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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.

DONOR UPDATE

Faith, Hope & Charity is proud to recognize our donors who have generously donated between July 1, 2016 and September 30, 2016.  We are grateful for EVERY donation, no matter the size; your support makes a difference in the lives of the children we serve.

We strive to make this list as complete and accurate as possible.  If you notice an error or omission, please contact Carol Williams at 712.732.5127 to bring it to our attention, and please accept our apologies.

SAILING WITH HYNOON KIWANIS

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On behalf of Faith, Hope & Charity, we would like to extend our gratitude to the HyNoon Kiwanis Community Sailing Club.  Their community sailing event was a summer favorite for our children here at Faith, Hope & Charity. 

While it is evident from the smiles and excited squeals and giggles, one young man says it all with a shout, “It was awesome!”

Over the course of three evenings, several of our children had the opportunity to sail out onto the lake, feel the wind in their hair and glide across the lake.  When an evening sail had to be canceled due to rain, the club graciously scheduled an alternative date to ensure that all interested children had a chance to participate.

We are extremely grateful to the HyNoon Kiwanis for their support of children in our community, and most especially for their support of our children here at Faith, Hope & Charity

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