The Life Center of Hernando is currently at full capacity, housing five mothers and six toddlers. Plus, two moms are expecting.
The Life Center offers life skill classes 2-3 times a week. Our current focus is on helping our residents become employed. All of our current residents are either employed or working with Career Source to find employment.
The Life Center is able to offer our residents more help to achieve more success than ever before because of all our new volunteers! We have new volunteers helping with maintenance, driving, childcare, life skills and daily support. Many hands do make for a lighter work load and a better run program. Thanks to all the new staff: Jan, Winnie, Marilyn, Audie, Laura, Judy, Susan, Herb and Sandi. Things have never before run more smoothly. Naturally we also appreciate our staff who have stuck by TLC through our years of growth. Angela Welsh heads our life skills program. Gary Ballou keeps the buildings in good repair; Crystal Batten lives at TLC and assists our residents on a daily basis with all of life’s challenges. Pam Rimby organizes donations, Cynthia Salzman and Evelyn Algerian help with childcare. So many each help TLC in his/her own way. We have a great team!
With all this help, what else could TLC possibly need?
We desperately need someone with a strong back and a car to head up our shoe drive. We could use a few more drivers so that each shift can be kept as short as possible.
Our toddlers would enjoy having a warm hearted person to help with bedtime rituals. You know the drill: snack, teeth, PJ’s, story, prayers and good night hugs. A little love goes a long way.
Volunteers called “support staff” come to TLC each day to offer assistance as needed. While this support is extremely helpful, volunteers aren’t always thanked for their help. When a new resident enters the TLC program, she is often hurting and finds it difficult to do even the minimum to care for herself and her child. She is not thinking about thanking TLC for anything she receives. As time goes by and she regains her life, she is better able to appreciate what TLC has done for her. That is a process and often she doesn’t express her gratitude for some time. One such past resident wrote to us.
“Please know that I will always ever be so thankful to each and every one of you for what you did for my son and me. You guys have a special place in my heart for sure! Love you all”