Life and Family Services Newsletter

September 2018

It's Apple Dumpling Time!

This year we're doing 8,000 apple dumplings!!!


And the more volunteers we have...the faster we will get done. But more importantly, our apple dumpling project is a GREAT way for you to get involved in a meaningful way to help the women, men, and children served by Life and Family Services. Every dumpling we make and sell represents a positive outcome for those families who are struggling. So, please consider taking an hour (or 5) out of your weekend to join our "Apple Dumpling Gang" to make someone's life better.


FUN FACT: It takes approximately 60 people/hour to make 8,000 dumplings.


Assembly is THIS SUNDAY, September 16th from noon until done (6:00pm) at Crosspointe Church in Kendallville (just off Drake Road).


Contact Deanna Rodenbeck at 260-347-5720 or (cell) 260-349-8158 to join the work, fun and fellowship!

LFS is Now a Ronald McDonald House Partner!

The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile will be distributing Life and Family Services BABE vouchers for well child care. We are excited to add them as our 38th voucher distributor and partner.
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Baby Bottle Campaign a Success!

We collected $18,643.67!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the campaign! We couldn't have done it without you, and the money raised will go a long way towards helping making life better for our clients.
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What These Numbers Really Mean

What we are finding is that EVERY PARENT that comes through our doors wants to be the best parent they can be, and is willing to work hard to achieve that goal. Parents are seeking ways to learn and grow as caretakers and role models...and here at Life and Family Services, we are more than willing to guide them in that direction.


Our staff works very hard to listen, love, and build lasting relationships with our clients. We enjoy helping them work through the difficult times, and want to celebrate with them during the happy, exciting times that go along with being a parent. What a BLESSING it is to be a part of this mission!


Thank you to our supporters for making our mission such a pleasure to fulfill!

Current Needs List

We are currently in need of the following items:


  • Baby Wipes (we are currently providing 16 packages a week through our voucher program)
  • Children's shoes and boots for fall/winter
  • Diapers (sizes 5 and 6)
  • Pull-Ups (larger sizes)
  • Boys clothing and pajamas (Size 3 and 4)

  • Girls pajamas (Size 3 and 4)

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We've Been Busy!

In the last few months, Life and Family Services has participated in the following community events:


  • Kid City
  • Backpack distribution at the Ligonier library
  • South Milford UMC women's circle
  • Mom's gathering with Parkview Noble birthing center in Albion and Kendallville
  • Apple Dough mixing and rolling
  • Ligonier Marshmallow Festival
  • Care-Net Conference
  • Chapel time at St. John's with students and staff


Thank you to all of the staff and volunteers who made these outreach efforts possible!

Client Testimonial

(Names have been changed to respect the privacy of our clients)


Luci and John were recently married. While John was at work Luci and her mom visited our office. They came in to find out what we had to offer a newly married and newly pregnant woman. We welcomed them and shared that we are here to walk women, men and their families through the pregnancy and parenting journey. We are a community resource that will help them with information and education in pregnancy, delivery and parenting their child. Our staff is friendly and excited to begin this journey with them. Luci and John have built a lasting friendship with our staff. They consider us family now. They even invited us to their baby shower, which some of us attended. We are all excitedly waiting for the arrival of their little girl. Through all the visits to our office, they have been learning and preparing for their new bundle and we have had the opportunity to help with the supplies they need to create a safe and healthy environment for their daughter.


Our services are available to anyone that finds themselves in a pregnancy situation that causes uncertainties. Our services are at no cost and have no income requirements. Everyone is welcome at Life and Family Services.