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This could be more important than teaching your kids to drive!

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This could be more important than teaching your kids to drive!

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The last six months or so, Quakerdale developed a research team to help families learn about internet safety and cyber safety. As a matter of fact, universities and colleges are now beginning new cyber security programs to chase hackers and digital bandits.  We have been learning about the trends and facts about internet safety and e safety!   We talked to professionals and sifted through the information to find what is real and what is not.

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Findlaw.com Survey of Parents

I want to give you a taste of what we have found.
One thing that many parents don’t realize are the dangers of the internet for their kids…. AND they don’t know the dangers that exist for them as parents either!

Sure, there are viruses out there that clog up the operations of your computer and ways people even steal your identity, but there is a lot worse than that!

It seems that many of us have become numb or we just don’t know what dangers exist out there on the internet.   We don’t know what it takes to stay safe online.  Many of us live in a world of complacency.

girl-is-a-victim-of-abductionHere are just a few of the internet dangers we found happening:

  • Children who develop lifelong fears and sexual addictions because they were exposed to violence and perverse sexual material
  • Parents in legal and financial trouble due to choices made by their children on the internet and social media
  • Teens abducted after finding an internet friend (predator in disguise)
  • Children who learn illegal skills like bomb making or computer hacking
  • Children hurting themselves or hurt by others by cyber bullying
  • Just playing games on the Xbox or watching Netflix can be hazardous according  to a Forbes tech article.

Parents and children who are on the internet need to be alert to these dangers and make sure they institute the right safeguards.  There are two types of safeguards:

1)       Software programs that you must install on your computer, phone or tablet. (This is called cyber security.)

2)      Parental and child readiness and awareness.  (This is the real key to cyber security).

You see it isn’t enough to just download a software protection program and consider everything safe.  The easy part is to find a cyber security program to keep viruses and malware away.  Everyone does it already.  Real internet safety requires user awareness where parents and children understand the dangers and have the ability to move through and around these dangers.   It starts at a young age with gradually increasing levels of exposure and freedom.  It requires an intentional plan orchestrated by the parents.

We found nothing substitutes for training and education.  Nobody can do it for you and no one magically becomes ready for the dangers of the internet.  Just like buying a person a car does not prepare them for driving on the roads.

Each of us must prepare for and be ready for the dangers and we need our kids ready too! The responsibilities of learning these things and protecting our families cannot be delegated to a program, school teachers, classmates or anyone else.  In this article we find that even baby monitors can bring people into your home without your permission.  It is a little hard to believe that a stranger could be talking to your baby and taking pictures of them in their crib, but technology and internet safety needs are real and growing.

After reading that article about the baby monitor, you might want to completely disconnect from the internet, but that really isn’t the answer  either.  The internet is how our world works and trying to isolate from it has its own dangers too.  Kids need to learn about it properly because their livelihood will likely utilize the internet.  There are  great things the internet brings!  We now live in an internet culture!

To protect your children, you must learn for your children’s safety, and your own.  Internet safety is not restricted to your computer.  Our phones and tablets are computers too, and don’t forget anything that is hooked up to the internet is an internet security threat – just like the baby monitor, video games or even your wifi thermostat for your heater.  It is your job to protect yourself, and your family.

We use a term called developmental readiness for preparing children for the internet culture.  Your child has to be developmentally ready.  Developmental readiness is individual to the child. Your child might be developmentally ready at 8 years of age to have a half hour of unsupervised internet time, where my child may still not be ready at the age of 13!

Parents have to be aware of the internet dangers and then be able to figure out when their child is ready for more freedom and responsibility on the internet or social media.  You must make sure your child is safe and ready to be on the internet or social media or they can get caught in illegal behavior, Internet dangers, cyber bullying and other internet dangers.

We have more to share on this, but we are curious to hear from you.

What are you doing to protect your home and children from cyber risks?  What can you share with our community about cyber bullying or other internet dangers?  What questions do you have on this topic? How have you learned about internet safety?  Please share.

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2015 Winter Classic Pro-Am Raises $13,480

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Quakerdale Winter Classic ProAM Raises $13,480

(New Providence, Iowa) – The 2015 Quakerdale Winter Classic Pro-AM Golf Tournament was successful in raising $13,480 for Quakerdale and its ministries.  The online, cyber,year-end fundraiser was held Monday, December 7 through Saturday, December 12. The event was hosted by Carroll Country Club in Carroll, Iowa.

