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DONOR UPDATE

We are so very grateful for the support we receive!  Every dollar you donate makes a difference and allows us to continue caring for young people with special needs. It is our honor to recognize the following donors who contributed between April 1 and June 30, 2017.

 

BV COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANT TO FHC

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Faith, Hope & Charity was honored to be selected as a 2017 Grant Award Recipient by the Buena Vista County Community Foundation. During a breakfast banquet held Satuday, June 3rd, we were pleased to be recognized and receive our award along with eight other honorees representing Buena Vista County.

FHC's grant funding project is the installation of handicap accessible interior doors to each of the four homes within our Residential Care Facility. This project truly comes from the heart of our mission, "...improving the lives of children and young adults with special needs by promoting independence and individualtiy." By providing interior acess to our homes, this allows children using wheelchairs to gain more independence and move about their enviornment as we hope they will one day do as adults.

"We are so very grateful to the Foundation for this generous support of young people with mobility impairments in Storm Lake,," Cindy Wiemold, Executive Director commented, "The BV County Community Foundation funding is vital to this project, and will assist us in completing this project in a timely manner."

BRIGHTENING OUR DAY!

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On Wednesday, May 30th, the Providence Go Getters 4-H Club and Fareway Food Stores-Storm Lake helped to brighten up our grounds here at Faith, Hope & Charity by helping our kids to plant flowers around our gazebo.  This is an annual service project for the club, and we are so grateful for all of their help and hard work.

The flowers and mulch were donated by Fareway Food Stores – Storm Lake, and the Providence Go-Getters 4-H Club, under the leadership of Leann Baumhover, helped to prepare the soil and assist with the planting.  In addition to the gazebo flower beds, the group also prepared two planters to decorate our entrance.

“We really appreciate them visiting and helping to make our place beautiful for summer!” said Sarah Babcock, Recreation Coordinator at Faith, Hope & Charity.  The children and staff here at FHC will keep the flowers watered and cared for throughout the coming months, always a favorite activity.  When you have the opportunity, we invite you to visit and take a walk on our Rainbow Path, and enjoy these beautiful and colorful flowers!

To all the members of Providence Go Getters 4-H Club, Leann Baumhover, the team at Fareway Food Stores – Storm Lake, and Brian Baumhover, we thank you all so much for brightening our day!  Thank you.!

THANK YOU "CHOOSE BLUE STORM LAKE"

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On behalf of Faith, Hope & Charity we would like to share our sincere thanks for the donations we received as a result of the Choose Blue Storm Lake Event.  We are so very honored to be part of this amazing community, and appreciate the continued support that allows us to provide opportunities and choices to the extraordinary individuals that we proudly serve.

DONOR UPDATE

We are so very grateful for the support we receive!  Every dollar you donate makes a difference and allows us to continue caring for young people with special needs. It is our honor to recognize the following donors who contributed between January 1 and March 31, 2017.

BVU's GLASS SLIPPER DONATES TO FAITH, HOPE & CHARITY

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On Monday, April 24th, Faith, Hope & Charity received a contribution from BVU's Glass Slipper Shop.  This student run dress shop offers formal dresses at affordable prices, (typically ranging from $10 - $40), to Storm Lake and the surrounding communities.  The shop opens for two weekends starting in late February, and all proceeds from the shop are donated to local charities.

"We are so very honored to receive this contribution," Cindy Wiemold, Executive Director said.  "Faith, Hope & Charity appreciates the time and effort that the students put into this project, and we are truly grateful they thought of our kids."

SAYING THANK YOU!

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On March 25th, residents of our Transition Home stopped by the Storm Lake Police Department to show our appreciation for the patrol officers and Storm Lake Police Department.  In addition to home baked cookies, the residents presented pictures and notes of thanks!

