Letter to the Editor

Fundraisers and thanks

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

It is a heart warming experience to move back home.

Thank you to the board of directors and residents at Discovery House for the warm welcome back dinner and to each person who calls or I see who smiles and greets me, shakes my hand or offers a hug. It means more than words can express.

Psalms 119:6 has held special meaning since hearing Amy Grant sing it back in the 1980s, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." (KJV) Starting the day by spending time in the word, praying and meditating is the way for me to get on track. It takes discipline, but helps to put the Bible in plain sight and make it part of a daily routine and the rewards are life-changing.

Now that Porch Party season is over, we will be gearing up for our major fundraiser of the year, the "No Show Charity Ball." Before that, though, there is much work to be done. Fall around Discovery House means getting the yard cleaned up outside, and tidying up, cleaning and painting inside. We always need volunteers to help us with our efforts, so please call if you are inspired to lend a hand at 712-336-5340.

Our house manager, Earl Bice, has resigned his position after eight years and will be moving on in early October. We want to wish him the best and pray that things go well for him in the future.

Our current census is seven males. After working on annual reports for 2014 and 2015, it comes as no surprise that our monthly average census has remained consistently at eight residents per month, just as it has over the past 23 years.

When you drive by Hill Avenue and 15th Street, check our our brand new Discovery House sign. The old, wooden sign was rotting and had to be replaced with one that should be good for the next 23 years, God willing.

Blessings,

Julie Scheib, Director