Beginning a new year and reflecting on the past!

Today I received a letter from a former employee of Quakerdale.   In the context of the letter he mentioned the value of Quakerdale to the kids that he served in his tenure.  I can attest that when people know you are from Quakerdale they come and they tell you how their life was impacted by it.  Maybe personally or a family member or friend who made important changes in their life.   They received the things they needed to “become.”
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Carla’s Story

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Until eight years ago Carla had a relatively normal life. She lived on a farm in Kellogg and raised eight horses, one wolf and several German Shepherds. Carla suffered a massive stroke and life changed dramatically. Normalcy suddenly was lost.

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According to Carla, “Everything became a problem”.

As a result of the incident she was forced to sell the farm and the animals. “I felt helpless,” she said. Since then, Carla learned to live by herself, but her limited mobility and inability to drive has forced her to rely on various agencies to assist with daily living. Iowa Home Care visits Carla three times a week to bathe her and Northstar transports her to doctor’s appointments, the grocery store, and around Marshalltown to run her errands. For many years Carla spent a majority of time in her house. Then she was introduced to Quakerdale by a staff member at Northstar.

They had heard of Quakerdale’s new programs and knew Equine Therapy would be a great opportunity for Carla. “When I first came to the Ranch I felt free.” She smiled as she told me that by her second visit she was riding the horse alone and it even jumped. “I wasn’t scared!” she exclaimed.  “I have self-confidence and am in control.  I’m in 7th heaven out here.”


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A Letter from Nikki

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I first stepped foot at the Promise Home in Marshalltown with my twin sister in 2007. I didn’t know what to expect. My mom’s rheumatoid arthritis had gotten so severe that she had to move to the nursing home, my dad was in prison, and my grandmother couldn’t take care of us due to financial constraints. At 16, I was frightened that my sister and I would be placed in the foster care system and separated. She was all I had left. When we were just about to give up, my mother discovered Quakerdale’s Promise Home.

Nikki

Although my sister and I had been very blessed to have a loving mother and grandmother, we had never experienced a stable family unit. Our house parents immediately welcomed us along with many other children. At first, I was angry and defiant due to the turmoil of my past life. I had experienced so much pain and abuse that didn’t know how to cope with my emotions. Yet regardless of my behavior, they listened and loved me.

As time continued I slowly learned how to express my emotions, explore who I was, and build a lasting relationship with Jesus. I gave my life to Christ at Quakerdale and started walking the path He laid out for me.

Quakerdale helped nurture what my mom and grandmother had been teaching me. The Promise Home validated God’s higher purpose for me. Thank you for being there for my sister and me. – Nikki


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Jordan’s Journey to Success

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I remember it like it was yesterday. It was the summer of 2002 and I was in my third foster home after living in two orphanages when I was notified that I would be adopted. I was 8. My first Christmas was awesome, full of gifts and love. In 2003 my attitude started to change.

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Love quickly turned into hate, anger, lies and defiance and I was doing everything I could do to ruin the family. After some years at home and substantial effort by my parents I was still a mess.

I was selfish and my parents could not trust me any longer. So they decided to send me to a military school. I enjoyed my time there and was successful and flourished. However, when I came back home my behavior quickly deteriorated. I turned back into the same person I was before I enrolled at the school. I was a person I didn’t want to be and I didn’t know how to stop myself.

My parents mentioned the Quakerdale Promise Academy to me. My mom and dad liked the idea of a boarding school structure based 0n Christian values and the long heritage of Quakerdale. I never imagined then that I would be who I am now.

The Promise Academy has opened up new interests and brought more people in my life who believe in me. They have helped me realize that I am not alone and to accept help… from others. Now, I am part of a team of students who are learning new things about life. I especially enjoy the entrepreneurial opportunities provided through the Sustainable Agriculture Program. I feel like I am becoming the person I always wanted to be. – Jordan     Today, Jordan is making life long changes and is planning to help others with his life.


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