The Larrabee Center, Inc. Newsletter
SUMMER 2017
We are dedicated to assisting persons with disabilities and the elderly to become or remain valued members of the community since 1989.
Americans with Disabilities Act
27 Years Later
 
 
 
On July 26, 1990, Congress passed and President George H. W. Bush signed into law the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA), ushering in a new era of civil rights protections for people with disabilities in this country. Iowa’s very own Senator Tom Harkin was instrumental to the passage of this landmark law and continues to be a champion for people with disabilities.  Now 27 years later, we celebrate how far we have come and continue to look at the work we must do to ensure individuals of all abilities can fully participate in living, learning and working in their community.  The Larrabee Center is committed to assisting persons with disabilities to be valued members of their community.  Being part of a community that is supportive and welcoming to people of all abilities is crucial, and we are proud to be an advocate and serve as a resource for individuals and their families as they overcome barriers and are fully included in their community.  We are honored to be part of a community who values people with disabilities as friends, neighbors, and coworkers.  Together, we can truly enrich lives and enrich our community.
 
SUPPORTING OUR SENIORS
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 65/65 Campaign
 
This summer many of us celebrated the 4th of July with friends, family, and our community.  In the spirit of Independence Day, we ask for your support, as we assist our senior clients, by supporting their own personal independence and enhance their well-being. Traditionally, family took care of family and neighbors helped neighbors.  In our busy and changing world, this is getting harder to do.  For over 25 years, The Larrabee Center has provided services that help seniors  to remain living in their home while maintaining their independence. You can help us carry on this tradition of caring and make a donation today. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of our seniors.  
 
Donate online at www.larrabeecenter.org
or mail your donation to 117 11th St NW, Waverly, IA 50677
 
TRINKETS & TOGS
 
Customer Appreciation Day
We are so grateful and humbled by the overwhelming support from the community. Last month we held our annual Customer Appreciation Day to say THANK YOU to our fabulous customers and generous donors.
 
We couldn't do what we do without YOU!
 
  
 
  
 
 
  
 
 
 
See our interview with the Waverly Newspapers here:
 
 

 
 
Denny the Detour Dog
 
Thank you to our very own Shari Anderson for lending her artistic talents in bringing Trinkets & Togs’ Denny the Detour Dog to life!
 
 
 
 

 
 
Our Bi-Annual BAG SALE is coming to a Trinkets & Togs location near you in AUGUST!
 
The Larrabee Center will host Trinkets & Togs Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser October 21st!
 
 
Community Partners 
 
We’d like to express our sincerest appreciation to our donors and community partners who support our mission. The Waverly Lions Club helped in the purchase of a new popcorn machine at Trinkets & Togs, Waverly. St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Quilting Guild donated a quilt that was put up for silent auction. Trinity United Methodist Church collected a special Lenten offering to support TLC services. Recently, the Waverly Chamber of Commerce awarded façade grant funds to improve rear entrance signage at Waverly Trinkets & Togs. The Schumacher Family Fund and Walmart Foundation awarded funds to support Trinkets & Togs and Employment Support Services. Together, we are truly enriching lives and enriching the community.
 
 
Marvin and Helen Schumacher Family Fund
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Greene
Trinity United Methodist Church, Waverly
Walmart Foundation
Waverly Chamber of Commerce
Waverly Lions Club
 
 
     
Left: Travis Lemmon,Waverly Walmart Manager, Beth Eilderts and Jessica Gulick, The Larrabee Center Employment Services.
 
Middle: Marilyn Schroeder, St Peter’s Lutheran Church Quilting Guild Chairperson
 
Right: Lori Shepherd, Retail Services Manager with David Wylam, Waverly Lions Club, with our new popcorn machine. 
Sandy's Story
 
Sandy lives with mental illness, something she recognizes is often kept private as there is stigma attached to it. She hopes her story can help give others hope in their recovery. “I was struggling with my mental health issues and had to be hospitalized. I also had serious health issues and was not doing well.” After changes in her medication improved her mental health, Sandy was discharged from the hospital. When Sandy left the hospital after inpatient mental health treatment, she was worried and scared about living in a new community and not having any support in her recovery. Sandy soon found the support she needed through services from The Larrabee Center. “Staff came to my home and helped me with grocery shopping, getting to my doctor appointments and housekeeping.” Sandy had no support system at the time and would have been isolated without services. “The Larrabee Center really made a difference for me. They supported me, talked to me and helped me as I got better.” Sandy says it’s all different for her now. “Now that I’m in recovery, I have hope and enjoy life. And my support system is expanding now – I have friends and have found a church family.” While Sandy recognizes she has a role to play in her own recovery, she is thankful to have had The Larrabee Center services to have helped her along the way. 
 
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Steven
 
Steven is one of our newest employees, having been with The Larrabee Center just over 3 months. As a Retail Services Assistant, he’s jumped on board learning the ins and outs of the Waverly thrift store operations. With a background in sales and marketing, Steven has found working at Trinkets & Togs to be a rewarding in its social mission. “We are showing the community the achievements and capabilities of disabled individuals rather than dwelling on their perceived limitations.” Steven’s favorite part about working at Trinkets & Togs is having the opportunity to make a difference in the community. We are so pleased to have Steven on our Trinkets & Togs team and are thankful for his dedication to our mission. Read more about Steven HERE
 
 
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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
 
 
Follow us on Social Media!
 
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We are so pleased to have our new website up and running! Through a partnership with the University of Northern Iowa, we worked closely with a team of four senior Management Information Systems majors. They worked hard to learn about our agency’s needs for a website and completed the project in just a few short months, providing us with a user manual so we can maintain the site ourselves. We’d like to thank Brady, Ryan, James, and Roni for their efficiency and dedication in collaborating with our staff to create our new website.
 
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
 
 
Celebrating our Communities
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Felix Grundy Days Parade
 
Waverly Heritage Days Parade
 

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