R-HOM began in the fall of 1991 when a group of six homeschooling moms met for dessert. These ladies were gathered from some interesting places including a church nursery, a Ray and Dorothy Moore seminar and believe it or not Burger King. Who would have thought that God was about to use this little group of mostly strangers to grow and influence the homeschool movement in the Denver Metro area.
Homeschooling was just beginning and pretty rare at the time. Those of us in this little group, with older children, had been homeschooling for a few years already and were quite excited to meet others doing the same. We were so encouraged by that first meeting that we decided to meet every month and quickly began to set up little adventures to go on with our children and new found friends.
Those early days of homeschooling were very different from today, filled with a lot of excitement, and a little fear. Colorado adopted homeschool statutes or regulations in 1988 but very few people knew what homeschooling was, including the officials. CHEC had not yet begun and homeschool Conferences, homeschool Bookstores or books “about” Homeschooling were sparse if any. At this point most of us didn’t even know another family that homeschooled. Each of us had heard about homeschooling in a different way, caught the vision and received strength everyday from the Lord as we went forward. When the Lord brought those five families together it was like finding water in the middle of the desert.
We continued our moms’ meetings once a month and had great fun finding new places to explore with our kids each week. The fire house and Vet clinic were some of our first “Field Trips”.
Half way into the year many of us had friends who were asking about homeschooling and interested in attending our meetings, so we decided to open our group up and give it some definition. At this time, our leader was building a house with her husband, during a particularly rainy season, living in a 20‘ travel trailer, ankle deep in mud with a new baby, three kids and a dog. Nevertheless, before we expanded we needed a group name and a statement of faith and purpose. It was in the middle of that incredible spring and that tiny little trailer that she drafted our statements and we decided on a name.
History of the Name:
We get a lot of questions on our name, so here is the story; R-HOM, is an acronym created using the first letter of those founding ladies names. We tossed out many names but nothing seemed to work so we put those letters down and decided that we are (R), home (HOM) teaching our children. This name will forever remind me of those first six families and the treasured times we experienced beginning the group and our homeschooling lives.
That statement of faith and purpose was drawn up over 20 years ago and it is still the absolute foundation of who we are:
R-HOM was founded for the purpose of encouraging parents who have chosen to educate their children at home. We believe it is the responsibility of parents to train their children in the ways of God and in the knowledge needed to participate in society according to God’s standards. Our meetings provide encouragement, fellowship, resources and prayer for all who participate.
We are Christian . . . In orientation and leadership, as are most of our members, but we do not exclude anyone on the basis of their beliefs.
Statement of Faith
• We believe in one God, existent in the trinity; God the Father, God the Son (the lord Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit.
• We believe God, as manifested through the Trinity, is the creator of the universe and all that is known and unknown; that the Bible is His infallible Word, without error, to be taken literally, and the ultimate truth through which all knowledge should be evaluated.
• We believe salvation is through no other except Jesus Christ and faith in Him, not of works nor acts of righteousness. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
• We believe the biblical model for marriage is the physical, spiritual and legal union between one man and one woman.
We are diverse with families from all walks of life, espousing various denominational philosophies and teaching children.
For 20 plus years we have been blessed with many volunteer group leaders serving hundreds of homeschool families providing one of the strongest homeschool networks in the Denver Metro area.
Today, homeschooling has become so familiar it is the third option; public, private or homeschool. There are homeschool support groups, enrichment programs, co-ops and homeschool bookstores. There are “public” government run homeschool programs, reality TV shows starring homeschool families, and if you can believe it, there are even stand up comedians with homeschool monologues.
Today, it is a privilege to have the freedom and resources to educate our children at home, experiencing the greatest years of their lives and building strong relationships with Christ and others that will last a lifetime.
Some of the richest treasures in my life have come through R-HOM, best friends, great life lessons, sound teaching, service, support, encouragement, love and beautiful memories.
We currently have 4 groups meeting in different locations, offering monthly meetings with a variety of meeting topics, fellowship, field trips, and co-op opportunities.
Our groups are open to anyone, so please feel free to visit the groups to find the best fit for you. Each of our groups ask for a small annual membership fee to help cover meeting expenses.
We look forward to serving you.