SAFETY was our theme for January. If you follow us on Facebook, you saw that each week we focused on a different aspect of SAFETY—Moral Safety, Emotional Safety, Physical Safety, and Social Safety. A local power company came in and taught the kids to not electrocute themselves, not to fly balloons near power lines or to let balloons go, not to get out of a car if you hit a power line (unless car is on fire). The police department sent Lt. Chavez to campus, who taught the kids not to bully or cyberbully. A local group that teaches positive teen health came and taught the kids not to drink or make poor choices with their bodies. And finally a former housemom who is a physical therapist came in and taught the kids how to breathe deep, use reflexology, and to create new healthier habits to deal with stress and bad days. And as one of our boys pointed out this morning, “And Safety month had FOOD!” as we kicked the month off with a lunch from Firehouse Subs. What a fun month for the kids (& staff)!!
You may have seen or heard that our Executive Director, Jim Powell, and his wife, Carren, have decided to resign from their roles at Shults-Lewis. In Jim’s words, “it’s just time for us to simplify.” They are moving to Colorado and will still be involved in the mission of childcare. However, they want to enjoy a simpler life, with more travel (to see more of the west side of the country). Obviously, we are sad to see them go, but we appreciate the years of service they have given to us and wish them the best as they journey on.
The Board has already begun to search for the next Executive Director. We know that God has begun preparing the next Director. In the meantime, we will continue to care for children and families. If you have any questions regarding Jim’s departure, feel free to call him or me anytime.
Day by day God is changing the lives of children and families. I am thankful that He chooses to use us. He will continue to do amazing things this year at Shults-Lewis and I am grateful that I get a front row seat, next to you.
Thank you for being a part of my community!!
For the children,
Beth Frump, Director of Development
Faith. Family. Future.