March Campus Update

February.  Of course we are going to talk about Valentine’s Day!  Did you get the opportunity to do anything amazing for the Hallmark holiday? Glenn & Angela Robertson hosted a Valentine’s dinner for the staff and kids.  We had an awesome Italian dinner and played Valentine’s Scategories.   I must admit there were some very creative answers.  Something you do not want to receive for Valentine’s Day starting with the letter “L”.  Lettuce.  How about starting with the letter “S”?  Surgery.  Lots of fun and laughter as we celebrated together.

It’s not polite to share a lady’s age.  So I’ll just say we celebrated Ms. Sherry’s “ZERO” birthday this month.  Sherry has been a part of the Shults-Lewis family her entire life as her mother was the cook here back in our early years.  Sherry also worked in Development for many years as an office manager, and currently, she helps with our food ordering.  We are so blessed to have her as part of our family.

As part of our on-going training for our direct care staff, we have been diving into TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Intervention).  This is a trauma-informed, connection building training that empowers our staff to meet the complex needs of our kids.  We are so blessed to have Jon O’Keefe, our Program Director, as a trainer of this program.  As we say around campus, “more tools for the toolbox” as we continue to strive to offer the best care for our kids!

In February, we placed another young man in Home #7.  As always, I ask you to pray for his transition into our program!  We are truly blessed to be able to work with these amazing kids!  We would love to serve more kids, but we need houseparents in order to do that!  And as mentioned above, our houseparents are given training and tools in order to help understand and help meet the needs of kids.

Also, be prayerful of the Phone Campaign happening this month.  Please pray for our volunteers, donors as they make their prayerful decision regarding donations for 2020, and for the development staff, as we spend a lot of time traveling throughout the month!

Thank you for your prayers and your support!

For the kids,

Beth Frump,  Development Director 

February Campus Update

Have you seen the meme? The one that says something like “Today is the 3,652nd day of January”? I completely feel that. The rest of the year FLIES so quickly, that when January arrives, with its calm, less chaotic schedule, it feels to drag on forever. That being said, January was still full of changes and progress at Shults-Lewis.


We placed two new girls and a new boy this month. Please pray for them as they begin their journey with us. It is always a challenge to adjust to a new environment.


Kim & Fred Lucas have shifted into Home #7 to fill the role of full-time boys’ houseparents. We are grateful for their willingness to adjust to the role we need them in, and for the staff who are filling into our relief roles while we search for houseparents. PLEASE be prayerful for this. We NEED houseparents!!!


Last month, Mike Zandstra, our Science teacher, resigned and headed back “home” to Michigan. He and his wife, Jen, have been part of the Shults-Lewis family for many years, working here the last 12. We will miss him, but we know he is doing what is best for his immediate family. Pray for the Zandstras as they are dealing with the move and Mike is starting a new teaching position.


I was on the phone with a dear friend this week, and we were talking about mission work. The world is a HUGE place with so many opportunities. However, we discussed, that sometimes we miss the mission field right in our back yards. We can sometimes miss the opportunities because they come in ways we don’t expect, and not looking like what we expect. Mission work may come disguised as being a houseparent at Shults-Lewis, a therapist, a teacher, or principal. I cannot emphasize enough that we need missionaries. We need help. The amount of families and children we can help is limited because of our limited number of staff.


Thank you for your prayers and your support!
For the kids,

Beth Frump,
Development Director

January Campus Update

THREE KIDS! Three of our kids left our program successfully in December. They’ve already ‘friended” and “added” me on social medias. One of the girls who left had actually worked part-time in development over the last few months. I sent her a message that I already miss her! I’m so excited for her and the others as they are moving forward with their lives, but I definitely miss them when they leave here. Please pray for all of them as they transition back to home and school.


Christmas was amazing here! Our kids were blessed with fantastic gifts from various congregations and local organizations. They were all so excited to tell me about their Christmas goodies that they were practically talking over each other to let me know about their gifts. Holidays can be difficult for our kids because it can bring up past traumas and issues regarding separation from their families. And while it is NOT about the gifts, for them to see and understand that people (YOU) are supporting them and loving them because of your love for the Father, is incredible. Thank you!!


In December we contracted someone for our accounting. I am so grateful we were able to find someone to help us with those accounting tasks as I knew that I could not continue working in both roles for 2020. Stephanie comes to us from Valparaiso and is a CPA, and is already fitting in with our staff. We still have empty offices that need filling—Therapist, Principal, Houseparents, Teachers. Please continue to pray and pass along the word that we need staff!


