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Easter Chicks at New Life this Saturday

March 7, 2013

NL easterEaster will arrive ahead of schedule at the New Life Children’s Center in Canyon Lake. The ladies from  ACTS Church Lakeway are bringing Easter to the girls this Saturday, March 9th.  The Canyon Lake Chapter Chicktime volunteers will share the true story of Easter with the girls through music and crafts … and jelly beans!

The mother/daughter service group “Chicktime” is very active and involved at New Life, and every month they host creative activities at the Center. Chicktime encourages the New Life girls through fun projects that bring a bright spot to their lives, and leave them with some new skills and the knowledge that someone truly cares about them.

Chicktime always welcomes new volunteers and is a great way to get involved and make new friends while enriching the lives of the troubled young women at New Life. To learn more, call or email New Life Director of Volunteers Lisa Brown:  lisa.brown@lsss.org; 830-964-4390.

The Measure of a Year: What LSS Accomplished in 2012

February 27, 2013

2012 blockThis past year, as with every year of the last 13 decades, LSS served the most vulnerable members of society. Of those we served, 96 percent are low income or impoverished. Through providing innovative, quality Christian care, and adapting to the needs of our clients, we strive to strengthen lives, families, and communities.

To help convey the scope of our services, and who they touch, we compile a list of what our agency has achieved in the past year and post it on our website. The numbers tell quite a story!  What they don’t tell is the sheer volume of hard work and loyal support of our volunteers, donors, and a statewide staff of more than 800 individuals who make all of it possible.

In addition to adoption and foster care, our vital programs and services also include residential children’s centers, charter schools, disaster response, emergency assistance, senior retirement communities, and spiritual care.

Following is our 2012 accomplishment list. We’re grateful that we have been given the opportunity to serve so many in need—over 25,000 to be exact.

Children’s Services

  • 1,913 children were provided foster care in 15 communities across Texas—Amarillo, Austin, Conroe/The Woodlands, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Harlingen, Laredo, Lubbock, McAllen, Mesquite, Robstown, San Antonio, Tyler, and Victoria, Texas.
  • 445 formerly abused children, ages 6-17, were served at two residential treatment centers: Krause Children’s Center in Katy, and New Life Children’s Center in Canyon Lake, Texas.
  • 557 child refugees were served at Bokenkamp Emergency Shelter, Corpus Christi, Texas.
  • 228 child refugees were provided transitional foster care in El Paso, Texas.
  • 107 Texas children were adopted through LSS domestic adoption program.
  • 69 children from countries such as China, Korea, Ethiopia, Colombia, India, Russia, Uganda, Ukraine, The Philippines, Kazakhstan, Thailand, and Taiwan were adopted through the LSS international adoption program in partnership with other international adoption agencies.
  • 4,545 volunteers served at New Life, Krause, Bokenkamp, and fundraising events.
  • 145 New Orleans foster youth were served by BeREAL, a mentoring program for teens “aging out” of the Louisiana foster care system.
  • 1,084 students were served at Trinity Charter Schools.

Senior Services

  • More than 989 older adult residents of LSS senior living options, ranging from independent living to skilled nursing and memory care, in Houston, Brenham, Victoria, Round Rock, and Lubbock, Texas.
  • 19 individual patients (1,904 hrs) were served through Care-Connect care management at The Village in Spring, Texas.

Services for Families in Crisis

  • 10,294 individuals were provided emergency assistance with rent, utilities, prescriptions, and other basic needs at Neighborhood House in Lubbock, Texas. More than 127,000 lbs. of food and hygiene products were distributed.
  • 1,668 individual patients were served during 8,121 patient visits through Health For Friends Clinic in Lubbock, Texas.

Disaster Response

  • Approx. 150 families were helped with emergency disaster assistance in TX and LA (wildfires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes).
  • Rebuild/unmet needs funding went to more than 30 families in Bastrop and Spicewood.
  • Aid was given to more than 300 farm families suffering drought/wildfires through Haylift to Texas efforts.
  • Repair/rebuild work was done on 60+ homes in Bastrop.
  • Coordinated approx. 1,900 volunteers for nearly 53,000 volunteer hours.
  • Total clients served by LSSDR = 540 families; 1,458 individuals

Rodeo Day at New Life

February 4, 2013

NL Chicktime RodeoCowgirl up! Saturday, February 9th is going to be a morning of cowgirl fun (8:15am to noon) at New Life Children’s Center  in Canyon Lake, when Chicktime  volunteers will be in the saddle leading the New Life girls through a barnful of activities.

