Rest Easy

Share This:

One of the big issues that impacted our recent restructuring at Quakerdale had to do with a lack of employees willing to do the jobs we needed done. I was reading about a survey done with workers hired to do the types of helping jobs Quakerdale hires and the results were interesting.

Tom Woll, a consultant to non profits like Quakerdale, recently interviewed three hundred workers in our field what it would take to stay at their position for two years. (Just two years!)  Tom stated that the answers revolved around five issues associated with the work: Stress, discouragement, belonging, purpose and fulfillment.

These were Millennial workers exclusively and all of them had concerns about the work that were very practical. They felt like the work they were doing was beyond their skills and that their training didn’t prepare them for the task. This led them to feeling discouraged and stressed out. These feelings of discouragement followed them home and had a negative impact on their personal lives. Many stated that if they do not feel calm in their work they will leave.

I know we all like to feel encouraged, stress free. We like to feel that we are fully prepared for the task and that those around us show appreciation and give us the feelings of purpose and fulfilment.

Where do feelings of stress, discouragement or belonging, purpose and fulfilment come from?

The last time I checked lasting feelings of contentment and well being  don’t come from others. The process of growing and “becomming” demands stress, anxiety, challenge and general discomfort.  Then we move to the next level and become the person we can ultimately become.  Then we better know our purpose, where we belong and what fulfils us.  Have you ever went and listened to a survivor story?  Someone who overcame something really terrible?  These people know who they are and it is because of the difficulty they experienced.

We as parents, friends or co-workers can model how to overcome hardship and take on challenges because we all have them.  We can find contentment in the midst of the trials and challenges of life even if our challenges are not bad enough to put us on the 6 pm news!   When we are modeling how to handle these challenges we must allow our kids  to experience increasing levels of hardship or challenge when they are young.  Kids who face difficulty or challenges experience stress and discouragement. Kids can learn that belonging, purpose and fulfilment come from going through difficult things instead of quitting.

So where are you helping yourself or your children avoid something difficult? Are you actually helping your child grow if you allow them to avoid the problem or fixing it for them?

Today try to take a look at life through the lense of growth and remember good things always require extra effort and they don’t come easy! Then we are better prepared for the next hard thing that always comes!

James chapter one is the place I go when things are hard in my life and I realize I am in a growth opportunity. You see as the old hymn says: “My hope rests in nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.” You see when our happiness is dependent on others or even the circumstances of this world we are surely going to be disappointed. Teaching our children, co-workers or our friends how to find happiness isn’t quitting or avoiding. It has to do with where we put our trust and happiness and how we go about our lives.

on-christ-the-solid-rock-i-stand

I want to share a great song with you with an introduction in a concert. Not only are we expected to extend ourselves as in James chapter one, but then we can also rest easy knowing God will carry our burdens!

#makingadifferenceQ

MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY: Become a Social Media Partner

Share This:

Are you passionate about one or more of Quakerdale’s Ministries?

Do you use social media on a regular basis (specifically Facebook, Twitter, or Google+) to communicate with your family and friends?

Would you enjoy spending one hour a week using your social media account to spread the word about a Quakerdale Ministry?

Then we would like to invite you to …

SocialMediaPartner

Who Can Become a Partner …

  • I’m excited about Quakerdale!

    Anyone that is passionate about Quakerdale or one of its ministries

  • Has access to and uses Facebook, Twitter, and/or Google+
  • Sees social media as a great way to get important and entertaining information to the people they care about

 

What do they do …

  • Once a week they carve out at least one hour from their schedule to spread the word about Quakerdale or one of their ministries using their personal social media account by:
    • “You’ve got to see this. Now you know why I support Quakerdale!”

      Going to a Quakerdale ministry social media account,

    • Locating at least one post or tweet in the past 7 days they believe needs to be passed on to their friends and family, and
    • Then Like and Share/Retweet with a personal comment stating why you are choosing to pass on the information.
  • That’s all there is to it.

Will you help us tell your world about Quakerdale, its ministries, and the opportunities we have to serve and be served?

Then register right now to …

BECOME A SOCIAL MEDIA PARTNER

Press Release

Share This:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 21, 2016

Contact:

Daniel L. Smith
Director of Development
Quakerdale

(641) 497-5294

Development@Quakerdale.org

Quakerdale Ends Emergency Shelter, Child Welfare Emergency Services, and Supervised Apartment Living Contracts

(New Providence, Iowa) – On June 10, 2016 the board of Directors of Quakerdale conducted a three year strategic planning session.  The following information is a result of those strategic decisions made.

Quakerdale has a 165 year history of working with children and families in the state of Iowa and we plan to continue our work until the Lord returns.  In order to fulfill these goals we must make difficult decisions to ensure our longevity and more importantly to respond to our always changing culture.

Over the last 30 years the state of Iowa has been transparently reducing the number of children and state funding for out of home services.  Over the last 16 years Quakerdale has been growing our privately funded community ministries to fulfill our mission to “Encourage hope, faith and growth in communities and families.”   These ministry programs (which are privately funded) are designed to move us into the future independent of state funding.  Quakerdale ministries are impacting hundreds of children and families each year all across the state of Iowa without state funds!  Quakerdale is determined to respond to the needs of our communities for another 165 years!

Now for the hard news:

Quakerdale has decided to end our Emergency Shelter, Child Welfare Emergency Services, and Supervised Apartment Living contracts with the state due to the new contracting risks in 2017, high program costs, and other mounting challenges.

This means over 20 children and 30 employees will be impacted today.

This was a painful decision and we grieve for the children we will not serve and our dedicated employees who will no longer be serving with us.  Our employees

are a part of our Quakerdale family and closing these programs means each one and their families will suffer.  We regret this deeply and will do everything we can to help each one transition as soon as possible.  We hope each worker will continue to support children and families in Iowa.  These are top notch people with hearts of gold.

We hope that our open facilities in Manning and Waterloo will be used by another agency or company to fulfill their role in the community. Quakerdale is forming community grants that will fund causes for children and families in each community in thanks for the wonderful support each community has given us.  We desire to stay active in these communities into the future!

You may be wondering, “What will happen to the other things we do apart from Emergency Shelter, Child Welfare Emergency Services, and Supervised Apartment living programs?”

Many people do not realize that each of our privately funded ministries, by themselves, are as large as other non profits and impact literally hundreds of people each year!

Here are some examples: Community counseling across Iowa, Wolfe Ranch retreat and Equine services in Marshalltown, Promise Academy for Kids and Post-Graduate Basketball in New Providence, and Hope4Healing and Mobile Camp are state wide ministries.  We will continue each one of these ministries! As always, we will continually evaluate each one and other new opportunities based on community needs, their effectiveness, and the resources we have through donor support.

We want to restate:  We grieve for those children we will not serve and our dedicated employees who will be impacted because we are ending these three programs.  We implore our supporters to keep each of these in their prayers.

#MakingADifferenceQ

How can I get involved?

Join the conversation on Facebook - Vector (Thumb)
Become a Volunteer (Thumb) Volunteer
Subscribe to our newsletter Newsletter (Thumb)
Make a donation to Quakerdale Donate_Button (Thumb)
Join the Financial Partner Team JoinToday (Thumb)