"Lotus flower is able to emerge from Muddy Waters un-spoilt and pure it is considered to represent a wise and spiritually enlightened quality in a person; it is representative of somebody who carries out their tasks with little concern for any  reward and with a full liberation from attachment." www.lotusflowermeaning.net 
The The Mission, Duty, and Purpose of Lotus Reach is to provide clothes as well as other necessary items to the children and other organizations working with people in need.  As funds are available LR will give financial help to other non-profit organizations who are doing goodwill in the world.


Lotus Reach is the creator of the School Closet program which is in some of our local schools. .The request forms are filled out by the school parents and LR fills the forms with new clothing as we have available. This process is done as privately as possible. The dignity of our families is our priority, as well as making sure the children have clothing they need. Our goal is to bring School Closet program to all of the local schools in need in the near future. Throughout the year LR will be conducting new clothing drives & fundraisers to raise funds for the purchase of new items. We need your support, please help us by donating!!!
xo, LR team...
Funds donated will help us give back to the children in need by supplying them with new items such as winter coats, clothing, undergarments, shoes, socks and other necessary products. As any operating business we do have operating expenses. With your support of a monetary donation, we will be able to continue on with our mission of helping others...
Thank you,
xoxo Lotus Reach...

Due to overwhelming used clothes doations we are not able to accept any more at this time, until further notice.
Our team is very thankful for your support!

Mother of two beautiful and amazing girls: Marina & Jade.  I am happily married to Skip Rau who is also my biggest supporter in all things life has to offer.  Without him this would not be possible, and I thank him for giving me the opportunity to be able to do something that truly fills my heart with joy.  I moved to this country when I was thirteen years old from Yugoslavia.  I am also the Vice President of another amazing nonprofit organization that is doing so much good, called Rusty's Hope. Furthermore, I graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Organizational Leadership and Human Resources.  Being a stay-at-home mom for many years has fulfilled me, but I have always had the desire to do something more.  Lotus Reach is that something more for me.  It all started in November of 2015 after I was exposed to a heartbreaking reality of how many children and adults are in need of clothing and other necessary items mostly taken for granted.  With the idea to start a School Closet in Liberty Elementary School in Chesterton, IN (which IS a success), Lotus Reach was created.  How far we can take this organization is limitless. With some hard work & with my team of selfless and amazing individuals, I know we can accomplish amazing things, xoxo Zel...

Zeljka (Zel) Rau
Currently I am a stay-at-home mother raising a family of five beautiful children with an amazing father.  His tremendous help, support, and commitment to our family have enabled me to be a part of this wonderful nonprofit organization called Lotus Reach.  Being raised by loving and encouraging parents, I knew at an early age that I have always had a passion to help others or give back.  My parents were great role models in that department.  This passion of mine grew stronger and transpired into my desire to become a teacher.  I graduated from Purdue University with an Elementary and Special Education degree.  While teaching special education in the school system was gratifying, I decided my heart was telling me to stay at home and raise my family.  Now that my children are older, my heartstrings are once again pulling me in the direction of something more.  People are always in need. With Lotus Reach, I hope to reach out and touch as many lives as I can and continue to inspire others to pay it forward.  Giving freely is easy and can touch so many lives.  That is what life is about.  You are not just helping yourself; you are helping others.  Shine by example. 
Renee Nash
Vice President
Born in Alabama, I moved to Indiana when I was five years old.  I graduated from Valparaiso High School and then pursued my cosmetology degree.  For many years I have been a hairstylist, salon educator, and salon owner.  Recently, I have become a stay-at-home mom to my energetic daughter Theadora.  I was lucky enough to marry a longme friend. We feel incredibly blessed to have been able to travel all over the world, and interact with all kinds of cultures. Since becoming a mom I have had this intense desire to help others, especially children. I couldn’t be more grateful or dedicated to be part of Lotus Reach.
Beth Ostrowski
I moved to this country twenty-five years ago from Yugoslavia with the hope of making a better life for my daughter and myself.  Not only was that one of the best life choices I made for us, but our family increased as well.  I am now happily married to Vidosav, with whom I have a son, Nenad.  I have an engineering degree, which was utilized for thirteen years while working in a shoe manufacturing company back in Yugoslavia.  Futhermore, I worked for the United States Postal Service for fourteen years and just recently retired from my job as a rural carrier.  Lotus Reach came to my life at a perfect time.  With my retiring and recent life changes that have occurred in my life, Lotus Reach was an opportunity much needed.  I can't be more honored to be a part of such an amazing organization.  The future for Lotus Reach is limitless, and I can't wait to see where it will take us. 
Branka Jasnic
Four years ago, my sweet family and I moved to this area from Chicago. I left my position in corporate marketing for a global consulting firm, and became a stay at home mom to my three kids (Jackson, 10; Evelyn, 4; Oliver, 2). I have a very supportive and wonderful husband, and keep busy with doing "mom things" every day. My heart has always been in helping others and supporting different causes, and being a SAHM with a young family, I felt I was missing that part in my life. I firmly believe that we all have a purpose to try to help, support, give back and just "do" something - no matter how great or small. After finding Lotus Reach and falling in love with their mission, I felt moved to help. I am blessed and honored to have this opportunity, and look forward to helping this amazing organization in any way I can!

