The Ruth Project

September 2023

Family Fun Day - It's for All Ages

Last month The Ruth Project hosted our first Family Fun Day for our foster families at The Farm. What a day it was! There was something for everyone – including parents. Everyone left with new friends and huge smiles on their faces! 

Each age group had an activity designed just for them. In the Play Barn, little ones gathered with Mom or Dad who chatted and made new friends of their own. Toddlers who were guided along the Activity Path were in absolute awe of every bug, animal, and blackberry they saw! The youngsters in Grandpa’s Workshop created a wooden Rocket Ship Pencil Box that hopefully makes their new school year more fun. Our teens hung out in silliness with our cool young adults and made cobbler with hand-picked blackberries! And, a group of moms and dads had intentional, heart-felt conversation in the Farmhouse while sipping coffee and eating donuts. 

Watching entire families check in with anticipation of what The Farm had for each of them was amazing. It expressed what The Ruth Project is all about – providing refuge and abundant love for children and their foster families! Many more Family Fun Days are on the horizon! 

A Meaningful Gathering for Dads

We had another first at The Farm on September 1 – Dad’s Night Out. This was an invitation for foster and adoptive dads to come and be blessed with great food and great fellowship. Yard games were set up, but these dads were obviously more interested in getting to know one another and just visit. It was obvious they were glad to have a safe place for meaningful conversation. Foster and adoptive dads are indeed a special group, called to be loving dads to children who desperately need strong, family leaders. We were so glad to create an atmosphere where they could encourage one another and be encouraged themselves! 

Hot dogs and hamburgers were supposed to be the main dinner event, but rumor has it the homemade Texas sheet cake was the biggest hit. So were the Greenhouse tomatoes, which needed replenishing! Thank you to the generous hands that made the meal special, and thanks to our moms who gifted their hubbies with this evening at The Farm. Look forward to more Dad Events to come!

Meet Rudy our Highlander Cow

Have you met all the animals at The Farm? They are sweet creatures intended to help children experience unconditional love and the opportunity to care for God’s creation. They each have their own lovable personality, and they each have their own story. Rudy the Highlander Cow has a particularly meaningful one, as it speaks to the heart of The Ruth Project in a very special way. 

Rudy was born at a friend’s local farm on a bitterly cold night last January.  He had been abandoned by his mother at birth, was only a few days old, and was fighting for his life.  He was an orphan!  Our friends rescued him, cared for him in their barn, and smothered him with love.  They fostered him!  They tended to him hourly and gave him what he needed to heal.  Rudy did recover, but not without a bad case of frostbite on his nose.  The holiday season and his prominent nose was the reason “Rudy” got his name after “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” 

What makes Rudy’s story even more poignant is that one of the cows at that farm adopted him!  While this is highly unusual for this breed, the cow stepped into nurse Rudy, protect him, and launch him as one of her own.  He not only survived but began to thrive!  Rudy was then offered as a temporary gift to The Farm for a season, where he is still being smothered with love.  What’s more, Ruthie the Donkey has taken it upon herself to adopt him and protect him when they are in the pasture together.  What a blessed little cow – and what a sweet story that reflects the impact fostering and adoption can make! 

Upcoming Events

> Fundraiser at The Farm - November 4 - Come for old-fashioned farm fun! See God's amazing handiwork. Let us say "thank you!"
> Dad's Night Out - October 6
> Winter Shopping for Families
> Chicago Boating Adventure - October 9
> Family Fun Day - Coming November 18
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Meal Team

Meals are such a wonderful way to provide instant and practical relief to our families on a hard day (or just a busy one)!

Once you’ve cooked to your heart’s content, choose a date and time below to drop off your meal(s) at The Storehouse in Elgin.

Some details:
- All items in meal must be frozen. We love sides and dessert options as well.
- Kid-friendly and comfort meals are encouraged.
- Please avoid allergies (ie: peanuts, shellfish).
- If you have gluten/dairy free recipes, we also accept those!
- Please attach a separate sheet with details instructions for cooking and recipe (including ingredients)

Thank you!
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Farm Landscape Team

The Farm Landscape Team will help keep The Farm grounds looking beautiful for our families. You are welcome to come anytime within the listed hours!

Routine tasks may include: Weed-waking, weeding, mulching, watering, and gathering flowers for bouquets.

(We are looking for four zero-turn drivers to help mow once a month. If you, or someone you know, would like to help with mowing - please email us below!)

If you have any questions, please email us at Info@RuthProject.com
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Animal Care

Calling all animal lovers!

Love and snuggles from our variety of farm creatures is important to our children. This Animal Care Team will help feed, care for, and train our farm animals.

This includes our donkey, highland cow, chickens, ducks, and pup! Routine care will be assisting in feeding, grooming, and spending time with the animals to ensure friendliness. Training will be provided, no experience necessary.

Thank you so much!
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Greenhouse Care

Do you have a green-thumb?
We’d love your help in keeping the Greenhouse alive!

By assisting us with watering, weeding, planting, and nurturing the flower and salad beds, you will be apart of creating a calm and peaceful place for our foster moms to enjoy!

Don’t worry, we will make sure to provide you with all the instructions you need when you arrive.

Greenhouse Care only needs completed once a day - so you are welcome to come anytime between 9am-6pm (the earlier the better)!
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