Dear Friends of Oesterlen,
Oesterlen is buzzing with the excitement of longer days and warmer weather. Our individuals are eager to get outside and explore the trails on our vast 100-acre campus through our Adventure Recreation Program. Our Farmview animals are growing and grazing in the sun and the greenhouse produced its healthiest plants, flowers and herbs since its inception. None of this would be possible without the investment of faithful donors, like you, to the ministry here at Oesterlen. This summer, I invite you to make a gift to Oesterlen, enabling us to continue these life changing programs.
At our annual Easter Dinner, I had the pleasure of sharing a table with several residents from our cottages. One young resident, Cori, was excited to learn who was seated with her. As I introduced myself and the President of our Board of Directors to her, I could see her eyes widen in awe. “Which one of you is the most important?” she asked. I quickly reminded her that she, in fact, was the most important person at our table. In her tie-dye shirt and ponytail, Cori held her hands to her heart and grinned from ear to ear as if to hug everyone connected to Oesterlen all at once. It is possible that until her arrival at Oesterlen, she had never understood her worth or importance. Thank you for providing this safe and affirming environment for Cori and each of the more than 1,000 children, families and adults that come to us for care throughout the year.
Because of your dedication to our mission and ministry, each of our individuals are finding ways to positively interpret the world around them. For example, Joe, a participant in our horticulture program through the Life Skills Center, recently assisted with our successful Plant Sale, demonstrating positive social interaction skills and a wide breadth of knowledge of the plants that had been grown, by him and his peers, in the Greenhouse. When asked by a customer at the Plant Sale which of the plants were his favorite he quickly responded, “my favorite is the marigold. It is small yet resilient. I really loved planting those.” Simply yet profoundly, Joe speaks for so many here at Oesterlen.
Resiliency, worth and hope lie within each person who finds their way to Oesterlen. Thank you for all that you do to support Oesterlen. Please consider giving generously to our life changing programs this summer!
Donald L. Warner, ACSW, LISW-S
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