Recent Closing of IJH Leads Supporters to Facebook

The facility closed on January 18, 2014. The Board thanks the supporters of the IJH. Many supporters and past youth of the Iowa Juvenile Home have joined the Facebook page “Keep IJH Open.” Since this is a closed group, you will need to search for the page and then request to become a member.

According to the group creator, Todd Sprague, this is a great arena to read and share stories. You may also ask questions and have them answered.

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Today’s Meeting Rescheduled for Next Tuesday, the 14th

We are canceling today’s meeting because of the weather, and rescheduling for next Tuesday, the 14th, same agenda as today. Please feel free to contact us with questions or concerns. 

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Board Meeting Friday, January 10th, 2014

The Board will be holding a meeting at 11am on Friday, January 10th.

If you would like to contact the Board prior to the meeting please feel free to send us a message.

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Book Club Update

Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard” by Liz Murray is the next book for the Book Club.

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August 12th and 14th- Horse Therapy for the Youth from Quakerdale

Colleen W. shares her success story.

Staff and students have commented on how good horse therapy is. I don’t get any negative feedback about it. The staff that bring the horses are friendly and patient. The horses are wonderful, calm  and easy to ride.  A couple of specific notes:

One of my girls had never gone to horse therapy before. She said she really felt calmer than she ever does during this and liked that the people took so much time showing her how to ride and explaining things to her. It’s something she would like to do again and learn more about.

I had one girls come down to horse therapy to watch but had no intention of getting near a horse. She said horses scare her and she had never ridden one. As she watched the staff and other youth interact with the horses and their staff she moved closer. One staff worked with this girl hand in hand and helped her pet the horse and the young lady became more comfortable with the horse. Staff and her ended up getting the horse an apple and feeding it to the horse and by the end of the session this young lady was helped onto the horse and did ride it!

- Colleen W.


Quakerdale’s Values:

  • Servanthood – We are composed of ministry minded people and strive together to live a life serving others by demonstrating the Fruit of the Spirit.
  • Community – Our ministries are developed from the needs in our communities.
  • Stewardship – We are conscientious with all that is given to us and use our resources wisely.
  • Faith – We believe God provides direction through Prayer, Scriptures, and Godly counsel. We trust in God to supply the resources to carry out His instruction.
  • Respect – Everyone is made in the image of God and we value everyone from all walks of life and beliefs.
  • Ministry – We enlist and empower everyone to ministry including employees, volunteers, donors, and those we serve. We enable everyone to add to our mission by using their personal gifts, talents, interests, skills, and resources.
  • Quality – Our services and employees are proven successful and work in harmony with the values of the Iowa Yearly Meeting of Friends

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Alliant Foundation Grant Awards $1,250 to the Library

The Alliant Energy Charitable Foundation awarded the library $1,250. This is a substantial boost to the budget for the library.

Alliant Energy Charitable Foundation states on their website, “We commit time and resources to help make our communities better places to live and work. The Alliant Energy Foundation works to help improve the quality of life by giving back to the communities we serve in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.”

We thank Board Member Steve Burr for his dedication in writing the community grant application.

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