About Us

INTRODUCTION AND HISTORY

The opioid crisis has inflicted a destructive path of immeasurable pain and distress across many families and communities in our society. More specifically, the United States accounts for approximately 25% of estimated drug-related deaths worldwide, including overdose deaths, which continue to rise. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over 10.3 million people misused prescription opioids in 2018, and 2 million of those misused for the first time. This type of abuse contributed to 47,600 deaths in that same year from opioid-related drug overdoses.

The state of Colorado reflects similar trends with the CO Health Institute reporting 974 drug overdoses in 2018, which is the second highest since the 1,012 deaths in 2017. While the overall death rate saw a slight year over year decrease, Fentanyl contributed to 102 deaths in 2018, up from the 81 fatalities in 2017. Although this issue has seen increased attention via media coverage and local activism in the past couple years, a vast awareness gap remains, which hinders action towards meaningful change.

My eyes were opened to this problem as my family suffered through the pain from the tragic loss of my brother, Raymond Rountree Jr., who passed in 2017 from an opioid overdose. Thankfully, the void of his death has gradually subsided, in part, due to the knowledge I've gained on the factors of addiction across opioids, drugs, and alcohol. My research and increased knowledge on this issue has not only eased my suffering, but more importantly, ignited my commitment to embolden a movement of continual awareness.

As eyes are opened, so does the ability to impart change, hence the birth of The Raymond Rountree Jr. Foundation, Inc., a platform dedicated to education, prevention, and recovery within all forms of substance abuse. From the turmoil of users themselves to the helplessness and grief of their loved ones, our aim is to eradicate the firestorm of tragedy and loss caused by this epidemic.

Lorraine Hoover, Founder

THE PROJECT

Spin for Opioid Sensibility
As a major part of our mission, we hold an annual “spin class” fundraiser, Spin for Opioid Sensibility (SOS).  This event provides a great opportunity to learn more about the opioid epidemic in an atmosphere that stimulates physical and mental well-being.  Every year participants ride indoor stationary cycles in a high-energy, motivating session for a great workout and to raise additional funds through any individual donations they’re able to secure.

Staircase for Overdose Sensibility
This is a more recent initiative we started in 2019 to offer some variety in our efforts to promote a healthy and productive lifestyle.  At this event our participants join us in a 30-minute studio class on a VersaClimber for an amazing full-body cardio workout. Whether you stay in neutral or want to crank it up a notch, this is another fun opportunity to boost the endorphins along with our fund raising efforts.

Beyond individual participation in these events, we also rely on sponsorships and grants to help fund our operating costs, and most importantly, our treatment scholarships.  Every year our collective contributions have helped people stay on the path to recovery by providing essential daily needs and other success resources including job training, education, and counseling.

Vision
SOS - The Raymond Rountree Foundation, Inc. ("Rountree") is a Colorado 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable, transitional, and sustainable wrap-around services to those individuals and family members impacted by the consequences of addictive drug use.  Sufficient treatment is both time extensive and expensive, so we strive to set a path to recovery that alleviates financial pressure and provides ongoing support from initial entry to conversion sustained.

Since our inception in 2018, we are thankful to have assisted two individuals with scholarships for the appropriate treatment programs for alcohol and opioid addiction.   While this early impact is encouraging, we’re striving to create immediate and continued growth in our support outreach. For those clients who have successfully completed therapeutic treatment and are dedicated to maintaining the balance of their mind, body and soul, our foundation provides the following services:

1. Medical Treatment Solutions

  • Discount medication
  • Medication alternatives
  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Emergency crisis services

2. Physical Health

  • Discount fitness memberships
  • Running
  • Cycling
  • Weights
  • Dietary Counseling

3. Spiritual Discovery

  • Bible study classes
  • Sustaining recovery classes
  • Dealing with addiction classes

4. Community Services

  • Bible study classes
  • Sustaining recovery classes
  • Dealing with addiction classes

The Rountree Foundation is committed to assisting those in transition and adapting to significant changes in their lives.  Please join us in our quest to sustain their conversion and help make a difference in their ongoing commitment to living a healthy and purposeful life.