Saturday, October 23rd was a very good day in Central Texas. The October weather cooperated (although the UT Longhorns didn’t). Saturday, October 23rd was “New Dorm Dedication Day” at New Life Children’s Center. So the donors, volunteers, and staff who love New Life and the girls who live there, came together in Canyon Lake, Texas, to celebrate. The Lieder Family Dormitory II and a new wing of classrooms were built “on time and under budget” so that the residential treatment center could house an additional 20 abused, neglected, and traumatized girls, ages 11-17. Now New Life can serve a total number of 80 young women. The girls with the most intense behaviors will live in the new dorm, giving them a safe haven in which to heal and a private room to call their own while undergoing treatment.Dr. Kurt Senske, chief executive officer of Lutheran Social Services, welcomed a packed house of visitors and gave special thanks to some of New Life’s key donors, including Mildred and Lawrence Lieder, who have been New Life’s gracious angels and tireless supporters over many years.
Dr. Senske also expressed gratitude for the generosity of the Meadows Foundation, the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, J. E. and L. E. Mabee Foundation, Lola Wright Foundation, O’Kelley-Hemminghaus Foundation, and St. Lukes’ Lutheran Health Ministries.Three annual events also helped make New Life’s recent expansion a financial reality: the “Make a Difference” benefit gala, and the San Antonio and Austin “Tomorrow’s Child” golf tournaments. Together, these three fundraisers have contributed close to 2 million dollars for New Life! Volunteers and committee members have given their time, talents, and sweat equity to beautifying and building the campus as needs arise. The “Make A Difference Courtyard” which sits in between the two new wings of the Lieder II Dorm was also dedicated on Saturday and will permanently pay homage to the efforts of our indefatigable volunteers.At the dedication, Dr. Senske also introduced Pastor Don Adickes, who gave the invocation, and Rev. Mike Newman, who led the right of dedication. New Life’s chief executive officer Dr. Gary Henry closed the ceremony with a benediction.The New Life Hand Chime Choir played “Amazing Grace” under the tutelage of Laurie Iten, spiritual care director at New Life. Refreshments were served, and the crowd dispersed for campus tours. Guests exited the scenic Hill Country campus along the winding path that passes the Serenity Barn and New Life’s animal residents – three horses, two donkeys, soon to be five bunnies, a variety of chickens, and ‘Ricky,’ one of the few happy Longhorns in Texas that day.
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