Hearts of Hope Newsletter_December

From the desk of Lisa Capps, Chief Advancement Officer, EmberHope Youthville A heart of hope is the hope a child feels for a stable family; the hope you feel to make a difference; the hope we all feel for change. Hearts of Hope is a monthly newsletter that celebrates the work you inspire. It’s filled with stories of people dedicated to the mission of sparking change to improve lives for children and families in need.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at EmberHope Youthville! Candle flames flicker in the windows of Libbey Hall, wreaths decorate the doors, Christmas trees shine bright. Ward Hall is overflowing with packages and presents for the kiddos, big warm coats and beautiful handmade blankets to keep them warm, everything imaginable to make this a wonderful holiday for the children and families in our care. We are thankful for the many gifts received.

Yet, in our hearts we hold dear the true meaning of Christmas. It is a time for remembering the Son of God and renewing our determination to take upon us His name. Let this be a time to look back and feel gratitude. May this gratitude strengthen our determination to follow Him. May it also lead us closer to our family, our church, and those in need.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy

Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13

There are angels among us. Brian Donnelly, vice president Bank of the West in Newton, Kansas is collecting gifts for girls on campus through the bank’s Angel Tree. Brian started the Angel Tree as a way to give back to the non-profit organizations in Newton, and the residents responded by donating gifts for the children. It’s a project the entire community embraces and a wonderful tradition. We feel blessed to be a part of the Angel Tree this year. A sincere thank you to Brian and every Newton resident who donates gifts to the cause!

Holiday parties are underway to entertain our kids in care and express a heartfelt thank you to the wonderful families who take the children in need into their homes. Your gifts help make these parties possible!

  • Pancake Breakfast and photos with Santa, organized by Project Kid2Kid (with 77 stockings donated by former foster parents!)
  • Christmas party hosted by Aldersgate Renew and Christmas lights bus tour sponsored by Mark and Jana Griggs
  • Foster Family Christmas party with games and activities at First United Methodist Church of Wichita

Thank you to everyone who made these parties special for our families! That’s A Wrap! We partnered on a truly unique community event, Wrapping It Up for Hope, to raise awareness and funds for our mission. KSN news anchors Lisa Teachman, Jeff Herndon and Gwyn Bevel were wrapping gifts and signing holiday cards at NewMarket Square. It was a joyous way to spend a Saturday afternoon and a wonderful way to spread the word about the needs of the children in our care.

KSN is a tremendous partner and supporter of EmberHope Youthville as were the event sponsors Mid America Exteriors, White Eagle Credit Union, 1st Choice Trailers, and Cowley County College. Martin Pringle Attorneys at Law shared their valuable time and talent as

volunteers to help wrap gifts. Our thanks go out to everyone involved for making this a wonderful event. We look forward to wrapping it up again next year!

May the Blessings of Christmas be with you today, and always. Our vision is to improve the lives of at-risk youth and families by offering innovative programs rooted in faith to inspire hope.

Hearts of Hope Newsletter_November

From the desk of Lisa Capps, Chief Advancement Officer, EmberHope Youthville A heart of hope is the hope a child feels for a stable family; the hope you feel to make a difference; the hope we all feel for change. Hearts of Hope is a monthly newsletter that celebrates the work you inspire. It’s filled with stories of people dedicated to the mission of sparking change to improve lives for children and families in need. God has called us to this work and you have answered His call. Thank you!

The idea behind Homecoming is pretty simple. Invite students and alumni home to celebrate their alma mater. The event is rich in school spirit, tradition and fanfare, especially the big dance with the crowning of the king and queen. Each year, our community and staff come together to ensure the girls in residential care look and feel like royalty.

This year, the girls attending Newton High School were able to choose from a selection of semi-formal dresses from Dillard’s East of Wichita. Individual donors provided an offering of evening shoes. Hair and makeup was donated by staffer Mercedes Kamaru, ensuring the girls felt beautiful, confident and accepted as part of the homecoming festivities at the Homecoming Dance on October 20.

