May Campus Update

I was reassured this weekend by one of our board members. “It takes no creativity to spell a word just one way like everyone else does.” YES! I’m not dependent on spell check and proofreaders, I am just creative. Spelling is not my strong suit and it does take a village of proofreaders and computer programs to minimize my mistakes. Our kids, however, rocked the Annual Spelling Bee. They spelled words that I purposely avoid. The final three were our seniors and they battled it out until Hannah finally was victorious. Congrats to Hannah!

An amazing group of women from West Chicago Church of Christ created a Purity Retreat weekend for our girls. The girls spent the weekend talking and sharing on topics such as body image, media, and God’s plan for them. What an awesome blessing for our girls.

As you may have seen on Facebook or read in our Telegram, Vickie Terhune, our Math teacher and Principal, was honored by the Christian Child and Family Services Association. She received the Distinguished Service Award for her 25 years of service to children and families. Her compassion and love for children is apparent in all she does. When I think of Vickie, I think of the Proverbs 31 woman. She is an amazing Godly woman and we are so thankful for all her years of service. I keep begging her not to retire in December, but rather to come work in the Development Department because I’m not ready for her to leave Shults-Lewis.

Be sure to plan to join us on Annual Day, our Open House, Saturday, September 17th. We look forward to seeing you!
Please continue to pray for our staffing needs, especially for houseparents and a Math Teacher.

Thank you for loving our God and serving His children,
Beth Frump

Beth Frump, Director of Development
E-mail: BethFrump@ShultsLewis.org

Faith. Family. Future.

April Campus Update

I’m a summer girl. March provided enough snow and cold. I’m ready to move on to warm weather. Mrs. Herren, our school secretary, started a really cool bulletin board at the school. It is full of pictures from kids and staff of Spring starting to make its appearance. I LOVE IT! It is so neat to see the pictures of flowers and trees budding. For me, it is an awesome reminder of God’s amazing ability to bring forth life.
Spring is always a busy, active time on campus. In March, the kids enjoyed PI Day. Mrs. Terhune provided pies and activities to honor her favorite holiday. The kids and staff took an afternoon off of classes and work to go Ice Skating. What a fun day and thankfully an uneventful day, as in no emergency room trips. The boys enjoyed a Valparaiso University basketball game during March Madness and the girls enjoyed dinner and a movie. We also had our first groups of the year, as the Southern Arkansas University students and a group from Alameda, Oklahoma visited. We love when people visit. Come visit anytime you have the opportunity!

Please continue to pray for our search for Houseparents. We are limited on the number of kids we can serve because we need Houseparents. Please pray and share our need. God has His plan and you may be the right person to share the opportunity with the future houseparents. We also need a Secondary Math Teacher. Our Mrs. Terhune will be retiring in December and we would like to have someone in place this summer.
Be sure to plan to join us on Annual Day, our Open House, Saturday, September 17th. We look forward to seeing you!
Thank you for loving our God and serving His children,
Beth Frump

Beth Frump, Director of Development,
E-mail: BethFrump@ShultsLewis.org
Find us on Facebook & Twitter @ShultsLewis

Faith. Family. Future.

March Campus Update

In February, we had a Shults-Lewis first.  A local organization hosted a benefit Valentine’s Dinner in our honor.  We all had a wonderful time.  The meal was amazing, the entertainment (which included our very own English teacher, Mrs. Chowning, with Great Lake Sound Chorus) was spot on, and the photo booth was a blast.  The night was perfect.

Our teachers attended a conference in February.  To keep the students engaged and learning, the speaker emphasized that teachers need to ensure that the students are physically active each day.  kevinDuring the 10:00 am break every day, Mrs. Herren is taking the kids into the gym to walk, play basketball/volleyball, anything to stay active for 15 minutes.   It didn’t take long before the word spread and now most all of the staff are joining in as well.  It is incredible to look around the gym and seeing Jim Powell, Executive Director, shooting hoops with some kids, Mrs. Terhune, Principal, playing Ping Pong, Jen Zandstra, Housemom, walking laps with some of the girls…it has become a wonderful way for us to spend time together.

