Spreading Christmas Hope and Joy!

The poem above is so meaningful.  For many people a Christmas tree is a road map to all the memories and traditions that a family holds so dear.  We are keenly aware that this Christmas will be more difficult for families in the Marshalltown, Iowa and surrounding areas due to the tornado back in July.  Many will not have a Christmas tree that holds all of the memories of Christmases gone by.  We here at Hope4Healing are partnering with the Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging to help bring a little Christmas spirit and joy to deserving families.  Would you help us give a special Christmas present to a deserving family?  Here is how you can help!

We are looking for gently used or new Christmas trees and ornaments to provide to individuals and families to help them start new Christmas memories and traditions!  If you would be willing to donate an artificial Christmas tree, ornaments, maybe even some gift cards, or make a monetary donation, we will get them decorated and delivered to deserving families.  Your help could be difference between making someone’s Christmas be filled with warmth and happiness and feeling like it is just another day.  The trees will be decorated and on display at the Wolfe Ranch’s Christmas in Stables event on December 14th and 15th, and we will update with pictures on our Facebook page!

We will need all donations by December 6, 2018 in order to make these wonderful gifts happen.  Please contact us at 855-584-HOPE (4673) to make arrangements, or click the button below to make a monetary donation toward this event.  Thank you for helping us spread Christmas cheer through this event, and to help provide hope and healing to deserving families this Christmas!

Ryan Keller

Executive Director

Hope4Healing

 

 

 

Responsibility

A friend of mine posted a very inspiration video of a Vietnam veteran named Richard Pimentel giving a speech about how to live life with purpose.  There are many good points from the video and I would encourage you to watch it below, but I want to encourage you to think about one part of his speech.  Mr. Pimentel tells of how he was camped out on a ridged with other soldiers and they were outnumbered 20 to 1.  They could not be rescued due to fog, but a path could be cleared for escape.  In order for this plan to work, it would require 5 men to stay behind to cover the retreat of the others.  It was at this moment Mr. Pimentel learned an extremely valuable lesson about “responsibility”.  His sergeant taught Richard what responsibility really means.  He explained that “responsibility” is the combination of two words “response” and “ability”.  He explained that we have to answer two questions:

  • Do I have the ability to take on a situation?
  • What will my response be in terms of my ability?

Hope4Healing has had a record year of helping those in need.  We have assisted with over 1,256 requests this year which has seen an impact of over $750,000.00 for those we have served.  This impact was realized because Hope4Healing was able to find those businesses, individuals, organizations, churches, and entities that had the “ability” to help.  Each of these partnerships was made in “response” to wanting to be utilized to help others.  Hope4Healing has been blessed to receive support from those who have had the “ability” to “respond” to our ongoing financial needs, and that support has seen Hope4Healing be able to meet its basic needs.  As we look forward to 2019, Hope4Healing wants to maintain our “ability” to “respond” to the needs of those we serve; but due to unexpected circumstances, we know that we will not receive the same level of support as we did in 2018 from some of our financial supporters.  This is not due to a lack of confidence in Hope4Healing’s mission; instead, it is due to those supporters not being able to give the same level of charitable giving as in the past.  With that in mind, I would like to challenge you to consider your “abilities”.

The reality is that responsibility is not something that is put upon us or given to us; responsibility is a choice we make to use or not use our abilities.  If you have followed our newsletter, then you might remember me saying that everyone has the “ability” to give of their time, talent, or treasure to help those in need through Hope4Healing.  I am asking you to consider how you might be able to “respond” to our need to finish 2018 strong and prepare for 2019.  Hope4Healing will continue to help those in need for perpetuity, but that does not mean that we do not have needs.  Would you ask yourself, “do I have the ability, and what will be my response?”  What time, talents, or treasure might you be able to use to “respond” to Hope4Healing’s “responsibility” to continue to serve those in need?  Here are some ideas for how you might get involved:

  • Sign up for our newsletter
  • Become a monthly donor for any amount
  • Invite others to like and read our post on Facebook
  • Volunteer to help us process requests for help
  • Pray for us as we seek to serve

No matter how you “respond”, what “abilities” might you be called to use to help others through the Hope4Healing network.

