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5th Annual DocuTAP Golf Tournament winners

A big thank you, to everyone that came out and participated in the 5th annual DocuTAP Serves Golf Tournament. Congratulations to the following teams and players:

1st place: Merrill Lynch

2nd place: RSM

3rd place: Click Rain

 

Pin Prize Winners:

Hole 1: Mens Longest Putt- Nick Gottsleben

Hole 2: Ladies Straightest Drive- Lisa S

Hole 4: Mens Closest to the Pin- Jeff Koch

Hole 5: Ladies Shortest Drive- Lexie R

Hole 8: Ladies Longest Drive- Brittany Callies

Hole 9: Mens straightest Drive- Dave Medema

Hole 12: Ladies Longest Putt- Christie Aberson

Hole 13: Mens Shortest Drive- Josh Dudgeon

Hole 16: Mens Longest Drive- Cody Schnetter

Hole 17: Ladies Closest to the Pin- Brittany Rotert

 

Raffle winners:

CCB 50/50: Ryan Konz (donated it to DocuTAP Serves)

Apple Watch: Abby B

American Bank and Trust 50/50: Derrik Femrite

Intek $25 Scheels gift card: John Hamm

Putting contest: Keith Lubben

 

5th Annual DocuTAP Serves Golf Tournament

THE TIME IS HERE!

On Friday, August 24th, DocuTAP Serves will be hosting the 5th annual golf tournament. Last year, with the help of our sponsors and golfers, we raised over $30,000! God is so good! These proceeds went towards helping orphanages in Kenya, Haiti and India… and we are ready to do it again!

The golf tournament was exciting last year. But seeing the faces of the lives that have changed because of the donations was even more exciting. In the past year, DocuTAP Serves has helped:

  • Build a new home for a family in Haiti
  • Provided monthly food for an orphanage in India for 60+ kids
  • Started building a kitchen for an orphanage in India
  • Started the construction of a new elementary school in Kenya

Throughout the year, DocuTAP Serves has been blessed with generous donations, generous volunteers and generous hearts. Our goal for 2018 is to raise the bar and continue to help these kids and families in these countries.  Come join us at this event.

The tournament will be held at the Brandon Golf Course, 2100 E. Aspen Blvd. Registration will begin at 10:30am with a shotgun start at noon, snacks and drinks will be provided, and awards immediately following.

Registration fees include 18 hole scramble, golf cart, tournament swag bag, snacks and drinks for each golfer,  and the opportunity to win great prizes! Email [email protected] for your registration form before it fills up!

 

 

Kenya: UPDATE

We love seeing the progress in Kenya. In December we were able to partner with Simba Ministries on a building project. Thanks to all our donors that were part of this project. It truly has been a blessing to walk along side Simba Ministries and see the progress.

This is definitely a Christmas present DocuTAP Serves will never forget. Thanks to all that donated. We will continue to keep you posted on the progress.

Lord,
The foundation is set.
The walls are being built up.
We can not wait to see all the kids fill the rooms.
We can not wait to hear their giggles.
We can not wait to see their faces.
We can not wait for them to learn
….and to learn about you, Lord.

DTS returns to India…and fell in love.

We boarded a plane on April 20th to head across the world. To head out to see the faces we have not seen in years. The plane rides were long (8hrs and then another 10hrs) but completely worth it. The second we arrived at the orphanage the kiddos were lining the road and singing. “Welcome to our home. Welcome to our home. We’re so glad you are here….”

As we got out of the car they each handed us a flower…and we were done for…completely in love.

Seeing their faces and hearing their voices instantly reminded us why DocuTAP Serves matters. This is what life is about. Loving Others. This is why we are so thankful for the clinics that are joining us in making a difference in this world.

 

 

 


 

Meet Chadran.

I woke up the first morning and was drinking my coffee and Chadran sat next to me. We were just chatting about how he wants to be a professional football player when he grows up. He continued to tell me that he loves school, he loves learning English. Basic conversations with a kid. He was telling me all about his dreams and just his daily life.

And then I asked him “Do you have any siblings?”
He said “Yes, I have one big sister, Rachel. She saved my life.”
I was a little confused but with in a split second Chadran ran over to get a binder that Sister Celine keeps of the kids stories.
Chadran opened up the binder to “Their Page.”
My heart sank.
It was a newspaper article with two starving kids sitting on the floor.
Chadran looked at me without blinking an eye and said “My parents locked my sister and I in a room with nothing because they didn’t want us anymore. After 4 days the police found us and gave us to Sister Celine and… now we are here.”

…and now you are here.

My heart sank.
You are here sweet Chadran.
You are here at  The Lotus Home…being loved…being shown that you matter. Dreaming. Running. and being fed every day.
And I am so thankful that I got to meet you.

 

There are several stories like this. The point of this post is not to make you feel sad, or guilty, but to realize these kids are amazing. They are rising above the hardships. They are in an incredible home with an incredible “mom.” Sister Celine loves these kids with all her heart. She has dedicated her life to these 50+ orphans. She tells them daily that they matter. She provides love, laughter and even discipline.

