A Support Letter
If the Dawn Center of Hernando wrote The Life Center of Hernando a support letter, what would it say? Hernando County only has three shelters. There have long been two shelters in our county: Jericho Road and the Dawn Center. Now the Life Center of Hernando has joined the other two in providing shelter for folks who would otherwise be homeless. What do the other shelters think about this? Are we “stealing” their clients? Is TLC butting in where we are not needed? Is TLC taking their grant dollars? Is TLC a second rate shelter? Not according to Shannon Sokolowski the Executive Director of The Dawn Center. In a letter dated 12/17/13 she said in part:
“Our staff and volunteers witness first-hand the struggles that single mother face in our community. Prior The Life center opening its doors, there were no transitional housing options available for our program participants to enter when exiting our emergency shelter program. To date, several women and children involved in the Dawn Center’s emergency shelter have had the opportunity to enter TLC’s “Little House” and have benefited greatly from that opportunity. ”
“Becoming independent and self-sufficient is difficult for anyone who has been displaced or is living in an unstable situation. Homeless women face many barriers in achieving their goals, but having the responsibility of small children crates additional challenges such as finding/affording adequate childcare and the additional cost of obtaining necessary supplies (diaper, formula, clothing and baby equipment). Your program is effective due to offering an extended length of stay (helpful in allowing time to achieve longer term self-self-sufficiency goals), teaching essential life skills and assisting with childcare and other related children’s needs. Dawn Center supports your programming and any efforts to grow and expand your services. We are proud to call TLC a community partner and support you in your future endeavors.”
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++So a similar agency supports The Life Center of Hernando. What about the general public. what about people who call The Life Center of Hernando looking for help? TLC can not help everyone, but it did help Barbara James and on 9/10/14. In her support letter she had this to say:
Thank you so much for you kind assistance in helping with Angie and Troy. The sudden appearance of her brother’s twin month old infant sons was quite a surprise, especially since there had been no notice or preparation made for their arrival beforehand.
The gift of clothes, formula and diapers helped them immensely during the initial adjustment. The boys, Conner and Jesse, are well and thriving in their new environment.
Just knowing there was someone in Hernando County that understood their situation and was willing to lend a hand was a tremendous boost, both physically for the children and mentally for their custodial caregivers.
If there is anything that I can do to help The Life Center in return, please do not hesitate to call. I am a retired nurse and spent many years in Labor Delivery, Nursery, NICU and both prenatal and postnatal care. Your organization strikes very close to my heart.
God’s Blessings rain upon you, all your volunteers and those young people you help.
So a similar agency supports The Life Center of Hernando. The general public supports the Life Center of Hernando. What about people who come to The Life Center of Hernando to live? TLC can not house everyone, but it did help Ashley and she has this to say in her support letter:
“The Life Center of Hernando changed my life and the lives of my two housemates. However, and sadly, The Life center receives calls every week from young women just like me who need a safe place to stay while they get their lives together. But they are turned away because right now, The Little House is full. Since the doors opened last March, TLC has had to turn down 50 requests for shelter. Every day that goes by, another little family is at risk. The need is great, TLC is willing, but we need your help to grow. We need a second and a third residence. Please help TLC help other young moms and children avoid homelessness and learn how to be independent, self-sufficient members of society and positive role models for their children.”