 

Thank you,

 

Ryan Keller

 

Executive Director

 

 

 

Got Hope?

Over the calendar year 2018, we have experienced an abundance of emotions, changes, expectations, and uncertainty.  Maybe this year has held similar events for you; but regardless, it seems that most individuals can relate to the ebb and flow of life.  We here at Hope4Healing did not know what 2018 would bring as our first year of being on our own as our own non-profit.  We have enjoyed the support and encouragement of others like Josiah White’s Quakerdale Foundation, our partnering churches, agencies, businesses, individuals, and organizations, our volunteers, and our board of directors.  We also wish to thank those who have given to support us financially like the Lennox-Quakderdale Golf Tournament Committee, various partnering churches, and individuals;  this also includes the Higher Power Quartet who partnered with us to perform at a benefit concert to help support Hope4Healing.  We are blessed!

To serve effectively requires that wise individuals take time to reflect on successes, failures, and lessons learned.  I was reflecting on all of this with Daniel Smith, who was instrumental in starting Hope4Healing from concept to implementation along side the leadership of Quakerdale.  I cannot imagine a better name for what we strive to do by God’s grace than that of Hope4Healing; and so, I asked him how the name came about.  Dan said that the name came out of the process used to develop the network , and that he feels it is a testament to God’s goodness in seeing Hope4Healing continue to grow and help people in need.

We often say that we want to instill “Hope” to those who need “Healing”.  This caused me to ask the question, “Why his hope important?”  I can be a little bit of a nerd, or maybe it is because I am used to doing research; either way, I was curious if there was evidence how “Hope” can help impact individuals going through difficult times.  What I found as I investigated this idea a little bit is quite remarkable.  As seen in the picture on top of this blog, Emily Dickinson explains hope as, “…the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without words, and never stops…at all…”  Although less eloquent, another writer put it this way, “A number of writers speak of hope in relationship to outcomes over which the individual believes he or she has some control. Jerome Groopman represents this point of view in his book, The Anatomy of Hope:  “To have hope, then, is to acquire a belief in your ability to have some control over your circumstances’ (p. 26).”  However, psychological stress is at its peak in precisely those situations that offer few, if any, options for personal control; meaning that the situations in which hope is most needed are the ones in which hope is most likely to be at low ebb or even absent (Folkman, 2010).  In other words, hope is that way of being whereby circumstances do not dictate outcome or self-worth.

I know this may seem like it is getting a little too complicated, but it is important to understand the reality that hope is not just a good thing; hope is crucial to overcoming stress, disappointment, and confusion.  Evidence shows with hope, people are more capable to find ways to be more productive, find options or solutions, and ask for help (Davis-Laack, 2015).  When we think of those individuals, children, and families that we seek to serve through Hope4Healing, it is so very important that we help to instill hope so that they can find the path forward.  It is also the reason why connecting them with a friendship partner who is there to listen, be that shoulder to cry on, or pray with them is so very important.  You see, the missing component that I haven’t share with you, is that “Hope” can be taught through social connections(Davis-Laack, 2015).  Who better to teach about “Hope” than a church filled with people who know the cost it took to secure their salvation, and have the supreme “Hope” of Christ who has kept all of His promises and never failed?

To find out more about how to get Hope or to partner with Hope4Healing to provide hope to those who don’t know where to find it call 855-584-HOPE (4673), submit a request form, or email us at info@hope4healingquakerdale.net.

Thank you,

Ryan Keller

Executive Director

References

Chang, S. L., & Yeoun, K. H. (2016). The effects of hope, emotional intelligence, and stress on the self-esteem of rural elementary school students in Korea: The mediating effect of social support. Indian Journal of Science and Technology 9(26), 1-7, DOI: 10.17485/ijst/2016/v9i26/97278.

Davis-Laack, P. (2015, 04 15). Want Less Stress and More Happiness? Try Hope. Retrieved from Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/pressure-proof/201504/want-less-stress-and-more-happiness-try-hope

Folkman, S. (2010). Stress, coping, and hope. Psycho-Oncology, 901-908.

