The Beacon 2019 | Issue 1 2019 | Issue 1 - Page 2

A LETTER FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR T HE MISSION OF THE LITTLE LIGHT HOUSE IS TO GLORIFY GOD BY IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS, THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES. It is hard to believe 2019 has arrived! With this New Year, we have a lot of “new” that is happening around the Little Light House. First, I am delighted to share with you that we have just completed the renovation of our original building. I would like to invite you to a come- and-go open house of our new Family Learning Center on February 14 at 10am to 1pm. With an additional 20,000 sq. ft. we will be able to serve more families than ever before! As we have been moving furniture and equipment in this month, I have been overwhelmed with how blessed we are to have such a beautiful space to serve our children and their families. CONTENTS Student Spotlight: Gretchen Novak Sean and Angie Novak 3 Alumni Story: Kylie Killingsworth Lisa Killingsworth 5 Annual Impact Report LLH 7 Early Intervention Program Jessica Mardis 8 10 Honorariums & Memoriams Second, many of you are aware we embarked in a pilot program this past semester for a new Early Intervention program we will start in the Family Learning Center. We received wonderful feedback from the parents who participated with their precious little ones. This program will provide a way for us to serve those who are on our very long waiting list, which is now over 275 children. With the expansion of our building and the dream of a program, we know we need to increase our budget to support these new services. We will slowly grow into our new Family Learning Center as our operating budget increases to meet the need. God has always shown himself faithful, and he has always met our needs as we have continued to expand our services over the years. CALENDAR OF EVENTS JANUARY 3 Volunteer Training at 12pm 8 First Day back from Break 17 Volunteer Training at 12pm 21 Martin Luther King Day LLH CLOSED 22 Volunteer Training at 12pm 23 Community Luncheon at 11:45am FEBRUARY 14 Volunteer Training at 12pm OPEN HOUSE at 10am to 1pm 18 Presidents Day LLH CLOSED 27 Community Luncheon at 11:45am 28 Shining Light Conference Day 1 MARCH 1 Shining Light Conference Day 2 4-22 Spring Break 20 Volunteer Training at 12pm APRIL 6 8 11 19-22 In addition, a new Executive Director will be taking the lead come July 1. Anne McCoy was introduced to you in our last Beacon and has already been immersed in many training opportunities. Starting this month, I will have Anne by my side full-time so that I can transfer all that I know and do into her hands. I hope sometime in the next six months you will come by to meet her as I pass the baton. As I prepare to leave, I’m blessed and excited because I know that I have completed the purpose God had for me to fulfill here. Garden Party LLH CLOSED Volunteer Training at 12pm Easter Break LLH CLOSED Board of Directors THE BEACON 2019 | Issue 1 Executive Director Jean Winfrey Founder Marcia Mitchell Dan Beirute Kim Burnett Tou Chang Mollie Collins Derrel Fortner Arthur Greeno Noell Greeno Matthew McCord Marcia Mitchell SO MANY NEW THINGS TO COME IN THIS NEW YEAR Phil Mitchell Kelly Monaghan Deanne Nunn Andrew Ragsdale Barbara Sicka Christine Narrin-Talbot Brian Tims Eric Wendelbo John McCrackin- Intern Lastly, a huge thank you to all of our constituents for staying the course with us. As I was recently reflecting over our list of donors, I saw many familiar names that have been supporters for three and four decades, and others not quite so long. In addition, I was also in awe of the many new “first time” donors that are coming along side what we are doing. 2018 was a very good year, and we are so grateful for your support. We know we could not have done it without you! However, we are also very excited about all the “new” that will be happening in the coming year and hope you will continue with us! Jean Winfrey Executive Director Isaiah 42: 9 says “See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.” 2 | THE BEACON