The Larrabee Center, Inc. Newsletter
Fall 2016
We are dedicated to assisting persons with disabilities and the elderly to become or remain valued members of the community since 1989.
13th Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser
 
 
 
The Larrabee Center hosted our 13th Annual Trinkets & Togs Fashion Show Fundraiser this month and made it a night to remember. Community members came out to support our staff, clients and our mission and raised over $2,600 to support our Employment Support Services Program. Models included clients and staff as well as friends and family. The evening was full of fun, fashion, smiles, and community support. Thank you to everyone who came out and we look forward to seeing you next year!
 
Thank You to our Generous Sponsors: Jeffrey Wilharm, MD, Rada Mfg Co, Noel Fry—State Farm, First National Bank, Kristi Demuth—American Family Insurance
 
Special thanks to the Waverly Country Club for the use of the venue, to our emcee Travis Toliver, to our musical performers Sam Crosser and Harmony Rox, and our photographer Ron Sindric.
 
 

 
Thank you to the following businesses for donations to our Silent Auction & Raffle:
Adrenaline X Laser Tag, Anytime Fitness, Brown Bottle, Cedar Valley Art & Wine, East Bremer Diner, Ecker's Flowers, Grundy Center Chamber of Commerce, Holly Jacobsen - Young Living Essential Oils, Iowa Barnstormers, Isle Casino Hotel, Liquor & Tobacco Outlet, National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Panera, Perrin Inn, Rada Cutlery, Rudy's Tacos, Scentsy - Kiersten Darrah, Scratch Cupcakery, The Landmark bistro, The Markit, Thirty-one - Lauren Loonsfoot, TownsEnd Winery, UNI Athletic Department, Wartburg College, Wartburg Symphony, Waverly Health Center, Waverly Tire, Wild Carrot, Wildtree - Jenny Dunkin
 
See more pictures of our event on Facebook: http://bit.ly/2eSsZ8G
 
 
Article ImageCarla Joins Waverly Trinkets & Togs Team
 
With a background in retail work, Carla is working in the nonprofit arena for the first time. From the day she came in to apply for a position at Trinkets & Togs, she fell in love with the store and the people. Carla is one of two retail services assistants that are charged with managing the flow of goods and maintaining the thrift store. Carla’s experience in clothing and apparel has helped her jump in with both feet running as she oversees the textiles/clothing processes. Carla feels good about being part of an organization that supports people with disabilities as she has family members who also have disabilities. Working for The Larrabee Center at Trinkets & Togs in Waverly “allows me to give back.” Carla enjoys all aspects of her role and we are thrilled to have her on the team. Thanks for all you do, Carla! 
 
INCLUSION WORKS
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
 
 
One thing that defines us and the part we play in the community is our job. When we meet someone new, we are often asked “what do you do?” or “where do you work?” Being able to answer that question with pride is what The Larrabee Center’s Employment Support Services program is working to make possible right here in our community.
 
 
 
 
October was National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The theme this year is Inclusion Works.  Workplaces that welcome the talents of all people, including people with disabilities, are a critical part of our efforts to build an inclusive community and strong economy. "By fostering a culture that embraces individual differences, including disabilities, businesses profit by having a wider variety of tools to confront challenges," said Jennifer Sheehy, deputy assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy. "Our nation's most successful companies proudly make inclusion a core value. They know that inclusion works. It works for workers, it works for employers, it works for opportunity, and it works for innovation." So today and every day, let’s make it known that all people of all abilities can and should work and are valuable members of our community.
 
 
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: Laney
 
 
 
 
A graduate of Allison-Bristow High School, Laney began her employment journey while still in school. Through school-to-work transition programs, Laney had the opportunity to gain work experience at Trinkets & Togs. Over the past few years, Laney has not only gained work experience but has also made some great friends. Laney has gained confidence in her skills and has learned many jobs while working at Trinkets & Togs and is beginning to explore options for other career paths. Most recently, Laney has begun to expand her social network through TLC’s Community Support Services. “I like to go to Doc’s for Karaoke and dances. It’s so much fun.” Laney and her family are grateful for the opportunities Laney has through TLC services and the friendships she is making along the way. 
 
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Community Partners 
We would like to thank the Marvin and Helen Schumacher Family Fund for their support of our mission this year. We would also like to recognize Kay & L Draperies for their partnership in our Integrated Employment Internship Program funded through the Waverly-Shell Rock Area United Way. 
TRINKETS & TOGS VOTED
BEST OF THE BEST 
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We are thrilled and honored to be voted as The Courier’s 2016 Best of the Best for Thrift/Consignment Stores! We cannot express how humbled we are by the support of the community for our thrift store and our mission. Trinkets & Togs also received 2nd place in Buying Collectibles and honorable mention in Crafts and Golf Equipment. Thank you to everyone who voted and to all our donors and customers for all your support! We couldn’t do what we do without the amazing support of our donors and shoppers! 
Thank you!
 
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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
 
 
In September, we celebrated National Direct Support Professionals Week, honoring our staff who are providing individualized supports to clients in their homes, in the workplace and in the community. Our staff have over 150 years of combined experience and we greatly appreciate all they do!
 
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