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On behalf of Faith, Hope & Charity, we would like to thank everyone in Storm Lake and the surrounding communities for your generous support of Faith, Hope & Charity’s LOSE THE WINTER BLUES, our annual benefit concert event this past Saturday, February 4th at King’s Pointe Waterpark Resort.  With the support of our sponsors, many wonderful donors and our attendees, we were able to raise $7,100!  All proceeds allow us to fulfill our mission, “To improve the lives of children and young adults with special needs by promoting independence and individuality.”

DONOR UPDATE

We are so very grateful for the support we receive!  Every dollar you donate makes a difference and allows us to continue caring for young people with special needs. It is our honor to recognize the following donors who contributed between October 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

SPECIAL TIMES, SPECIAL FRIENDS

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We are extremely grateful for our Special Friends!  The Holidays provide us with opportunities to get everyone together and celebrate our blessings.  On November 17th, we hosted our annual Thanksgiving Potluck and the kids loved all the delicious dishes and welcoming guests.  Our annual Christmas party provided even more excitement with a visit from Santa Claus!  With cookies and punch to enjoy, the kids opened presents, played and visited with guests. 

We are looking for individuals to join our Special Friends program.  If you would like to volunteer to be a Special Friend to a Special Child, please contact Carol Williams or Sarah Babcock at 712.732.5127

FHC HOSTS LEGISLATIVE COFFEE

Faith, Hope & Charity hosted a Legislative Coffee for state and local legislators on December 2nd, 2016 to discuss disability-related issues that state legislators will be addressing in the next Legislative session beginning in January.  Senator Mark Segebart (R-Vail) and Representative Gary Worthan (D-Storm Lake) attended the event held at FHC’s Community Service Center.

FINDING HIS SMILE

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Cory and Christi are the proud parents of Trace, a thirteen year-old young man currently living here at Faith, Hope & Charity.  When asked what the family appreciates most from their experience with FHC, Christi responds, “We were able to get Trace back; his personality; his spirit.  All of our family agrees that it’s just so nice having his laughter and his jokes back.”

The second of four children, Trace came into the world early and fighting for his life.  His parents Cory and Christi talk of his traumatic birth and their experiences during the first few years of his life as they committed to facing each challenge and making sure that Trace would thrive.  There were lots of ups and downs over the years, culminating with struggles that landed Trace in the hospital at nine years old.  “It was obvious something was going wrong, but they didn’t know if it was being caused by the medication or changes in his condition,” Christi tells us.  With the advice of their case manager, Cory and Christi made the decision to place Trace in a rehabilitation center in Wisconsin.

Trace was taken off all medication, and evaluated, and a new medical plan put in place.  He slowly began to make progress.  Cory tells us, “The environment was very aseptic, not warm at all.  Our case workers monitored his progress carefully so we could get him moved as soon as he was ready.”  Trace attended school and lived at the center for just under two and a half years.  The family made the drive a minimum of once a month for visits and Trace was eventually able to make some visits home as well.  While they knew Trace was getting the care he needed, Cory and Christi knew that the clinical environment of the rehab center was not the place for Trace.

THANK YOU VARIETY-THE CHILDREN'S CHARITY

VARIETY VAN THANK YOU

Faith, Hope & Charity received a $23,059 van grant from Variety-The Children’s Charity.  The funds have been used to purchase a 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan.  According to Cindy Wiemold, Executive Director, “It would certainly be a challenge for Faith, Hope & Charity to keep up an adequate fleet of safe and well-maintained vehicles for our children if it were not for the generosity of Variety.  We place a high priority on getting our kids involved in our community, and we are very appreciative of Variety’s support of that commitment.”

WELCOME NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Faith, Hope & Charity is excited to welcome incoming FHC Board member Connie Skibsted, and FHC Foundation Board members Jake Schable and Patti Todd. All have a lengthy history as active members of the Storm Lake community with strong commitment to special needs children and their families. Their leadership contributions to our organization will play an important role in the future of FHC and our mission: to improve the lives of children and young adults with special needs by promoting independence and individuality.

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Faith, Hope & Charity
1815 West Milwaukee
Storm Lake, IA 50588
Phone: 712-732-5127
Fax: 712-732-6002