This past year, my daughter learned how to make cherry preserves as a 4-H project; she was so proud entering them in the Iowa State Fair. I don’t know about you, but there is not much that can beat the taste of homemade preserves, made with love. Each ingredient is carefully picked, handled, and prepared for the future care of loved ones and family. Mason jars are used for so many things, helping to preserve not just food; but also memories and dreams. When I was young, and even today, I used a mason jar as a way to save money for memories and dreams one penny at a time. There is an old song that Bing Crosby made famous called “Pennies from Heaven'' that explains that raindrops are like pennies that reward us with the beauty of nature, and that the storms of life are the fee we pay to have blue skies, flowers, and all those natural beauties we take for granted. In the past year, Hope4Healing has helped to change outcomes through 4,037 requests from individuals and families all across Iowa. We were able to process each of those requests for on average $9.17 per request. We expect to see continued growth over the next year, and need your help with ... Preserving Families: Changing Outcomes Here’s what we are suggesting:
• We provide you, your church, community group, youth group, or club with a Hope4Healing “Pennies from Heaven” mason jar,
• You put your change or cash for one month in your jar, and then
• At the end of the month we collect the jars, count the results, and together celebrate God’s provision of “Pennies from Heaven”.
I will never forget the thrill when it came time to count out the change in my Mason jar, and discovered I had enough money to buy that baseball mitt, bike, or baseball cards. It gave me a sense of achievement, accomplishment, and even pride. Nowadays, the things I save for are larger (vacations, home improvements, gifts to others); but you can ask my children, I still have a jar on top of the refrigerator for my excess change. It never ceases to amaze me how much is in the jar when it becomes full; but I still get that same sense of accomplishment for having made a difference and preserving a tradition. If you would like to join us in Preserving Families: Changing Outcomes please contact us by phone at (855)584-HOPE (4673), or by email at Info@hope4healingquakerdale.net
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HOPE4HEALING: INVEST IN OUR MISSION “Connecting people with the resources they need to live life at its fullest!” Hope4Healing is a ministry that has always been aimed at being an extension of the local church in order to bring help, hope, and healing to those in need. It is designed to provide the church with its own resource base whereby the church in good times and bad can minister unto anyone, even when the church does not know which way to turn or where to find help. Hope4Healing will find the help! plantingpenniesThis means that Hope4Healing assists the church by developing effective relationships with other churches, agencies, businesses, organizations, and individuals who share the focus of providing opportunities for growth and help when a person is facing a difficult time in their life. We see new relationships forming and growing everyday, but helping individuals in your community doesn’t just happen. It takes work, strategy, willing/caring hearts, and financial investments to keep such an important outreach going. As you have learned about who we are, what we do, and the many excellent opportunities Hope4Healing has to serve, we also need help in providing for those Hope4Healing members that do all the work behind the scenes and the cost of operating such a wonderful tool. Most of you probably do not realize this, under normal circumstances, the cost of operating Hope4Healing is over $200,000.00 per year; however, with the help of volunteers our current budget is $65,000 per year. We work hard and utilize volunteers to keep our budget low because we want to serve others. However, we must raise this funding each year, your donations of any amount help Hope4Healing continue to serve families and individuals all over the state of Iowa, but more importantly those right in your community. Giving to Hope4Healing is a simple way for each of us to start the patterns of change needed to restore the individuals, families, and communities where we live. Hope4Healing is a 501c3 and all donations are tax-deductible. You can send donations to our PO Box 48 Gladbrook, IA 50635 or click the Invest Now link below to make a donation.
In the aftermath of the Marshalltown, IA tornado, and the Central Iowa Derecho, some friends of Hope4Healing set up specific donations to be utilized to help alleviate the burdens that families and individuals in need may face when a natural disaster has occurred. Families and individuals must first submit a request for assistance through Hope4Healing and if our resource network is unable to locate all the financial resources necessary to meet their need, and the need was caused by a natural disaster, the church partner may then apply to the Hope4Healing Board of Directors for financial assistance on behalf of the individual or families in need. Funding is limited, and an application may be required. Please contact Hope4Healing Staff directly for more specifics on utilizing this program.