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M I S S I O N STATEMENT The Mission of Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Home and Family Services is to share Christ’s healing love with children, youth and families in crisis.

IN THIS ISSUE 1 Vera Lloyd Receives Accreditation 2 Message From Lyn 2013 Board of Directors 3 Renee’s Road Trips 4 News From Monticello 5 Youth News & Volunteers 6 Lulu Williamson Legacy Society 7 Honor and Memorial Gifts 8 Upcoming Events

Summer 2013


Vera Lloyd Receives Stamp of Approval From the Council on Accreditation

Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Home & Family Services, Inc. is committed to doing our best for our clients, employees, supporters and constituents. One internationally recognized authority on best practice standards for human services agencies such as ours, is the Council on Accreditation. Vera Lloyd’s board of directors began considering the advantages and the challenges of becoming accredited 12 years ago. For the past several years, it has been one of the agency’s stated strategic goals. The COA accreditation process involves an in-depth review and analysis of an organization’s administration, management and service delivery against industry standards. Through an intensive self study, an agency reviews its critical functions and establishes a plan to ensure ongoing quality improvement in all those areas. The ensuing self study, which includes policies and procedures developed by the agency and approved by the board of directors, is submitted to COA for review.

This time-intensive process requires the involvement and commitment of every member of the staff and the board of directors. A team of peer reviewers from COA then makes an on-site visit to rate the level of an agency’s compliance with the standards and implementation of their stated policies. From this process, a decision is made to accredit an agency outright or to provide feedback for further clarification or evidence of implementation. Vera Lloyd’s site visit was June 9–11. On June 20, we were notified that Vera Lloyd had achieved accreditation with no out-of-compliance ratings. Achieving accreditation by the Council on Accreditation is validation that Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Home & Family Services is committed to excellence. According to CEO, Lyn Whaley, “in addition to focusing the agency on best practices, accreditation opens the door to funding opportunities that have been closed to us. It is critical to the future of Vera Lloyd.”

Our Vision

Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Home & Family Services will be the recognized model for transforming and empowering children, youth and families.



A Message from Lyn Summer is here. On the campus that means hot, humid weather and lots of activities to keep our young residents busy, if not cool. Scheduled activities include cookouts and swimming parties at the local pool; a campus-wide trip to Wild Lyn Whaley, CEO River Country in Little Rock; participation in Vera Lloyd’s low ropes course; cooking, crafts and healthy living classes; the annual summer Luau. Later in the summer, a park ranger at Cane Creek State Park will introduce Vera Lloyd Home youth to kayaking on the lake there, and a lake tour by pontoon boat is planned on Lake Chicot. Mission for Monticello is an on-going opportunity for Vera Lloyd Home youth to give back to the

community through volunteerism. Youth have helped bag food at the local food bank, participated in the “Feed the Kids” program, and volunteered at a nursing home. Their summer mission project is to make homemade dog treats for the local dog shelter. Holmes Chapel Presbyterian Church in Monticello is actively involved with Vera Lloyd Home youth in many different ways. Recently, youth from Vera Lloyd spent a “deep cleaning” day at the church to express their thanks for the many ways Holmes Chapel supports the Vera Lloyd Home programs. Giving back through community service is a new concept for many of our youth. It helps to look beyond one’s own life experiences to see the needs of others: part of the mission and ministry of Vera Lloyd.

Donation News

Vera Lloyd appreciates donations of clothing, household items and other gifts. In-kind gifts help our mission and are important to us. In order for us to acknowledge your gift in a timely manner, please help us by taking all donations directly to Williamson Hall during business hours. Thank you!

Please Remember Vera Lloyd in your Will. State of Organization:

Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Home and Family Services is a service agency of the Synod of the Sun of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and is operated by a board of directors. We are incorporated in Arkansas as a not-for-profit charitable organization. We do not discriminate in the services we offer or in our employment practices on the basis of race, sex, religion or physical impairment.


