Christian Life Church to host Night to Shine Prom for people with special needs sponsored by Tim Tebow Foundation

Christian Life Church in Plymouth has announced they will serve as one of more than 450 churches around the world that will host Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, simultaneously on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.

Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs, ages 14 and older.

Every guest of Night to Shine enters this complimentary event on a red carpet complete with a warm welcome from a friendly crowd. Guests receive the royal treatment, including hair and makeup touch-up stations, shoe shining areas, limousine rides, corsages and boutonnieres, catered foods, a respite room for parents and caretakers, a sensory room and a DJ. Each guest will be crowned king or queen of the prom in a special ceremony.

The Plymouth event will also feature the chance to hang out with Stormtroopers from “Star Wars.”

The event will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at Christian Life Church, 300 Rustic Street, Plymouth. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. 

Registration is required and will be open from Dec. 11 to Jan. 12, or when maximum attendance is reached. Please email or call 920-892-4080 for a registration form.

To be considered for a volunteer opportunity, visit

For additional information on the Night to Shine hosted by Christian Life Church in Plymouth, visit or “like” us on Facebook.

For more information on the worldwide movement of Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, visit:

The Tim Tebow Foundation exists to bring Faith, Hope and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need. That mission is being fulfilled every day through the foundation’s seven areas of outreach, including W15H, Timmy’s Playrooms, Orphan Care, Adoption Aid, the Tebow CURE Hospital, Team Tebow and Night to Shine. For more information on the Tim Tebow Foundation, please visit

Night to Shine Registration Form

Return form by January 12, 2018, to:
Christian Life Church
300 Rustic Street
Plymouth, WI 53073
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Sprecher’s Donates to RCS Trailside Park

Pictured Left to Right: Vicki Pfister (RCS Vice President of Adult Services), Laurie Dawson (Sprecher’s Sales and Events Manager), Betsy Alles (Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director), Martha VandeLeest (RCS Empowers Inc. President), Steven J. Schmitt (Sprecher’s Co-owner), Mayor Mike Vandersteen.

Sprecher’s Restaurant and Pub began a Non-Profit of the Month program this year to make a difference in the Sheboygan community.  Sprecher’s selected RCS Empowers, Inc. to be their non-profit for the month of August. Sprecher’s presented RCS President, Martha VandeLeest with a $950 donation to the RCS Trailside Park. The amount was a portion of their August 15 receipts on “RCS Day” at Sprecher’s.   

 “Sprecher’s chose the RCS Trailside Park because it will provide barrier free access for those with mobility concerns,” said Laurie Dawson, Sprecher’s Sales and Events Manager. “The park provides an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors on the public trail without obstacles in accessing a public recreation area.”  The walkways, benches and covered picnic tables will be connected directly to the trail, so wheelchairs, scooters, bike carriers with children and those with mobility issues do not have to navigate any uneven terrain.   RCS Empowers, Inc. received a grant in July for $32,287 from the Sheboygan County Stewardship Fund. RCS is in the midst of a capital campaign to raise additional funds to reach the $85,000 estimated budget to complete the project.

 RCS Empowers Inc. plans to take underutilized RCS land on both sides of the Shoreland 400 Rail Trail (public bike path) and establish an attractive handicap accessible green space. “The RCS Trailside Park will be open to the public, RCS participants and staff,” said RCS President, Martha VandeLeest. “Our vision is for the park to be a welcoming and friendly space where individuals can stop to picnic, socialize or just take a break and enjoy the outdoors.” The park location will expand outdoor activity opportunities for those with mobility concerns in Sheboygan County.

 The RCS Trailside Park will have permanently installed benches, tables, planters, waste receptacles, and landscaping. Construction of the RCS Trailside Park is planned to begin in fall of 2017 with completion by summer of 2018. To learn more about this barrier-free community friendly space for the community to enjoy for many years to come or to donate a memorial gift to this exciting project, contact Monica Senkbeil at 920-458-8261.


