October 2013
 news and notes

Farewell to Frieda Shouse York

Recently honored during our April 2013 Giving Hope to Families event, Family Ark was saddened to hear that Frieda Shouse York, a long-time Family Ark foster parent, passed away on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at her residence in Lexington, Indiana. Frieda cared for more than 100 children during her 40 years as a loving foster mom. We will miss her.
Family Ark Trunk or Treat!

Saturday, October 26th was a beautiful day to paint pumpkins, eat hotdogs and candy, and wear your favorite costume! Family Ark's campus Trunk or Treat for foster families was a fun celebration of fall - full of laughter, and sharing. Thanks to our foster families, staff and volunteers for making this such a great event! 


Sponsors Needed for Holiday Season
Members of the 2012 Youth Philanthropy Council with the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana
Each year, Family Ark provides holiday gifts of toys and clothing to the children in our care. These gifts come from generous community donors and sponsors. To find out how you or your business can help make the holidays a joyous occasion for children in need, call (812) 288-6800 or email to dnichols@thefamilyark.org. 
Sharing Our Story
This is an amazing story. One of our children, a 17 year-old youth who had been on probation for serious charges and who also had a history of drug use, was looking at a bleak future. After therapy and case management, this young person has now completed the GED, has two jobs, is getting ready for college, and is substance free! And, this youth has a plan in place to stay off probation and remain drug-free. Truly YES!!
Interested in Becoming a Foster Parent?
Family Ark is actively recruiting foster parents in the Southern Indiana area. Do you have what it takes? Foster parents can be couples or individuals aged 21 or older who have patience, dedication, compassion, a stable home environment, sense of humor, and a healthy balanced outlook on life. Call (812) 282-8479 to find out more!
Follow Family Ark on Twitter!
Family Ark now has a twitter account! Twitter is a real-time micro-blogging program that allows followers to receive 140 character messages. Follow our tweets and keep in touch with Family Ark! Our Twitter name is Family Ark @familyarkcares.    

Family Ark at Harvest Homecoming
Family Ark staff had a wonderful time at our first Harvest Homecoming in New Albany during October 10th-13th! It was great to share in all the excitement with the many thousands of people who attended this annual event. Thanks to all of you who stopped by to say hello or learn more about Family Ark. We plan to come back again next year!
2013 Annual Fund Campaign Kickoff!
It's official! We've launched our second Annual Fund Campaign! This year's fundraising goal of $25,000 will be used to support foster care and home based programs. Give generously to support critical services for neglected and abused children in Southern Indiana. Look for your donation request in the mail or, after November 1st, go online to www.thefamilyark.org for online giving options.
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