The Larrabee Center, Inc. Newsletter
SUMMER 2018
We are dedicated to assisting persons with disabilities and the elderly to become or remain valued members of the community since 1989.
Enriching Lives through Employment
A Story about a First Job
 
 
How many of us remember our first job? The pride in earning that first paycheck? The value of being part of a team? Having a job is so much more than a paycheck. It gives us purpose. It makes us part of a community. It even helps define who we are. For people with disabilities, overcoming personal and community barriers make it difficult to obtain and maintain employment. Recently, we began working with a young man who had spent the last decade in and out of vocational programs and sheltered workshops. While he had gained some on-the-job experience, he had not been able to translate that into a job in the community. And being that he didn’t have any work experience to speak of, filling out applications was difficult. Through a work readiness assessment, he was able to connect with an employer who later served as a professional reference. With the support of a job coach, he was able to build his resume, complete an application for a seasonal position with the City of Waverly. When he was invited for an interview, his job coach helped him prepare and ultimately accompanied him to the interview where he was offered the job on the spot. He got his first job! He started out working in the cemetery and later moved to the parks department. As the summer comes to an end, he is finishing up his seasonal work and will begin looking for his next job with the support of his job coach. Working this summer at his first job has given him so much more than a paycheck and has also had an impact on the community. When we can live and work together, our lives and our community is truly enriched.
 
Want to make a difference in your community? We are now hiring for Employment Support Staff. More information available on our website.
 
 
Supporing Seniors
 
Independence. Peace of Mind. Dignity.
The Larrabee Center is dedicated to assisting our elderly to remain     valued members of the community. Through individualized supports,   aging parents and grandparents in our communities are able to safely remain in their home and enjoy a quality life.
 
You can make a difference in the lives of local seniors. Your donation provides essential supports such as assistance with medical appointments and medication, light housekeeping, laundry, grocery shopping, meal preparation, bathing assistance, transportation and advocacy.
 
Donate today and together we can give peace of mind to families and provide much needed supports to ensure safety and enhance well-being for our treasured senior citizens.
 
To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors.
 
 
Donations can be made online at www.larrabeecenter.org or mailed to 117 11th Street NW, Waverly, IA 50677
 
THANK YOU to all our donors and shoppers for your continued support, especially in Waverly with all the construction. We have not seen a decrease in our donations and continue to be truly humbled by the tremendous support from the community. Every donation and every purchase makes a difference and helps to support our mission.
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 honored by the continued support of the Bremer County Community Foundation and Waverly Community Fund. Funds received will be used toward the purchase of a van for our Community Support Services, assisting clients to access the community. 
 
In May, we partnered with CUNA Mutual in Waverly for our annual clothing drive. The generosity of their employees in support of our thrift store and employment services is greatly appreciated.
 
 
 
Special Thank You the Greater Waverly Kiwanis Club for allowing our use of their sign to help direct donors at Trinkets & Togs during the Bremer Avenue Construction project.
 
 
♦SAVE THE DATE♦
 
 
Saturday, October 13th, 4-6pm
 
The Larrabee Center presents Trinkets & Togs
15th Annual Fashion Show
 
Mark your calendars and invite your friends & family
for a night of fun & fashion!
 
 
Special Live Music, Silent Auction, Raffle,
Trinkets Boutique, and MORE!
 
 
COMING SOON: TRINKETS & TOGS - CEDAR FALLS!
 
Opening Fall 2018 on University Ave next to Slumberland 
 
Staff Spotlight: Josh
 
Josh is the most recent addition to our Employment Support Services team. While attending college, Josh was a support staff in our Community Support Services and found his passion for working with individuals with disabilities. As our Employment Support Services program has grown in response to Employment First Principles embraced by the State of Iowa, we have seen an increase in the need for individual supported employment services. Josh’s focus will be providing employment services in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Vocational Rehabilitation to individuals seeking employment in Bremer, Butler and Grundy Counties. Services allow participates to explore job opportunities and obtain/maintain employment in meaningful careers with an individualized amount of support. Josh is excited to be part of the Employment Support Services team and looks forward to creating relationships with area employers and assisting clients to obtain meaningful careers.
 
Read more about Josh or learn about our Employment Services: www.larrabeecenter.org
 
Trinkets & Togs Thrift Store
 
Thank you to everyone who came out for our annual  Customer Appreciation Days! We are so grateful for our VIP Customers & Donors!
 
 
 
Pictured Above: Kathryn & Steve at our Waverly event; Below: One of our Grundy Center VIPs
 
 
 
 
Sales & Events
 
SUMMER SPECIALS
(Waverly Thrift Store)
 
Munchkin Monday
FREE 50¢ Toy with Purchase
Two-Hour Tuesday
Featured Sale from 5-7pm
Savvy Senior Wednesday
Customers 65+ get 10%
Thrifty Thursday
Both locations have featured sales every week!
 

 
 
Mark your calendars!!
 
BAG SALE
 
Waverly—Thursday, Aug 23rd
Grundy Center—Saturday Aug 25th
 
ALL THE CLOTHES YOU CAN STUFF IN BAG FOR JUST $5.OO! NO LIMIT! YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS IT!!
 
 
 
 
 
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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
 
 

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117 11th St. NW
Waverly, IA 50677

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