161 people participated in the event: 142 from Iowa, 18 from other states within the US, and one international. The event was designed to expand awareness of Quakerdale and its 11 ministries. The event hashtag, #QWC2015, reached more than 71,000 Twitter accounts and  left 392,000 impressions. Web traffic increased by a factor of 23 times and page views by 34 times.

Former Quakerdale resident, Nicole Carpentier spoke at the closing award desert on December 17th. For full details …

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The Course is Ready for Winter Classic

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Carroll Country Club Ready for Play

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Hole #1 – Carroll Country Club

(Carroll, IA) – Carroll Country Club Head Professional, Nick Schon, announced today that “the course is ready for play in this year’s Quakerdale Winter Classic ProAM” said Schon. “Join me for an online tour of the course”. The Classic is a year-end fundraiser for Quakerdale and replaces the golf outing normally held in June.

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What are those?

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Well, they are tops of the septic tanks that we have installed at each of our cottages at the New Providence campus.  What do these do?  This is the way to get to the tank that holds all of the waste.  It is a messy job these tanks have to do.  What is on the surface is very small, but what is underneath is large and messy.

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This is similar to the people we serve here at Quakerdale.  We get the opportunity to serve and care for many people who have a lot of things that have gone wrong in their lives.  It is a messy business caring for people.  What we, who work at Quakerdale have done, is made the choice to jump into the tank of people’s lives.  This work is one of the noblest callings I have seen.  God calls us all to different things in life. We should always listen to what He wants as we seek to follow Him.  The desire to jump into the tank of another’s mess is one worthy of honor.  Have you ever thought that you want more out of life?  Have you ever thought that your job doesn’t have eternal impact and you want it to? Look around your area and find a place that is worthy of your time that wants to help people.

On a side note, I don’t believe just the clients at Quakerdale facilities have messy tanks.  I think we know that we all have a mess under the surface of our tank.  If we truly want to grow allow someone into your tank who you believe is trustworthy and will help you follow God while He starts the work of cleaning it up.
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Infrastructure Upgrade (Part-2)

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Quakerdale has purchased all of the materials to install the septic system.  It takes a lot of people, materials, and finances to accomplish this project.  We have found a great construction team named All Seasons Underground to serve alongside us.  They will be putting all of this in the ground in the next couple of weeks.  All of this works to aid another purpose.  When we began working on this project, we knew we needed a new septic system.  We started discussing types of systems options and the DNR regulations and permits.  Throughout this process, the design of the system changed more than 3 times.  We expected delays, questions, concerns, and more delays.  Through all the changes, we were praying that God would give us the best system, one that would last the longest and would allow us to help the most number of people on this campus.  You might say that this isn’t a thing to pray about, you might say that this doesn’t have anything to do with helping young people find healing and ultimately Jesus.  If we can’t have the basic needs met, then we can’t serve the greater needs which have eternal ramifications.  In the last few years, we have pressed on with this project for the goal of providing a safe and healthy place for many people to come to serve and find Jesus’ love.

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Materials about to go in the ground!

Do you ever think that the mundane or boring is unnecessary?  This project has humbled me because of how it changes the way you think.  We live our lives without thought to most of the basic needs we have because you expect they are a given.

Would you buy a house that didn’t have water, a toilet, or a roof?  No, that would be foolish.  But without the house, that means you won’t have a neighborhood birthday party for your child, a small group meeting with church members, or family over to your house.  We can’t do eternal things until we first make sure we have a place for those eternal things to occur.

This project has cost over $230,000.  Does that seem like a lot to you?  It does to me.  I also see it as crucial to the next 100 years of ministry that will happen at Quakerdale.  We would love to see how you are meeting basic needs to provide the opportunity for God’s greater purposes.  Comment below on what you do to prepare for the ministry to come.  If you are interested in giving  to fund this new septic system, please click

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Quakerdale Upgrades Infrastructure

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Quakerdale is going under numerous changes at the moment; maybe you have heard of some of the changes in the past few years.  We have seen some things that need to be changed and some programs that just don’t apply any more.  Change can be a very hard and scary thing for people to accept.  Change is necessary for all things.  If we did not change, we would never grow.  Old things must pass away for new things to come.

