Elkhorn, NE: Resident Council Meeting

Dear Friends,

Here at Brookestone Meadows, at our latest resident council meeting on December 11th, we had the pleasure of having Charlie Olson as a speaker representing the NorthStar Foundation. He is the director of donor relations foundation and we presented him with a donation to help with different programs.

He explained to us how the foundation was formed in 2014. It is open to boys 3rd-8th grades as an after school program. The majority of young men served by NorthStar live in poverty in Douglas County. Transportation is provided by both organization owned vehicles and contracted by bus services. We were surprised to find that NorthStar provides transportation from 31 schools every day after school. We were pleased to learn about how important this program is for the community.

Dick Holland, NorthStar’s founding chairman, passed away in 2016. He felt that this was not only a place for recreation, but a place for character building and education. Scott Hazelrigg, president of NorthStar Foundation, wanted to make sure that the young men graduation from 8th grade would be on grade level academically and prepared socially and emotionally to succeed in high school and beyond.

Charlie also mentions that a lot of the boys became involved playing lacrosse, which was started in the spring of 2016. It has kept the boys active, engaged, and focused on their goals. There is also an eight week NorthStar summer school camp.

We wished Charlie and the boys of NorthStar God’s blessings in the new year!

Serving-We succeed by focusing our attention and energies on anticipating and exceeding people’s expectations. Our actions are driven by a “Yes, I Can” attitude and the commitment that we are “Family Serving Family.”

Sincerely, Carolyn Howell, Brookestone Meadows Resident

Brookestone Meadows, Elkhorn, NE