The Larrabee Center, Inc. Newsletter
Spring 2017
We are dedicated to assisting persons with disabilities and the elderly to become or remain valued members of the community since 1989.
Autism Awareness Month
Awareness - Inclusion - Acceptance
 
 
Autism Facts & Stats
  • Autism is a neurological disorder.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders occur among all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders are almost five times more common among boys than among girls.
Autism Truths
  • Individuals on the Autism Spectrum are not defined by their diagnosis. They are people first and should be treated as such.
  • Some individuals with autism prefer being called Autistic. Some prefer “person with autism”. Respect individual preference.
  • Individuals on the autism spectrum do have feelings, they do show emotion and they do have a sense of humor.
  • Individuals on the autism spectrum need awareness but they especially need acceptance.
Source: AutismEmpowerment.org
Article ImageStaff Spotlight: Diane
 
If you’re a regular shopper at Trinkets & Togs in Waverly, you have certainly come to know Diane. Diane began with The Larrabee Center as a driver, taking clients from the care facility location to town to work at the thrift store. After just a year, Diane began working at the thrift store where she later became the store operations supervisor. After 10 years in that role, Diane semi-retired and continues as a retail associate, serving as a mentor for new employees. Diane’s favorite part of the job is the people – coworkers and clients as well as customers, many of whom she’s known since Trinkets & Togs first opened. Diane sees Trinkets & Togs as a win-win for both the community and the clients we serve. “The store offers a good place to take donations and buy carefully used items while also giving clients a place to train.” In her spare time, she enjoys reading, spending time with friends, visiting family in Minnesota and going to the casino. This November, Diane will celebrate 20 years with the agency. We are so grateful for her dedicated service to the mission and for helping to make Trinkets & Togs the best thrift store experience in the Cedar Valley!
 
WIN-WIN RAFFLE
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On April 3rd, John and Jessica were LIVE on KWAY Radio to draw the winners of our 4th Annual WIN-WIN Raffle. Our top prize of $1,000 CASH went to Debbie O’Neil! Together with the generosity of our sponsors and the support of community members, we raised over $4,300 this year. Funds raised directly support The Larrabee Center’s mission in providing quality services to allow seniors to remain valued members of the community.
 
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS:
Dr. Jeffery Wilharm,  Municipal Pipe Tool Co, SKW, Kwik Star, Rada Manufacturing, The Accel Group, First National Bank, The W, Prairie Links Golf & Event Center, Tenenbaum's Jewelry, Roling Ford, Jimmy John's, The Other Place II, Palace Theater, Friends of The Larrabee Center, Dirty Dog American Bar & Grill, East Bremer Diner, Waterstreet Grill, Love & Lace, Pink Daisy Boutique, The Refinery Salon & Boutique, Thompson Shoes, Family Video
 
TRINKETS & TOGS
Waverly’s Ladies Night Out
Be sure to stop in at Trinkets & Togs to get registered for an amazing door prize! PLUS get 50% off purses, shoes, and jewelry during Ladies Night Out!
The Waverly Chamber of Commerce will be giving out 50 Swag Bags at 5pm in Collegetown Plaza as well!
 

 
 
IT'S A GREAT DAY TO DONATE!
 
 
 
If you’re spring cleaning, consider making a donation to Trinkets & Togs! All donations are tax deductible and support services enriching the lives of people with disabilities right here in our community!
 
 
NEW WEBSITE COMING SOON!
 
 
In collaboration with a group of senior students of University of Northern Iowa’s Management Information Systems, we have been working to revamp our website and will have it up and going in the coming weeks!
Invest in the Future of The Larrabee Center
 
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A gift to our endowment ensures the mission continues for years to come. Each gift will continue to grow as it is invested on behalf of the agency. Not only does your gift benefit us but it also benefits YOU!
 
By donating to our fund you become eligible for a 25% Endow Iowa Tax Credit. 
 
If you’re passionate about our mission and want more information about contributing to our endowment fund, please contact the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa at (319) 287-9106  or  online at
 
 
Client Spotlight: Crystal
 
 
 
 
A native of Marshalltown, Crystal and her husband Jeff moved to Waverly three years ago from Readlyn to be closer to employment opportunities and community resources. Crystal currently participates in two work crews, working about 18 hours per week between Trinkets & Togs thrift store in Waverly and Wartburg College Dining Services. “I really enjoy being able to interact with customers and get to know people through work.” Crystal especially enjoys working at Wartburg where she helps keep the dining room clean and wipes tables. Crystal’s physical impairment have not slowed her down. With staff support, she has found ways to make adaptations on the job. Crystal feels services with The Larrabee Center provide good learning experiences and training that will help her become a valued employee in the community. Crystal is grateful for the in-home support she receives as well. “Staff help me with organization and to work through issues that come up.” In her spare time, Crystal enjoys fishing, baking, doing crossword puzzles and spending time with her parakeet Wally.
 
Community Partners 
 
We would like to recognize our community partners who believe in supporting our mission of assisting persons with disabilities and the elderly become or remain valued members of the community. We are grateful to the Butler County Community Foundation for their support of our Employment Support Services. The Grundy County Community Foundation is supporting a new garage door and sink at our Grundy Center Trinkets & Togs. Elsie Crosby Mitchell Fund provides funds to support our transportation route, which is free to anyone 50 years or older or those with a disability. And a special thanks to Farmers State Bank for helping us purchase a new popcorn machine at Trinkets & Togs, Waverly!
 
Butler County Community Foundation
Grundy County Community Foundation
Elsie Crosby Mitchell Fund for Senior Citizens
Farmers State Bank
 
 
 
 
 
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Looking for a way to give back to your community? Trinkets & Togs needs volunteers!
Process donations, hang clothing, put goods out in the store.
Short-term, long-term, individuals or small groups. Flexible scheduling.
 
Contact us today!
Waverly (319) 352-8029
Grundy Center (319) 825-8030
larrabee@larrabeecenter.org
 
 
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