The Larrabee Center, Inc. Newsletter
Winter 2016
Dedicated to assisting persons with disabilities and the elderly to become or remain valued members of the community since 1989.
Volunteers on a Mission
Part of Something Special
Regular shoppers at Trinkets & Togs in Grundy Center are turning into volunteers. Mark helps out 3 times a week and says it makes him feel like he’s contributing to the community.  Elaine works with linens and toys 6 days per week and enjoys working with the staff and interacting with the customers. Jeff comes in 2-3 times per weeks and enjoys testing the electrical items. Jana donates her time each week working with the clothing donations. Linda Hughes, Program Director says, “ I can’t say enough good things about this group of volunteers.  They come in with smiling faces, work hard, and are willing to pitch in wherever we need them—moving goods and keeping the store looking great.” Volunteers are essential in providing much needed support to the staff of just eight in the thrift store. 
L to R: Mark, Elaine, Jeff
Lori Shepherd, Retail Services Manager says the volunteers are great and is hopeful to start having volunteers in our Waverly location. “We have an average of  65 donors a day and move over 1,200 items into the Waverly store daily. With more clients taking  advantage of employment opportunities based outside of Trinkets & Togs, we are seeing a gap that we feel could be filled by local volunteers.”  Volunteers are needed to process donations, sort clothing, assist clerks, maintain areas in the store. If you or your group are interested in volunteering on a regular basis—weekly or monthly, contact Lori today at (319) 352-8029 email at
A Tradition of Giving: #GivingTuesday 2015
In our 3rd year participating in the global movement of #GivingTuesday, we are ever grateful for the community support. We received over $2,300 in donations, all of which will directly impact services provided to individuals with disabilities right here in our communities!
We would like to thank the following people and businesses along with the many anonymous donors who supported our #GivingTuesday Campaign:
Steve & Judy Strotman, Mark & Pam Beckner, Merry & David Fredrick, Tom & Jean Rasmussen, Rosie Hoffman, Reid & Marsha Koenig, Margaret Phelps,  Kenneth & Ruth Beckner, KC Auto Body Ltd ,Karen Henniges, Wayne & Jan Fiscus, Marilyn Johnson, Steve & Micki Denner, Linda & Mark Podhajsky, John & Edna Brunkhorst
Giving is not just about making a donation. It’s about making a difference. ~Kathy Calvin
Community Clothing Drives
Thank you to our November & December Clothing Drive Hosts:
Redeemer Lutheran Church
Waverly Health Center
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
Interested in hosting a clothing drive with your business, church or organization? Call us today at (319) 352-8029!
Community Partners
We would like to thank our community partners who believe in supporting individuals with disabilities and the elderly in our community.
Guernsey Charitable Foundation
Staff Spotlight
Retail Services Assistant
Darleen Lindahl
Darleen has been with agency since 2002 when she started as a store clerk in our Waverly Trinkets & Togs store. Over the years she has also worked as a direct support staff in both the community support services and employment services. For the past few years, Darleen has filled the role of Retail Services Assistant, which certainly keeps her busy. Managing the flow of goods from the donation area to the store is just one of her priorities. She also works closely with our Retail Services Manager to track and trend sales in the store. With her years of retail background combined with her strong dedication to the mission of The Larrabee Center, Darleen is continually motivated by seeing the difference TLC makes in the lives of clients. “Seeing the clients succeed is my favorite part of the job.” She feels especially grateful for the support from the community. “It’s amazing! We wouldn’t be able to do this without the wonderful donors and shoppers who support us and believe in our mission.”
Upcoming Events
Trinkets & Togs January Thaw
Escape the winter weather and join us for our January Thaw Event this month!
Games, Prizes, Refreshments,  & Great One-Day Specials!
Waverly—Thursday January 28th
Grundy Center— Saturday,
January 30th
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