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For February's Care Corner, we are supporting Inner City Slickers (ICS), an equine-based program that gives at-risk youth an "Old West" experience while learning how to work with others with the guidance of caring adults. The program is a partnership between a community and its youth that says, "We care, there is hope, and something can be done." ICS was founded by Michael McMeel, drummer of Three Dog Night. He created Inner City Slickers to teach children self worth, morals and respect through cowboy ethics. When the kids leave for the day, they leave knowing that they are capable of working through their fear, that a good days work is a good thing for the soul and that they are the only who can determine their path. You can learn more about ICS at

The local group of Inner City Slickers is organized by Pat and Brenda Gardner of rural La Porte City. View a 2016 segment highlighting the group that appeared on the KWWL News here. If you have questions or know of a child who could benefit from the program, you can contact Brenda directly at

American Lutheran Church's Care Corner focus this month will be to collecting bottled water, gift cards to Theisen's and Fareway and cash for needed supplies that will support the next local ICS event in April, 2018. Please leave your donations at the Care Corner display located in our fellowship hall.

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