We have moved!

To its final (hopefully) location – http://networknews.serveouryouth.org/  It has been integrated with our website!  There is a few tweaks to be made, but we are excited!  If you have subscribed to this blog using http://feeds.feedburner.com/ServeOurYouthNetworkNews, no need to change.  If you subscribed using the https://serveouryouth.wordpress.com/feed/ (you are subscribed that way if you are reading this in your feed reader), you’ll need to subscribe the other way.  Sorry for that!  Anyway, let us know what you think of our new digs!


Birthday Party Hosts Needed

I was just talking with my co-worker, Mary Tomlinson, and she said that we needed a church/church group to host a birthday party at the Polk County Youth Services shelter.  Here is a document that outlines what is needed for that.  If you are interested in putting together a group for this month or in the future (or have questions) you can let me know by calling 321-5077 or e-mailing me at shanev@serveouryouth.org.  You can also contact Mary directly at 321-7557 or maryt@serveouryouth.org.

Golf for Kids!

You are invited to Serve Our Youth Network’s 3rd Annual Golf Outing to be held on Wednesday, September 10, 2008.  We will have a 1:00pm shotgun start and it will be a four person best shot.

This event will be held, once again, at Toad Valley Golf Course, located at 237 NE 80th St., Pleasant Hill.  The course is a 1/2 mile south of S.E. Polk High School.

The cost per golfer to register is $75 and that includes 18 holes of golf, a golf cart, and dinner when you finish.  You can register online at http://serveouryouth.toadvalley.com or by phone at (641) 620-9037.

We are also looking for hole sponsors.  A hole sponsorship is $250 and for that you’ll receive a sign at the hole sponsored, mention in the golf outing program, and mentioned in our bi-monthly newsletter and blog.

If you have any questions about the golf outing please contact Heather Comfort.  She can be reached by e-mail at the_comforts@peoplepc.com or by phone at (515) 971-2039.

We hope to see you there!

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Spring Banquet… by the Numbers

At our 4th annual Spring Banquet on Thursday, May 8th we had 247 guests.  We received $22,180 in gifts that evening with an additional $6,140 pledged (monthly & quarterly pledges annualized).  That brings the grand total raised to $28,320.  This does not include underwriting… this is only gifts and pledge cards received that evening, and pledge cards mailed to us after.

We would like to take time to thank our underwriting sponsors who helped make this evening possible:

We would also give a special thanks to those who helped make the program end of our banquet a success!

  • Barry Griswell, former CEO of Principal Financial Group for speaking
  • Brooke Bouma of WHO-TV who emceed
  • Darin Wogen who shared about his mentoring experience.
  • Chad Quist, Heidi Quist, and Suzanne Lenters for their special music.
  • Pastor Jane Brown of Meredith Drive Reformed Church for providing the Invocation and Pastor Clare DeBoef of Perry First United Methodist Church for giving the Benediction.
  • Jeff Larson for giving our pledge challenge.

Special thanks is also needed for our table hosts without whom we wouldn’t have had any guests!

  • Greg & Becky Abbot of Indianola
  • Rick & Emily Burger of Urbandale
  • Grace Butler of Pella
  • Heather & Seth Comfort of Des Moines
  • Dennis DeGroote of Woodward
  • Beth Draheim of Des Moines
  • Ken Ferguson of West Des Moines
  • Harold Grandia of Johnston
  • Greg & Judy Gear of West Des Moines
  • Paul Gratton of Des Moines
  • Kathy Howey of Pella
  • Joe & Jody Karge of Woodward
  • Evelyn Libby of West Des Moines
  • Joyce & John Lutz of Des Moines
  • Steve & Mary Quiner of Johnston
  • Susan Sorgenfrey of West Des Moines
  • Jeremy & Jen Stumbo of Ames
  • Rich & Elaine Thomson of Altoona
  • Mary Tomlinson of Des Moines
  • Dan & Linda Vander Hart of Des Moines
  • Scott & Tami Vander Hart of Urbandale
  • Shane & Cheryl Vander Hart of Pleasant Hill
  • Bernie & Marcia Van Roekel of Urbandale
  • Ken & Gloria Van Zee of Pella
  • Lois Vermeer of Pella

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Banquet Speaker – Barry Griswell

The former CEO of Principal Financial Group, Barry Griswell, was our speaker for our 4th Annual Spring Banquet.  Below is a video of parts of his speech.

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Banquet Mentor Testimony

We appreciated having Darin Wogen share about his experience as a mentor at our banquet last week.  You can watch and listen to him share in the video below.  Introducing him is Brooke Bouma of WHO-TV 13 who was the emcee for the evening.

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Kinship Connection

Children & Families of Iowa is currently offering educational and resource groups for family members and extended family members who are raising children whose parents are struggling to provide a stable home.

At these groups, caregivers will be able to ask needed questions and receive helpful information from local professionals and providers in the community.

They following services are available at each session:

  • Transportation
  • Childcare
  • Educational Information
  • Incentives
  • Foster Care CEU

These sessions are being held at Mt. Olive Baptist Church (3100 2nd Ave, Des Moines).  The time for all sessions: 5:30p-7:00p.

  • 5/5/08 – Breaking Challenging Behaviors and Health Issues
  • 5/12/08 – Becoming an Educational Advocate
  • 5/19/08 – Transracial Parenting
  • 6/2/08 – Children’s Mental Health Issues
  • 6/9/08 – Reunification
  • 6/16/08 – Fatherhood Initiative

For additional information please contact Joyce Bruce, the Kinship Connection Coordinator, at (515) 255-8702.

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