebirth. Gifts must be received on or before Nov. 27 to be eligible for up to $5,000 in matching money.

Operation Rebirth hosts its Day on the Farm open house in the shelter built with Match Day 2017 gifts. The facility is located near St. Paris.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/11/web1_Operation-Rebirth-Shelter-2018-2-copy-2.jpgOperation Rebirth hosts its Day on the Farm open house in the shelter built with Match Day 2017 gifts. The facility is located near St. Paris. Courtesy photo

What is Match Day?

The Community Foundation of Shelby County is repeating its Match Day event. On Nov. 27, the foundation will offer a total of $70,000 to 14 local charities that can each receive a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $5,000. The goal is to generate at least $140,000 in charitable dollars.

Participating organizations challenge their supporters to give to the Community Foundation and to earmark gifts for their charity. Gifts must be made payable to the Community Foundation of Shelby County and received by Nov. 27 to be eligible for the match.

The local foundation administers more than 180 charitable funds, including scholarship, donor advised, designated, organization and community granting funds. Match Day participating organizations were selected because of having a 501(c)(3) tax status and an organization fund within the foundation that had an asset balance exceeding the Foundation’s fund minimum. Gifts received will not be placed into an organization’s fund, but instead returned to the organization and put to work in the community.

Participating organizations are Alpha Community Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County, Compassionate Care of Shelby County, Historic Sidney Theatre, Operation Rebirth, S&H Products, Senior Center of Sidney-Shelby County, Shelby County Arc, Shelby County Historical Society, Shelby County Libraries Foundation, Shelby County United Way, Sidney First United Methodist Church, Sidney-Shelby County YMCA and Wilma Valentine Childcare.

For details, go to www.commfoun.com and view Match Day information on the home page.