Chorus concert in Hollandale to benefit Hope Haven effortsPublished 9:53am Friday, March 8, 2013
HOLLANDALE — The Valley Male Chorus of Rock Valley, Iowa, will perform at the Hollandale Reformed Church, 101 Park Ave. E, at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The group performs a variety of musical selections and holds about 21 concerts each year, including a spring tour in the Midwest.
Dan Barkel has directed the Valley Male Chorus for 18 years, and Melissa Boer has accompanied the chorus for six years.
The Valley Male Chorus, which features about 30 singers, has been performing for about 40 years. The chorus is in its 34th season of representing Hope Haven, which officially sponsors the group.
Each chorus member volunteers his time and expenses.
The public is encouraged to attend the concert. A freewill offering will be taken for people with disabilities who are currently receiving services through Hope Haven’s local and global effort. The Valley Male chorus has helped make people throughout the Midwest aware of Hope Haven. The gifts from each concert are put into the Mission Fund for Persons With Disabilities at Hope Haven.
The group is a Christian, nonprofit training center for people with disabilities that is funded through gifts from supporting churches, businesses and individuals.
Hope Haven provides specialized services to about 1,400 people with disabilities, along with their families, by providing things such as: work activity, sheltered work, work adjustment and community-based employment. The group helps teach independent living skills training to children and adults in 44 residential facilities in 13 communities in Iowa and Minnesota. Hope Haven also offers additional services in nine other communities in Iowa.
Hope Haven International Ministries has distributed more than 100,000 free wheelchairs in 106 developing countries around the world. Hope Haven also has programs and services in Canada, Guatemala, Romania and Vietnam.