A Message From Our Executive Director, Lorelei Pfautz
Home is where our story begins…
It is that place where our earliest memories, hopes, dreams, love, security and comfort are born. For some it is also the place where resilience, perseverance, and preservation are developed. It is all part of the story.
I was fortunate to grow up in a modest but loving home. Even when I became a mother and had my own family, going home was a wonderful experience. The sounds, the smells and sleeping in my childhood bed reminded me of all the pieces of my story that had been woven together over time. Now the story continues as my children come home with their children and we add to our story of family. I am never happier than when all my children and grandchildren are together.
Friendly House is much more than a building for many of our families. It is home. It is a place where there is comfort, protection, support and yes, even love. Many of our children grow to be parents and bring their children back to us so that they can have the Friendly House experience as part of their story. Some of our seniors share wonderful memories of time gone by as children at Friendly House. We have staff members who came to Friendly House as children. They want the children they work with to have the same experiences they had. These are great compliments to our history and our legacy.
What an honor. What an opportunity to serve.
Thank you for being part of the story. Your support as a staff member, volunteer, board member, supporter or funder means that together our story can have a happy ending. And Friendly House can continue to be that place that many call home.
"You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book." -Dr. Seuss
preschool (full and partial day)
3 Preschool Classes: Full Day (2-5 Year Olds), Partial Day MWF (4 Year Olds) & Partial Day TTh (3 Year Olds)
94 Full & Partial Day Preschoolers Served
57,885 Units of Service (1 Unit = 1 Hour of Service)
At the end of the school year, 69% of the preschoolers met or exceeded the national standards for six developmental benchmarks.*
Developmental benchmarks tested: social-emotional, physical, language, cognitive, literacy and mathematics
I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book." -J.K. Rowling
"I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense." -Harold Kushner
43 Seniors Served
99 Days of Senior Programming
6,000 Minutes of Stretch and Tone Low-Impact Aerobics Done
600+ Games of BINGO Played
139 Meals Served
79 Seniors Served Through SHIIP*
*SHIIP stands for Senior Health Insurance Information Program. It is a free, confidential service of the State of Iowa that helps Iowans make informed decisions about Medicare and other health coverage.
79% of the reporting seniors stated that they have made connections with people through Friendly House that they are in contact with outside of Friendly House.
field trips & outings
"Books are a uniquely portable magic." -Stephen King
child and adult care food program (CACFP)
“... a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.” -George R.R. Martin
4th Annual Hogtoberfest - "Back to the 80's" Theme
300+ Guests Attended
19 Corporate Sponsors
19 Pork, Craft Beer & Specialty Drink Vendors
People's Choice Award Winners: "Best of Pork": Barrel House; "Best of Brews": Front Street Brewery; "Best Specialty Drink": Kavanaugh's Hilltop
Past Curfew rocked the 80's hits, there was a large silent auction, craft beer pull with a diamond giveaway and grub grab.
Hogtoberfest raised more than $32,200 for our programs and services.
hoopin' for the house
"There is no friend as loyal as a book." -Ernest Hemingway