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.”
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.
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
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.
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.