Donor Spotlight – Michelle and Tim Krueger
Three years ago, Michelle and Tim Krueger relocated back to the Des Moines area after living in Peoria, Illinois for many years. They have a history of volunteering and giving back to the community they live in so they began searching for ways to make a difference in the Greater Des Moines area. They quickly found several causes that they felt drawn to and luckily for the youth we serve, New Chapters was one of them. The Krueger’s monetary donation came at the perfect time to help fill the shelves at our newly created libraries at Orchard Place Campus. They have continued to follow our progress and support our mission.
As a result of their desire to actually change lives, Tim has been passionately and relentlessly working to establish an adult Therapeutic Community in Des Moines. His vision has now been realized and Harvest Academy will be opening to its first students this month. Students at Harvest Academy will participate in a comprehensive two-year residential program that offers vocational training, education, peer counseling, mentoring, leadership training and transitional services to criminals, individuals experiencing homelessness and substance abusers who are highly committed to changing their lives. To learn more, visit www.harvestacademyiowa.com.
New Chapters firmly believes that altering the course of an adult life will also positively alter the course of that person’s children’s lives. If parents can break the destructive cycle they are caught in, it can prevent their offspring from getting caught in that same cycle. Therefore, we were thrilled to create a New Chapters library at Harvest Academy. Please read on to learn more about Michelle and Tim!
When did you first hear about New Chapters?
We first heard about New Chapters about two years ago from Stacie Palmer.
Why did you first donate to New Chapters?
We first donated to New Chapters because we loved the idea of bringing the gift of reading to children who don’t have access to books. We also wanted to support the cause that our friend, Stacie Palmer, was working so hard for.
Is there an aspect of the New Chapters’ mission with which you connect more than others?
Helping those who don’t have the same opportunities that we were blessed with when we were growing up.
What do you hope to see regarding New Chapters’ efforts around Des Moines?
We hope to see continued public awareness of children and adults who do not have access to books, and the positive effects that literacy can bring to so many lives.
What do you tell others about New Chapters?
We tell others that New Chapters has made such a difference in the lives of so many children. We also tell them how hard Stacie and so many others have worked to bring these libraries to reality.
Is there a particular book that has made an impact on you?
A book that has made an impact on us is The Greatest Gift. This is the book that the movie It’s a Wonderful Life is based on. The book and the movie are a great reminder that we should count our blessings even when life is challenging.
Do you have a favorite author and/or book?
Michelle: James Patterson. Tim: 52 Little Lessons from It’s a Wonderful Life.
About New Chapters Libraries
At New Chapters, our collective passion is to inspire a love of books among at-risk youth. We believe that strong reading skills are essential for every child and that a good book can be very therapeutic and offer a ‘vacation’ from the hardships of everyday life.
New Chapters is committed to making a wide variety of current and high-interest books readily available by creating and refurbishing libraries in residential facilities catering to at-risk children. We also conduct programs aimed at fostering a love of books and increasing reading skills.