One example of change here at the NP campus is the IMG_1771installation of a new septic system. This has involved many stages of change.  That which has worked perfectly for 50 years, needs to be updated and possibly changed out so that everything works the way it should.  In the same way, Quakerdale has needed to find new and updated ways to serve families and communities.  As we begin to dig the new trenches and tank holes, I am reminded that digging up the ground is hard work.  It takes a lot of planning and preparation to change out a system that has been in place for 50 years.  We see many new opportunities to serve in our communities and would love for you to grab a shovel to help us dig in for the long haul.  The new septic system should last at least another 50 years and with your help our service to the communities in Iowa and beyond should last at least another 50 years.    Will you join in?

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Quakerdale Announces Winter Golf Classic

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November 9, 2015

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Quakerdale to Host Winter Golf Classic

(New Providence, IA) – Quakerdale announced today that they will be hosting a golf tournament December 7th through 12th in Carroll, Iowa. The event is titled “Quakerdale Winter Classic ProAM” and will be hosted by the Carroll Country Club. “The Classic” is a year-end fundraiser and replaces their golf outing normally held in June. “To the best of our knowledge, this is the first golf event to be played completely online using social media.” said Smith.

For more details, check out their website at “QuakerdaleWinterClassic.org

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Quakerdale on Education

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By Rachel Faircloth

Wolfe_Ranch_educationEducation can be found in many shapes and forms.  From Family Services to Equine Assisted therapy, education is incorporated into all of Quakerdale’s services.  Quakerdale has three key components: Prevention, Education, and Support.  All three help improve the whole person and are dependent on each other.  Executive director, Rob Talbot explains how prevention ties into education, “If you are going to prevent yourself from having problems, if you want to prevent others from having problems, they need to have the skills and the knowledge to put that into life experience.  If you don’t know any differently, you can’t do any differently.”  Support is tied together with education and is incorporated by opportunity.  “We try to provide opportunities for people to grow,” said Rob Talbot.  Prevention, Education, and Support all work together to help provide people with opportunities to grow and learn while gaining life experience.

MCCamp_educationMobile Camp is a free camp for children that mix Bible lessons with high energy activities.  Mobile Camp director, Jason Kinney, says the main goal of Mobile camp is that all campers realize it is okay to be themselves.  “They are loved unconditionally.  They are loved for the way they are, I think that’s the biggest thing we try to promote.”  Mobile Camp incorporates education through action.  “A lot of what we teach is shown through our lives and shown through the way we interact with our kids,” explained Kinney.  The value of a Christian education and the lessons learned at Mobile Camp are both priceless.

Quakerdale offers a wide range of family services that all include educational aspects.  Beth Andrew describes how she uses education when working with clients.  “We help try and educate them on their own strengths, their own resources as well as what got them into that crisis so that we can potentially help them learn other ways to avoid that crisis in the future.”  Family services focuses on seeing how everyone contributes to something and educates people on how their actions affect others.

Child Welfare Emergency Services covers 14 Iowa counties and its goal is to teach, role model, and educate parents and children.  Peg DeArmond explains how this program is centered around education.  “Shelter facilities for the time that we have the kids, are trying to role model and teach kids to make better choices, to think before they act, to understand the bigger consequences of their behaviors, communications skills, anger management skills, aggression replacement skills…it’s all about teaching people, educating people.”  Child Welfare Emergency Services teaches new skills to parents and children so they can handle situations in a healthy manner.

One of Quakerdale’s newer programs is Hope4Healing.  Hope4Healing is “a partnership of individuals, churches, organizations, agencies, across the state of Iowa that have a desire to help people in their local communities.  It is a resource assistance network,” according to Hope4Healing administrator, Ryan Keller.  Education is the main aspect to Hope4Healing.  It educates the person on different organizations to take advantage of and it introduces them to a church.  It educates the church on the needs of their community and it educates organizations to help them strengthen their services.  “The main goal is to connect people to a community,” said Keller.

Promise_Academy_BoysEducation is everything to the Eagle Basketball program.  “Education is more important than basketball,” according to head coach Dwayne Melton.  Education is something no one can take from you and is something you earn which makes it that much more beneficial.  Education is everything to the Promise Academy as well.  The Promise Academy is made up of “learning communities that connect learning with life application or experiences,” explained Larry Ketcham.  “What that means to our students is, in reality, an opportunity, lots of opportunities to make changes, to grow, to try on things, behaviors they have not been able to try on before in a safe environment.”   The Promise Academy focuses on educating the whole student: mind, body, and spirit.

Education can be seen throughout every program and service that Quakerdale offers.  It can be through Bible stories at Mobile Camp, through an educational environment such as the Promise Academy, or by working with the horses at Wolfe Ranch.  No matter the program, big or small, education is involved and impacting the lives of all those involved.

