September Campus Update

God is doing AWESOME God things on campus.

The biggest thing that has happened on campus in August is the “Caf-A-Gym-A-Torium” renovations.  I am blown away by the amazing donations for this project.  God is doing God things!  We started with the new lights which are amazing and much more cost-effective.  Then came in the basketball hoops and the painting of the walls.  And now the floor is almost complete…and hopefully by Annual Day, Saturday, September 19th, it will all be done!  We are so thankful to you and to all the donors who have prayed and helped with this project.  COME SEE IT!!!

Another AWESOME thing that happened in August is our Intake Coordinator, Angela Robertson, completed her M.S.W.  With that degree completion, she can now fill the position of Program Services Director.  And with that shift, Carren Powell, has accepted a position change to become our Intake Coordinator.  And with that, we get to welcome a new employee, Liz Moon, as our Administrative Assistant.   Awesome, exciting staff changes!!!

We welcomed three new young ladies into our program in August as well.  We currently have 3 seniors!  One will graduate in December and if all goes well, Kevin & Hannah will be graduating next summer!  Awesome things are happening in their lives!!  Keep praying for houseparents so that we can help more children and families!

Thank you for being a part of this ministry!

For the children,

Beth Frump, Director of Development,

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Faith. Family. Future.

August Campus Update

And just like that, July is gone.  We have been blessed by several congregations who visited and put in some volunteer hours around campus.  We appreciate the hard work, time, and effort of every single person who comes to volunteer.  What an awesome opportunity for our kids to see that Christians from all over the Midwest love God and give of themselves to serve others.  Visiting groups add so much to our summers, not only the physical work completed, but it gives our kids an emotional boost.

As our summer school draws to an end to prepare for Fall semester, we have several kids who are moving on from Shults-Lewis and several who will be coming into our program.  It is a period of adjustment for all of them and I just ask you to continue praying for them.

I hope that you have made the arrangements to join us on our Open House, Annual Day, Saturday, September 19th.  It is a wonderful day of fellowship with other Christians and an opportunity for you to see the campus, meet the staff and kids, as well as enjoy some incredible food and crafts.  It is also the perfect opportunity for you to see the updated gymnasium.  Come see us!

For the children,

Beth

Find us on Facebook & Twitter @ShultsLewis

 Faith. Family. Future.

July Campus Update

Summer has arrived.  Well, the rain and the cooler temperatures are trying to convince us that we missed summer, but the activities, summer school, and visiting groups are brightening our gloomy rainy days!

Our kids go to school year-round.  For many of our students, summer is a time for credit recovery as they can earn a full semester of work in the summer.  For the students who are on target with their school credits, the summer program offers electives such as Photography, Independent Living, and we even have a young man taking Polish as a foreign language.  And Mrs. Terhune always adds an hour for activity every day to give the kids some fun time during the school day.  The kids have enjoyed sewing, quilting, crocheting, gardening, reading, and even just going outside to play.  Summer school is awesome!

Our community has an event every summer, “Chalk the Walk,” where different organizations and families purchase a space of the sidewalk around the downtown to chalk.  We asked our kids to create a design and three girls went downtown and chalked our logo on the sidewalk.  It was a wonderful way for our kids to be part of the community and they did an awesome job!

Another thing we love about summer is Visiting Groups.  We appreciate the time different groups give to help around campus.  There are so many tasks on the “To Do” list and we rely on their assistance to get things accomplished.

Be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, September 19th for our Annual Day/Open House Day.  Come visit us and bring all your friends and family!  It’s a perfect day to see the mission you are supporting!

 

June Campus Update

May was an incredible month on campus, full of activity and excitement!

Two of our lovely ladies finished their High School journey on May 27th .  It was an honor to watch them graduate!  They have both overcome many obstacles in their lives to reach this pivotal moment and we are so proud of both of them.

The first Day of Prayer and Giving for Shults-Lewis ended the month for us.  It was our goal to have every individual and every congregation to pray for the kids and staff of Shults-Lewis as well as raise $50,000 for some much needed updates in the gymnasium.   We are still getting the reports back from churches and individuals about how their Days went.  If you have any information on your or your congregation’s involvement, please e-mail me!

Athletic or not, all the kids enjoyed Field Day on the last day of regular school.  It was a beautiful day and the kids participated in various events and relays.  The highlight of Field Day is always the Staff vs Kids Softball game.  Rest assured, the staff stand undefeated with their victory of 19-3.  What a fun day!

Throw in a RailCats baseball game field trip (thanks to all of those boxtops), the Strengths Banquet, an AWSL benefit auction, a group from Illinois who helped paint and clean up the flower beds, and May was gone in the blink of an eye.

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Faith. Family. Future.

May Campus Update

All in a day’s work?!?!?! In April, several of the administration team were able to attend the CCFSA (Christian Child & Family Services Association) Conference in Searcy, Arkansas. What an awesome opportunity to learn more about child care and get the proverbial “shot in the arm” of renewal from fellowshipping with other Christian agencies. It is also an opportunity to spend time with former employees who have moved to other agencies. And I will admit that there was a lot of fun and laughter throughout the days away.

But as usual, it was wonderful to get back home to the kids. As you have already seen in the Telegram, we held our annual Spelling Bee. As someone who constantly relies on spell check and my wonderful proofreading mom, I sit in awe as our kids spelled words such as “babushka” and “superfluous”. It took over an hour and pulling out an extra list of words to finally crown Hannah the winner!

Shults Lewis Earth Day activityThe kids participated in a community Earth Day activity. The community had rain barrels that schools could buy and paint. Mrs. Chowning, our English teacher, worked with the kids to sand, design, and paint the rain barrel. I hope you come to Annual Day on Saturday, September 19th to see it and bid on it in our auction!

You should’ve received your information regarding our Day of Prayer and Giving for Shults-Lewis on May 31st. I am really counting on you to promote this in all the congregations. If you need more information, please let me know.

It is amazing to watch the changes in the lives of children and their families. Thank you for being a part of this ministry!