Lyn Whaley, Chief Executive Officer Hamid Amin, Chief Financial Officer Renee Dickins, Development Officer Prospect Building 1501 N. University Ave., Ste. 345 Little Rock, AR 72207 (501) 666-8195 Fax: (501) 666-8198 Toll Free: (877) 353-6430 Raymon Carson, Campus Administrator Nathaniel Burton, Program Director 745 Old Warren Road Monticello, AR 71655 (870) 367-9035 Fax: (870) 367-9038 Toll Free: (877) 353-6420

Lyn Whaley


Board of Directors Bettye Balmaz, Conway Rev. Alford Branch, Monticello Tommy Brown, Pine Bluff Winston Brown, Little Rock Ted Carmical, Monticello Christy Carr, Camden Gary Clark, Hot Springs Village Laura Cook, Little Rock Dee Davenport, Little Rock Charlie Frith, Little Rock Paul Gardner, Searcy Wanda Hartnuss, Little Rock Rev. Marion Humphrey, Little Rock Jim Hyden, Little Rock Jane Lucky, McGehee Sabra Martin, Fayetteville Sue Martin, Warren Mark Maxwell, Pine Bluff Joe McKinstry, Little Rock Steve Moss, Little Rock Sharlie Rigby, Little Rock Doris Simmons, Hot Springs Village Rev. Stewart Smith, Springdale Larry Stanley, Hot Springs Alicia Whitaker, Monticello Carole Williamson, Van Buren

Ex Officio Members

Reverend Bill Galbraith, Little Rock Reverend Joe Hill, Ruston, LA Reverend Robert Lowry, Synod Rep



Renee’s Road Trips Bella Vista, AR – Bella Vista Presbyterian Church – The women invited me to give a presentation about the mission of Vera Lloyd for their Spring Meeting. Approximately 35 women were in attendance and the tables were adorned with Hot Springs Village, AR – pink decorations in honor The women from Bella Vista sharing their gifts with our youth. Woodlands Presbyterian of Pink Hat Day. After a Church – The Presbyterian Women wonderful lunch prepared by those present, held their spring luncheon at they presented Vera Lloyd with several Diamond D’s Restaurant, where beautiful handmade quilts for the youth on the ladies campus. All youth are offered a quilt to take learned about home - last year that was 192 quilts! Vera Lloyd’s programs. Approximately 30 women were Hot Springs Village, AR. – Kirk in the in attendance. Pines – Seventy women attended the Spring The women Luncheon to hear about Vera Lloyd’s hosted a linen programs. After their church service, we shower for the adjourned to the Fellowship Hall and campus homes. enjoyed a The white linen shower given by the women of Woodlands PC. Pictured left to right: Renee Dickins, Mary Jo Kurten and Noranne Glezen.

STOP Pine Bluff, AR – First Presbyterian Church – Spring was in the air at the May luncheon in Pine Bluff. Thirty-two women attended to hear an update on the campus and programs. This congregation has a long history with Vera Lloyd. They were one of the first congregations to support Lulu Williamson in her quest to provide a home for children and continue their support today.

wonderful catered lunch. Their congregation and their PW group have made numerous monetary Sylvia Tate, Renee Dickins, Emily Faulk shown here at the Kirk in the Pines Spring Luncheon. gifts for decks, beds, mattresses and funds for the Transitional Living Program, as well as mentor our youth.

