The Life Center of Hernando Newsletter Nov. 2016
TLC the Place and the People
The holidays are here and soon 2016 will be over. As we look back, we feel extremely blessed to be part of the incredible ministry of TLC. The Life Center of Hernando has grown up a lot since we first opened our doors in March of 2012. The Life Center is better than ever: bigger and cleaner, with more services, more volunteers, more moms and more babies. There has been growth in every area: facility, residents, staff, finances, programs, and vision.
TLC is first and foremost a shelter providing long term transitional housing. TLC occupies two adjoining buildings in Brooksville. Our total bedroom count is 8. We are currently at full capacity with 4 moms on the wait list. Each mom has her own room which she shares with her child/children. One bedroom is reserved for the House Manager.
Both buildings are fully operational.
Our preschoolers enjoy the fenced playground
Our well has a new tank
Our septic no longer overflows
Our roof is not in danger of being crushed by a falling branch
Our A/C works in both buildings!
We now have a garden
TLC bought a new freezer
We have completed all the room inventories.
We have had numerous donations: a desk lamp, crib sheets, computers and paper products. Thanks to one and all who contributed!
Fifteen people are currently living at the shelter, including 7 children. Two more babies are expected soon.
All of our moms are in school, working or enrolled in Career Source.
Because of our program, two moms have been reunited with their children following DCF involvement
Residents now earn TLC dollars which they use to purchase their own hygiene and baby items in our newly created boutique.
Residents are involved in community service and are giving back.
Giving Time and Talents
TLC loves our volunteers! TLC would not exist without the many people who give so generously. A huge thanks to every one of them! Our volunteers are what make TLC great. We are discovering that the more volunteers we have, the more supported progress we can achieve and the smoother everything goes.
We have many, many people who help us with fund raisers: racing bikes, selling hot dogs, conducting shoe drives and fashion shows, and donating consignment items. We wanted to honor them all so on October 15, the board hosted a volunteer appreciation day. It included a BBQ lunch and a tour of the facility. It was a time for the board, staff, and residents to get better acquainted. The board wanted to make sure volunteers knew how valued and appreciated each one is. Everyone who contributed time or finances to TLC in any way was invited. There were current volunteers and several new ones, in addition to a couple of familiar faces from the past.
Grace World Outreach Church allowed The Life Center to participate in its recent Ministry Fair. This was a huge blessing.. TLC signed up several new volunteers.
Child care: Childcare for a single parent can be a problem. We have new volunteers helping with child care. We call them Baby Holders. They are especially helpful on the evenings we hold Life Skill Classes.
Support Staff: We have created a new position called “support staff”. These are volunteers who come to TLC one day a week to offer assistance as needed. So far this is working well to provide more structure to our program. These volunteers are there to help our residents in any way they can: baby holding, reading to toddlers, teaching cooking, discussing life’s issues, taking a walk, encouraging housework or running the boutique.
Finding a driver of our van was a challenge. We needed a driver who was willing to commit several days a week to drive the TLC Honda mini van. We found our new driver: Eric. Being able to offer transportation to our residents has made a huge difference in their lives. We are able to offer transportation for appointments and grocery shopping.
We have a maintenance guy who never stops improving our home: Gary
repaired old A/C water damage in one bedroom ceiling. He attached tub tiles and addressed washing machine issues.
Most important of all, we have a fantastic live-in House Manager. Her name is Crystal and she is responsible for our seven young mothers and their babies. She must encourage each resident to reach her goal of independent living. She must be available and supportive. She is responsible for enforcing rules in a consistent, constructive manner, promoting scheduled activities and overseeing housekeeping schedules.
Crystal is required to work 10 hours a week. She is doing much, much more. She is a blessing. As she has discovered, TLC soon becomes an all consuming ministry as she interacts with residents and helps them achieve their goals.
Thank you Angela, April, Asia, Barbara, Cathy, Connie, Crystal, Cynthia, Deborah, Denise, Eric, Evangeline, Gary, Jesse, JoAnn, Kit, Kristen, Laura, Pamela, Pat, Paul, Robin, Rosemary, Rozanne, Sharon, Silvia, Tracy, Rosemary, and all the rest of our crew for a job well done.
Finances & Donations:
We love to talk about TLC and share the wonderful things that are happening here. Sometimes we get invited to speak to a group. We always hope that group will be touched by the stories of lives changed. We hope that will translate into donations or volunteers – or both. We have never gotten a bigger response than we did recently at Cloverleaf. WOW! That is a generous bunch of women! First, they allowed us to tell about TLC. Then they presented a whole stage full of hygiene items (even 2 microwaves). If that wasn’t enough, they took up a cash donation. They wanted to do even more. Several members sought out TLC and popped by to volunteer! We are overwhelmed with gratitude! Thank you, Clover Leaf!
