October Campus Update

Beth Frump always liked to cheer from the mountaintops (or should I say sand dunes?) when summer came around.  I, on the other hand, LOVE THE COLD WEATHER!!  But, I want to make it very clear that when I pray for snow, I pray that the snow doesn’t land on your driveways. 🙂  (I feel that’s a fair trade.)  Anyway, the weather out here in Valparaiso, Indiana is getting a little cooler as we are already into October and preparing for our Fall festivities.

This last month, we had a celebration honoring Glenn Robertson, our Maintenance Supervisor and gym teacher, since he decided to retire.  We had a nice meal and cake for him while we read fake work orders that he had to get done before we allowed him to leave.  We had many laughs before Glenn passed the wrench down to Don Jones, our housedad and maintenance assistant.  The staff and kids shared fun stories about what they remembered most about Glenn.  The kids mostly remember his tough gym classes.  But even though all the stories were funny, there was a reverberating theme.  Glenn was a positive asset to our ministry, a great male role model, and shared all he had with everyone.  But, before he left, he promised to come back and cook the hams for Annual Day. 🙂

New residents Stephen, TJ, and a young lady we will call “Barbara” joined us over the past few weeks and are doing ok.  They are slowly transitioning but need your prayers while they do so.  All the kids have been focusing on their studies and are excited to go on a field trip that Principal Vickie Terhune is in the process of planning. 

Even though we didn’t have Annual Day this year, the Bristol Road congregation in Michigan delivered a bag of new clothes for each of our residents and houseparent children.  Nine-year-old houseparent child, Kyah Zandstra, tried on all of her new clothes, looked at her mom and said, “We are so blessed.” 

We are blessed.  And we thank all of you for continuing to pray for our kids, our staff, and this ministry.  We hope you all have a beautiful month and we will keep you updated in the November Update.

Happy Fall,  The Staff at Shults-Lewis

September Campus Update

Well, it finally happened.  Our campus was breached by COVID.  Being understaffed, it made it that much harder when staff started getting COVID.   But, with God’s help, we pulled together as we usually do and made everything work.  We used some of our office workers and a teacher, to take turns watching one of our boys for a few days in one of our closed Homes until houseparents were in the clear from COVID.   

During all of that, our Board of Trustees and our Administrators made the decision to cancel Annual Day again this year.  It was a hard decision but with the lack of staff and some of them getting COVID, we just couldn’t put an event this big together with so few people.  We also had to consider our sojourners.  Our sojourners consist of retired folks connected with the churches of Christ that travel the country in their RVs and volunteer their time to helping places like ours prepare for events or just help with general upkeep needs.  We did not want to put them, our amazing vendors, or YOU in harm’s way.

During this trying time, we closed campus for 10 days for quarantine to ensure the safety of the staff and kids.  Today is our first day back and, even though we are all wearing masks, it was so good to see our previously sick staff being able to attend meetings and just saying hello.

On a good note, we are placing another female resident today.  We ask that you keep her and her family in your prayers as they make this transition. 

Stay safe, stay healthy,

 Lissa Baldwin, Development Director

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAITHFUL MEMBERS OF THE CHURCHES OF CHRIST

-School Secretary                    -Administrative Assistant                    -School Principal

-Director of Operations          -Teacher                                              -Social Services Staff

-Counselor/Therapist              -Houseparents                                     -Executive Director

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August Campus Update

July went by so fast! The staff and kids have been so busy that I’m not sure July even happened this year.  Let me tell you what we’ve been doing.

WE OPENED OUR BOYS’ HOME AND PLACED OUR FIRST BOY! Pray for Erik as he transitions to our program.


Staff have been speaking to churches in Indiana and Michigan to inform them of our great need for staff! The Baldwins and the Robertsons have been “sharing the load” by taking turns picking up commodities while Housedad, Don Jones, stepped over to the school to help teach.
Whew! It’s been a fast, busy month, but it’s been very productive and fun. Thank you for your continued prayers!

JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAITHFUL MEMBERS OF THE CHURCHES OF CHRIST
-School Secretary -Administrative Assistant -School Principal
-Director of Operations -Teacher -Social Services Staff
-Counselor/Therapist -Houseparents


July Campus Update

Shults-Lewis staff have been busy this summer. Our kids have been working hard on their goals as well as their schoolwork which has paid off. Some of our kids are transitioning to go home this summer. Please pray for them as they take these next steps. And please pray for the kids that are on our waiting list to come here. Since the Zandstras came back to be houseparents, we can now open our boys’ Home again!