Want to schedule a visit with Renee? Call her at (501) 666-8195 or email her at



News from Monticello 12th Annual Pink Hat Day: April 20, 2013 support of our youth Monticello, AR – The Lyon Gymnasium was and our staff. The the site for the 12th Annual Pink Hat Day on April 20, 2013. There were 65 women (and several Traveling Hat will reside with Holmes men) in attendance representing 14 churches. Chapel until next Many attendees this year’s Pink Hat Day. year visited the campus New this year was a for the first time. silent auction. Thanks A lunch buffet was to the generosity of served. The Pink Hat a donor, and at her Parade followed, and request, we auctioned this year’s winner was Cora Lee Brannon from off several hats and other items to raise Trinity Presbyterian funds for the campus. Church. Her hat was Jim Knox and Ken Wolf receiving their pink aprons. Pink Hat Day winner, The event raised the same hat she wore Cora Lee Brannon from Trinity over $700. on her wedding day 53 Presbyterian Church. The 13th Annual Pink Hat Day will be April years ago. 26, 2014, in conjunction with the Presbytery of Holmes Chapel Presbyterian Church was Arkansas’ Spring Gathering for Presbyterian awarded the “Traveling Hat Award” for their Women. We hope our work with our youth. They PW friends from the hold Bible study classes on Presbytery of the Pines campus, host the youth in their will also join us. congregation, take them to Magic Springs, provide scholarships for *To view more photos, youth to attend leadership camp, please visit and many other activities. Vera currentevents.html, and click on Lloyd wishes to thank Holmes “Pink Hat Day 2013.” The 2013 Pink Hat Parade. Chapel for their unwavering

Grant Awarded for New Van In April, Vera Lloyd was notified that it will be awarded a $35,000 Thank Offering grant for the purchase of a new van for the Transitional Living Program. The Thank Offering is collected in the fall each year by the Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church (USA). It provides the women with a way to express their gratitude by sharing their gifts with others. The Transitional Living Program is home for up to eight youth ages 18-21. It is designed to help

older youth aging out of state care, learn life skills and receive guidance and encouragement during their transition to adulthood. Vera Lloyd wishes to thank all Presbyterian Women in the United States who made this grant possible with their gifts.



Youth in the News Destiny is now enrolled at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

We have three youth who have been invited to join the football camp at UAM for a week.

Shaq has received a scholarship to attend the Dance Academy in July for a week.

Trenstin graduated from high school this May and plans to pursue a military career.

Eliseo obtained his highschool diploma. Frank continues to excel in the Marine Corps.

Hats Off to Our Volunteers! ● Six members of The services, a movie, had lunch and visited Master Gardeners of the a museum. They were also provided Delta, which includes with “goodie bags” to take home. board member Jane Lucky, Thanks to Gary and Carol Clark, Doris spent 40 hours working Simmons and Ken and Kelle Wolfe for on landscaping the Vera arranging this activity and hosting our Lloyd campus. Their work youth. provided a savings to Vera ● Five members of the Gateway The Master Gardeners of the Delta plant flowers around campus. Lloyd of $4,547! Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs ● Huntsville PC member, Susan Presley, visited campus in March and worked for a total volunteers on campus one week per month. With of 30 combined hours on campus doing various her last visit, she taught a sewing class for the projects. Their combined hours provided a girls. She loves spending time with our youth. savings to Vera Lloyd of $2,436! ● Vera Lloyd Board member, Charlie Frith, ● The “Over The Hill Gang” from Second created Pink Hat Day books for use during Presbyterian Church and other churches continue church, PW and to amaze us donor visits. all with their ● Seven families gifts of time from Pauline and talents. Baptist Church They recently visited campus completed a and brought their new deck and 4 legged friends picnic tables (all dogs) to let for the Trimble them play with Home on The “Over the Hill Gang” build a deck for the Trimble Home. the boys. They campus. are planning Board Member, Charlie Frith, sitting next to blue *Please sign-in at Williamson Hall and let us know your to set a date to pinwheels during Pink Hat Day. volunteer hours. We want to share the impact you make! return and do the same for the girls on campus. ● Members of Kirk In The Pines PC hosted four of our Transition Home youth for a weekend in Hot Springs Village. They attended church

Many thanks to all!



Lulu Williamson Legacy Society


Legacy Society

The Lulu Williamson Legacy Society was formed to honor the life-long personal commitment of Mrs. Lulu Williamson, the founder of Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Home. Vera Lloyd is in existence today because of her unshakable faith in God and her unwavering persistence in establishing a safe and loving environment for children without a stable home. The Society was formed as a way to honor her commitment and that of our donors who make a planned gift to Vera Lloyd. We are thankful for each of you who have made this commitment to help ensure the future of Vera Lloyd. Below is a list of known donors that have included a gift to Vera Lloyd in their estate plan, and are members of our Lulu Williamson Legacy Society:

