The Life Center of Hernando Oct. 2015 Newsletter

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2 Huge Blessings

So much happened at TLC in September, it will be difficult to condense all of our incredible news into this one short newsletter. 

You probably already know we had a floor that was so rotten people were actually falling through it! Ken Santucci worked non-stop for several weeks to replace the floor and get the 

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building back in use for the moms who were so desperately waiting for shelter.  At one point, things weren’t looking very good, but suddenly everything fell into place. Joseph’s House loaned TLC a truck to pick up the new flooring donated by Pay It Forward Farm. 

Home Depot employee Rosemary Atkins knew about TLC and was determined to help. She got management to generously support this project. Volunteers to assist Ken were in very short supply. That slowed him down, but it did not stop him.  

Ken is our hero. One TLC board member sent Ken a message:

Ken, let me express my gratitude for your loving and 

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persevering service. So many people offer to volunteer 

because it feels good to offer, but when the time comes to work, we can’t find them! You, on the other hand, did this service “as unto Jesus” and didn’t quit until the job was finished. May you be highly favored before God for your endurance and your skilled craftsmanship dedicated to Him. “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

We are grateful to all of the volunteers who assisted recently. Beth McGlothlin assists regularly as does Morgan Booker. Mike Carter came by to fix our dryer problem and ended up fixing the electrical water pump which had gone out, leaving us with no water! We are very blessed by each volunteer. Volunteers help TLC help others.

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Since we opened our doors,TLC residents have had unmet transportation needs. We have been challenged simply to provide our housing program and could not help in this crucial area until now. We received incredible news! TLC IS GETTING A VEHICLE! The Board of County Commissioners approved funds for this project. At the same time, Larry VanFossen stepped up to offer his help. Pictured is one way Larry is helping TLC. Together we are accomplishing more.

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TLC Volunteers

Ever wonder what the volunteers at TLC experience? Kit Raymond decided to share her experience. Kit says, “I began serving at The Life Center because I hoped to make a difference in the lives of the young families who come to TLC in desperation. They have NOWHERE else to go–not even another women’s shelter will take pregnant women or women with children just because they are homeless. I have to admit it is often frustrating: the women come in with the same baggage and problems they have carried most of their lives–and they can be challenging, rude, and even unthankful at times. However, little by little, we see changes–better parenting, new skills, recognition they can make a future for themselves and their child. And sometimes we get women who make giant strides; all they need is a safe place and people willing to show them the way. Then, especially, the frustration and long hours have been worth it. Then it is obvious that The Life Center has literally rescued a family that was being thrown away. ‘

Here is our current staff- in no particular order: 

> Kristen King is now teaching weekly parenting classes.  

> Jannette Pena will teach our first Bible class on 10/12.

> Barbara Lemoine oversees Success Markers and Parents as Educators.  

> Angela Welsh continues to facilitate weekly Life Skill classes. 

> Robin Cook interviews new residents and offers spiritual guidance. 

> Silvia Vadell is helping residents set and reach goals. 

> Kit Raymond is still our TEMPORARY House Manager. Help wanted!

> Bob Santoro just volunteered to be our maintenance man

> There are several others and we appreciate you all. 

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Barbara Lemoine, Executive Director of The Life Center, was chosen as one of the Hernando Heroes and was honored at the Habitat for Humanity Heroes Gala. Kit Raymond (right) and Barbara Lemoine (left) attended the Gala representing TLC. The theme centered around the fact that all volunteers are heroes and they are simply ordinary people who do a little (or a lot) more than other ordinary people.

TLC has new residents, new volunteers, new finances, new energy and new dreams. Join a winning team and help TLC help others. Tell us what you can do.

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At the Shelter

What’s happening at TLC?

On a recent history making day, prayer warriors gathered to

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seek God’s blessing and provision for future expansion of TLC. The name of the project is “7010”. Please join TLC in asking God for His perfect will in His perfect timing regarding project 7010. We have our eyes on a building that could not be more perfect for our needs. Now we need some creative financing. 

The contract on our original building is up In February, 2016. The owner will not be renewing our contract and we will lose half our beds. There is a huge need. Last month we had 15 families ask about shelter. The number we can help depends on the number of beds we can provide. Currently we have 4 moms and 4 children living at TLC (along with a couple of yet unborn babies), and another family will be joining them soon.

We were recently very blessed to see a former residents on Linked-In. She came to us as a first time pregnant mom. After her baby was born, she returned to college and got her degree. We love having played a part in her success. We want to help more like her.

 

Anna’s Story ran for 69 weeks. Our fictional character mirrors many of the experiences common to those in shelters. In episode 69, Anna  got a job, enrolled kids in daycare moved out of the shelter–just that fast. We hope you enjoyed the series. Past episodes can be read at www.LifeCenterofHernando.com 

 

Help Wanted

 

>PR

>Childcare

>Grant writing  

>House keeping supervisor 

>Mentor

>Party planner 

>Driver

>Sort baby clothes 

>Collect shoes

>Like/share

www.facebook.com/TheLifeCenterOfHernando 

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Wish List

>Finances

>Twin bedding 

>Crib sheets

>Sleep sacks 

>Changing pads

>Box fans 

>Household Supplies

>Hygiene items: 

>Diapers

>Folding chairs & table

>Towels  

>Dresser

>Small TV with VHS or DVD

>USB wireless adapter

>Blackout curtains 

>Wall hung lamps

>Alarm clocks 

>Yarn for baby blankets

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How can you help?

>Volunteer. thelifecenterfl@gmail.com or 352-597-0119. Ask for Barbara 

> Like us at https://www.facebook.comTheLifeCenterOfHernando

> Learn more about TLC at www.LifeCenterofHernando.com

> Before shopping, click on https://smile.amazon.com/ch/32-0004500

> Donate anything with a title. 877 227 7487 Mention TLC

> Send a donation to TLC  PO Box 10141 Brooksville, FL 34603

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


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The life Center of Hernando, Inc. is a 501(c)3 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.