It has been a busy Spring and Power House is excited for all the events of the Summer! We are starting to get the quotes back on the work (that we know so far) will need to be done to bring the building up to code. We have the appointment date for the plans to be submitted to the state so we are hopeful that soon we will have state approved plans. These plans will allow us to continue the renovations to bring the building up to code which has to be done before we can open!
The board and I are not ones to let the grass grow under our feet! Our Lord's command was to make disciples. Leading souls into the kingdom does not require a building but will be a tool, so we wanted to start building relationships with the youth in our community. As a result, we are hosting Power House sponsored events throughout the summer. Our first one was June 7th. There were a little over 40 students present. They enjoyed relay/yard games, a bonfire, s'mores and a challenge from God's word that when we feel we are nobodies God says we are somebody and He has a plan for our lives taken from the life of Gideon. Please see the attached pictures of our evening as well as future dates for our events this summer.
Power House has received several grants both local and national. Give365 is a local grant that we had to prepare a grant proposal for and give a presentation in front of the members. We were awarded $2,500.00 to go towards our life skill classes. This includes art supplies, baking/culinary items etc. Ladysmith Federal Savings and Loan sponsored their annual 3 in 30 event on Facebook. Power House won $799.00. "America's Farmers Grow Communities" is a national grant funded by Monsanto. Andy and Valerie Zunker from Conrath, WI were nominated as the local farmers and chose Power House as the non-profit to receive the $2,500.00 grant. Thrivent members have donated their action plans to Power House. These monies will go towards our building renovations. A special thank you to the Zunker's, Ladysmith Federal, Thrivent and Give365 members for their donations.
Power House was able to sponsor some clean-up and distribution of non-perishable foods and household supplies during the recent tornado. We are grateful for the adults and students who participated in this. One lady had ran out of laundry soap and didn't have money to get anymore. That day the students showed up on her doorstep with laundry soap. All she could do was cry and thank them for being her guardian angels.
This past Thursday and Friday Power House had a bake sale at a local event in our community. Thank you to everyone's donations of yummy, creative items we raised $556.02. We had students helping to tell people about Power House and selling the baked items. Our Pampered Chef (PC) fundraiser brought in $948.40. Our Norwax fundraiser raised $50.00. Thank you to all of you who baked, helped out at the sale, bought PC/Norwax items and/or organized the parties.
As you can see it has been a very busy Spring! God continues to show us that He is leading and guiding our endeavors as we seek Him. We are excited to continue to see Him use Power House to be a light in our community. It takes a community coming together to make something like this happen and we have been blessed to have this support from our administration officials, law department, school administrations, churches, and individual community members.
A big THANK YOU to:
Dream Maker $1000-$4999
1. Ladysmith Federal Savings and Loan
2. Secret Friend of Power House
3. Calvary Baptist Church (Eau Claire)
Hope Cultivators $500-$999
1. River of Life Church
Seed Planter $100-$499
1. Bill and Ethne Pfalzgraf
2. Hope Lutheran Women's Ministry
3. Aileen Tauchen
4. Hope Lutheran Church
5. South Lawrence Mennonite Church
If you would like to make a donation to Power House here are several ways you can do that:
1. Mail a check to Power House 622 1st Street South Ladysmith, WI 54848.
2. On our website powerhouseladysmith.com.
3. If you want to contribute to the building renovations please include in the memo/comment: Building Renovations.
Executive Director-Power House