Letter to the Editor

Thanks for not coming

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Dear Friends of Discovery House,

Once again we are inviting you contribute to our annual "No Show Charity Ball." Just imagine how much it would cost to attend a ball -- $115 for tuxedo rental, $250 for a gown, $100 for shoes, $20 for a corsage, $100 for banquet tickets for two, $20 for a babysitter, and $20 for gas. The total cost would be $625.

No one knows when any one of us will need help. Thankfully, people like you respond to that need. Thank you for your past generous giving. Discovery House in Spirit Lake has been in operation since 1993 serving homeless and adult men and women recovering from addictions. We provide a safe, supportive, Christian environment and residents receive counseling and the tools to begin to build a new foundation for a better life.

We are not funded by the budget of any particular denominational church, and financial support is critical if we are to keep up with the needs of hurting individuals. Contributions are tax-deductible and can be mailed to, or dropped off at the address below. Last year, we served 136 residents for a total of 2,718 nights. Our average census is 11 residents per month, with the average length of stay of 53 days before residents are back on their feet.

Will you help us with a one-time or a budgeted monthly financial gift? We thank you for your prayers and help.


Julie Scheib, Director

Discovery House, Inc.

1411 Hill Ave., P.O. Box 163

Spirit Lake, Iowa 51360

(712) 336-5340