Tina Dang
Marketing Director
I  am happily married to my husband Patrick and have two wonderful children, Cameron and Olivia.  I also have three stepsons: Kegan, Colton, and Preston, whom I adore! I really enjoy watching them in their many activities, including track, cross country, and volleyball.  I am employed as an RN case manager at Porter Regional Hospital.  I am very excited about Lotus Reach! This is such an amazing organization that will help so many in our communities! I am very much looking forward to all that Lotus Reach has to offer.
Nysha Rinard
Board of Directors
I was born and raised in Indiana, and am the middle child of seven kids. I love all of my siblings and my two nephews dearly. Growing up, I was passionate about dance and worked part time as a dance teacher as well. Volunteering at Lotus Reach has been an amazing experience and has made me feel extremely blessed with the family, friends, and life that I have. I am currently in college working on my Bachelor's in business management at Purdue University Northwest. I am excited to see what opportunities are ahead of me after I graduate, and I hope to have a family of my own as well one day.
Anna Mahoney
Social Media Director
Tracy LeBio
Board of Directors

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Valparaiso Walmart Supercenter
2400 Morthland Dr
Valparaiso, IN 46383

Hammond Walmart Supercenter
7850 Cabela Dr
Hammond, IN 46324

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  EARTH DAY 5K walk/run by LOTUS REACH 

Dr. AJ Pampalone, D.O. FASN

Dr. Adam Perlmutter D.O.

Clothing Drives by our local community...

Little Lamb Preschool
Valparaiso, IN

We are so thankful to Little Lamb Preschool in Valparaiso. They chose Lotus Reach for their February service project, and collected many much needed items. They collected outerwear, clothes, shoes, socks/undergarments, and many toiletries. We are so appreciative for all your efforts and generosity! Without supporters like you, we would not be able to do what we do.


Purdue Calumet clothing and fund drive...
...we thank you from
the bottom of our hearts...TeamLR

WOW...what an amazing clothing drive you had...
we are so blessed to have you support us...
Much Love TeamLR

Wishing Tree Drive 2017

Valparaiso, IN

Wishing Tree Drive 2016

Excel Nutrition
Valparaiso, IN

Chesterton, IN

Chesterton, IN

Just a few cute volunteers painting the new office...

3 more painters helping, well maybe 2 ... lol

Jade's artwork of Lotus Reach...

Amazing Women of Lotus Reach ...

Let the sorting begin :)

We can't thank you enough for all of the donations, xoxo LR...

Our little volunteer supporters!

Lotus Reach Logo coming to life...
all done by these amazing young ladies we can't thank you enough...xoxo LR

Bagging "School Closet" Donations for Liberty Elementary School...

a few things to someone who needs it...

We want to thank Kayce Garbison & Amaanda Hommey for supporting our organizations. Pure Beaty Boutique is located in Chesterton IN, please go visit this genourous and community supporting salon for your beauty needs.
Thanks Ella Taylor for amazing backpacks. You will make someones day special...

Parkview Elementary School
School Closet requests DONE!!! We love helping our schools & the families. Thanks Sarah for volunteering your time for the School Closet, xo LR Team...

End of 2016 Meeting...WOW what a good year we had helping others...

So much fun at LR's 1st
Wine & Canvas Party!!!


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Lotus Reach would greatly
appreciate if you would like to
have your own event to
benifit our charity.  If you
have an idea please share with
us, and we can help you take the
right steps towards achieving
your set goal...
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Lotus Reach is always in need
of volunteers.
If you can give us some of
your time and help us with
upcoming events and projects,
it would be
 greatly appreciated...

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