I would have never thought that people would still continue to support Jay's therapy after we had achieved our monetary goal. But money is still coming in - thank you givers and thanks to God for enabling you to continue giving!!! The money is still being used for Jay's therapy, etc. Having to buy a newer van (so much needed!!!) took a bite out of the funds, but no worries! God is still in control and blessing the Iwema family.
We are having to change how the funds are being managed. Calvin Christian Reformed Church Iin Oak Lawn is becoming a campus of Calvary Church Orland Park. The deacons at the Orland church will manage whatever funds are still set aside for Jay but new contributions need to be directed elsewhere which is why we are asking that they be sent directly to Next Steps with "For Jay Iwema's Therapy" being written on the memo line. Please see the Contact page of this website for instructions on how to donate.
Donations in January of 2018 totaled $2,325.00. This brings us to approximately $86,000.00 contributed to our goal of $100,000.00 since we started last June in 2017. Recently, Jay's motorized wheelchair needed major costly repairs and was unavailable for use for a few months. He is glad to have it back now. Our next activity is to submit an article on Calvin Church's ministry which includes information on Jay's fundraiser to "The Banner," the denominational magazine of the Christian Reformed Church of North America. We're still hoping to reach our goal. Contributions are still welcomed. Prayers are necessary!
Received an update from the deacons at Calvin CRC that monies have come in for the current campaign and are at about $20,000 so far! Thank you donors (friends from Calvin CRC and friends of Jay's family members)! We are getting ready to do our major email campaign this week and will be sending out about 1,200 emails using Constant Contact. We have about 500 letters printed and will be getting them ready for the U.S. mail for people for whom we have no email address. Thanks be to God for the great response thus far!
The fundraising campaign has begun. A master contact list is being developed with at least 700 contacts already on it. The members of Calvin Church have read about how this all came about in their church newsletter "The Window." Other church contacts have read about it as well on the church's prayer line. We are thankful for a donation of 5 boxes of envelopes (from former Calvin member Cal Hulford-thanks Cal!) to use in mailing letters. Thank-you notes are designed and ready for printing. Thank you Faith CRC Tinley Park preschool for the donation of card stock for the notes! Financial donations have already started coming in - $2,000.00+ so far!