 

 

 

Higher Power Concert

Hope4Healing excited to invite on Friday, September 21, 2014 at 7:00 p.m

The Higher Power Quartet

The concert will be held at New Hope Christian Church in Marshalltown at 3901 Center St.  We will having refreshments from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  and several of our resource partners from the area will be on hand to let you learn more about their services.

Come out and join us and we hope to see you their!

 

Ryan Keller

Executive Director.

Working for you!

We have been receiving quite a few comments lately from some of our partners about the benefits Hope4Healing is bringing to their programs, agencies, or organizations.  It is my goal to share these stories with you in the hopes that they will help all of us better understand how Hope4Healing can be tailored to meet your specific goals for your business, agency, or ministry.  This story shared by one of our Hope4Healing Friendship Church Partners shows just how important finding a friendship partner and a place to belong can be when a person is going through what seems like an impossible situation.

A Victory for Hope for Healing by B. B.

Hope4Healing (H4H) is not a humanitarian organization, rather it is a Christian organization, the one thing about which we must never be complacent!  We define success in terms of the Great Commission, a response to Jesus’ challenge to make Disciples.  Every Person in Need (PIN) to whom we respond as a Christian Friend is a potential opportunity to establish a relationship from which we may earn the right to share the Gospel.  It won’t happen with every PIN but creating opportunities to share the Gospel is what distinguishes H4H from non-Christian Humanitarian organizations.

 

I’d like to share a true H4H success story.  Information that might identify the PIN has been changed, but the story remains the same.

 

Chuck moved a couple years ago from a neighboring state to the Cedar Valley with his wife Anne and son Tommy to make a better life for them all.  Anne passed the bar and as an attorney provided the brunt of the family’s income and paid the bills.  Chuck worked a seasonal job which paid well only during the high season.  Tommy was flourishing, he’d substantially improved his grades and become a star on the basketball team.  They’d struggled, maxing out credit cards to get on their feet, but things were getting better, until suddenly everything changed.

 

Chuck came home one day to find that Anne had unexpectedly moved out, taking most of their belongings with her.  It was a surprise to Chuck and Tommy.  She’d taken the furniture and depleted their bank account.  Chuck and Tommy were devastated, emotionally and financially.  They had $50 in cash between them.  They soon discovered that Anne must have been planning her move for some time as she hadn’t paid the rent, utility bill or car payments in several months.  Chuck’s truck and Tommy’s car were repossessed the following week and the landlord initiated eviction proceedings.  It was the off-season and Chuck was working only a day or two per week.  Chuck had no friends or family to whom he could turn for help.

Chuck contacted H4H for help.  He and Tommy needed food and had only two weeks before they would be evicted.  Chuck had never been in a situation like this and was extremely distraught about the impact on his son.  A H4H Friendship Team member got involved and connected the men with community meals and the Food Bank.  Unfortunately, they found themselves so deeply in debt that the Friendship Team member was unable to locate an organization in the Cedar Valley willing to help with rent or utilities.  Chuck was understandably upset, facing the possibility that he and his son may soon be living in a shelter. 

 

The H4H member felt powerless, he’d exhausted available local resources and hadn’t been able to find a solution for Chuck.  He realized all he could do was be a Christion friend, to listen to Chuck and pray with him. 

 

Over the course of the next two weeks, Chuck was able to find a basketball team friend whose parents were willing to temporarily take in Tommy so he wouldn’t have to leave school.  Chuck’s prior employer was willing to reinstate his former position and Chuck realized he’d have to temporarily leave the state to reestablish himself financially before returning to the Cedar Valley to reunite with Tommy.

 

After many tearful conversations and prayer sessions over two weeks, the Christian friend asked if he could share the Gospel with Chuck.  Chuck was skeptical, but respectful enough of the relationship he’d established with his new Christian friend to listen.

Several days passed before Chuck called his new Christian friend.  He told him that the situation had overwhelmed him and he’d totally broken down the night before, fallen to his knees and cried out to Jesus for help.  He’d prayed the prayer his Christian friend had taught him, asking Jesus Christ to take control of his life.  At this time, Chuck is still out of state and Tommy is living with his friend’s family.