Plans for the girls include learning trick roping, making cowgirl crafts, taking vintage cowgirl photos, and helping to cook up some Texas burgers and hot dogs for lunch.

Many of the New Life girls have already discovered their inner cowgirls, while helping out with the animals in the Serenity Barn and showing the mini horses at horse shows and fairs. Caring for the animals teaches the girls responsibility and brings out their tender sides –a kind of ranch hand therapy.

Chicktime is a volunteer organization that brings together groups of women using their unique gifts in the service of others. Chicktime-New Life encourages the girls at the Center through structured interaction and fun monthly projects like Rodeo Day, to bring a bright spot into their lives.

Chicktime always welcomes new volunteers! If you’re in Central Texas and want to make a difference in the lives of the troubled young women (ages 11-17) at New Life, Chicktime is a wonderful way to get involved and make new friends. To learn more, call or email New Life Director of Volunteers Lisa Brown:  lisa.brown@lsss.org; 830-964-4390.

As Dale Evans, actress and wife of movie cowboy Roy Rogers famously said, “It’s the way you ride the trail that counts.”

We’re Rolling Out the Barrels for New Life!

January 11, 2013

MAD blog graphicBarrels of fun are coming to Austin, by way of Austria, on February 16th. The 14th Annual “Make A Difference” Gala, benefitting New Life Children’s Center, will be held this year at historic Scholz Garten in downtown Austin. But this will be Scholz like you’ve never seen it before! We’ve reserved the entire venue – the garten and Saengerrunde Hall – and we’re tenting it, heating it, dressing it up, and making it sparkle.

This night of festive fun will include entertainment by the Walburg Boys, the popular oompah band known for their foot-stomping performances at the Walburg Restaurant, north of Georgetown. Ronny Tippelt, on accordion and lead vocals, is a Bavarian yodeling champion, and the band is known for its versatility, playing a fun mix of polkas and Texas favorites.

Don’t know how to polka? Here’s your chance to learn … Dance teachers Travis and Kylie Herman will show you how to stomp and spin with the best of them. [A bit of polka trivia: The word Polka, from the bohemian word pulka, which means half, refers to the little half step that is characteristic of this dance.] It’s a vivacious dance and style of music that just makes people happy!

Additionally, Scholz’s will come alive with the sounds of music from the Saengerrunde Women’s Choral Group. It will be a “Stein & Dine” evening, with scrumptious traditional German and Texas food and libations.

Most importantly, this night is the main fundraiser for New Life Children’s Center in Canyon Lake. Proceeds raised from the event, which includes silent and live auctions (and wait ‘til you see the great items we have this year), go directly to help the severely troubled young girls who live at New Life as they heal from their painful pasts.

Please join us at Scholz’s February 16. Click here to make your reservation today.

Auf Wiedersehen!

Extreme Makeover: New Life Edition

December 5, 2012

New Life EMworkersThe recent remodel and transformation of the Life Skills Cottage at New Life Children’s Center in Canyon Lake shares many similarities with a certain reality TV show: a rapid construction and finish out, a race-against-time team effort, the donation of all labor and materials, and the renovation as a working metaphor – rebuilding a space for a family or group in need of new hope. Standing in for Ty Pennington were team leaders Jody Maas, Deb Otto, and Carolyn Boden from ACTS Church Lakeway.

The weekend before the big makeover, a volunteer group from ACTS Church Lakeway prepped the space and cleared and moved out the old furniture and clutter. Another crew from ACTS Church, Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Austin, and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church helped with the cleaning, painting, and moving in. All totaled, 11 people worked between 8-22 hours each over a two-day period. To quote one of the volunteers: “It was a lot of work – but so worth it!” Another volunteer summed it up this way: “It was an amazing ‘transformation’ of a space … in a place where amazing ‘transformations’ of young girls’ lives happen every day.”

Now “Move that bus!” and take a look at the finished product …

New Life EM final

It’s Career Time at New Life!

November 6, 2012

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Saturday, November 10th, 8:15 am to 12noon, a Chicktime team will be filling the morning with important information for the 80 girls at New Life Children’s Center in Canyon Lake.

