A Life-Giving Home
“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” ~ James D. Miles
Everyone who is involved with The Manor knows it is a very busy and life-giving home. It appears as soon as one major event is over we are on to the next. It would be legitimate to wonder why we don’t sit back and enjoy what “is”. Believe us, we often ask this same question…
For us, the answer lies in the reality that we cannot take “tomorrow” for granted. Without any doubt, our “today” is so blessed through the many supporters who are involved, at many different levels, with The Manor. People who want to make a difference have found the possibility of doing so through their friendship and support of The Manor.
Our fear for “tomorrow” lies in the uncertainties of Government support via Medicaid Waivers. We operate in the real world and as the cost of operating our agency increases yearly, there is no increase from the Government. But even more frightening is the real possibility that in trying to solve the Government’s deficits, human services, like the Manor, will be forsaken. What this means is unknown, but human services always seem to be on the Government chopping block.
If Medicaid funding were pulled from under us, we could maintain our high quality of care for 36 adults, our most vulnerable citizens, for only a few weeks. This is frightening when you consider many of our residents will live a normal lifetime.
Today, what the Government pays us covers the essentials. The only reason we can maintain the beautiful environment, almost 85 loving and competent staff, and all the life-giving programs is because of very generous community supporters, like yourself, who help us raise the private dollar.
Fundraising permits us to cover a yearly deficit (the difference between what Medicaid pays us and what it costs us to operate) of $341,502 annually. Fundraising also enables us to build new homes in order to reach out to more people in need. Over 4,000 eligible individuals still await Division of Developmental Disabilities in-home or community residential services in Missouri.
You could ask and this, too, would be legitimate: “Why does The Manor continue to reach out to meet more needs when everything seems so uncertain?” It is because we are believers. We know we are doing good, meaningful work and the needs are so great. We also know the only way this work will be done is through your involvement. We believe and trust that all the good and generous people out there will continue to be there for us. And we know we are expected to do our part – so yes, we are on to the next event! Please keep us in your heart thoughts!
Would you consider adopting the Manor for a day?
While people who have developmental disabilities face a more challenging future than most, they still can enjoy a full and active life. What they need most is encouragement, understanding, and the willingness of others to help them maximize their opportunities for becoming part of their community.
IM provides this, but we can’t do it by ourselves. We need your help. Here’s how.
- $727 provides one day of uncovered financial needs at the Manor.
- $225 provides one day of hospital stay supports and advocacy.
- $125 provides one day of direct-care support and services for one adult with DD.
- $100 provides one day of quality medical supervision for the medically fragile.
- $50 provides one day of groceries and personal hygiene items for one Manor community home.
Embrace the Manor…its mission, its people, its future
Your support is needed to ensure that our programs continue to provide personalized support to people with developmental disabilities. Important, life-changing work goes on daily at Immacoalta Manor, and we are dedicated to continuing and enhancing its role as a service provider to the developmentally disabled.
In May, 2009, the Board of Directors set forth a course of extreme action by adopting a Strategic Plan which includes, “Developing the endowment to $2 million to assure future financial security.” The very possible dream on which we have now embarked will significantly contribute revenue to the operating budget of the Manor every year. In light of diminishing federal, state, and county funding, covering critical funding needs and expenses is crucial to the Manor’s future.
We encourage you to assist us in our endeavor to assure the future of the Manor to continue to serve the most vulnerable of our society. Community support will be required to complete this campaign, and donors will receive special recognition for their support. Please consider pledging to this important community need today by printing and completing the Embrace The Manor Pledge Form.
10 Ways to Give Without Giving Money
Opportunities at Immacolata Manor
Individuals who give their time and talent to the Manor’s programs are essential to the Manor’s success. There are many rewarding opportunities to volunteer throughout the year as an individual or a group; volunteers of all ages are part of the Manor’s rich tradition.
To volunteer or learn more about any of these significant opportunities, please take a moment to complete our Volunteer Interest Survey;
or Call 816.781.4332 ext. 226 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Eagle Scouts: we have a whole list of projects we would love to work on with you!
If you can give any of the items listed below in good, usable condition, we’d like to hear from you. Donations should be good quality and new or gently used. Of course, all donations are fully tax-deductible.
- Refrigerator with ice maker and door front dispenser
- Wii Play-station with sporting games like bowling for Bee House
- 3 dining room sets, seating 6
- AEDs (automated external defibrillator)
- Condo or Lake House to use for resident vacations
- Weather Radios
- Garden Mulch
- Freezers (or fridge w/large freezer good condition for all six IM homes)
- Recliner(s) and Lift Recliner(s)
Needs for ISL
- Treadmill for F House
- New or gently used furniture
- End Tables for G and I House
Needs for Health Team
- Trips to Omaha Zoo
- Trips to Silver Dollar City
- Trips to Eureka Springs
- $2,000,000 Endowment
Needs for My Day
- Refrigerator with ice maker
- New stereo
- A nice karaoke unit with GOOD volume for large open areas and easy enough to travel
- Microphones, three or more
- Microsoft XBOX Kinect games
- Outdoor gliders/swings
- Picnic tables
- Gas Grill
- Worlds of Fun Season Passes
- Bingo Cage Set
- Industrial Upright Vacuum Cleaner
- lightweight/plastic, rectangular, folding banquet tables
- laptop batteries (3)
- Recumbent Trainer
If you have tickets to sporting events or the performing arts that you are unable to use, please consider donating them to the residents at the Manor, they would love to attend. To donate items or learn more about any of these needs/wants, call 816.781.4332 ext. 226 or email email@example.com.