Schmokers honored by Friendship Haven

The latest building being constructed at Friendship Haven has been named Schmoker Adult Day Services, in honor of Tom and Norma Schmoker, who provided the lead gift to Generations Adult Day Services.

“The Schmokers’ gift is very generous and humbling,” said Julie Thorson, Friendship Haven’s CEO and president. “Tom and Norma have been so kind to the Fort Dodge community throughout their lives, and I’m glad Friendship Haven has a special place in their hearts. With this gift, their contributions will be recognized in a very prominent building on our campus.”

Geared toward adults 18 and older who want to access Friendship Haven’s services while continuing to live at home as long as possible, Schmoker Adult Day Services provides companionship, memory support services and assistance with personal care and other daily living activities.

“The people of Friendship Haven are very caring, and we’re fortunate to have this wonderful community in our area,” said Tom Schmoker, who owned the Quality Plus Essar Corp. in Fort Dodge from 1961 to 1989.

This spring, the Iowa Economic Development Authority awarded the city of Fort Dodge and Friendship Haven’s Adult Day Program a $420,000 Community Development Block Grant. These funds will help Friendship Haven build a new 4,400-square-foot building for Schmoker Adult Day Services on the southwest corner of Friendship Haven’s campus, near the Fort Museum Opera House. Construction is slated for completion next spring.

Schmoker Adult Day Services provides invaluable services for people throughout the community, said Thorson, who noted that program participation has soared 67 percent in the past five years.

“The relationships that are built in our Adult Day Program are priceless. To have that recognized by the Schmokers is outstanding. We can’t thank them enough for this generous gift.”

Norma Schmoker said she appreciates Friendship Haven’s long-term vision for serving the community.

“There’s no such thing as standing still. You’re either going backwards, or you’re growing. We’re pleased to help Friendship Haven build for the future,” she said.

The Schmoker Adult Day Services project is a part of a $3.5 million capital campaign to revitalize the entire Friendship Haven campus. While this “Dare to Imagine Beyond the Dream” campaign will conclude by the end of the year, donations are still needed and additional naming opportunities are available.

For more information, contact Chad Hammar, Friendship Haven’s development coordinator, 573-6705, or