May 2022 Updates

Have you made any summer plans yet? Maybe you are planning a trip or just family time at the zoo or by the pool. For two years the people in our care have missed out on summer activities we take for granted. In order to ensure their health and safety, trips outside their homes just weren’t feasible. This year, as long as it is safe, they are looking forward to some summertime adventures.
With your help, we can provide opportunities for them to enjoy new experiences and to be in the community. We are in need of funds to ensure all the people we care for can share in the joys of summer. Can you help us purchase tickets to Louisville Bats games, passes to the Zoo and Science Center, movie tickets, putt-putt games and all the things that provide social interaction, exercise and just happiness? Please click the link below to make a gift for summertime activities. As always, your gifts make a difference and we are forever grateful.

Now get out there and enjoy the sunshine!

 

 

April 2022 Updates

Do you ever wonder just how Cedar Lake uses your generous gifts? Sometimes when we give, we wonder if our donation really makes a difference, if it’s just a “drop in the bucket” that wouldn’t be missed if we stopped giving. I understand these questions. I’m not only an employee of Cedar Lake, I’m a donor too. It’s important to me to know how my gifts are used and if they are making a difference.
Let me share just a few of the ways your gifts impact the people we serve. Corey’s world shrunk around him when he completed high school. He stopped using the social and vocational skills he had gained because he had no opportunities to utilize them. Because of your gifts, we can provide transportation for Corey to Cedar Lake Enrichment Center (CLEC), enabling him to learn and grow and live his very best life.
When our programs had to close to visitors due to Covid, donations enabled us to purchase iPads for our individuals in care to use to communicate with family and participate in enrichment programs provided by CLEC. Because you gave, people in our care were able to connect with families and support systems.
These are two examples of how your gifts directly impact adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. When we say we couldn’t do this without you – we mean it!  Thank you. Your gifts change lives and we are profoundly grateful.

March 2022 Updates

My heart has been nourished these last few days by the warmth of spring and sight of daffodils and hyacinths rising up out of the cold ground, their faces pointed toward the sun. My soul has been nourished by time spent at the Lodge and Park Place with some of the dear people for whom we are so privileged to care. Their hugs, their smiles, their joy in being with friends and seeing visitors is contagious. How we’ve missed this! I can’t help but think of all our families who have put the health and safety of their loved ones first and have sacrificed precious time with them so they, and all those we care for, could be as protected from Covid-19 as possible.
Some of the best news I have to share is that we are able to welcome visitors back to our programs! Cedar Lake Foundation is hosting quarterly tours this year. We start the day at 8:30 at Williamsburg Plaza with breakfast and an overview of our programs, then we all get into one of our buses and head to the Lodge for a tour. After the Lodge, we go to Cedar Lake Enrichment Center where guests not only can experience our work there but get an overview of all Cedar Lake Residences and community based services as well. Then it’s back to Louisville by noon. Our next tour is scheduled for Friday, May 20. If you would like to join please contact Kelsey Hamilton at 502.495.4931 or khamilton@cedarlake.org. So if it’s been too long since you’ve had a chance to visit Cedar Lake or if you’ve never had the opportunity, join me on May 20 and be prepared to have your hearts and souls lifted!

December 2021 Updates

We made it!  2021 is coming to a close and we are grateful for all the good things that happened in the year and for surviving all the challenges the year brought.
It is easy in the midst of the pandemic we have struggled with for two years to see only the challenges, respond only to our fear and anxiety.  When we do this, we miss all the joy that is right in front of us.  Perhaps it feels a little “off” to talk about joy when we think of all we have experienced this year; maybe we should just talk about surviving, keeping our heads down and trying to simply get through the days.  If you’re like me, I’m sure you have had several days like this in 2021.  I am  reminded, however, of the words of the writer Angela Williams Gorrell in The Gravity of Joy, perhaps “we can give ourselves over to the what if? of joy. We can live postured toward joy, alive to its possibility, even in the unlikeliest places, even in close proximity to our sorrow, even and most especially in the midst of our suffering…We can look, listen, and be open to the awareness that any thing, any person, and idea could unexpectedly seize us with joy.”
In this month’s newsletter, we are sharing stories and photos representing all the joy you brought to our lives this year.  All the joy that sometimes is right in front of us and we just miss it.  Look at the smiles on the faces of those in our care. See the happiness your care and attention brought to them – and to us!  If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by all that is happening in our world, I hope the stories and pictures we share will give you a glimpse of the possibility of joy, the promise of it from the angel announcing the birth of Jesus, “But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”

November 2021 Updates

Thanksgiving – the act of giving thanks.  When you read this, it will be after what I hope was a blessed holiday for you and your family.  It is good that we designate a day to give thanks to God for our lives, our family, our community and all the blessings we receive.  The challenge, sometimes, is to keep this spirit of gratitude throughout the year.
Thanksgiving isn’t a noun, but a verb.  It is an action, not merely a feeling.  It is telling and showing others our gratitude for the difference they make in our lives.  It is not meant to be kept to ourselves, but shared liberally and deliberately.  As I reflect on all for which I am grateful, Cedar Lake is one of those things at the top of my list.  Specifically, I am grateful for those for whom we are so privileged to care.  I am grateful for the shy smiles of some and the wide-open arms and infectious joy of others.  I am grateful for their trust and belief that we at Cedar Lake are going to love and care for them every day. And I am so very grateful to you, for you make our ministry possible.  I am grateful for those who have supported our mission from the day we opened our doors and for those who joined us for the first time at our “Hearts of Gold” Gala. I am so incredibly grateful for those who help us keep our promises.  In a world that often overlooks or excludes those who are differently abled, Cedar Lake is a welcoming and loving light. We are able to keep our promise to give loving, compassionate and excellent care because of you.
As we begin the journey to Christmas and the end of 2021, I am challenging myself to actively give thanks, to be “thanks-giving” every day.  To not only say thank you to generous donors like you, but to give you an opportunity to be a part of this mission, to see the difference your generous gifts make every day.  We finally can visit our programs again and I want to invite you! In 2022, we are going to arrange specific times and opportunities for people to visit, but you don’t have to wait for these official events.  If you would like to visit the Lodge or Park Place, Sycamore Run or the Enrichment Center please call or email me and I will be honored to introduce you to those in our care and to the amazing staff who work with them.  You can reach me on my cell phone, 502.963.2470 or by email at ksanders@cedarlake.org.  Let’s spend a day giving thanks for the ministry of Cedar Lake and let me share my gratitude with you, showing you the way your gifts change lives every day.  For all this, I give thanks.

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