The staff have been shuffling around to cover work until we get more staff. Housedad, Don Jones, stepped in to help teach until Mike Zandstra could get trained and take over as teacher. Angela Robertson, Executive Director, and her husband Glenn, Maintenance Supervisor have been taking turns with the Baldwin family to pick up commodities while Don is teaching. We want to thank all of our churches and our “special helpers” for gathering commodities for our kids and helping us load the van this summer.
But, we haven’t been the only ones who have been working hard this summer. We had 2 groups come out to campus and work to get our campus ready for Annual Day. We thank Naperville group from Illinois and Green Valley groups from Indiana, we had an awesome time with them!


JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAITHFUL MEMBERS OF THE CHURCHES OF CHRIST
-School Secretary -Administrative Assistant -School Principal
-Director of Operations -Teacher -Social Services Staff
-Counselor/Therapist -Houseparents


As always, please keep us in your prayers and thank you for all you do for this ministry!

June Campus Update

I can’t believe June is already here! Development wanted to give you a quick update regarding our campus activities. We are sad to say that we lost a set of houseparents, Kim & Fred Lucas. The Lucases felt their time here was over and they wanted to experience different opportunities in Texas. We were blessed to have them as a part of our team for the last 2 years. We enjoyed a bittersweet Mexican themed goodbye party with Angela Robertson, our Executive Director, honoring them with a plaque. We ask you to pray for them as they venture out in the next chapter of their lives.

On the flip side, God knew what was going to happen before we did and so He sent us more houseparents. We will announce it in the Telegram but Jen and Mike Zandstra are returning to our campus to be houseparents and Mike will be a teacher again (replacing Fred Lucas). Once we get the Zandstra family trained, we will be able to open up our boys’ Home.

As for the kids on campus, we have a waiting list for girls until a few of our girls leave at the end of the summer. We also have a line of boys waiting for our boys’ home to open in the next month or two. In the meantime, we still need more staff. If you know any faithful members of the Churches of Christ that are looking for a job, below are the positions we need filled:


JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAITHFUL MEMBERS OF THE CHURCHES OF CHRIST
-School Secretary -Administrative Assistant -School Principal
-Director of Operations -Teacher -Social Services Staff
-Counselor/Therapist -Houseparents


As always, please keep us in your prayers and thank you for all you do for this ministry!

May Campus Update

Gerald and Phyllis Frump are asking a favor. Since they were unable to have a service or funeral of any kind after Beth’s passing, the Frumps would like you all to do something special. Beth did not like funerals at all, but she did love celebrating her birthday. Gerald and Phyllis would like all of you who may want to find a little closure, to celebrate Beth’s life sometime during her birthday month of June. The Frumps send their love to all of you out there and thank you for your prayers and support over the last year.

On another note, Shults-Lewis will be naming their Hospitality House the “Beth Frump Hospitality House”. We feel that is appropriate since Beth’s hospitality for anyone who came to our campus was nothing less than amazing. We will be holding a short dedication during Annual Day Saturday, September 18. The Frumps ask that you come join us for the ceremony. We have missed you all and would love to see you there.
Many thanks and blessings from the Frump Family and Shults-Lewis!


JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAITHFUL MEMBERS OF THE CHURCHES OF CHRIST
-School Secretary -Administrative Assistant -School Principal

-Director of Operations -Teacher -Social Services Staff

-Counselor/Therapist -Houseparents


April Campus Update

Wow! March came and went so fast due to the Development Team working on the Phone Campaign. We knew this year would be difficult for our churches to be able to find enough volunteers willing to venture out to make phone calls, but they managed and they did an excellent job. Development would like to thank all of you who volunteered to make phone calls for the kids. We also want to thank all you wonderful donors for making pledges!! The Phone Campaign brought in over $140,000 in pledges and the numbers are growing as we are still contacting people that we were unable to reach in March. That is amazing!!

Now that we are back in the office and are bringing the Phone Campaign to a close, we are able to focus on the next events in store for this year. We are planning Day of Prayer and Giving which will be set for June 27th. We will send out our prayer packets to your congregations so we all can pray for the kids, the staff, and this ministry TOGETHER on the same day.

