May Campus Update

On a sad for us, happy for him note, Joe Allen resigned his position of Director of Operations in April.  His last day was April 12th.  While we miss him around campus, he was offered a wonderful position in town, and we are so proud of him.  We are very thankful he stayed local so that we can still see his 3-year-old son…I mean, him, on occasion.   

In April we welcomed a group from Bowling Green, Kentucky.  We had such a great time with the youth group who spent the week working on various tasks around campus, including helping Development with some stuffing of Phone Campaign letters (yay!).   While they were here, we held our “Hasn’t-Been-Annual-In-A-Long-Time” Annual Talent show.  What an incredible night.  The kids, staff, and guests shared their talents of music, poetry, jokes, and so much more.

In April, Kiana, Don & Cathy Jones (houseparents in Home 5), and I were able to attend the Network 1:27 Conference.  Network 1:27 consists of ministries like ours (residential homes, foster homes, and adoption agencies) from all over the country.  The days are filled with amazing training and information, but more than that, it is an opportunity to fellowship with others in childcare and encourage each other.  Of course, we also enjoyed being tourists in St. Louis (this year’s host town), and enjoyed seeing the Arch and the zoo.

I know you always are prayerful for our children, but as we are in the last month of this school year, please continue to pray for them.  We have 2 seniors graduating, and the potential of a couple of kids transitioning home.  It is a very exciting time, but it can also cause some anxiousness and concern for them.  We know they will do amazingly well, but please pray for peace for them.

For the children,

Beth

Beth Frump, Director of Development

April Campus Update

To be honest, I’m not sure what all happened on campus during March. I was blessed to travel throughout Indiana, Michigan, and Illinois to various congregations who volunteered for our Phone for Children Campaign.

One of the coolest things about the Phone Campaign is the support we receive from home. ALL of the kids made cards or wrote notes for us to open each night, and the staff sent small gifts. It is so awesome to be part of a team who is supportive and encouraging during the stressful, yet AWESOME, Phone Campaign.

We said good-bye to Ms. Fathe Davis, who was our History teacher. She accepted a new teaching position in Illinois, where she lives and had been commuting for 5 years. We appreciate the years of service she gave and her love and passion for teaching. We are thankful for Fred Lucas, housedad in Home 2, for stepping up and helping substitute at the school. However, we are looking for a History and a Math teacher. If you know of someone, please send them our way!

Our contracted licensed therapist is doing an awesome job and is filling the position perfectly for us. We are so grateful for her, but again, we know this is a temporary fix. We need to find a licensed clinical therapist as soon as possible. Know anyone?

The kids are doing well. They just enjoyed a nice Spring Break, an opportunity for some downtime. We still have two girls’ homes, one boys’ home, and a relief home. The kids are handling the transitions of staff quite well, but we want to offer stability as much as possible for them. The sooner we find the necessary staff, the better.

We will have two graduates next month. Tony, the young man, who has been able to attend public school, will graduate at the end of the month. He’s looking forward to attending college in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and is currently planning to study psychology. Courtney will graduate from Shults-Lewis High School and plans to study cosmetology after she leaves us. Pray for both of them as they finish their semesters and as they head off to the next phase of their lives.

Happy Spring!
For the children,
Beth Frump, Director of Development

March Campus Update

Our theme of the month for February was “Foundation of God’s Love”.  We enjoyed our Annual Valentine’s Progressive Dinner, as you have already read about, I’m sure.  We also encouraged the kids and staff to share ways they have seen God’s Love being shown on campus throughout the month.  The board quickly filled up with various notes, from random acts of kindness to a needed hug or listening ear.  It was a very encouraging month.

The teachers and kids went down to Indianapolis on a Field Trip, seeing a play about Anne Frank.  They loved the play and the Field Trip, but did not enjoy having to leave at 5:00 am to get to Indianapolis.  I believe most of them slept the majority of the way down and back.

