April Campus Update

In April, we were blessed with a youth group from DeMotte Christian School (Selah Outreach).   We had 35 freshman students and several chaperones on campus.  The students completed many projects on campus including cleaning homes, mulching, weeding, organizing the boy’s and girls’ clothing rooms, laying pavers outside Home 3, organizing the rummage sale, and painting the horse fence.  The residents and staff enjoyed lunch and dinner with the students and enjoyed games, basketball, and volleyball.  On the last night, we were invited to s’mores and a bonfire with the Selah Outreach group.  New friendships were formed, and the residents hope to become pen pals with the students from DeMotte Christian School.  Our kids are excited about getting mail.

On April 21st, Johnnie visited Memorial Parkway Church of Christ in Frankfort, Indiana.  She gave a PowerPoint presentation and answered questions from members of the congregation about the work at Shults-Lewis.  It was a great time of worship, food, and fellowship.

On April 28th, Johnnie, Sarah, and I traveled to Springbrook Hills Church of Christ in Dewitt, Michigan.  Jeff Murray preached a message entitled “Are you ready for God?”  I presented a PowerPoint presentation about the services we provide.  We also answered questions about our program.  It was wonderful to form new relationships with members.  Thank you for the fresh rhubarb you sent for our house parents!

In the next three months, we will be having youth groups on campus from East Hill Church of Christ, Wheeler Road Church of Christ, and Naperville Church of Christ.  We are excited to have the kids here to work and interact with our residents and staff.  What a blessing they are to Shults-Lewis!  We are very grateful.  Feel free to call me if you have any questions.  You can reach me at 219-462-0513 ext. 103.

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 Christ, LaPorte Church of Christ, Wheatfield Church of Christ, Naperville Church of Christ, Northwest Church of Christ, LaGrange Church of Christ and Park Forest Church of Christ.  We are in the process of finalizing our numbers for the Phone Campaign and will have this information available in the next Telegram.

The residents enjoyed time off this week for Spring Break.  Some of our kids had the opportunity to go home for visits with their families.   Thank you to Cub Scout Pack 995 and Currant Road Church of Christ for making Easter baskets for the kids.  The kids were ecstatic to receive the baskets.  We are never too old to enjoy Easter baskets.  Thank you for thinking of our kids.

As we celebrate Easter, we remember Jesus’s death on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins and his resurrection from the dead.  Our kids learn Jesus’s teachings at school during daily devotions, at Bible Study on Wednesday nights, and Bible Study and Worship Services on Sunday mornings.  At Shults-Lewis, we are planting the seeds in each of these kids daily with the hope that these seeds will grow and each child will one day have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 3:6-9)

In the next four months, we will be having youth groups on campus from DeMotte Christian School, East Hill Church of Christ, Wheeler Road Church of Christ and Naperville Church of Christ.  We are excited to have the kids here to work and interact with our residents and staff.  What a blessing they are to Shults-Lewis!

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 worship services.  Johnnie gave a short presentation and discussed the 2024 Phone Campaign.  What a privilege it was to meet so many members of both congregations.

Our students enjoyed a field trip to Inman’s Bowling & Recreation Center this month.  It was great to have some fun bowling, playing arcade games and going to Chick-fil-A.  Our math teacher, Daryl Evans, continued to amaze us with his strikes.  He was our most experienced bowler.

In February, we also said goodbye to our relief houseparent, Jessie Banks.  We celebrated with cupcakes and ice cream.  We are so grateful for her service with the kids and wish her all the best in retirement.  She was so kind giving each team member a scripture bookmark with our name on it.

February kicked off the beginning of the 2024 Phone Campaign.  I am thrilled to share that we have raised almost $50,000 for this year’s Phone Campaign.  Our donors are such a blessing!  Our goal for this year is $190,000.  The expenses to provide treatment services exceed the cost of just a group home.   In March, we will be traveling to host churches for the Phone Campaign.  Our team is excited to meet with volunteers as we raise money for the kids at Shults-Lewis.  Donors may contact us at 219-462-0513 to make a pledge.  Donations may be made by check and mailed or by credit card on our website at www.shultslewis.org.  There is a 3.5% service charge for credit cards. Thanks again for taking this journey with us as we continue to serve kids who face trauma. 

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 players and headphones.  This room provides residents with the ability to channel their anger and frustrations into a more positive way.  This is an added therapeutic element to meet kids where they are.  Anger and sadness are sides to trauma that need attention.  This room helps with that.

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On January 27th, the girls attended the VU men’s basketball game against Missouri State.  The girls enjoyed hot dogs, popcorn and rooting for the VU Beacon’s.  The half time show starred two dogs that fetched a frisbee in the air.  Boy could the dogs jump!  The girls had fun and laughed a lot!  We love seeing smiles on their faces.

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February kicks off the beginning of the 2024 Phone Campaign.  Donors will receive a Phone Campaign postcard and newsletter.  During this month, we will be accepting pre-pledges.  Donors may contact us at 219-462-0513 to make a pledge.  Donations may be made by check and mailed or by credit card on our website at www.shultslewis.org.

In February, we will be visiting Clay City Church of Christ and Naperville Church of Christ Maplewood to share information about what the kids of today are facing, how we are impacting the lives of kids, and to connect with our donors face-to-face.   If you are interested in having us come out to your church to give a presentation on the work we are doing at Shults-Lewis, please contact me at 219-462-0513 ext. 103.  Thanks again for taking this journey with us.

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 with us in the new year.

On December 22, we had our staff and resident Christmas party with our Board of Trustees.  Everyone enjoyed the pizza, games and presents during the celebration.  Thank you to our wonderful donors who purchased items for both our residents, houseparents and our homes.  We were so blessed with your kindness!  We are so thankful to God for the impact of your support for the children we serve.

In January, we will be visiting Maplewood Church of Christ, Memorial Parkway Church of Christ and Springbrook Hills Church of Christ to share information about what the kids of today are facing, how we are impacting the lives of kids, and to connect with our donors face-to-face.  In February, our travels will take us to Clay City Church of Christ and Naperville Church of Christ.  If you are interested in having us come out to your church to give a presentation on the work we are doing at Shults-Lewis, please contact me at 219-462-0513 ext. 103.  Thanks again for taking this journey with us.