AAAAAND, WAIT FOR IT……..ANNUAL DAY OPEN HOUSE IS A GO!!
We missed you all last year and we can’t wait to see you SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH. We may have less people show up or we could be bombarded but no matter what, we are so excited to fellowship with all of you on that day. Be ready for the biggest rummage sale yet!! So, if you are tired of being couped up in the house, come on out to Shults-Lewis and enjoy a day where we gather together outside under the tents to raise funds for this ministry. We hope to see you there!

The staff & kids at
Shults-Lewis

February Campus Update

  Well, we finally got some snow, and since the residents haven’t been able to go in to town much, it was fun for them to get outside and just play.  Housedad, Don Jones, and 2 of the residents in that Home decided to build a snowman (who is clearly an advocate for Shults-Lewis judging by his facemask). J  The kids had a great time as did Mr. Jones. 

We also celebrated a resident birthday!  Quinn turned 17 so her parents decided to buy pizza for everyone in honor of her birthday.  Thank you!!  There were several kinds of pizza, bread sticks, wings, and dessert.  Even though we have to social distance, we find creative ways to enjoy a good lunch. J  And the girls had no problem posing for a quick pic.  Thanks ladies!

We have also been working on connecting more with our community.  We had a community member call us to say she had read an article somewhere about group homes needing items.  She then looked up group homes in her area and found Shults-Lewis.  After speaking with her for a while, we found out she was in a local running group and other members of that group wanted to join in the fun.  Needless to say, after a bit of discussion and planning, our residents each received a brand new piece of luggage, gym outfits for school, pillows, and sheet sets.  We are grateful for our new connections with our community!

Until next month, stay safe!

The staff & kids at

Shults-Lewis                       

January Campus Update

HAPPY NEW YEAR, 2021 IS FINALLY HERE!!

The staff and kids had a good time over the holidays.  Santa and Mrs. Claus (Houseparents Joy & Charles Smith) showed up for the kids’ Christmas party and passed out presents.  Our “Elf” (pantry worker James Terhune) was close at hand to help Santa with the presents. 

The staff enjoyed the Staff Christmas Party as well as a beautiful luncheon that the Board of Trustees had catered in for the Staff Appreciation Lunch.  Since we couldn’t get together due to COVID, we were able to use our gymnasium to social distance and still enjoy a DELICIOUS meal!  Angela Robertson (Executive Director) spotlighted each staff member and told them why she appreciated them so much.  Our board members took the time to make a virtual video for us to play since they could not join us in person.  IT WAS AWESOME!  Some of our board members’ wives even got in on the occasion by making 2 quilts to give away in a drawing (made by Lynette Root), making and donating beautiful jewelry for each staff member (made by Irene Gordon), and Sandy Haferkamp came to campus to watch our kids in the next room so that ALL of our staff could enjoy the party.  We can’t thank them enough for such a wonderful luncheon.

            Happy New Year,

              The staff & kids at

                        Shults-Lewis                       

October Campus Update

We like to try to update you all, as much as possible, on what’s going on with the kids. But since Beth passed away and COVID hit, we have received a tremendous amount of support and encouragement from all of our donors and those of you who simply continue to pray for us. We have so many people checking in on us that we just wanted to take a second and let you know how the staff is doing since the pandemic has changed our lives and Beth stepped out of our lives.


Beth was a busy person but she had a sense of humor that kept a certain energy going throughout campus. So, we have been attempting to fill that void…..sometimes, successfully, sometimes….yeah, not so much.


Whether it’s Angela walking about campus in her “COVID SUIT” or me having “coffee with Beth”, the laughter is slowly coming back. Without our groups on campus, the maintenance staff has been putting in long hours to give the front of our Admin Building a fresh look. And since my office is on the front side of the building, Glenn has no problem banging on my window to give me a little scare. And Kiana just copes by capturing a picture of how she is feeling each day. 🙂


Cathy and Don, houseparents, have been keeping the kids busy in the garden and creating “art”. But the days are usually started off with chapel and a corny joke that Marci finds for our announcements. All of this to say, we are healing. God is watching over us and all of you are praying for us……and we feel it. Thank you for going the extra mile for this agency.

For the kids,

Lissa Baldwin
Development Director