The Larrabee Center, Inc. Newsletter
Summer 2016
 
Dedicated to assisting persons with disabilities and the elderly to become or remain valued members of the community since 1989.
 
Employment Redesign
Expanded Menu of Services
 
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In May of this year, the State of Iowa rolled out new rules for employment services for individuals with disabilities. In the past 4 years, Iowa has been working towards these new rules to align services in the state with Employment First Principles, which states the preferred outcome for all individuals is integrated, competitive employment in the community. As part of our strategic planning, The Larrabee Center is pleased to continue our work towards aligning our program towards Employment First principles by expanding our menu of services. In addition to prevocational and support employment services, we have added career exploration and discovery services as well as individual job placement and coaching to our menu of services. Most recently, we have renamed our program previously Larrabee Vocational Center to Employment Support Services to better communicate that our services are no longer simply center-based, but provided throughout the community in integrated settings. We are honored to continue to provide quality services in Bremer, Butler and Grundy Counties, assisting individuals on their employment journey.
 
Karla Joins Grundy Center Trinkets Team
 
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When Karla Brickhouse first applied for a job with The Larrabee Center, she didn’t know much about our agency. What she did know was that she wanted a career that focused more on helping people in the community. Since beginning as Retail Services Assistant in our Grundy Center Trinkets & Togs store, Karla has learned just how much The Larrabee Center impacts the community. Besides offering citizens an outlet to donate and recycle gently used goods, the thrift store meets the needs of the community through a volunteer program, allowing individuals with and without disabilities opportunities to gain experience and get involved in their community, and provides crisis assistance in cooperation with local entities to individuals and families in need.  Most importantly, revenues from the thrift store support essential services for individuals with disabilities and the elderly in Grundy County. Karla says, “It’s wonderful to be part of an organization that focus on giving back to the community.” As Trinkets & Togs celebrates 4 years in Grundy Center, we are proud to be part of the community and thank the community for embracing us and our mission.
 
 
65/65: Supporting our Seniors
 
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In the spirit of Independence Day, community members are coming together to support our local seniors. At the core of The Larrabee Center’s mission, our Seniors Services Program is ensuring our elderly citizens remain valued members of the community. Through personalized services, our local seniors are able to live happy, healthy lives and remain safely in their homes.  And we couldn’t do it without the ongoing support of our community. Our recent 65/65 Campaign sought to raise funds through $65 donations to support our clients over 65 in our Senior Services Program. So far, we raised $1,865 towards our goal of $2,000 with the generous support of individuals and businesses who also value our senior citizens. We’d like to recognize the following people for their gifts:
 
A to Z Auto Service Center, Ed & Rose Bahlmann, Jill & Roger Baker,
Fr. Walter Brunkan, Stephen & Micki Denner, Gary & Nancy Duneman, First National Bank, Wayne & Jan Fiscus, Jim Hurley, Jerry Roling Motors, Marilyn Johnson, Kaiser Corson Funeral Home, KC Auto Body,
Municipal Tool Co., Margaret Phelps, The Printery, Rada Mfg., Marvin & Helen Schumacher, Suzanne Shoars, Mary Taylor, Tiedt Nursery,
Waverly Tire Co. Mary Wells
 
To help us meet our goal and impact the lives of seniors in our community, send your donation to
The Larrabee Center 117 11th St NW, Waverly, IA 50677
 
 
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 www.cfneia.org/giving/contribute/696-q
 
 
 


 
Client Spotlight: Uriah
 
 
 
A native of the Waverly area and a graduate of W-SR High School, Uriah has found himself more involved in his community than ever before. A recent move from Shell Rock to Waverly has made a difference for Uriah. “Living in Waverly allows me to be closer to work and also do more activities in the community.” With supports in his home for maintaining his apartment and learning to plan and prepare meals, Uriah feels good about living in his own apartment. Uriah especially enjoys opportunities to have fun. “I really like going to Doc’s Dance every month—listening to music with friends is fun, plus dancing is great exercise.” Uriah is also building his resume through paid work experience and training opportunities with TLC’s Employment Support Services. Besides working at Trinkets & Togs, Uriah has gained experience on work crews at Pizza Ranch and Wartburg College Dining Services. We are honored to be part of Uriah’s journey and are grateful to live in a community that values individuals of all abilities.
 
 
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UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
Join us for Trinkets & Togs
Annual Fall Bag Sale
Waverly: August 18
9am-8pm
Grundy Center: August 20
10am-5pm
 
Community Partners
 
We are honored to be partners for good with the Bremer County Community Foundation and the Waverly Community Fund, affiliates of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa. Through their support, we are excited to announce the first steps of flooring renovation in our Waverly Trinkets & Togs Thrift Store will begin in the coming months. 
 
We would also like to thank St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Greene  for their donation of two quilts. The quilts were placed on a special silent auction at Trinkets & Togs and funds raised benefit services and programs of The Larrabee Center.
 
 
 
Follow us on Social Media!
 
 
Trinkets & Togs is now on Instagram!
 Follow us @trinketsntogs
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