Entries by Kiana Baldwin

March Campus Update

What an amazing month the development team experienced on the Phone Campaign Trail!  A big shout out to all our donors and volunteers who graciously gave their time, financial support and prayers.  Thank you to the following churches that partnered with us during the 2024 Phone Campaign:  Waterford Church of Christ, West Chicago Church of […]

February Campus Update

On February 11, we visited Clay City Church of Christ.  We attended worship services and Johnnie gave a Powerpoint presentation.   In the foyer, we had a display table with information.  We enjoyed fellowship with their members and a soup potluck.  On February 25, we visited Naperville Church of Christ where we attended Bible Study and […]

January Campus Update

We are excited to share that we have added a new calming room at the school for the children we serve.  The calming room is a place for our residents to decompress.   Children can de-stress in our tent or bean bag chairs.  The room is equipped with stress balls, large Jenga game, puzzles, Legos, mp3 […]

December Campus Update

On December 8, we celebrated Vickie’s Terhune’s second retirement from Shults-Lewis with a party.  Vickie served as school principal for 32 years.  Over the years, Vickie has touched and impacted so many residents’ lives; especially in the area of Math, where she has tutored many students.  This is not goodbye as Vickie will be volunteering […]

November Campus Update

In November, we enjoyed a Fall Festival Luncheon with staff and residents.  It was a great time of fellowship with one another.  A special thanks to Peter Bumpass for his donation of tickets to our houseparents and residents to attend the circus and enjoy some food.  Cheers and laughter could be seen and heard by […]

October Campus Update

In October, Johnnie and Tammy visited New York Avenue Church of Christ in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. It was great meeting Tim Harty and members of the congregation.  His message on Sunday was a true blessing.  Church visits provide us with the opportunity to share God’s work at Shults-Lewis.  This month, the residents had the opportunity […]

September Campus Update

September was a busy month with back to back fundraising events.  On September 9th, we kicked off with Popcorn Festival.  We sold out of hot dogs and bratwursts.  That was a good problem to have.  The highlight of the day was when we met a former resident, Mia, who shared her story with us.  Without […]

August Campus Update

In August, we said goodbye to the Zandstra family and welcomed Fred & Kim Lucas as houseparents for our boys’ home.  The Lucas’s returned back to Shults-Lewis after a 2 year stint away.  Fred is teaching Science and Math at the school. Kim brings her creativity to campus, which the kids enjoy.  David Warren, our […]

July Campus Update

In July, our staff and residents attended Brynne (age 12) & Brighton (age 9) Vermillion’s birthday party in Genoa, Illinois. Brynne and Brighton requested that donations be made to Shults-Lewis in lieu of presents. They sacrificed presents from their friends in order to support the kids at Shults-Lewis. What an awesome act of kindness and […]

May/June Update

In May, our staff and residents attended an end of the school year celebration with box tickets to the Railcats game courtesy of Mike and Jenn Zandstra.  For some of the residents, it was the first time to a baseball game.  Everyone enjoyed hamburgers and hotdogs at the game. Lots of screams and laughter were […]