October is always an exciting month at Faith, Hope & Charity, and this one should be especially so. For the past several years, we have hosted an evening Halloween party on the same night that Buena Vista University had opened their dorms to trick-or-treaters. This year, we are planning a different experience for all of our friends in the Storm Lake community. We plan to host trick-or-treaters from 3-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. This coincides with the retailers' trick-or-treat time, and we hope that doing it at this time will encourage everyone to attend both events. Those attending will be directed to the patio doors of each home to show off their costumes and receive their just rewards. We also have more of our residents than ever before that have indicated an interest in trick-or-treating on Halloween night, so we hope that you will welcome them on Monday night when they knock on your door!
This month is also special for all families and children we serve and many, many others throughout the state. The Oversight Committee which I have participated in for the past 16 months has given our preliminary recommendations for a system of services for children to the Iowa Mental Health/Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities/Brain Injury Commission.
Recommendations were presented on Oct. 20 and will be reviewed by the Commission for action. Our Oversight Committee met Friday to discuss how we plan to proceed from this point. I hope to have encouraging news for all of you in this article next month.
Finally, FHC met in a long-range planning session Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Buena Vista University. Those in attendance included our FHC Board of Directors; The Board of Directors of the Faith, Hope & Charity Foundation and several members of the FHC leadership staff. This is the first time in our history that these three entities have met together to plan for our future. We will be looking at the future needs of those we serve and will serve; new and old ways and locations for providing services; funding, both public and private; and other important factors which we see as key to our future. This session will be the beginning of how we hope to be a part of the new Children's System in Iowa, as well as preparing for changes in Medicaid and other funding mechanisms which are being seriously discussed in Washington and Des Moines. As this plan develops, I'll keep all of our supporters posted.
Finally, as we look to the future, it is always important to celebrate the past and present. On Dec. 7, we will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the opening of our building at 1815 W. Milwaukee in Storm Lake at the facility at 10 a.m. We hope to have many old friends who were an integral part of this milestone in our past and to share this important chapter in the Faith, Hope & Charity story with many new friends and supporters. Please put this date on your calendar.