Pregnant and Homeless at Christmas: an Old, Old Story
As a non-profit, The Life Center of Hernando relies on the generosity of others for everything. We are not asking for ourselves. We are the voice that lets you know about the needs of others. We love this time of year because it brings out the best in everyone. Churches and businesses are donating to TLC right now to ensure our children in shelter are not forgotten. Our 2015 needs are being met. We are very blessed!
Looking ahead to 2016, we will need lots more help. TLC is grateful for all of the support we have received over the last three years. We have sheltered 20 young women (7 of whom were pregnant) and their 20 children. Some stayed with us a year or more, receiving mentoring and training as well as shelter. There are so many more who need help. TLC does not desire to reduce the number of beds we have…yet that could happen.
We need your help before our contract on the Little House expires February 29, 2016. We have found the perfect building and are seeking finances. Without it, some of our residents will be homeless once again. Your contribution will help keep families sheltered. Please contribute today. Please contribute NOW!
For those who like visuals, our thermometer can be tracked at www.LifeCenterofHernando.com Let’s keep that red line moving on up! The $85,000 goal will provide eight bedrooms for eight families now and into the future. That’s roughly $10,000 to provide each bedroom. If each mom has just one child, $5,000 will forever make a difference in the life of a homeless person. If you knew of a homeless baby on Christmas, would you give $5,000 to shelter and care for him? We need $85,000 to keep our current bed count and expand to meet the needs of our community. Can you help? Will you help?
We make a living by what we get, But we make a life by what we give.
PO Box 10141 Brooksville, FL 34603
For more information please call Barbara at 352 597-0119
Every Donation Helps TLCJesse King is racing to help. He says, “I will be raising money for The Life Center of Hernando. My goal, through https://www.gofundme.com/7bbctc5g and this race, is to raise money to help the families that come through this house. My wife Kristen and I have been supporting this organization in 2015 through material donations and volunteer time, and I want to do more. It is an honor to be able to use this race to bring attention to the work they are doing while helping to raise money to support their mission.Thank you very much and I appreciate anything that you can give.”
TLC is not only working to increase its capacity, but is working to provide more services to our current residents. Larry Van Fossen has been reconditioning our new-to-us minivan. Phil Undested at Killingsworth Insurance is working hard to get TLC the best policy. We have a volunteer driver, Gail Matadors. Soon our residents will be able to get to the WIC office, to the library, to a notary, to the bank. Very, very exciting!
Eighth graders Haley Nelson and Emily DeSario chose The Life Center for their Gulf Coast Academy Pay It Forward projects. Haley raised $216.55 through a garage sale and bake sale. Emily raised $130 with a car wash. Great job, Haley and Emily, and many, many thanks. The money will be added to our expansion fund so we don’t have to ask anyone to move out in February. No one is too young to help. No donation is too small.
The Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Brooksville created
four handmade twin quilts, several crib and receiving blankets, and a quilted Christmas tree skirt for our residents. These quilts are on the beds, adding a colorful, homey touch to our rooms; the tree skirt adorns our Christmas tree. We are very blessed by their labor of love. Sharon Mack from Grace World Outreach Church has offered to help with additional decorating.
Volunteers Add to Success
A huge congratulations to Dr. Evangeline Reid. She is the new TLC board chair. Barbara Lemoine will continue to serve TLC as Executive Director. Watch for more about Evangeline as we move forward.
Morgan Booker volunteered with TLC over the summer. She says, “During this time I have seen so much growth within the organization and how they’re really dedicated to helping young single mothers with children. TLC works hard to meet the needs of its residents–not only physical needs, but emotional and spiritual needs as well. This organization is a community of love, and all of the volunteer staff are incredibly generous with their time and go above and beyond what is expected of them. Under the leadership of Barbara Lemoine, TLC has really started to flourish and make a name for itself in the community. I love how TLC has a Christian background and is spreading God’s love through being of service to others. I am blessed to have been a part of TLC and I know only great things are in store for its future.”
Taylor, one of our residents, led a tour of TLC for some visitors from St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. We have asked Taylor to record a virtual tour–she was that good! She blessed all of us with her enthusiastic appreciation for TLC. The members of St. Paul’s know that a single mother who chooses to parent needs help! We are looking forward to having St Paul as one of our community partners.
Thank you, Billie Woodside, for supplying party decorations. We never want to forget how important celebrations are to our families. Every mom longs to celebrate her child’s milestones and moms in shelter are no different.
Our volunteers help prepare our residents for the furure. Angela Welsh facilitates the Thursday evening Life Skill classes at TLC. She tries to bring in qualified members of the community to give the very best to our residents and to help them form ties in the community. We thought you might like to see the Money Management class led by Michele Jones from Insight Credit Union.
Volunteer of the Month
The Life Center of Hernando proudly presents Kristen King as Volunteer of the Month for November, 2015. Kristen joined The Life Center in September 2015, when she began offering parenting classes to the moms in residence. A young mother herself with 4-year-old twin boys (Miles left, Emmett right), Kristen’s full-time job is designing and delivering virtual training programs for a federal contractor specializing in human services research, evaluation, training, and technical assistance. Her extensive work in homelessness, mental health, and trauma during her career and the love of that work were what brought Kristen to TLC. She focuses on teaching TLC residents parenting skills that will build resilience in their children, reduce stress for the whole family, and create a solid foundation for physical and emotional health. Kristen is particularly passionate about gentle discipline, strategies that support early childhood development, home and vehicle safety, and maternal mental health. When Kristen isn’t working, having fun with her kiddos, or teaching at TLC, she writes a parenting blog at http://amateurparenting.com and trains for half-marathons.
We Love Babies!
At TLC, we have two precious little girls on the way. One will probably arrive before you read this and the other one will be here soon after. Ready or not, babies arrive! We try to help our residents be ready. Recently we were blessed to attend a baby shower hosted by two TLC residents for a third resident. It was well attended and nicely decorated, with delicious food, beautiful gifts, fun games and a glowing mother to be. Fun, fun, fun!
Then TLC House Manager Miranda Hoover and her friend Sherri Ann, both from Christian Fellowship Church, put together a combined baby shower for our two pregnant moms. The second mom missed the first shower because she hadn’t joined our TLC family yet. We hadn’t even met her yet. The birth of a baby is always a reason for celebration. We needed a second shower and the ladies at Christian Fellowship made it happen. We can’t wait to see these two darling bundles of joy!
We invite you to join our winning team. Help TLC help others. Maybe you can volunteer to be our:
> Maintenance worker
> Grant researcher
> Assistant Driver
> Social Director & Birthday Coordinator
> Experienced Executive Board member
> Preschool “teacher”
> Banquet planner
> Fund raiser for a new building
> Consignment vendor
> PR person
> Social Butterfly at community events
The life Center of Hernando, Inc. is a charitable organization registered under s.496.411(3), F.S. A copy of the official registration may be obtained from the division of consumer affairs by calling 1-800-435-7352 Toll-Free within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. The Life Center’s registration number in Florida is CH 22951