 

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2015 Lennox/Quakerdale Pro-Am Raises $95,000

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July 31, 2015

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Lennox/Quakerdale Pro-Am Golf Tournament Raises $95,000

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(New Providence, Iowa) – The 2015 Lennox/Quakerdale Pro-Am Golf Tournament was successful in raising $95,000 for Quakerdale and its ministries.  The Pro-Am was held Thursday, June 18 at the Elmwood Country Club in Marshalltown, Iowa.  This year’s tournament celebrity professional was Senior PGA golfer Tom Pernice, Jr.  Other local celebrities included:

  • Andy Garman, Sports Director of KCCI-TV
  • Dr. Tom Davis, former University of Iowa and Drake University retired head basketball coach
  • Bobby Hansen, University of Iowa Radio Network Analyst
  • Gary Thompson, Iowa State University star athlete in both basketball and baseball, and 34-year career NBC and CBS color commentator for college basketball, retiring in 2006

Dave_Lennox_and_girlLennox corporate executives included:

  • Todd Bluedorn, CEO of Lennox International
  • Doug Young, Executive Vice President, President/COO of Lennox Residential
  • Gary Bedard, Vice President and General Manager, Lennox Residential
  • Terry Johnston, Executive Vice President, President/COO, Lennox Commercial
  • Mike Hart, Vice President, Residential Sales
  • John Whinery, Vice President, Product Management
  • William (Bill) Carlson, Director, National Accounts
  • Angela Chapoy, Director of Regional Sales
  • Amanda Widell, Director, Technical Support, Residential
  • John Ernat, Director North American Distribution
  • And of course … Mr. Bob Tibbitts – better known as Dave Lennox

The golf tournament was attended by more than 20 Lennox dealers and suppliers as well.

The event kicked off with Tom Pernice, Jr. holding a clinic focusing on a player’s short game.  27 teams participated is this year’s event. Each team was made up of one Iowa Club Professional and four amateurs. The winning team, lead by Elmwood Country Club professional, Mark Rohde, shot a 57.  Amateur golfers included Mike Fosdick, Lucas Johnson, Kendel Richlen, and Donna Lawler.

team_golf_photoThis year’s winning professionals were:

  • 12th place, with a score of 70: Greg Dingel from Veenker Memorial Golf Course, Chris Black from Hickory Grove Golf Course, and Bob Moreland from Ottumwa Country Club
  • 11th place, with a score of 69: Chad Proehl from Sugar Creek Municipal Golf Course
  • 7th place, with a score of 68: Ryan McLintock from Davenport Country Club, Mark Atchison from Coldwater Golf Links, Mark Rohde from Elmwood Country Club, and Jeff Smith from Harvest Point Golf Course & Edmundson Golf Course
  • 4th place, with a score of 67: Chuck Moran from American Legion Golf Course, Curt Schnell from Brooks National Golf Club, and Tracy Vest from Des Moines Golf and Country Club
  • 1st place, with a score of 66: Darin Fisher from the Preserve on Rathbun Lake, Sean McCarty from Brown Deer Golf Club, and Brady Schnell from Web.com Tour

 

A banquet was held after the tournament to end the day.  During the banquet, guests were able to hear a Quakerdale success story.  Teisha Hazelwood is a former resident of Van Orman Cottage, run by Quakerdale in the 1980’s, and she shared her struggles and how Quakerdale was able to help her.  She also spoke about how her time at Quakerdale is now influencing her children’s lives.

Lennox has hosted this event for 28 years, and over that time, has raised more than $1,673,000 for Quakerdale.  Next year’s tournament will be held at Elmwood Country Club in Marshalltown, Iowa on Thursday, June 16, 2016.

To see video footage of these tournament happenings:

  • Tom Pernice, Jr. Clinic
  • Teisha Hazelwood’s Talk
  • Check Presentation with Rob Talbot’s Comments
  • Tom Pernice, Jr. Banquet Comments

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AN ERA ENDS: Quakerdale Closes Residential Treatment

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AN ERA ENDS: Quakerdale Closes Residential Treatment

(New Providence, Iowa) With the decline in referrals from more than 100 youth in years past to just 10 in 2015 to-date, Quakerdale announced today that they will be closing their Residential Treatment programs state wide. This marks an end to an era but does not diminish their commitment to encourage hope, faith, and growth in the families and communities of Iowa. Quakerdale has embarked on a journey that gives them new ways to continue providing opportunities of prevention, education, and support. Click on the video below to see how.

 

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