And this is why I know DocuTAP Serves matters. When we got to see those faces and hear their stories it all became real. They are filled with joy. They are filled with laughter. They are filled with life and spirit. DocuTAP Serves is excited to continue to partner with this outstanding orphanage.

We are excited to take our team, employees, our clinics to come with us. To come and see the world that is out there. To come and see the difference YOU CAN MAKE with the Cents For Change Campaign and your donations and time.

 

 

 

DocuTAP Heads to Haiti

“Part of my heart is still in Haiti.”

“It has changed the way I communicated with others. (my friends, my family and co-workers).”

“It got me thinking, what will I be known for?”

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DocuTAP Serves recently took 5 of our employees down to Haiti for a week. A week they never will forget. We jumped off the plane and headed into the tiny village of Torbec. The mission for the week was to explore medical clinics, hospitals, a birthing center and an orphanage. However, we each experienced so much more than that. In one week we met doctors, nurses and kids that will forever remain in our hearts. We saw things. We smelt things that we never can explain. We experienced joy, laughter and heartache every single day.

It also lit a fire in our hearts. For years, DocuTAP has dreamed about growing our DocuTAP Serves division. After a week in Haiti we know God has a plan for this mission. We want to share our experience with you … and better yet … have you join us.

We spent the week with our partners at GoServ. They have an outstanding ministry that includes over 200+ orphans, a dental clinic, a medical clinic, a school, a farm and so much more. We spent majority of the week learning about the medical needs of kids in the center and the surrounding communities. We got the chance to just play and love on kids. We got the chance to see the new birthing center. We also had a chance to walk the streets and see some of the hardest living conditions ever.

Our team quickly realized that we have a lot to be thankful for and that there is definitely a way for us all to help others. Each day we realized the need for medical care, basic hygiene education, housing but also just love and support.

The story that hit each of us the most was the tour of the general hospital. First of all, we just got to take a tour of the hospital. I’m pretty sure OSHA would stop that tour asap in most of our worlds. Each room got harder and harder to walk thru. There were people laying on beds, one-after-the-other. No privacy. No separate rooms. Minimal care and no comfort. No air conditioner…that’s for sure.

We passed each bed and our hearts got heavier and heavier. Was this real life?

And then we met her. Rose Charline. She was a stunning little girl that I had met the week before. She was sitting up in her bed the week prior with a little smile on her face. She was waiting for a surgery and hoping that the doctors would talk to her parents soon. But for now…she was just waiting. She was filled with infection. She had typhoid. She had malaria. She was skin and bones…and she was beautiful.

But this week, she was not sitting up. She was lying down. Melting away. She still had no surgery. The doctors said maybe next week. The doctor was not sure what was wrong so they let her lay there. To be honest…she had minimal hope. We knelt down next to her bed. Looked in her eyes and said a prayer for her.

It hurt. It made a lot of us stop and think about our kids. Our hospital care? What would we do if she was in our clinics?

As we spoke with our director we asked if we could help. The mother said they had no money for medications so we all pitched in and agreed…we had to do something. So we paid a SMALL amount for her medications and hoped she got the surgery.

Rose Charlin will never know the impact she had on our team. We went back to our home that night and several of us cried. But several of us also realized… WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

The small amount of money we contributed to help her was what most of us would spend on a fancy dinner. As a team and a company DocuTAP is committed to making a difference to the lives of orphans, widows and the underprivileged. That is why we have launched our “cents for change” campaign. Several of our clinics are already joining us!

We want to personally thank each of you that has contributed to help Rose Charlin. Your monthly contributions helped provide comfort to a little girl. We want to also encourage each of you to join us on our “cents for change” campaign if you are not already. Just email us for more info.

Or better yet… come with us! We would love to have you join us on our next mission trip in August and September. Come join us on this amazing trip and you too can meet a Rose Charlin that will forever change your world.

 

 

 

The Teddy Bear Den

Yesterday we got the opportunity to volunteer at The Teddy Bear Den. What a blessing this organization is to the Sioux Falls Community.The Teddy Bear Den is an incentive and education based program for the limited income pregnant women in our community. They provide referrals, education and incentives to pregnant women, teens, new parents and their families. The mission assists with disadvantaged pregnant women in the Sioux Falls community to seek early and regular prenatal care.

One of the most unique features of the Den is the 265 health care providers, clinics, social service agencies, schools and treatment centers that collaborate to make referrals, stamp participant point books, and help to verify that our participants are maintaining a healthy lifestyle during their pregnancy.

Thank you for having us join you. It was a blessing to serve with you on your outstanding mission.