Serving the needs of the girls in this way is a wonderful example of our Community of Hope. If you have a foster care family in your neighborhood that would benefit from the collective support of your church or community group, please consider how you can help. Thank you to Dillard’s East and each donor who made Homecoming special for the girls in Newton!

We are blessed with many everyday heroes at EmberHope Youthville. Too many to mention by name. But you surely know who you are. The individuals, churches and women’s groups whose devotion has called you to serve by giving every month for the past 20, 25 even 30 years or more. We are humbled by your dedication, and grateful that you are devoted to the work we do for these very vulnerable children and families. The gifts you have given have sustained our organization through the last 90 years, most recently by filling the gap between the actual cost to provide foster care and the reimbursement rate we receive.

Rodney Hannan, a most generous gentleman. Each year, Rodney and his wife Beverly celebrate his birthday at the First United Methodist Church in Haviland by honoring

EmberHope Youthville, asking the congregation and his many friends to celebrate with gifts and donations to help our kids. This year, friends and family donated more than $360, socks, hair products, lotion and other personal items. Long-time Foster Care Worker, Denita Young and two of her families, one from Spearville and one from Coldwater, joined the fun to meet and mingle with the

guests, and of course, enjoy the cupcakes and ice cream. Much to their surprise and delight, Rodney surprised the children with gifts of Legos. Happy 87th Birthday Rodney and God Bless You!

One beloved holiday program, Christmas Connections is underway! This long-standing

tradition ensures our children in care are not forgotten during the season of giving. This year,

we’ve expanded the program to include the entire foster family, realizing that fostering a child

impacts each member of the household. Christmas Eve offering envelopes and ornaments are being

distributed! If you would like to share the season and make the holidays special for a foster family,

please contact Mercedes Kamaru at 316-223-4022 or mkamaru@emberhope.org.

We are blessed to call you a friend of EmberHope Youthville.

Thank you for all you do!

Our vision is to improve the lives of at-risk youth and families by offering innovative programs rooted in faith to inspire hope.

Hearts of Hope Newsletter_October

From the desk of Lisa Capps, Chief Advancement Officer, EmberHope Youthville A heart of hope is the hope a child feels for a stable family; the hope you feel to make a difference; the hope we all feel for change. Hearts of Hope is a monthly newsletter that celebrates the work you inspire. It’s filled with stories of people dedicated to the mission of sparking change to improve lives for children and families in need. God has called us to this work and you have answered His call. Thank you!

The idea behind Homecoming is pretty simple. Invite students and alumni home to celebrate their alma mater. The event is rich in school spirit, tradition and fanfare, especially the big dance with the crowning of the king and queen. Each year, our community and staff come together to ensure the girls in residential care look and feel like royalty.

This year, the girls attending Newton High School were able to choose from a selection of semi-formal dresses from Dillard’s East of Wichita. Individual donors provided an offering of evening shoes. Hair and makeup was donated by staffer Mercedes Kamaru, ensuring the girls felt beautiful, confident and accepted as part of the homecoming festivities at the Homecoming Dance on October 20.

Serving the needs of the girls in this way is a wonderful example of our Community of Hope. If you have a foster care family in your neighborhood that would benefit from the collective support of your church or community group, please consider how you can help. Thank you to Dillard’s East and each donor who made Homecoming special for the girls in Newton!

We are blessed with many everyday heroes at EmberHope Youthville. Too many to mention by name. But you surely know who you are. The individuals, churches and women’s groups whose devotion has called you to serve by giving every month for the past 20, 25 even 30 years or

more. We are humbled by your dedication, and grateful that you are devoted to the work we do for these very vulnerable children and families. The gifts you have given have sustained our organization through the last 90 years, most recently by filling the gap between the actual cost to provide foster care and the reimbursement rate we receive.