Judy Boreham Jack Davis Dr. Charles and Faye Edmondson Alan Ford Paul and Mary Gardner Elizabeth G. Hall Emily R. Hall Sam and Beth Highsmith Bob Hyatt Jim Hyden

Ann Isch Udo and Martha Dean Jansen Lois Kate Pansy Lascaro Virginia Latham James McDonald Virginia Moser Rev. Jerry Newbold Vicki E. Phares Evelyn Porter

Dot Reeves Gwen Shell Doris Simmons Ann Smith Carmen Stover Fred and Norma Taylor Betty Thompson Alan and Carol Sue Wooten

*We honor the requests of those who wish to remain anonymous. If you would like more information on how to make a planned gift to Vera Lloyd and become a member, please contact our Little Rock office. Our toll free number is (877) 353-6430.

Schmidt Center News Vera Lloyd regrets to announce that Rev. Rebecca Spooner is leaving the Schmidt Center. She has been called to open her own counseling center in Little Rock. Rev. Spooner has Rev. Rebecca Spooner, LPC served Vera Lloyd as a therapist for over seven years. She was instrumental in starting the Schmidt Center and expanding the Center to include patient appointments in El Dorado. We wish her many blessings on her new journey. A search for a new therapist is in process.

School is Out...

...but Not for Long!

Our youth are loving their summer, but school will be here before you know it. Help us get a head start for the new school year with a few of the items listed below: • Staples • Staple Puller x 4 • Paper Folders (three prong fasteners) • Loose Leaf Paper • Composition Notebooks (no wire bound) • Dry Erase Markers • Regular Markers • 3x5 Index Cards • Mechanical Pencils • Heavy Use Electric Pencil Sharpeners x 4 • White Poster Board • Kleenex


Memorials and Honor Gifts


February 16, 2013 through June 21, 2013

Joyce Bagwell W. J. Bagwell, Homer, LA Mr. & Mrs. Nolen Brown, Minden, LA Mr. & Mrs. Stewart Butler, Homer, LA John F. Emory, Ruston, LA Mr. & Mrs. Robert Foster, West Monroe, LA Mr. & Mrs. Norman Hanna, Dubach, LA Mr. & Mrs. Maurice Linam, West Monroe, LA Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Norris, West Monroe, LA Sweetwater Baptist Church, Quitman, LA

Greg Hays Mr. & Mrs. Bob Lucky, McGehee Raymond Heard Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Brown, Natchitoches, LA Nancy & Donald Kelley Jo Cudd, Batesville Herluz Kjeldsgaard Donald Putman, El Dorado

William Yates Dr. & Mrs. Richard D. Wilhelm, Little Rock

Honor Gifts February 16, 2013 through June 21, 2013

Edward Marsh Mr. & Ms. Ted Carmical, Monticello

Renee Dickins Bella Vista Presbyterian Women, Bella Vista Mary Ann Gammill, Little Rock Kirk in the Pines Presbyterian Women, Hot Springs Village Woodlands Presbyterian Church, Hot Springs Village

Susanna Mobley Dr. & Mrs. John Dickins, Little Rock

Charlie Frith Eileen Joyce, Little Rock

Jim Brown Helen L. Parker, Little Rock

Earl Perdue Donald Putman, El Dorado

Emily Hall Lois R. Ferguson, Lake Charles, LA

James Cameron Dr. Don Barrow, El Dorado Peggy Brantley, Junction City Melinda Cameron, El Dorado Virginia Cooper, El Dorado Mr. & Mrs. Elton Garris, El Dorado Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Griffith, Magnolia Mr. & Mrs. Charles J. Lewis, Magnolia Mr. & Mrs. Roger Shelby, Ruston, LA L. Andrew Sheppard, El Dorado Anna Trexler, Magnolia John D. Trimble, Jr., El Dorado Dr. & Mrs. Steven Ward, El Dorado

Mary Dean Pugh Mr. & Mrs. Mark Maxwell, Pine Bluff Robert D. Pugh, Portland Mr. & Mrs. Frank Whaley, North Little Rock