 

On one hand, this seems like a story where the situation was so dire that H4H was unable to locate the resources to help, but God had another plan.  God used the Christian friend to achieve an incredible victory for the Kingdom and Chuck’s life will never be the same!  Hallelujah Hope4Healing!

 

By B. B.

Our friendship partners provide a lot of different opportunities for the person/family in need.  They provide encouragement, a sense of belonging, friendship, and for the spiritual needs of those we serve.  Hope4Healing never assigns a church partner; the person/family in need picks their friendship partner.  It is exciting to see the growth that can take in the life of individuals and families as they develop a strong relationship with their friendship partners.

We are still in the middle of our 2018 fundraising campaign.  If you would like to be a part of bringing positive change to the life of individuals and families in your community and across the state of Iowa, would you please partner with us.  You can partner with us by signing up to receive or newsletter.  You can partner with us by adding your church, business, agency, or organization to the network to be a part of a team that helps others.  You can also give a financial gift to help us continue to provide greater access to services to those in need.  Would you consider becoming a monthly partner at $20.00 a month?  Or, maybe you would like to make a difference in one person or family’s life; it takes roughly $150.00 to help one individual or family with their request.  Would you help one family with a $150.00 gift?

Thank you

 

Ryan Keller

Executive Director

Hope4Healing

 

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Finding the Perfect Fit!

I say it often, but only because it is true; we have the greatest partners working with us to help individuals and families in need across the state of Iowa.  Here is another great example of how our church partners are making a difference for those needing encouragement, compassion, and kindness. (The names have been changed to respect the confidentiality of those we serve.)

Hi Hope4Healing,

After Hope4Healing invited our church to be a support partner for Sue, she came in to visit me at the church.  You probably know her situation better than I do, but she is under extreme financial and emotional hardship due to illness, loss of job, broken down car, out of control adult kids, etc…

We started by trying to assure her that God still loves her and so does her new church family.  During that first visit, I gave her a fuel voucher so she could get gas for her car, a gift card to Aldi’s so she could pick up some groceries, and we also helped her make her rent payment so she had a place to live.  I also prayed with her and encouraged her to get involve with our activities at the church so she could meet people that would love and encourage her.  One of our ladies gave Deb a call and invited her to a small group Christmas party, but Sue decided not to go because she didn’t feel well.  I just talked with Sue and she informed me her car is not dependable and it was recommended that she ask me about possibly helping with bus passes.  I told her, “Absolutely, we will help, and that your church family wants to help you through the tough times.”  I will be dropping off a book of 20 bus passes at her apartment in the morning.  She also said her winter coat needs the zipper repaired and so I will pick it up and I know a couple ladies here at church that might be able to repair her coat.  I also suggested she visit the Caring Center on Main Street to see if they have any winter coats or possibly other items that she may need for FREE!  She also said she was concerned about getting to doctor’s appointments that are in Ames or Des Moines, and I informed her that our church has a ministry that makes sure people that do not have transportation are given rides to their appointments, and the people that provide rides for them are also “prayer warriors” that pray with the individual before they go in to their appointment.  The church will also help with “copays” if there is a need for financial help.

I again encouraged her to get involved with church activities because she needs a church “family” and needs to make connections with other Christians.  She admits she needs to get involved in a small group or our Wednesday night activities and weekend services.  I told her we will keep praying for her (and her family) and Sue said she definitely needs the prayer support and appreciates all that the church has done already.

Thank you, T

Obviously, not every church is able to help in the ways that are described in this letter; but this church provided something that every church can provide: prayer, encouragement, and a family.  As you consider the challenges that this lady is facing, even if the church didn’t have the means to help her out financially, don’t you think her need for friendship, encouragement, emotional support, and prayer would have been even more important?  Many times we have the tendency to compare ourselves in ways that are unfair; that is why we are encouraged to consider our skills, strengths, and gifts and how we might use them.  If all we do is look at how we are different, we will never measure up.  Our Hope4Healing partners understand that we each have a role to play, and that the network is designed to help find others to fill in the gaps.  Have you ever considered the how your skills, talents, or gifts might be used to help those in need?  Hope4Healing can help you find your niche!  Contact us at 855-584-HOPE (4673) or email us at Info@hope4healingquakerdale.net to learn more, or to set up a time for use make a presentation to your small group, church, business, or agency.  Do you enjoy hearing stories like these?  Signup for our newsletter in the link below, and receive a monthly newsletter update in your inbox!

