September Campus Update

“Ms. Beth, I need the Campus Updates to mail!” I responded, “Yes, I know, but what happened in August.” “Well…” as she glanced at the calendar, “You had a vacation, we had a group, and the rest of the days were just….normal?” with a little shrug on the word “normal”.


Over the last several months, we’ve had so much happening with visiting groups and staff changes that each day was full to capacity with activity. And while not every day in August was full of chaos, there was still a million awesome things happening on campus every day. Sometimes, it takes me a moment to sit and think about all the everyday things that make this ministry work and function to help me remember it’s not always the BIG stuff.


For instance, today the Development Staff is working hard on preparing for YOUR visit on Annual Day (Saturday, September 21st). Sojourners are here getting things all set up for the garage sale on Annual Day. It’s going to be an awesome day!


The social services team have placed four new kids into our program over the last few weeks. They are busy with paperwork, getting the kids settled, and continuing to interview more kids for placement.


The maintenance staff is working on the air conditioning in Homes 3 & 4, mowing the lawn, testing fire alarms, getting vehicles maintained, fixing washers and dryers, and so much more.


The teachers are working with the kids in the classrooms. They are teaching, sharing, and helping our kids grow academically. They are patiently working with kids who are so far behind in school (11th grader who doesn’t know their multiplication tables!) and meeting their educational needs and striving to get them to where they should be.


Houseparents are busy in the homes. They are meal prepping, menu writing, filling out paperwork, and preparing for their evenings. They work diligently at being proactive during the day so that they can fully focus on the children in the evenings, helping with homework, listening to each child share about their day, and being an example and providing a Christian home environment for our kids.


And all the support staff are busy getting five billion things done, always several steps ahead of what needs to be done, and always being the support the administrators need.


It is amazing how as each person does their specific role to the best of their abilities that we form this awesome ministry. How amazing that I am so blessed to work with all of this incredible people—from James, putting away those commodities, to Angela, our Executive Director—and together, we are changing the world, one child at a time!


THANK YOU!!!


For the kids,

Beth Frump, Director of Development

August Campus Update

I was having one of those days where I was feeling a bit overwhelmed. The “To Do” list seemed too long, the day too short. The meetings were eating my day and I just couldn’t find a moment to even think. It was at that moment I looked up and read one of my favorite verses, “Be Still and Know that I AM” (Psalm 46:10) and so I did. I went outside and sat down on a picnic table and just took some time away from it all.


As I did, I began to look around our beautiful campus! Have you been to campus? If not, COME TO CAMPUS. But there I sat on newly painted picnic table (thank you, Wheeler Road Youth Group), looked at the castle that Florissant Youth Group created for our goats, and simply enjoyed how amazing our campus looked (thank you, Plymouth).


July was BUSY! We had amazing youth groups and chaperones who truly worked tirelessly on every task we placed before them with no complaints, including mucking the goat barn! Besides all of the hard work, we played 9-Squre and Left Right Center, enjoyed the No Fun Color Run, bonfires with S’mores, played Ping-Pong, shared many meals, Oreos, and ice cream, and simply enjoyed being with our family.


We had two kids successfully complete our program and move on. We are so proud of them and their accomplishments. We are already hearing back from them about how they are doing and so far, they are doing great! Continue to pray for them as they will both be entering school this month and that can be a difficult transition for our kids.


It should be on your calendar to come visit us on our Open House, we call it Annual Day, on Saturday, September 21st. While you are welcome any time, this is a perfect opportunity to see campus, enjoy some amazing entertainment and eat some of the best food you will ever taste! Come see me!


Thank you for being a part of this ministry! Thank you for ALL you do for the kids, their families, and the staff of Shults-Lewis. We are blessed!

For the kids,

Beth Frump, Director of Development

JULY CAMPUS UPDATE

June, my favorite month, flew by so quickly! We started the month with Chalk the Walk. This a community event where we use chalk to design a portion of the sidewalk. It is an awesome time to interact with the businesses and people of Valparaiso. And not to brag, but my awesome Development Team does such a great job coloring in our square, that through three weeks of rain, you could still see the Shults-Lewis logo on the sidewalk. How fun!!