The girls will learn the basics of:

· budgeting,

· finding a career

· filling out a job application and rental application

· creating a resume

· the interview process

The New Life girls, ages 11-17, all with histories of abuse and neglect, rarely have support to learn these important skills when they leave the New Life campus. Chicktime hosts a variety of enrichment activities like this one, to help them overcome their emotional burdens and learn skills for leading a healthy and productive lifestyle.

To learn more about joining in and helping out with Career Time, please contact Pam Vandermey-Collins at pvandermey@yahoo.com for more details.

My Life So Far – Poem by a New Life Girl

October 19, 2012

NL poem The following poem was written by a young lady who has lived at New Life Children’s Center in Canyon Lake for the past nine months. A judge sent her to New Life after she was arrested and jailed for assault and battery. Like so many New Life residents, she arrived with a chip on her shoulder and a past full of pain. Anna (not her real name) has come a long way. She loves to write and read poetry, and the following poem tells her story, and how God and New Life have changed it.

I remember my past like it was yesterday

I remember my mom, always working, every day

Growing up was hard, gotta cook, gotta clean

I felt like I was the mother taking care of my siblings and me

So I started to drink and smoke to ease all the pain

It worked for awhile till I started to go insane

Went to jail 5 or 6 times and thought my life was done

Then I came to New Life and found my life again

Now I look forward to the future and forget about the past

I found a new life and with Jesus – it will last!

Trying hard and persevering to make my family proud

Sticking to my morals while others follow the crowd

Standing strong, gaining respect, earning trust and staying true

Building blocks and paving paths and growing up is hard to do

I never thought my pain would go away as I despaired

So I’d like to say a thank you to all of those who cared!

F.R.O.G. Day at New Life

October 8, 2012

New Life Chicktime-October-FROG Saturday, October 13th is going to be a morning of froggy fun (8:15am to noon) at New Life Children’s Center in Canyon Lake, when Chicktime volunteers jump in to lead the New Life girls through a pondful of activities.

Why FROG Day? F.R.O.G actually stands for “Fully Rely On God,” and plans for the day include such non-amphibious activities as cupcake decorating, drum circle, crafts, and crocheting.

Lots of different croaks for different folks!

Chicktime is a great way to get involved and make new friends, while enriching the lives of the troubled young women (ages 11-17) at New Life. If you’re interested in volunteering at New Life with October Chicktime, contact leader Carolyn Boden at Carolyn@bodenhaus.comor 512-266-6808.

Dig ‘em!

New Life Summer Olympics 2012

September 12, 2012

New Life Olympics flags It might not have had the pomp of London’s opening and closing ceremonies, a performance by the Spice Girls, or Her Majesty the Queen helicoptering in with James Bond, but the 2012 Olympics held at New Life Children’s Center in Canyon Lake gave participants every reason to feel like winners.

The New Life girls competed in some traditional and not-so-traditional Olympic events. Along with volleyball, basketball, softball, soccer, flag football, track relays, and kickball tournaments, they also earned medals for ‘Best Sportsmanship’ and ‘Most Anti-Drama.’

At the closing ceremonies, first through fifth-place medals, ribbons, and certificates were awarded in each event.  The Summer Olympics at New Life were highlighted by many “personal bests” and the proud girls who make up our own royal family.

It’s Carnival Time at New Life

August 21, 2012

new life chicktime carnival The September Chicktime event is shaping up to be lots of fun – for the girls at New Life Children’s Center and the Chicktime volunteers coordinating the carnival, scheduled for Saturday, September 8th (8:15am to noon) at New Life’s Canyon Lake campus.

The carnival will have many of the trappings you would expect to find at a carnival or state fair, including:

• Dunking Booth

• Photo Booth

• Moon Bounce

• Cotton Candy

• Popcorn

• Clowns & lots more!

New Life even has its own animal menagerie in the Serenity Barn, although they won’t be on parade!

Paula and Haylee Oliver are the mother/daughter team coordinating and hosting the carnival. The Olivers are faithful Chicktime volunteers who serve at New Life monthly.

If you’re interested in volunteering with Chicktime, step right up and join the fun at the Carnival!

Chicktime is a great way to get involved and make new friends, while enriching the lives of the troubled young women (ages 11-17) at New Life. To learn more, call or email New Life Director of Volunteers Lisa Brown: lisa.brown@lsss.org; 830-964-4390.


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