Thank you,

 

Ryan Keller

Hope4Healing

Executive Director

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And Now, A Message from our Partners

From time to time, we receive comments from one of our partners.  We never cease to be amazed by the efforts of our partners as they are the hands and feet in helping those in need; and we are humbled to hear their kind comments about their experiences with Hope4Healing.  A recent piece of correspondence that we received stood out, because it was hand written and mailed to us.  In our day and age of technology, it is a special treat to receive a hand written note and it speaks to the time and care the writer spent in sending us this note:

            My experience with Hope4Healing has been a positive one.  I became involved when my church, Ferguson Bible Church, partnered with Hope4Healing and initiated an outreach to my recently widowed neighbor.  She had no hope of earning an income or paying her bills.

            Guided by Hope4Healing, I, as her advocate, became knowledgeable of local resources and how they could help.  Hope4Healing provided us with information so we could obtain the legal documents needed to complete the applications for disability income, utility assistance, and affordable housing.

            It is clear to me that many people in need should have an advocate.  They need someone to assist them with confusing paperwork, to provide transportation to appointments, and to offer prayer and encouragement.  Hope4Healing does a great job of providing for these needs and I feel blessed to be part of the effort.

L Cermak.

So many times in my life, I did not know how to help or where to turn for help.  This letter shows the blessings we all can experience through partnering together to help those in need.  Hope4Healing is fortunate to have wonderful churches like the Ferguson Bible Church congregation, and individuals like L. Cermak to help us provide hope and healing!  The note sent to us reminded me of the wisdom stated in Proverbs 31:8-9 (NKJV) about being an advocate:

Open your mouth for the speechless,
In the cause of all who are appointed to die.
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And plead the cause of the poor and needy.

To learn more about how you, your church, community group, business, or agency can advocate for your family, friends, and/or community or to schedule a presentation, give us a call at 855-584-HOPE (4673) or email us at Info@hope4healingquakerdale.net.  We currently are in the middle of our 2018 fundraising campaign; as you know, we cannot provide these services without the financial support of individuals like you.  We have currently raised $6,714.00 toward our $52,500.00 annual need; we also have pledges in the amount of $18,750.00 toward our overall goal.  In other words, we have raised $25,464.00 toward our $52,500.00 annual need for 2018.  We are asking that you partner with us in advocating for those who cannot advocate for

themselves.  Our goal for the second quarter of 2018 is to raise $17,577.00 to cover the mission support portion of our budget.  Your gift of any amount would be appreciated.  Would you consider partnering with us by making a $25.00 donation today; or, would you be one of 65 partners to commit to joining us at the $30.00/month level through the rest of 2018 (9 months).  As always, your support would be appreciated, and is tax deductable.

Thank you,

 

Ryan Keller

Hope4Healing

Executive Director

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Little Faith, Great Partners

Recently, I posted this story to Facebook.  When have you faced times of little faith only to be surprised in a big way?

How was your Friday afternoon? I have had a good, but long week; and then, I get a call this afternoon from a couple who is homeless and stranded in a town where there is no homeless shelter. There is a shelter an hour away that has room, but only if they can get there. I have to admit, I sent out a message looking for transportation for this couple discouraged that so late on a Friday no one will be available to help. Less than a minute after I hit send on the email, a Hope4Healing partner said they were driving from the town where the couple was stranded to the town where the shelter is, and he would be glad to give them a ride. I was convicted of my lack of faith, but oh so glad that this couple didn’t end up sleeping in the cold with snow on the way. We have such great partners here at Hope4Healing!!! What would have happened if Hope4Healing didn’t exist? To help us help people like this couple, would you consider donating to Hope4Healing. Your gift for as little as $10.00 could help us make all the difference in the life of a person or family in need! Click the link to join our team: https://www.classy.org/give/132623/#!/donation/checkout

Sincerely,

 

Ryan Keller

Executive Director

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What Can You do with an Old TV Stand?