We welcomed a group from Naperville, Illinois. This was the youth group’s first mission trip to Shults-Lewis. We loved spending time with them and appreciate all the work they put into making our campus look amazing!


A group from Whiteland, Indiana, made their annual visit to campus. Not only did they work hard, but their congregation sponsored a night out of pizza and a movie. Our kids enjoyed seeing Toy Story 4. We are so grateful for this group and all they do for us!


We held our Annual Golf Tournament in June, raising over $25,000! That is an increase over the last few year’s tournaments. The weather was perfect and we always love seeing our golfers!


We are excited to announce that we have three new employees! Jon O’Keefe is the new Director of Program Services. His wife, Marci, has taken the position of school secretary. And Jenn Swartz has joined the social service staff as the social services secretary. We are so thankful for the new staff members and are looking forward to working with them! Come meet them on Annual Day (Saturday, September 21st).


On the back of this letter, you’ll see some info on Box Tops. Box Tops are going digital. All Box Tops that are physically on products can still be cut out and sent in. However, they are phasing the physical ones out and are going to be using the Box Top app. It’s simple to use. Download the app, create an account and designate us as your school, and then you’ll just scan your receipts, and we’ll “instantly” receive the Box Tops. Box Tops fund our field trips and are used for necessary school equipment. We appreciate you participating in this program.


Other ways you can help besides Box Tops….using smile.amazon.com when shopping amazon…sending us your used ink & toner cartridges….send us your old cell phones…ask your company about Matching Gifts…Some companies require employees to give through United Way, but did you know that you can designate us as the recipient of those funds?


I hope you never tire of me saying it because I mean it, THANK YOU! You are the reason our ministry continues to thrive. Thank you for serving alongside of us!


For the children,
Beth Frump
Beth Frump, Director of Development

June Campus Update

May was a month of CELEBRATIONS! We kicked off the month with our Annual Celebration of Strengths Banquet. At this banquet, we honor each kid by celebrating the strengths we have seen in them. The school also presents the Honor Roll certificates and some special awards for kids who have worked diligently this school year. Courtney was the recipient of our Golden Rule award this year! This banquet is held at the Sand Creek Country Club and the kids enjoy their night out.


We also celebrated Courtney as she graduated from our high school. For those of you who may not know, we hold an official graduation ceremony—from a commencement speaker to a class motto; our senior had her day!!! We are so proud of her and her accomplishments! Please pray for her as she transitions to her next stage in life.


Anna successfully completed the Shults-Lewis program and we enjoyed a cake in her honor! Again, please pray for her transition. She has been able to return to her family.


Tony was our graduate from Morgan Township High School. I sat beside Aley Franklin, who was his former housemom who had traveled from Tennessee to be at the ceremony. Also in the bleachers was Emily & Joe Allen, Danner Halsey, and Glenn & Angela Robertson. Seated in the “parent” section was Joel & Kerri Halsey. We are proud to be his family! What an incredible honor for us to celebrate this young man!! He will be staying with us until he leaves for college in the Fall!


Speaking of celebrations, I was able to celebrate my big “0” birthday (40) with an awesome party from the staff! Kiana Baldwin, my assistant, decorated the gym in “chaos”. It was awesome! I am blessed to have such an awesome family here at Shults-Lewis.


OH, and more celebrations—we hired a set of houseparents, Rogeric & Meghan Govan. Rogeric will be a housedad for a boys’ home. Meghan will be joining our school staff as a MATH TEACHER!!! YAY! We also were able to coax Vickie Terhune back (little Diet Dr Pepper and some Jolly Ranchers) to be our interim Principal as Mr. Zandstra had decided that he wanted his sole focus to be on teaching science. We are looking for a Principal, but are so thankful to have Vickie back on campus helping us in the meantime!!!

We are still searching for a Director of Operations, an English Teacher, a History Teacher, and a Therapist. Please pray for that and if you know of anyone, let us know!! God is answering our prayers!!!! THANK YOU for your continuous prayers on our behalf!!


For the children,
Beth
Beth Frump, Director of Development

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