RCS Empowers, Inc. Announces President’s Retirement and Successor

RCS Empowers, Inc. Board of Directors today announced that Ron Van Rooyen will retire as President on April 28, 2017. The Board of Directors has elected Martha VandeLeest, as part of a two-year succession plan, to be the company’s next President, effective the end of April. VandeLeest currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer.
Van Rooyen began his work with RCS as assistant director in 1969, was named executive director in 1973, and was elected president in August of 1983. “Ron’s vision has led to significant growth and success during his 47 years at RCS by leading an exceptional management team in the delivery of Employment, Community and Business Services,” said Karri Neils, Board Chair. “Under his leadership, the company has established a strong business model to be financially sound and has expanded operations by orchestrating a move to a single campus of services at the Geele Avenue headquarters. While Ron will certainly be missed, I am equally as confident in the leadership of Martha VandeLeest as she assumes the role of President. Martha has served as Chief Financial Officer for the last two years. Her excellent performance in this role, vast business experience, and her financial acumen will serve RCS well in the years ahead.”
Van Rooyen noted, “It has been an honor to be a part of this great organization alongside our dedicated employees, Board members, and workers. RCS Empowers, Inc. has a 61-year history of providing “state of the art” Day Services, Prevocational Services, Employment Services, Birth to Three Services and Business Services, as well as empowering individuals in Sheboygan County. I am extremely humbled and proud of our accomplishments.”
VandeLeest is an alumnus of Lakeland College with a degree in Accounting and the University of Wisconsin-Madison – School of Business where she completed her Executive MBA. “It is truly an honor to be elected as the next President of RCS Empowers, Inc.,” said VandeLeest. “This is a remarkable organization made up of inspired employees dedicated to providing services and empowering individuals with disabilities to achieve their goals. It has been a pleasure to work with Ron over the past two years, and I look forward to leading the organization with this legacy of excellence. In the past two years, we have streamlined operations and processes and are well positioned for continued future growth with unlimited opportunities in the years to come.”

RCS Volunteer Receives Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award


RCS volunteer, Marge Sonnenburg, personifies the “Spirit of Giving” through her selfless dedication to helping others. It was no surprise to the staff and participants at RCS when she received the Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award at the Spirit of Sheboygan County Volunteer Awards this year. Sonnenburg has been volunteering at RCS Empowers, Inc. for 30+ years!

Sonnenburg first started volunteering in Vivian Bienert’s Drama Groups when Vivian started the RCS play over 30 years ago. Since that time, Sonnenburg has volunteered in many classrooms over the years and has assisted with sewing play costumes and prom dresses. She is now 91 years old and does not drive anymore. Sonnenburg takes the city bus to come to RCS on Thursday afternoons to help RCS Art Therapy classes. Sonnenburg has helped with this class for seven years, even during the winter months, rain or shine. She is truly committed to helping others.

Sonnenburg has embraced what art therapy can give the participants, especially the power of creativity and choice. The class enjoys hearing Sonnenburg’s view on life because of her wealth of wisdom and life experience. She shares her bits of wisdom that participants can use in their daily life, such as, “Life is too short, so be kind to each other.”

At RCS Empowers, our mission statement is, “To empower individuals with disabilities & special needs so that they may work, live and function with dignity and respect.” Sonnenburg empowers our participants through her kindness and wisdom. Whether it’s helping out during the RCS Empowers plays, the art shows, the Art Therapy groups, or daily living, Sonnenburg always lends a caring ear, smiling face, and kind heart to those who need it the most.

Birth to Three program had 100% compliance in their State of Wisconsin review…

Congratulations to the RCS Birth to Three Staff: Sheila Sprang, Deb Binversie, Stacy Grusznski, and April Sabel.

The State of Wisconsin completed a review and found that they had 100% compliance in providing services to infants, toddlers, and families in need of Birth to Three Services. The Birth to Three Program has standards that need to be met including the length of time from referral to service, timeframes for service provision, reporting requirements, and other quality measures.  

This is a great reflection on our staff and the superb services they provide. We are very proud of you!