The Larrabee Center: Summer Newsletter
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TLC staff sporting our 25th anniversary t-shirts at Trinkets and Togs. 

Focused on the Mission

As we celebrate our 25th year of service to the community, we reflect on how far we have come in our efforts to assist individuals with disabilities and the elderly to become or remain valued members of the community. Since day one, we have been focused on our mission and each year we celebrate the successes of our programs and achievements of our clients. Our residential program transitioned individuals from the care facility to the community back in 1998 and now serves 80 individuals with disabilities and the elderly annually in Bremer, Butler and Grundy Counties. Our vocational center started with just 6 clients in the first year and has grown to over 50 served per year.  Trinkets & Togs, with the loyal support of our community, has grown over the years and has expanded to two locations. Our free transportation route now serves 24 individuals annually with the support of the United Way and Elsie Crosby Mitchell Fund. Looking to the future of our agency, our mission will continue to be our focus as we strive to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities and the elderly in our community. And we thank you for being a part of our success!

Larrabee Success Story: Dan

Dan first heard about TLC from a friend who was receiving services. Living in a small rural community with few services, what Dan wanted most at that point in time was to be out in the community again. He wanted to see something other than his apartment and the town he hadn’t left for two years. Dan said of TLC, “Larrabee got me out of my apartment. They gave me a way to get to the doctor, get groceries or just look around at the countryside.” Dan’s favorite aspect of TLC’s services is the supportive staff members who are professional, caring and fun to be with.  He shared, “I always feel safe with Larrabee staff.” Since beginning to pursue his goals, Dan feels TLC has positively impacted his ability and confidence to get out in the community, meet new people and live his life more fully.

Staff Spotlight: Jessica Gulick
Vocational/Habilitation Program Manager

In June of 2001, Jessica was a student at UNI pursuing a degree in elementary education and started with TLC as a direct support staff. Through her experiences, she found a passion for working with individuals with disabilities and stayed with the agency after graduation. In 13 years, Jessica has grown with the agency to her current role as Program Manager. She has spent much of the last 7 years focused on developing and implementing programming for Larrabee Vocational Center. From implementing an education component to expanding services through work crews in the community, Jessica has been a part of enhancing services and giving clients the opportunities and skills training necessary to move into community employment. Jessica shared,  “Seeing the excitement on the faces of clients as they learn something new and their increased confidence in th
eir abilities is the most rewarding to me.” Most recently, Jessica’s duties have branched out to include managing our social media including Facebook and Twitter as well as involvement with fundraising and development. As Jessica looks to the future, she is proud to be part of an agency that never forgets why we do what we do. Jessica stated, “The Larrabee Center is continually focused on how we can meet the needs of individuals with disabilities and the elderly. It’s not about our success as an agency, but the successes of the clients we serve.” We greatly appreciate Jessica’s dedication to our clients and our mission. 

New Hire: Kirsten Youngberg

We've recently hired Kirsten Youngberg to serve as our new Development and Community Relations Coordinator. Kirsten graduated from Wartburg College in 2013, is an active community member, and can often be seen running on the streets and rural roads of the Waverly area.  Kirsten's degree in Communication Arts/Public Relations will be a great asset to The Larrabee Center. She will primarily be working on our annual fundraising plan as well as supporting other staff as projects arise. Please join us in welcoming Kirsten to the organization!

Up Coming Events:

In Grundy Center
July 12th Felix Grundy Days

In Waverly
July 19 Heritage Day Parade
Community Partners

We are very excited about the opportunities we have this year to improve our vocational program. We recently received funding from United Way for Integrated Employment Internships, which will fund wages for individuals with disabilities as they gain valuable work experience at local business such as Pizza Ranch. We have begun a grass trimming work crew with the City of Waverly where clients work 3 days per week at Harlington Cemetery. And just this month we were awarded  a grant from the Bremer County Community Foundation for the acquisition of current retail technology to be integrated into our vocational training. With the support of community partners, we are able to further enhance the training we provide to individuals and assist in the successful transition to community employment.
Thank you to our community clothing drive hosts:
  CUNA Mutual Group and Waverly Senior Center
We recently held our annual Customer Appreciation Day, where we recognized you– our loyal supporters! Through your donations and purchases in the store, you help us make a difference in the lives of individuals right here in the communities where you live! 
Bracket Raffle

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Bracket Raffle! We raised over $4,400 dollars to benefit Senior Services! We would again like to recognize our sponsors: Jeffrey Wilharm, MD, Kwik Star, The Accel Group, Municipal Pipe Tool Co., SKW,  First National Bank of Waverly,  Tenenbaum’s Jewelry, Wal-Mart,  Applebee’s, Crawdaddy Outdoors, Jimmy John’s, The Fainting Goat, The East Bremer Diner, Bella Nails & Boutique, JoMarco Boutique and Salon, Love & Lace, and Domino’s Pizza.
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