I love new calendars and new planners and new To Do lists….I get so excited about planning the year ahead of us. I just can’t wait to see what God is going to do in 2020! Have you marked the calendar for all of our events for 2020?!?!


March is our Phone for Children Campaign.


Sunday, May 31st is Day of Prayer & Giving for Shults-Lewis.


Friday, June 12th is our Annual Golf Tournament


Saturday, September 19th is our Annual Day/Open House Day


I am constantly amazed by the way God works through YOU to bless the children and staff of Shults-Lewis. Thank you so very much!
For the kids,


Beth
Beth Frump, Director of Development

December Campus Update

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with football…oh, and family & friends. Seriously, I do hope that you were able to spend some time with people who you love and cherish. Holidays can be a difficult time for our kids, as most of them do not have great memories of family gatherings. I am truly thankful for our houseparents who go the extra mile to help our kids feel at home and safe during the holiday season.


During this month, we will have several kids transitioning back home or onto their next step. Please pray for them as many of them are getting anxious and concerned, as anyone would. We know they have the skills to be successful and they know that we are here for them anytime they need us.


November brought our Annual Staff Appreciation Dinner. The board brought the dinner on campus with an amazing meal cooked by Jon & Tim Miller (you may have tasted their amazing chicken on Annual Day). It was a relaxing evening with great entertainment and fun. The Board awarded the Board of Trustees Award to Jim & Irene Gordon for their years of services and continued support of Shults-Lewis. I found myself speechless as Angela Robertson, Executive Director, chose me for the Service to Children Award. I work with an amazing staff, all of whom are deserving of that award. I am truly humbled and grateful for the award and for the ability to continue to serve this incredible ministry.


Mrs. Terhune took our Star Students bowling in November. They “forgot” to take pictures, but claim they had some high scores. Not sure I believe that one, but I do know they had a great time.


Franky and Tosha Penney moved away in November. While we miss them, we know they will do an awesome job of reflecting Jesus to kids in Ohio. They are forever part of the Shults-Lewis family!


Their departure has left us with an empty home. Please continue to be in prayer for us for staffing needs. Not only for houseparents, but we have several positions that need filling: Therapist, Principal, Teachers. Please don’t skim over that. Please pray for us as we search and share with others that we need staff. Years ago, we were visiting a congregation who is VERY active with us, who does a lot for us and with us. While there, it was mentioned that we needed a staff person, and someone said, “Wait! You need a teacher? I’m a teacher!” I need you, my friends, to share our need for staff.


Thanks for all you do for the kids!


I pray you have an awesome holiday season!


For the kids,

Beth Frump, Director of Development

November Campus Update

Oh how I wish you were standing in my office at the end of the month when I ask the Development Team, “What all did we do this month? So I can share with my Helping Hands!” Because Kiana’s response today was “it was a whirlwind of chaos”. Though those aren’t quite the words I would use; she’s not wrong.


We were blessed to have a group from Greenfield, Indiana come visit. They brought amazing treats for our kids, and gifts for our homes. After providing pizza for lunch, they helped by working in the pantry. We truly appreciate our time with them! As always, you are invited to come visit campus anytime. Or schedule a time to bring a group to see campus, enjoy a meal with the kids & staff, and if you have some extra time, there’s always projects around campus that could use your help.


I was blessed to be a part of a ladies’ day in Adrian, Michigan. What an incredible day! We truly enjoyed the opportunity to get to know you all better! Please add us to your invite list when you have events at your congregation. While we can’t always make it to everything, we love the opportunity to spend time with you!!


The kids had an awesome time for Spirit Week! We had Bad Hair Day (don’t tell them, but on some of them, it looked kinda normal :), Nerd Day (our teachers really got into that day!), Hat Day, and Costume Day. The kids painted pumpkins for the Pumpkin Decorating Contest, and as usual, they were AWESOME! On Halloween, the teachers provided an awesome meal of treats—Mummy Dogs, Veggies shaped into a Pumpkin, cupcakes with melting ghosts, it was yummy!!


Please continue to pray for us as we seek out staff members. While we are utilizing a wonderful contracted counselor for our kids, we really need to find a full-time therapist on-campus. We are also needing a Principal, an English Teacher, and Director of Operations. If you are interested in being a part of this ministry or know someone who may be, please let us know. Word of mouth is usually the best way to find staff!! You could be the answer we are looking for, or know who is!!


While October was a crazy busy month, we all know that this month and next can be even more insane with all the amazing activities that are happening. So before we get too far into the holiday season, I would like to take a moment to thank you for all you do for our kids and staff. I pray that you have the most incredible holiday season and I am looking forward to an awesome 2020 with you!

For the kids,
Beth
Beth Frump, Director of Development