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“I love being able to give back and learn about great organizations in our community.”   –Michelle
“I thought this was a great way to volunteer my time and would do it again. This is a place that I don’t think enough people are aware of.”   — Stephanie.
“I loved this volunteer opportunity! I really felt like we made a difference and it was nice to see people using the program.”   -Brittney
 
“Teddy Bear Den was one of the better volunteer opportunity’s I’ve done in years!”       –Lindsay
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Golf Tournament Photos

As the weather is changing, we thought it would be great to reminisce on a day where you help make a change!!!

 

Below are some of the photos from the 2017 DocuTAP Serves Golf Tournament. It was a great day full of tons of laughter , fun and a few good golfers. Lets be honest, some of us were just there for the fun and to escape the office. (which is perfect.)

We want to thank you for joining! Each of you has been a blessing to our journey. I still can not believe that we raised over $25,000. That is just awesome! Those donations are truly making a difference to our friends in family in Haiti, India and locally.

YOU GUYS DID IT!! 

So take a second — reminisce not only on the change you made…but on the amazing day we had together!

We look forward to having you join us in 2018!!!


GOLF TOURNAMENT


The weather was great!

The food was outstanding!

The prizes were amazing!

The golf games were on point… well, some of them, but everyone had fun.

 

We are pleased to announce that our DocuTAP Serves golf tournament raised over $25,000 this year. You guys, THAT IS INCREDIBLE!

That is the best number to-date. We are so thankful for all of you that sponsored a hole, a pin prize or donated at the raffle during the tournament.


We are excited to spread the generous donations to those in need. I just returned from a mission trip to an orphanage in Honduras and I am heading to Haiti in November. We know now more than ever that God is calling us to walk alongside the widows and orphans in need.

 

$25,000 — YOU GUYS ROCK!!!

 

We can’t wait to have you join us next year! Have a great day!

 

Giving the Gift of Hope and Healing

At DocuTAP, we are inspired to give, especially at Christmas time. And this year, we were inspired to give a little more. Every December, we send a package to our clients, vendors, family, and friends, and this holiday season each package contained a special donation to Mission Haiti.

Over the years, DocuTAP Serves has been passionate about Mission Haiti and its efforts; and after Hurricane Matthew, we knew we wanted to get involved. Below is a true story about a family impacted by October’s storm and Mission Haiti’s important work.

Blog from Mission Haiti:

On October 4, 2016 in the Haitian village of Bethany, the Orgea brothers lost everything.

Before Hurricane Matthew, Labon and Jean Orgea ran a small business producing and selling charcoal. In addition to working together, the close-knit brothers built a single-room house where they, along with their wives and children, lived. They also had a garden, which was their primary food source. Despite the tight living conditions, having a decent house to live in, land to garden, and a village with a school nearby was a blessing for the family of fifteen.

Overnight, life was forever changed for the Orgeas. Hurricane Matthew had demolished the house. The garden crops were uprooted and the family business was unable to produce a meaningful income. When the hurricane subsided, the brothers stood homeless, without food, and without jobs.

Piece by piece, the Orgea brothers tried to collect materials from what was left of their village. Warped scrap metal was used to create makeshift houses not much bigger than the average garden shed in the U.S.

Mission Haiti learned of the Orgeas situation and was compelled to act. Funded by generous stateside donors via Mission Haiti’s Hurricane Relief Fund, the non-profit is now in the process of working with the brothers to construct a new house on the same foundation.

In early December, small teams of Mission Haiti volunteers worked with the brothers, clearing old rubble and dirt from the foundation. Without the help and support of Mission Haiti’s donors, the Orgea brothers would still be living in a makeshift shack. Now, with a house under construction and hope restored, the children are attending school while their parents tirelessly work to provide for the family.

The Orgea story is just one of many left in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Mission Haiti plans to build more houses alongside families whose homes have been leveled. If you are interested in helping contribute to a house, or desire to learn more about Mission Haiti’s hurricane relief efforts, please visit mission-haiti.org.

DocuTAP Serves, the charity branch of DocuTAP, has actively been working with Mission Haiti for years. Mission Haiti, a non-profit organization that began in Sioux Falls in 2005, focuses on orphan ministry, school sponsorships, evangelism, medical care, and short-term missions in villages throughout Haiti. 

Thank You!

The 3rd Annual DocuTAP Serves Golf Tournament was a success! We raised over $16,000 for Mission Haiti on Friday, September 23 at the 3rd Annual DocuTAP Serves Golf Tournament. Proceeds will go towards building an urgent care facility to serve Haitian communities. It was a beautiful day and we extend our thanks to the sponsors, golfers, and volunteers who helped make the day so great.

Congratulations to the winning teams:

1st Place: Cornerstone Financial (Zach Hebbert, Matt George, Matt Drake, Aaron Rogers)

2nd Place: Aflac (Chris Gustafson, Aaron Janssen, Keven Weg, Jason Schutz)

3rd Place: Chris Hanssen, Kim Hanssen, Joe Munson, Shelly Munson

 

And the following Pin Prize Winners: Romana Ennenga, Steve Hartman, Christie Aberson, Zach Rutten, Susie Heineman, and Brian Clausen.

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