Drumm Farm Drumm Beats

September, 2012    
In this issue:
We Appreciate Your Support
Remembering Dr. Ray Morrison
Drumm Looks to the Future
Young Adults Move into Swinney Hall
Kids at Drumm Share Their Goals
Upcoming Events:
Drumm Farmer's Market now open!
Saturdays 8am-Noon
Through September
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11th Annual 
Drumm Golf Classic 
Drumm Farm Golf Club
October 3, 2012
10:30 Registration
Noon Tee Time
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We Appreciate You! 
We'd like to recognize a few  businesses, individuals, and groups who have helped to support Drumm's Mission in special ways over the last month, whether by donating their time, resources, or talents (or a little of all three!)
 Becky Genge
First United Methodist 
of Kearney
HEI Consulting

Lisa Banner   
Metzler Brother's
Pat Murphy
The Church of Jesus Christ, Latter Day Saints, 4th ward

In Remembrance:
 Dr. Ray Morrison
Ray Morrison
Henry "Ray" Morrison, DDS died peacefully on Sunday, August 12th at his home surrounded by his attentive and loving family and care givers. He served as a member of the Board of Directors at Drumm for many years. Through Ray's thriving dental practice in Indep., MO, he was able to bring countless smiles to all his patients during his 38-year career. It was this career that allowed Ray to fulfill his desire to give back to the community. He provided free expert Dental care to countless children at Spofford Home and Drumm. Today, H.Ross Morrison, DDS continues to provide free dental service to children living at Drumm. 
We are forever grateful for Ray's service to the children and families at Drumm, and the huge impact he made on the surrounding community. Our deepest condolences to his wife, Lois,  their children and grandchildren.

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So much work has been accomplished in the last year by the Drumm Board of Directors and staff:  we've updated the incorporation status, bylaws and policies, developed a five-year strategic plan, completed the Swinney Hall restoration, opened the new counseling center, created COMPASS, an independent living program, started the Drumm Farmer's Market and increased levels of services to children both on and off the campus.  Our focus to provide opportunities for personal growth, a path to a productive adulthood and permanency for every child drives our efforts.

In this issue of Drumm Beats, we are pleased to share our vision for the future:  a new master site plan.  Developed by our kids, staff, directors, alumni, and donors, this master plan will, upon completion, allow Drumm to serve more children than at any time in our 93 year history.  As Drumm soars to new heights, all of our efforts reflect a passion to serve children as well as a sincere gratitude for your ongoing support.  


Thank you for being a part of the Drumm Family.




Brad Smith
Executive Director 
Drumm Center for Children
Master Plan for Drumm Unveiled

Drumm looks to the future as the Master Site Plan is finalized 
Master Site Plan Map
As Drumm Farm Center for Children looks to the future, the Board of Directors, Executive Director, and staff have embraced a Master Site Plan that allows for 10-12 additional foster families to reside on Drumm's Campus. The plan creates a distinct separation between "families" and "community services" so that children can experience a safer environment with a supportive close-knit neighborhood setting. Questions about our Master Site Plan? Interested in investing in Drumm's Future? Contact us
COMPASS: Now Open and Serving Youth 
Teaming with older youth as they navigate the challenges of growing up


Within 5 days of the opening of our newest program, COMPASS Independent Living at Drumm Farm Center for Children, located on the third floor of our newly renovated Swinney Hall, we are filled to capacity! These four young men are excited to utilize the resources and support Drumm and our community are able to offer so that they will learn the skills necessary to one day, live on their own. 


While we are up and running, there are still items that these young men could benefit from, as they begin to learn what it takes to be self-sufficient.

  • Blender (Common's Area)
  • Small Wall Shelving
  • Twin Sheet Sets (in colors for young men)
  • Pillows
  • DVD's
  • Playing Cards/Older Youth Games
  • Duffle Bags and Small Luggage
  • Men's Personal Supplies (razors, shaving cream, body wash, etc)
  • Non-Perishable Snack Foods

For more information about this program, and what you can do to help contact Heather Saak, Program Manager, 816-373-3434.

The Kids Set Goals for the School Year
We asked our kids to share what their goals (big or small) might be, as they headed off into the new school year
walking to school

-To reach all my reading goals at school -S., 11 years old
-To work hard to get a lot of tokens at Chuck E Cheese. -O., 4 years old

-To be able to collect all of the eggs and fill Lucas's carton with them! -K., 8 years old
-To be respectful of adults and to remember to turn in my homework everyday. -T., 13 years old
-To make A honor roll all year long and find a forever family. -S, 11 years old
-To not skip a single class, and to pass every one of my classes. -B, 17 years old
-To be a better student and daughter, and to live with my mom again. -O,14 years old
Here at Drumm Farm Center for Children, we are committed to helping foster children reach their case goal in a healthy, effective, and streamlined way. We work to cut down the time that kids are in care by offering high-quality, consistent counseling and parent-aid services, trained professional licensed foster parents, and a network of community supports dedicated to helping achieve a child's case goal.

Contact Us to see how you can be a part of the great things happening here at 

Drumm Farm Center for Children!

Drumm Farm Center for Children is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.