Jim Hyden Mr. & Mrs. Don Rodgers, Crossett

Rev. John Shell Mr. & Mrs. S. B. Fullerton, Warren

Sheila Mann Donald Putman, El Dorado

Zoe Sherman Donald Putman, El Dorado

Sue Martin Mr. & Mrs. John B. Frazer Jr., Warren

Wade & Carrie Shifflett Debbie Rogers, Little Rock

Jim Polk Donald Putman, El Dorado

Arthur Stern Rebecca Kilmer, Sparta, TN

Jennifer Reishus Joan Reishus, Springdale

Peggy Suitt Mr. & Mrs. Gibbs Ferguson, McGehee

Katherine Satterfield Mr. & Mrs. Milton M. Satterfield, Conway

Ruth Carson Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Bragalone, Dallas, TX Dr. & Mrs. John Dickins, Little Rock Mr. & Mrs. Frank Whaley, North Little Rock Kathryn Campbell Christianson Emily R. Hall, Little Rock Pinckney Deal Mr. & Mrs. Maney S. Heckle, Point Clear, AL

Michael Landon Donald Putman, El Dorado

David Thessen Jo Cudd, Batesville Jerry Thomas Donald Putman, El Dorado

Regina Dew Adele Jackson, Fort Smith

Robert Turney Clark Turney, Little Rock

Dr. Charles Dunn Donald Putman, El Dorado

Ann & James Whitaker Mr. & Mrs. James Baugh, Monticello Mr. & Mrs. Mark Maxwell, Pine Bluff

Dr. Jerry Frankum, Jr. Emily R. Hall, Little Rock Will Geer Donald Putman, El Dorado Helen Gibson Cliff C. Gibson, III, Monticello Benny Hatcher Mr. & Mrs. Jim Hyden, Little Rock

James Whitaker Mr. & Ms. Ted Carmical, Monticello Dr. & Mrs. John Dickins, Little Rock Mr. & Mrs. Jim Hyden, Little Rock Mr. & Mrs. Bob Lucky, McGehee Bonnye Maxwell, McGehee Steve Moss, North Little Rock

Rev. David Laverty Donald Putman, El Dorado

Twig Satterfield Mr. & Mrs. Milton M. Satterfield, Conway Ann Smith Mr. & Mrs. John Gibbons, Fort Smith Beth Weit Donald Putman, El Dorado

Emily Hall’s Birthday Mr. & Mrs. Vernon L. Jackson, Roland Mr. & Mrs. David D. Teed, Little Rock Mrs. Carolyn Winburn, Little Rock Jane Holder’s Birthday Gayle Mason, Fort Smith

New Church Members: From Jo Cudd, Batesville Mr. & Mrs. Chuck Jones Anna Kathryn Moore Miriam Moore Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Schuman Janet Thomas


From Jo Cudd, Batesville Batesville High School Graduates, Class of 2013 Hannah Cummins David Cox Anna Richards From Donald Putman, El Dorado El Dorado High School, 2013 Graduates Abigail Callaway Zachary Taylor Lyon College, Class of 2013 Donald Putman, El Dorado Rolla High School, MO, Class of 2013 Donald Putman, El Dorado

Other Occasions:

NiAnn Thompson’s 25 years of service to the larger church Reverends Carlos Lopez & Sally Johnson, Little Rock

If you would like to make a gift to Vera Lloyd in honor or memory of someone, call Renee Dickins at (501) 666-8195.

Lyn Whaley Mr. & Mrs. Charles F. Allen, Little Rock

An acknowledgement of your


gift is mailed to the family or

From Jean Fisher, Hot Springs Village Sandy Adams Liz Hardin Claire Rhodes Doris Simmons

honoree. We do not disclose the gift amount.



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Upcoming Events on Campus: September 25, 2013 - 1 PM Acree Pavilion Rededication September 25-26, 2013 Board Meeting November 16, 2013 2nd Annual Turkey Trot

April 26, 2014 13th Annual Pink Hat Day in conjunction with Presbyterian Women’s Spring Gathering *All events will be held on the Annie Wells Campus, Monticello, AR

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