The Larrabee Center, Inc. Newsletter
SPRING 2018
We are dedicated to assisting persons with disabilities and the elderly to become or remain valued members of the community since 1989.
Understanding & Acceptance
Autism Awareness Month
 
In an effort to increase understanding and acceptance for our friends, family members, neighbors, and coworkers who live with autism, each April is designated Autism Awareness Month. Monday, April 2nd was World Autism Awareness Day 2018 and many chose to “Light it up Blue” to honor that day. According to the National Autism Association, autism now affects 1 in 68 children. Boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls.
 
What is Autism? Autism is a bio-neurological developmental disability that generally appears before the age of 3. Autism impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction, communication skills, and cognitive function. Individuals with autism typically have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities. Autism is diagnosed four times more often in boys than girls.
 
Read powerful stories of what autism is here: http://www.autismis.org/bridget/
 
National Volunteer Week
We are so grateful to our amazing volunteers!! Thank you for helping us to meet our mission through your service.   
 
We couldn’t do it without you!!
 
Special Thank You to our weekly volunteers our Waverly and Grundy Center Trinkets & Togs locations: Kathy, April, Alex, Donna, Laura, Karen, David and Michelle!  And our friends from North Star Community Services!
 
Our School –Based Volunteers: Waverly-Shell Rock/Leid Center, Grundy Center Schools, Dike-New Hartford Schools, and Gladbrook Reinbeck Schools!
 
THANK YOU to our Special Service Day groups—CUNA Mutual Group, Wartburg College, W-SR Middle School!
 
Looking for a way to give back to your community?Trinkets & Togs needs volunteers!  Accept and process donations, hang clothing, put goods out in the store, helping to keep the store neat and organized for our customers! Short-term, long-term, individuals or small groups. Flexible scheduling.
 
Contact us today! Waverly (319) 352-8029 Grundy Center (319) 825-8030 or visit our website: www.larrabeecenter.org/getting-involved/volunteering/
 
Now’s a GREAT time to DONATE! 
 
Trinkets & Togs is in need of your donations! Bring in gently use home décor, kitchen items, furniture, kids items, and clothing. Every donation supports employment and inclusion for people with disabilities in our community! Would your business or organization like to be part of our mission? Contact us about hosting a donation drive!
 
Community Partners 
 
We can’t do what we do alone. We are so grateful for partners in the community who help us fulfill our mission. We are especially thankful for the support from the Grundy County Community Foundation for their support of our thrift store operations in Grundy Center. We’d also like to express our gratitude to the Butler County Community Foundation for their support of our Employment Support Services.
 
Through our Employment Support Services, we have the great pleasure to connect with local businesses as well. Most recently we partnered with Paws Amore in Waverly and Feldmeier Equipment in Shell Rock for work readiness and job shadows. Together, we are breaking down barriers for employment for people with disabilities.
 
 
 
 
 
Finally, we have been thrilled to partner with the Lied Center by providing work experience to students at our Waverly Trinkets & Togs. Students are gaining work experience by working at the store processing donations and helping to maintain the sales floor.
 
WIN-WIN RAFFLE
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In March, we held our 5th Annual WIN-WIN Raffle and it was a huge success! We set a lofty goal to sell 550 tickets and exceeded our goal, selling 566 tickets! We are so grateful for the outstanding support from the community for buying tickets. Together we raised over $5,700 to support programs and services for clients of The Larrabee Center! We drew 16 winners live on KWAY Radio. Congratulations to our top prize winner Barb Bates! Check out the winners of the other fabulous prizes:
 
 
 
 
Special Thank You to the Waverly Area Veteran’s Post, St. Mary's Church in Greene and the Greene Knights of Columbus, Waverly Kiwanis, and Waverly Exchange Club for your support! 
 
Trinkets & Togs Events:
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THANK YOU to all the wonderful ladies who joined us in Waverly for LADIES NIGHT OUT last week!
 
We’re SHOWERING Grundy Center with Savings this week! Check out our Facebook page for details!
 
Coming in June: Customer Appreciation Day!
Grundy Center June 16th - Waverly June 21st               
Shelby's Story:
 
Shelby grew up on a farm in Western Butler County with his family and now lives  in Waverly. With the support of The Larrabee Center services, Shelby feels he has become more independent. Shelby gained work experience at Trinkets & Togs Thrift Store in Waverly where he added data entry, retail and customer service skills to his resume while also gaining confidence and friends in the workplace. Shelby now has a part-time job at Wartburg College Dining Services where he works to maintain the main dining room. He enjoys the work he does there but  especially likes the nice people and positive environment. Shelby appreciates the support he has received to live in his own home and in the community. From  learning to maintain his own apartment and cooking meals to taking care of     himself and learning to cope with difficult situations, Shelby feels The Larrabee Center has really made a difference in his life. He feels he has learned how to   socialize and make friends, too. We are honored to support Shelby in becoming a valued member of his community.
 
Learn more about the services offered by The Larrabee Center on our website: www.larrabeecenter.org
 
Trinkets & Togs Thrift Store
 
Maria ready to greet customers during our Bag Sale Event.
 
 Aaron and Kathryn during January Thaw Event
 
 Chad during our January Thaw Event
 
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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
 
 
Did you see our feature in the Waverly Newspapers Progress Edition? 
 
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Waverly, IA 50677

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