It’s time to tie up those laces and join our Kentucky Derby Festival mini & marathon team on Saturday, April 30th. You can run individually in the mini & marathon or with your friends in the relay all while raising money to help support the people in our care. To learn more about joining, contact
Rachel McMahan at email@example.com or 502.495.4928.
In January 2021, Cedar Lake launched a robust grants program focusing its efforts on strengthening relationships with existing local foundations and identifying potential new leads for grant opportunities. Despite the changing landscape for the grants world, Cedar Lake successfully raised $130,875 in corporate and foundation grants. We are grateful for our philanthropic partners and their contributions to help strengthen and advance our mission. With the funds raised, we improved the lives of those who call Cedar Lake home.
Funding from this year’s grants, we were able to accomplish the following: enhancing our supported employment program, installing a new roof on a community home, purchasing iPads for staff to document visits with our community living individuals, purchasing a smartboard for our day program, buying a new van for the transportation of our community folks, purchasing necessary PPE and installed several new appliances. We also completed our sensory garden at Cedar Lake Enrichment Center (CLEC), our day program, giving our individuals a tranquil retreat that provides holistic healing and well-being. Also, ample funding was used to support the general operating expenses necessary for any business.
Thank you to our 2021 volunteers! The St. Matthews Police Department, Bear Grass Youth Group, UPS, Bellarmine University and Norton Healthcare.
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.”
Thanks to the generosity of GE Appliances, some of our apartments
have new appliances!
The generous donation includes two refrigerators, one washer, one dryer and one stove for the people in our care. The stove is used in our daily living skills program where individuals learn how to cook.
These appliances are helping our individuals gain independence and self-worth all while making daily tasks more manageable with the convenience of modern-day appliances.
Thank you, GEA for helping make our community a better place for all.