Rodney Hannan, a most generous gentleman. Each year, Rodney and his wife Beverly celebrate his birthday at the First United Methodist Church in Haviland by honoring EmberHope Youthville, asking the congregation and his many friends to celebrate with gifts and

donations to help our kids. This year, friends and family donated more than $360, socks, hair products, lotion and other personal items. Long-time Foster Care Worker, Denita Young and two of her families, one from Spearville and one from Coldwater, joined the fun to meet and mingle with the guests, and of course, enjoy the cupcakes and ice cream. Much to their surprise and delight, Rodney surprised the children with gifts of Legos. Happy 87th Birthday Rodney and God Bless You!

One beloved holiday program, Christmas Connections is underway! This long-standing tradition ensures our children in care are not forgotten during the season of giving. This year, we’ve expanded the program to include the entire foster family, realizing that fostering a child impacts each member of the household. Christmas Eve offering envelopes and ornaments are being distributed! If you would like to share the season and make the holidays special for a foster family,

please contact Mercedes Kamaru at 316-223-4022 or mkamaru@emberhope.org.

We are blessed to call you a friend of EmberHope Youthville.

Thank you for all you do!

Our vision is to improve the lives of at-risk youth and families by offering innovative programs rooted in faith to inspire hope.

 

 

Hearts of Hope Newsletter_September

From the desk of Lisa Capps, Chief Advancement Officer, EmberHope Youthville A heart of hope is the hope a child feels for a stable family; the hope you feel to make a difference; the hope we all feel for change. Hearts of Hope is a monthly newsletter that celebrates the work you inspire. It’s filled with stories of people dedicated to the mission of sparking change to improve lives for children and families in need. God has called us to this work and you have answered His call. Thank you.

With the successful opening of Bogue Cottage in July, our Newton campus is heading into Fall with more than 40 girls onsite. While we prefer these young ladies remain in a family setting in their community of origin, we feel blessed to be able to provide a safe, secure environment offering stability and counseling services. As of September, four cottages are operating with the potential to open a fifth.

Our hearts are full as we prepare, in partnership with the Newton school district, to renovate and reopen the Martin K. Eby Learning Center in Fall 2019 as a trauma-informed school to serve 70-100 youth from USD 373 and our Newton campus. After initial cleanup of the vacant building, one middle school and one high school classroom serving a total of 25 students opened in August. This was a blessing for our girls who have been accustomed to attending school within theircottages. Leaving the cottage environment to attend school provides them with a sense of normalcy.

To meet their needs, a staffed medical clinic opened in the school and new HVAC units have been ordered. Thanks to the generosity of the Newton MAYB program, the girls have basketballs which allows for impromptu physical education classes. Thank you MAYB for the gift of the basketballs!

With an understanding of trauma as a foundation, the staff at EmberHope Youthville develop strategies to address challenging behaviors and help the children in our care develop healthy coping skills. If your group would like to learn more, contact me, Lisa Capps at 316-252-1346 or lcapps@emberhope.org to arrange for a presentation for your church or organization.

We are fortunate to have a network of church partners across the state engaged in our Community of Hope initiative. There are more than 6,500 Kansas kids in foster care. Yet, fewer and fewer homes willing to embrace these vulnerable children. Families simply don’t receive the same level of support for their commitment to care.

Community of Hope addresses this issue by asking the church to lead the call of service in supporting foster care families. Welcome a family into your church. Prepare meals, offer transportation, provide respite, donate clothing, help with repairs. Do you have a Community of

Hope story to share? Please call me. Lisa Capps 316-252-1346 or lcapps@emberhope.org. Thank you to everyone who answered the call by donating rugs, papasan chairs and bean bag chairs for the residential cottages! Your gifts help the cottages feel less institutional and more like a home, allowing the girls to put a personal touch on their rooms. For kids who are far away from families or may have been moved from home to home, having a place that feels

comfortable can be important. We appreciate you thinking of our girls and helping to take care of them. The need is real and always there! If you would like information about how you can help, call

Mercedes Kamaru at 316-223-4022 or mkamaru@emberhope.org.

We are grateful to call you a friend of EmberHope Youthville. Thank you for all you do! Our vision is to improve the lives of at-risk youth and families by offering innovative programs rooted in faith to inspire hope.