Bremwood is located in Waverly, Iowa. The youth at Bremwood range in age from 13 to 18 years old. They are referred to Bremwood by the Juvenile Court System due to law violations while others are referred by the Department of Human Services to work on behavioral/emotional problems related to past life traumas. These life traumas could include abuse, neglect or other difficult family situations.
The State of Iowa and parental liability pays for most the teenager’s care at Bremwood. However, there is a gap between what the government pays and the actual cost of the care. This gap is filled through the support of individuals and congregations across Iowa.
Matthew 25: Ministries
Fredsville members collect empty pill bottles that are used in 3rd World Countries where supplies are limited and costly. The labels on the bottles are removed and the bottles are cleaned. They are then sent to the Cincinnati, Ohio location of Matthew 25:Ministries.
Bi-Annual Food Drive
Twice a year, members collect food for the Dike Foodbank located at the United Methodist Church in Dike and/or the Northeast Iowa Food Bank in Waterloo, Iowa.
School Lunch Collection
An offering is taken monthly to help pay for unpaid school lunches at the nearby school district- Dike/New Hartford.
Family Clothes Closet
Fredsville has collected clothes through donations for all ages and sizes for those in need. The clothes closet is open to all twice a month on a Saturday morning and is run by volunteers.
Iowa is known to have floods during rainy seasons. Fredsville members participate in gathering cleaning supplies in large buckets which are then distributed to individuals experiencing flooding problems.
Quilting for Lutheran World Relief
Thursday mornings from 9:00 am until 12:00 am the quilters meet in the fellowship hall to put together quilts for Lutheran World Relief. Used material that has been donated, it is turned into warm quilts that are sent all over the world where there is a known need. Anyone is welcome to join this group, no quilting or sewing experience necessary.
Scholarships and Grants
College scholarships are given to eligible students who are members of Fredsville and grants are also available for community agencies who serve those in need.
Little Food Pantry
Fredsville sponsors a food pantry in Dike outside of the library which contains hygiene supplies along with food. Anyone in need is able to take advantage of this pantry.
Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:34-40 NRSV).