Field Trips are amazing experience learning days for our kids.  We are truly thankful for the Box Tops that you donate because those pay the way for our Field Trips.  Another amazing learning experience for our kids is guest speakers.  Anytime you can come and share your passions, hobbies, or career with our kids, we would love to have you!

The kids gave “All About Me” speeches as part of their on-campus 4H program.  And while they shared the fun stuff about loving make-up and music, they were authentic, transparent, and real.  Before each of them finished their speech, every single one of them pinpointed the moment their life hit “rock bottom” and then the moment of Hope as they came to Shults-Lewis.  While some of them are farther along on this journey, they each recognized that Shults-Lewis is providing them the care they need, showing them Hope, and giving them unconditional Love.

Truly, I am humbled by your involvement with our ministry.  It is because of you that we are able to show them the Hope and Love that God has for each and every one of them.  Thank you!

For the children,

Beth Frump

Beth Frump, Director of Development

 

 

Faith. Family. Future.

February Campus Update

Oh, January. January always seems to be a very busy month, and yet, as I look at the calendar, I wonder exactly what did we do all month? I think settling back into the routine of “normal” just made the month fly by. Kiana Baldwin, Development Assistant, continues to argue with me about time flying by so quickly. She, in her final semester of college, feels the time is dragging on so slowly. Just like everything, I guess it’s all about perspective.

As you’ve probably already read on social media or in our Telegram we said good-bye to Bob & Becky Brown in January. From one perspective, we are sad to see them go. However, from another, we are thankful for their service and excited for them and their new adventures out west.

In January we started working with the kids on the Social Responsibility of recycling. Don, one of our housedads, was telling us that the girls in his home are actively looking at each item to see if it can be recycled. He excitedly shared, “They are doing it on their own now.”

The kids and teachers went to an awesome convocation at Valparaiso University on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. VU always puts together a great presentation for the day. Ms. Davis, our History teacher, had our kids share “10 Things you might not have known about MLK”. They shared some great facts and also were able to practice their public speaking skills.

Thank you for being a part of our community!!

For the children,

Beth Frump,

Director of Development

 

January Campus Update

Santa Clause came to town…. or at least someone looking like Santa came to the Kids’ Christmas Party. The kids enjoyed a last day of the semester filled with activities, games, and a visit from “Santa”.

Earlier in December, the staff enjoyed a Christmas party together. This is one of the few times during the year that the staff can gather together, without kids, and simply enjoy being together. We reveal Secret Pals, play “Mean Santa”, and this year, we enjoyed a video of memories from 2018. We really cherish the time we have as a whole staff together.

December was filled with guests and activities. One yearly tradition is Egg Nog & Treats Day where we gather to enjoy some Egg Nog from Sheilla Davis, a retired employee who visits and prepares a yummy egg nog for all to enjoy. This is one of our favorite days because several of our retirees come and join us for some treats and laughs.

Speaking of treats, we had our annual cookie exchange. From sugar cookie Christmas trees to buckeyes, we shared some amazing goodies. It’s a good thing that we had kicked off our month with the workout at a local gym because calories were abundant in December.

December’s Theme of the Month was “Foundation of God’s Love”. The idea of all of our commitments—open communication, emotional intelligence, democracy, growth & change, non-violence, social learning, and social responsibility—all echo the way God expects us to treat each other. So with that in mind, we used the month to recognize the commitments we have seen in each other during 2018. Every resident and staff member received an ornament filled with commitments that everyone else saw in them during 2018.


Our kids were blessed by several congregations, individuals, and local friends who provided Christmas presents, goodie baskets, and so much more for the holiday season. We are so grateful for the outpouring of love that occurs during the holidays for our kids. By the Sunday before Christmas, the boys were nearing the end of their patience and were ready to start ripping into their presents. They were so excited!! All of our kids were truly blessed and were very appreciative of everything they received.

As we file away our 2018 calendars, and begin to plan and dream for 2019, we just want to thank you for everything you do for our kids.

For the children,

Beth Frump

Beth Frump, Director of Development