“Always Act In A Way To Do Good”

By Melissa Keller

After several months of closure due to Covid-19 restrictions, I was excited that one of favorite Chinese Restaurants had finally opened its doors again.  As we were preparing to leave the restaurant, the waiter brought our fortune cookies to the table, and as I opened my cookie, I smiled as I read the words “Act Always in a way to do Good”.

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A Fresh Harvest that Helps Others

For those who have been following Hope4Healing on Facebook, you know that I have been busy baking up a lot of “sweet treats.”  I am so thankful to everyone who has been buying my baked goods, and helping me support Hope4Healing so they can stay focused on helping families.  I am so thankful to announce that with the support of many, I was able to meet my goal this past week.

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Baked with Love

Carrot Cake

To start off, I would like to say, “Thank you!” to everyone who helped me raise $42.00 toward my weekly goal of $100.00 for last week.  Here are some of the comments I received:

  • The stuff I got is AMAZING! Thank you! My daughter keeps asking for more banana bread! Written by S.F.
  • I can really taste the love baked into these cinnamon rolls!!! Soooo good!  Give our compliments to Chef Lauren! Written by L.A.
  • I will definitely be buying more! Written by C.F.

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Baking up something good for others!!!

Hello!  My name is Lauren, and I am involved in 4-H.  This 4-H year was hard with so many cancellations including the county fair and the state fair; but the cancellations got me thinking.  I know that with COVID-19, recent storms, and other issues affecting “…my club, my community, my country, and my world…” people are hurting and need help.  I also know that I cannot help everyone; but if 4-H has taught me anything, it is that each of us can do our part, each of us can set a goal, each of us can do something, and we “learn by doing.”  So, I am planning for next year already; and I had the idea of a community/leadership project that allows me to accomplish two goals at once.  This project will allow me to help others by supporting a non-profit organization I volunteer for called Hope4Healing (https://hope4healingquakerdale.net/), and help me develop skills which will help me complete my project.

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Stronger Than The Storm Camps

In addition to our Resource Assistance Network, Hope4Healing has been busy facilitating a community effort to help the youth of Marshalltown, Iowa recover emotionally from the aftermath of the July 2018 tornado. Since the tornado,  thunderstorms and loud noises are just a few things that often cause anxiety and nightmares for local youth, and sleepless nights for parents.  The “Stronger Than The Storm camps” were developed by Hope4Healing to help youth overcome these emotional obstacles, and gain concrete supports needed for the future.

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Standing in the Gap

Most of us take things for granted in life, but I often see what Hope4Healing does as standing in the gap for those we serve.  Barb, our database administrator, shares a story below about how we stood in the gap for a family when others did not.

   I was at a church meeting recently where we were discussing how we were raising funds for a project to help people.  What struck me about the conversation was how quickly we assumed money and stuff was what we needed to offer to help others.  In reality what people may need from us may be quite different.  Sometimes what others need doesn’t involve monetary or material donations.  They need our time, concern, skills, or our access to information which they lack.   Continue reading “Standing in the Gap”

This article is “Jarring”! Can you help?

2020 has had many challenges; and challenges are sometimes opportunities to learn old things for the first time.  In another article in this newsletter, you can read about how my daughter has been learning about making jam and other types of canning; and how Hope4Healing is looking to use the principle of preservation to help us do fundraising in a new way.

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Letter from the Director: July 2020 Signal Beacon

As with many of us, Hope4Healing has been busy behind the scenes throughout the months since COVID-19 changed how we interact socially and help those around us.  One of the changes starts with this newsletter; did you notice?  Our newsletter now has a new name which reflects our imagery as lighthouse projecting a light of Hope and Healing.  We played around with a lot of names for newsletters, but struggled to find one that seemed to fit; they either sounded like a name of a soap opera or were to “corny.”  We finally landed on the Hope4Healing Signal Beacon Newsletter, or the Signal Beacon for short.  As a marriage and family therapist, I (Ryan) have seen how these times of uncertainty, fear, and decreased social activity have increased anxiety, depression, and many speak of not knowing what to do or which way to go; so, the name “Signal Beacon” seems appropriate as we hope to provide light and hope as we all traverse the path forward together.

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Preserving Families: Changing Outcomes

 

 

You may remember this post for earlier this year, but due to everything that has happened the past few months our ability to implement this new fundraiser.  So we are sharing this post again as we hope to get this underway in August. 

This past year, my daughter learned how to make cherry preserves as a 4-H project; she was so proud of learning how to make them, and that it went on to the Iowa State Fair to be judged.  I don’t know about you, but there is not much that can beat the taste of homemade preserves, made with love. Each ingredient being carefully picked, handled, and prepared for the future care of loved ones and family.  Mason jars are used for so many things, helping to preserve not just food; but also memories and dreams. Continue reading “Preserving Families: Changing Outcomes”

Preserving Families: Changing Outcomes

 

This past year, my daughter learned how to make cherry preserves as a 4-H project; she was so proud of learning how to make them, and that it went on to the Iowa State Fair to be judged.  I don’t know about you, but there is not much that can beat the taste of homemade preserves, made with love. Each ingredient being carefully picked, handled, and prepared for the future care of loved ones and family.  Mason jars are used for so many things, helping to preserve not just food; but also memories and dreams. When I was young and even today, I used a mason jar as a way to save money for those memories and dreams sometimes a penny at a time.  There is an old song that Bing Crosby made famous called “Pennies from Heaven” that explains that raindrops are like pennies that reward us with the beauty of nature, and that the storms of life are the fee we pay to have blue skies, flowers, and all those natural beauties we take for granted.  In the past year, Hope4Healing has help to change outcomes through 4,037 requests from individuals and families all across Iowa. We were able process each of those requests for on average $9.17 per request. We expect to see continued growth over the next year, and need your help to preserve families and change outcomes through your spare change just as many of us did in the past.  Organizations like the Salvation Army and others in our area understand how spare change can make a world of difference.

Here’s how it works: we will provide your church, community group, youth group, club, or family with Hope4Healing labeled mason jars in order to collect change, cash, or checks for a month at a time.  It gives each of us the opportunity to preserve our traditions by teaching our families, friends, children, and communities the power of saving for something worthwhile. I have grown up in Iowa, and Iowa has a great tradition of families helping other families who are on hard times.  The methods of helping others may have changed, through the use of social media, resource assistance networks, and others; but one thing hasn’t changed our ability to help others with whatever we can give.

I will never forget the thrill within my being when it came time to count out the change in that Mason jar, and I knew I had enough money to buy that baseball mitt, bike, baseball cards, or whatever I had been saving for.  It was a sense of achievement, accomplishment, and even pride. Nowadays, the things I save for are larger (vacations, home improvements, gifts to others); but you can ask my children, I still have a jar on top of the refrigerator for my excess change.  It never ceases to amaze me how much is in the jar when it becomes full; but I still get that same sense of accomplishment for having made a difference and preserving a tradition.

If you would like to join us in preserving families and changing outcomes, please contact us at (855)584-HOPE (4673) or email us at Info@hope4healingquakerdale.net.

 

Thank you, 

Ryan Keller