Do you know our need for houseparents?  We are nearing max capacity for kids.  Last week we received 14 calls of families needing help.  Because of our need for staff, we are putting people on a waiting list. It breaks my heart!  Now you know, we need houseparents.

Let me say it again.  We have a waiting list for kids because we need staff.  How can you help us with that need?

Today Jim Powell shared a devo thought on serving, “It’s a difficult step to go from KNOWING to SERVING”.  One of the best ways you can serve Shults-Lewis is helping us find houseparents.  Pray for this search and help pass along the message.

Or maybe it is you who is willing to serve God as a part of the ministry of Shults-Lewis.  Come serve with us.

Thank you for loving our God and serving His children!

For the children,

Beth Frump

Beth Frump, Director of Development,

E-mail:   BethFrump@ShultsLewis.org

Find us on Facebook & Twitter @ShultsLewis

 

Faith. Family. Future.

February Campus Update

 

Finished.  Completed.  Done.  Fulfilled.  Concluded.  Accomplished.

Accomplished.  That’s the word I’m looking for.  The work in the CAF-A-GYM-A-TORIUM is accomplished.  YAY!!!!!

Together, with over 200 individuals and congregations working together, we were able to finish the gym—from paint to lights to flooring to hoops to wall pads, and even a new fire extinguisher box.  It looks awesome!  You need to come visit and see it.  While I hope you plan to join us for Annual Day (Saturday, September 17th), feel free to stop by anytime to see what we, all of us together, were able to accomplish.  It is an amazing transformation.

The transformation from a dreary, dark, space into this beautiful, well-lit, safe, useful space is remarkable and I am so proud of it.  But it is dull in comparison to the transformation in the lives of children and families that together, we are able to accomplish.

And while I am so proud of our gymnasium, we know that on a campus of seven homes, a school, and an administration building, there is always work to be done.  And as one child successfully completes the program or graduated from our High school, there is always another one, needing our help, stepping into their place.  But I know that together, we will accomplish great things in their lives and in the lives of their families.

But just for one moment, let’s celebrate.  The CAF-A-GYM-A-TORIUM is accomplished and we’ve recently had a graduation, and a successful completion of the program.  We have 3 seniors that are nearing their completion of the program.  Celebrate with me for a moment.

Now…on to the next project, child, and family.

Thank you for loving our God and caring for His children!!!

For the children,

Beth Frump

Beth Frump, Director of Development,

E-mail:   BethFrump@ShultsLewis.org

Find us on Facebook & Twitter @ShultsLewis

See more pictures: https://www.shultslewis.org/gymnasium-update/

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January Campus Update

I hear people talk about the hustle and bustle of the holidays.  “Every day is something”.  And true as I contemplate all that we had going on in December, memories of Christmas Cookie making at the school, of Vickie Terhune’s resistance to Christmas Charades, of playing Bunco with the kids, of a pizza party (thanks to an awesome AWSL group), of Ms. Sheilla’s retirement party, and so many more flash by, I understand it is a very busy time.  We had a lot of fun, a lot of laughs, and created a lot of amazing memories.

But as the hustle and bustle dies down and we find ourselves back into a routine—if such a thing truly exists—there are only 3 things I want to etch into my forever memory bank of Shults-Lewis December 2015.

  1. The outpouring of love, gifts, visits, and financial donations from amazing donors. God has used you in HUGE ways and I will be forever grateful for you.
  1. Graduation Ceremony. To witness a young man receive his diploma, knowing how hard he has worked to get to this point in his life.  Knowing that your prayers, your donations, and your support have made a drastic difference in the life of this young man and many before and many who will come after.
  1. Having a young man make the biggest decision of his life as he was baptized and committed his life to His God.

And quite honestly, I could forgo the first two for the last one.  God is awesome.  He allows us to be a part of His story, whether as a donor or as an employee,  in this ministry.  We are blessed!

It is my prayer that as the hustle and bustle calms down, that you will rest knowing that YOU have changed the lives of children and families.

For the children,

Beth Frump

Beth Frump, Director of Development,

E-mail:   BethFrump@ShultsLewis.org

Find us on Facebook & Twitter @ShultsLewis

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