 

I want to share with you an email that we received from one of our Hope4Healing Partners.  You may recall our article last month discussing the sewing machine that was found by Catholic Charities of Waterloo for the Nunga Family.  Well, I want you to read and understand how an old TV stand made the difference in giving someone a feeling of belonging while allowing someone else the opportunity to pay it forward!
“I told/shared the photo/link of Mita with Agnes.  She in turn sent it onto her friend in Des Moines.  The friend posted the following on her facebook page.

 

Throwback Thursday to approximately 2004 when I got a message from my friend Nicole asking if I wanted her to pick up a $40 treadle sewing machine she found. I already had one in good working order, but who could pass on such a great deal?! That treadle sewing machine made a lovely tv stand for many years, being moved six times.

Fast forward to about 6 weeks ago when my friend Agnes posted that she was looking for a treadle sewing machine for a client. Someone who actually was going to use it. A treadle was desired because an electric machine was too intimidating for this client to use. The time had come to part with my $40 tv stand to be put to good use by someone who really needed it.

Today I got to learn more of the story. I’m not a crier. But this story brought tears to my eyes. If you’re so inclined, read about why this family is in the US: https://hope4healingquakerdale.net/2018/01/facing-giants/

And then you can see how this machine is being used:
https://hope4healingquakerdale.net/2018/01/facing-giants-2/

Many thanks to Deacon Jeff for coming to Des Moines to pick up the machine and finding someone to give it a thorough once-over to ensure it was in good working order before going to its new home.

This is the kind of story that would have prompted me to call my good friend Wade. He would love that someone is taking a piece of history and using it in their daily life. But since I can’t share this story with him, I’m hoping his sister-in-law Marcy will appreciate it for him, especially considering her passion for helping refugees.

My message to you is this: give what you are able. It may be your money. It may be your time. It may be your old tv stand. But there is joy in giving. And it warms my heart to know this old sewing machine has found new life.”

 I cannot conceive of a more appropriate way to tell the story of how Hope4Healing impacts lives.  I dare say that everyone musters up a smile when reading this story.  It is my prayer that you follow the advice of the author of the email and “give what you are able.”  We need friends to who are willing to partner with us to give what they can; maybe you can give financially, of your time, or just your old TV stand.  Please give today!

Sincerely,

 

Ryan Keller

Executive Director

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Checkout what’s new!!!

As most of you probably know by now, Hope4Healing has made the transition from being under the leadership of Quakerdale; and now we are our own not for profit organization now known as just “Hope4Healing.”  With this transition, we have also needed to make some changes to officially stand on our own; therefore, we now have a new look, address, phone, and email.

If you have questions concerning Hope4Healing in general, please use the email address info@hope4healingquakerdale.net.  Our new phone number is a toll free number: 855-584-HOPE (4673).  When you call our new number, you will hear the prompts; but to make a new request or talk to staff who is answering the phones just press “0.”  Someone is available to answer the phone M-Fr from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; sometimes we get busy, so you can leave a voicemail and we will call you back.  Finally, our mailing address has changed to P.O. Box 48 Gladbrook, IA 50635.

We look forward to “…connecting people with the resources they need to live life to its fullest…” in 2018.  Although our look and contact information has changed, we are still here to help those individuals or families in need across the state of Iowa.  To make a request for yourself or someone you care about, you can email us at Info@Hope4HealingQuakerdale.net, call us toll free at 855-584-HOPE (4673), or fill out this request form link.

Don’t forget, we still are looking for individuals, groups, businesses, or organizations who would like to help us make a difference in the lives of others through making a financial contribution to Hope4Healing’s 2018 Fundraising Campaign.  Could you partner with us by making a one time $10.00 donation?  Maybe you have the ability to partner with us with an ongoing monthly gift?  We would appreciate your partnership in helping others in 2018.  As always, thank you for your involvement with Hope4Healing!  These changes will help us to continue serving others throughout 2018 and beyond.

 

Sincerely,

 

Ryan Keller

Executive Director

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