We recently received a generous donation from Larry’s Vans Cars and Trucks. Larry says, “I could not be more pleased that some of TLC’s goals have been realized with our assistance. Timing is the critical element. For all of us, our time to move the needle in the right direction is limited, and we need to take advantage of opportunities when presented. There are many good causes worthy to support, both local and beyond. As a small business, I felt we could either do something small for a large, already successful non profit or make a larger impact on a small non profit perhaps struggling to meet its objectives. Everything I saw about TLC from my first exposure of you building back the Little House to the letter of application for our first Christmas Car told me that your cause was most worthy.”
We sent out about 80 letters to local churches. We are hoping some of them will begin getting involved and contributing monthly support to TLC. After all, if churches speak out against abortion, the result is going to be babies–and babies require care. A young single mother needs help to raise her child. Please encourage your church to get involved.
The Gamma XI Master, a chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, is hosting a benefit has a wine tasting for TLC November 4th form 7-9 PM. For tickets call Marsha 352 796 5490 or Lynda 352 796 6966
The Life Center is once again gearing up for a shoe drive. That means you can use your unwanted shoes to bless others. How does it work?
You donate your unwanted shoes to TLC
A company pays TLC for the shoes by the pound
The company sends the shoes to a third world country where locals set up a shoe business.
What to do: For now just save your shoes. Donation locations will be published after the holidays.
Want to volunteer or need an early pick up? Call Rozanne Cannucci
352 585 4994
Activities Current & Future
We offer Life Skill Classes several times a week. Our Life Skill opportunities grew so much this last year, we had to restructure. The result is that we now offer our residents Essential Life Skills in addition to weekly personal development classes. In the Essentials class, numerous facilitators teach a class or series of classes on anger management, Bible studies, nutrition, gardening, money management and so on.
The garden project was one part of the Essential Life Skills. Four of our adult residents and their toddlers were on hand to assist the Master Gardeners with the garden’s creation. Thanks to Dr. Bill Lester and Master Gardener John Beatty from Hernando County Extension Services, TLC is now ready to start growing herbs, carrots, radishes and other vegetables. The box is not huge so it can be easily managed by residents. Dr. Lester will be back over the next months on a weekly basis to plant and work with our residents on watering and weeding needs.
While several of the children in the facility are now in licensed daycare, we felt it would be very beneficial for our toddlers to have a teacher who would offer preschool activities. In our newest program, the toddlers at TLC will have their very own class on Saturday mornings. We anticipate a room full of happy kids engaged with puzzles, blocks, books, play dough and finger paint.
> Remove the rubble pile
> Renovate the outbuilding as our new learning center for adults
> Clear the woods and create kid’s play stations
> Christmas is coming. The kids will need a party. Any volunteers?
TLC is gearing up to grow again! The outbuilding on our property will eventually be converted to a meeting/study room for our adult residents and staff. Lots of learning and talking and computing will happen there. The building has history! At one point, it was used to process honey. We have been referring to it as the Honey House- a name that is no longer appropriate. Honoring this history, a new name was recently selected from contest submissions. Three winners share the spotlight. Deb Adams suggest the BEE, Barbara Lemoine thought BEE should stand for stand for Becoming Educated and Empowered then Kit Raymond added Hive to denote activity. The building is our new BEE Hive. Watch for the grand opening of The BEE Hive some time in the future after we have materials and labor to renovate. We have the name and the vision. Now we must get busy. Care to help? You can reach us at PO Box 10141 Brooksville, FL 34603 or leave a message at 352 597 0119.
Feeling strong and creative? We have a great fall project for you. We have a patch of woods that runs along the property line of our new facility. A rough guess is that it is about 100’ by 40’–just the right size for a preschool play woods. We have no shortage of ideas on how to transform this into an enchanted outdoor play area. This would be a perfect project for a group. Are you part of a garden club? church group? large family? home school group? Give Barbara a call and come join the fun. 352 597 0119
You can help:
> Volunteer. firstname.lastname@example.org or call 352-597-0119
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> Donate a vehicle http://www.lifecenterofhernando.com/vehicle-donations/ (888) 448-3345
> Create a Legacy http://www.lifecenterofhernando.com/legacy-society/
> Send a donation to TLC PO Box 10141 Brooksville, FL 34603
The Life Center oThe 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
His Heart, His Hands, His House