The Larrabee Center, Inc. Newsletter
Winter 2017
We are dedicated to assisting persons with disabilities and the elderly to become or remain valued members of the community since 1989.
A Year of Changes: A Letter from our Executive Director
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2016 has been a year full of changes and challenges. The year brought the privatization of Medicaid from the state run Iowa Medicaid Enterprise to three private managed care organizations as well as the alignment of the State’s Employment Redesign with Federal Employment First Principles.  The Larrabee Center has not seen such a dramatic system change since transitioning from the care facility to the community back in the late 1990’s. I continue to be impressed with our loyal and dedicated staff as they roll up their sleeves to meet these challenges while providing quality services under a difficult and uncertain environment.
I remain pleased with our progress and would like to thank all staff, volunteers, clients, and board members for their work, support, and participation towards fulfilling the mission of assisting persons with disabilities and the elderly to become or remain valued members of their community. The important and life-changing work is witnessed everyday through the progress and smiles of the clients. I would also like to thank donors and shoppers at Trinkets & Togs, and individuals, businesses and foundations who make donations and provide critical support to our agency. Together, we are impacting the lives of many in Bremer, Butler, and Grundy Counties.
Looking at the year ahead, I am confident that with our mission as our guiding star, we will take our challenges and turn them into opportunities to enrich lives and enrich the community.
Clark Wilharm, Executive Director
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With 25 years of loyal and dedicated service under her belt, Helen has seen many changes, challenges and successes over the years, both for our agency and for the clients she serves. Helen started as a cook and dietary manager when TLC still operated the care facility and moved to home and community-based services when the care facility closed. Helen attributes her commitment and longevity with the agency to being able to directly work with the clients and watch them grow in their abilities. Helen has seen the impact services have had on the clients we serve firsthand. “I have seen clients who were very dependent and now hold down a job in the community.” Even with all the change and challenges we have seen, Helen has remain dedicated to helping our clients be valued members of the community and we are proud to have her on the team.
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In our 4th year participating in the global movement of GivingTuesday, we are grateful and humbled by the          support of our community.  We raised over $3,400, exceeding our goal thanks to the generosity of our local community members and businesses. 100% of the funds raised will support our Employment Support Services program for individuals as we assist them on their employment journey.
Thank You to our Generous Donors: Lisa & Brad Beadle, Jeff & Darla Beckner, Steve & Micki Denner, Elsamiller Electric, Jan & Wayne Fiscus, Karen Henniges, Rosamond Hoffman, Marilyn Johnson, KC Auto Body, LTD, Kristi Demuth Agency, Teresa Meyer, Sherry Miller, Doug & Connie Moss, Margaret Phelps, Mark & Linda Podhajsky, Ramker Mini Storage, Dean & Suzanne Shoars, Steve & Judy Strotman, Trinkets & Togs Shoppers, Jean Waschkat, Linda Wee, Mary Wells, as well as our anonymous donors.
Special Thanks to: CUNA Mutual for their coordinated efforts with Eurest Dining to raised funds through a special cookie sale!
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” ~Helen Keller
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Escape the winter weather and join us for our Annual January Thaw Event!
Waverly—Thursday January 19
Grundy Center—Saturday,  January 21
Games, Prizes, Refreshments,
& Hot One-Day Specials!
The Larrabee Center's 2017 Board of Directors:
Melissa Tapken, President
Jerry Elsamiller, Vice President         
Ryan Rasmussen, Secretary/Treasurer
Steve Willemssen
Jay Colsch
Mike Byl
Donita Dettmer
Client Spotlight: Kris
Kris is working with TLC Employment Support Services to assist her to reach her long term goal of working in a cafeteria or restaurant.  She is a graduate of W-SR High School and Waverly native who has always had an interest in food service. With TLC support, she has had the opportunity to gain experience in an internship at Pizza Ranch and a current work crew with Wartburg College Dining Services.  Her experiences have also included working at Trinkets & Togs thrift store and America’s Best Value/Red Fox Inn.  Through these experiences, Kris has gained connections with community members as well as her coworkers while building her resume.  Kris is diligent and takes pride in her work.  In her spare time, Kris enjoys reading and has a passion for helping animals, especially cats.  
Community Partners 
We would like to recognize and thank our community partners who believe in supporting our mission of assisting  persons with disabilities and the elderly become or remain valued members of the community.
Max & Helen Guernsey Charitable Foundation
CUNA Mutual Foundation
Knights of Columbus
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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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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
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