FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 21, 2016
Daniel L. Smith
Director of Development
Quakerdale Ends Emergency Shelter, Child Welfare Emergency Services, and Supervised Apartment Living Contracts
(New Providence, Iowa) – On June 10, 2016 the board of Directors of Quakerdale conducted a three year strategic planning session. The following information is a result of those strategic decisions made.
Quakerdale has a 165 year history of working with children and families in the state of Iowa and we plan to continue our work until the Lord returns. In order to fulfill these goals we must make difficult decisions to ensure our longevity and more importantly to respond to our always changing culture.
Over the last 30 years the state of Iowa has been transparently reducing the number of children and state funding for out of home services. Over the last 16 years Quakerdale has been growing our privately funded community ministries to fulfill our mission to “Encourage hope, faith and growth in communities and families.” These ministry programs (which are privately funded) are designed to move us into the future independent of state funding. Quakerdale ministries are impacting hundreds of children and families each year all across the state of Iowa without state funds! Quakerdale is determined to respond to the needs of our communities for another 165 years!
Now for the hard news:
Quakerdale has decided to end our Emergency Shelter, Child Welfare Emergency Services, and Supervised Apartment Living contracts with the state due to the new contracting risks in 2017, high program costs, and other mounting challenges.
This means over 20 children and 30 employees will be impacted today.
This was a painful decision and we grieve for the children we will not serve and our dedicated employees who will no longer be serving with us. Our employees
are a part of our Quakerdale family and closing these programs means each one and their families will suffer. We regret this deeply and will do everything we can to help each one transition as soon as possible. We hope each worker will continue to support children and families in Iowa. These are top notch people with hearts of gold.
We hope that our open facilities in Manning and Waterloo will be used by another agency or company to fulfill their role in the community. Quakerdale is forming community grants that will fund causes for children and families in each community in thanks for the wonderful support each community has given us. We desire to stay active in these communities into the future!
You may be wondering, “What will happen to the other things we do apart from Emergency Shelter, Child Welfare Emergency Services, and Supervised Apartment living programs?”
Many people do not realize that each of our privately funded ministries, by themselves, are as large as other non profits and impact literally hundreds of people each year!
Here are some examples: Community counseling across Iowa, Wolfe Ranch retreat and Equine services in Marshalltown, Promise Academy for Kids and Post-Graduate Basketball in New Providence, and Hope4Healing and Mobile Camp are state wide ministries. We will continue each one of these ministries! As always, we will continually evaluate each one and other new opportunities based on community needs, their effectiveness, and the resources we have through donor support.
We want to restate: We grieve for those children we will not serve and our dedicated employees who will be impacted because we are ending these three programs. We implore our supporters to keep each of these in their prayers.