The Larrabee Center, Inc. Newsletter
We are dedicated to assisting persons with disabilities and the elderly to become or remain valued members of the community since 1989.
Reflections and Renewal
A Note from Jessica's Desk
With the new year upon us, it’s a great time to reflect on the progress made as well as renew our commitment to our mission in the community. While we could talk about the number of clients served and how many hours of service our staff put in, I think it’s more important to look at the difference we are making in the community that may be not as easily measured. I think about how, with just the right amount of support, our clients are happy and healthy, living in the community of their choice, spending time with friends and neighbors, participating in community activities and working in jobs that match their skills and interests. I think about our staff and their dedication to our mission. Even when the days are long and their feet are tired, they show up and they support clients in reaching their personal goals. And I think about the community and their continued and growing support for what we do from donating to the thrift store to making financial gifts to support our programs. But more than that, the way the community truly embraces people of all abilities. All these things are a sign to me that The Larrabee Center is truly enriching lives and enriching the community through our work. And as we look forward to the year to come, our spirits are renewed and we look forward to doing the little things that are making a big difference in the lives of the individuals and families we serve and the community at large. Will there be challenges? Of course—there always are. But together, we work to meet those challenges head on and ultimately meet our mission.
Happy New Year and wishes for a wonderful 2019!
Jessica Gulick, Employment Services Program Manager
Business Partner Spotlight:
Through our Employment Support Services program, we are working to match our clients to jobs in the community based on interest and skills. We recently had the opportunity to partner with Bartel’s Lutheran Retirement Community for two individuals we serve. One individual had just finished a seasonal job working for the City of Waverly in parks maintenance and was looking for a regular part-time job. Our job coach worked with the individual to explore employment at Bartel’s and assisted him to apply for and obtain a job in the maintenance department. Another individual was looking for a job in housekeeping and our job coach was able to set up a workplace readiness assessment at Bartel’s, giving her a chance to try the job and determine if it was good match. Upon completion of the assessment, she applied for a position and now works part-time in housekeeping. Our job coach worked with both the individuals and the supervisors through the orientation process and will provide support as needed to ensure success. We are grateful to Bartel’s for the partnership and glad we have been able to help them fill open positions at their organization.
Giving Tuesday 2018
In our 6th year participating in the global movement of Giving Tuesday, we are grateful and humbled by the support as we work to create a community that values all people and seeks to break down barriers to inclusion.  We raised over $4,600, exceeding our goal, thanks to the generosity of our community members and local businesses. 100% of the funds raised will support our services for individuals as we assist them to live, learn and work independently in the community. Donations were received through our Giving Trees at our Waverly and Grundy Center thrift stores, through direct mail, and for the first time, through a Facebook fundraiser. These gifts are more than just donations. They are making a difference in people’s lives right here where we live and will have a lasting impact on the individuals we serve in the year to come.
Thank You to our Generous Donors:
Shari Anderson, Ed & Rose Bahlmann, Dr. John & Edna Brunkhorst, Katrinka Carpenter, Mel Davis, Mike & Sharon Denner, Steve & Micki Denner, Gary Duneman, Christina Flammang, Darrel Gerrietts, Bonnie Gesell, Jessica Gulick, Eric & Sandy Heinen, Chad & Kimberly Hotz, Marilyn Johnson, Lauren Loonsfoot, Maggie Mnayer, Bailey Moss, Margaret Phelps, Amber Pugh, Mary Stevens, Beth Van Maanen, Kelly Willis, Lani Willis, Kaiser Corson Funeral Home, KC Auto Body, LTD, Ramker Mini Storage, Trinity United Methodist Church, our generous customers at Trinkets & Togs Waverly and Grundy Center who participated in our Giving Tree, as well as our anonymous donors.
Special Thanks: CUNA Mutual for their coordinated efforts with Eurest Dining to raise funds through a special cookie sale!
We are humbled by the warm welcome we’ve received in Cedar Falls with the opening of our third thrift store location. Shoppers and donors have been so supportive. As many of you know, our thrift stores help further our mission in the community for persons with disabilities and the elderly. We are excited to expand our mission to theCedar Valley and also serve the community.
Come see us at our new location adjacent to Slumberland Furniture in the College Square Mall area: 6607 University Ave, Suite C. Donations accepted during business hours. Monday-Friday 10am-6pm and Saturdays 10am-5pm.
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 grateful to the Walmart Foundation for their continued support of people of our Employment Support Services.
The Knights of Columbus Annual Tootsie Roll Drive was very successful this year and we are honored to be one of the recipients of funds to support persons with intellectualdisabilities. The Marvin & Helen Schumacher Family Foundation has long supported our mission in the community and we are ever grateful for their most recent gift to our agency. The generosity of the Max and Helen Guernsey Charitable Foundation continues to support our employment services.
Finally, the CUNA Mutual Foundation has been a long-standing partner in our mission and we greatly appreciate their commitment to ensuring people of all abilities are valued in the workplace and in their community.
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Q. Why should I donate to Trinkets & Togs?

A. There are many great reasons to donate to Trinkets & Togs! First, revenues from the sale of goods support services   locally for persons with   disabilities and the elderly. Second, it’s a great way to give your things a new life and keep things out of the landfill.  And third, persons with disabilities gain experience by working and volunteering in our stores.
Tell us why you donate now through the end of the month on our Facebook page Giveaway post and you could win a $25 Trinkets & Togs Gift Certificate!
Trinkets & Togs Thrift Stores
The Accel Group and First National Bank in Cedar Falls for hosting a donation drive for our Cedar Falls Store! We greatly appreciate your support!
 If your group or organization is interested in hosting a donation drive, contact Lori
at (319) 352-8029 or email

Thank you to Santa & Mrs. Claus for joining us last month for our Tree-Mendous Holiday Event. Also, pictured, our elves, Shari, Kristi, and Sheila. 

Our Waverly store needs YOU!
Duties include accepting donations, sorting donations, stocking, and keeping sections of the store looking great. Scheduling is flexible and duties are based on interests. Individuals and groups welcome! If you would like to be part of our thrift store team and support our mission in the community, contact Lori at (319) 352-8029 or email
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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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Waverly, IA 50677

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