And the challenges just keep coming! The virus, the renovations to Lovely Lane, our brand new-going-to-bebeautiful parking lot. So much that makes it necessary to be in community in innovative ways.
Children’s Weekday Ministries mission is more needed than ever. Quality child care has always been hard to find in Iowa. Iowa lost 40% of its child care businesses in the last 5 years and nearly 1000 more due to the pandemic. Many essential workers are in the low-income category. They must find child care or they are at risk of losing their jobs, but their income makes child care costs beyond reach. Child care workers lose their jobs when centers close or are asked to take on this high-risk work for very low pay. Lovely Lane has been ministering to childcare teachers, children and their families, both middle income and low income, for over 50 years.
This year, all of us at LLUMC are working hard to find safe space for this ministry as we move ahead with much-needed building renovations. This summer our partnership with St. Ludmila’s has “saved the day,” but as we move into fall, we need to find a way to use both our St. Ludmila’s and Lovely Lane locations.
We appreciate the flexibility and faith so many have shown as we work every day to find ways to bring loving, quality care to the children and families in our community.
Myrna Loehrlein, Chair, CWM Board