Updated: Jun 30, 2021
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to TLC!
TLC is one year old MARCH 1ST, 2014!
Watch us grow!
In March of 2013, The Life Center of Hernando offered its first young family a place to live. With this offer came a promise to use all resources at our disposal to help the moms become self-confident, independent heads of households.
That promise is being kept. As TLC enters its second year, we continue to expand services, share and team together with our families in a way that was not possible a year ago. TLC is a grass- roots, community effort. Imagine what we can accomplish together in the next 12months!
Our residents say “Thank you for a place to call home. Not only shelter but life skills and love.” Programs, finances, and volunteers are important, but the heart of the story is our young families. We are proud of them and want to share some of their successes with you. The happiest news this past year has been the birth of three beautiful, healthy baby boys! They are the beginning of a new cycle of family success. Although they are still small, we envision these young men as intelligent, creative compassionate persons. Welcome to the world, you darling bundles of joy.
Since opening on March 1, 2013, TLC has provided over 84 weeks of shelter for seven families for a value of approximately $8,400. This population included seven women, 4 of them pregnant, and 7 little ones. How did we do it? In 2013 we had over 40 volunteers! In addition, we had in-kind donations valued at over $23,000 and $2,881 in cash donations.
We still have only one monthly pledge, but it brings in $10 a month and we are grateful. Yes, you read correctly. We ran TLC based on an “guaranteed income” of $10 a month! Who would attempt such a thing? Well, we were far too busy to look around and notice how we were managing. Looking back all we can say is, “Thank you, God.” As much as we have done, we know it is not enough.
In 2013 we had 88 moms who requested assistance. TLC was only able to help a handful. Looking to the future, we need to expand. We have a few areas in which we want to improve in order to more effectively serve our community.
Our motto for 2014 is “Excellence before Expansion.”
UPDATE: TLC Learning Center
Where there are moms, there are children. Don’t all children deserve the best possible start in life? Especially children who have lived through trauma? TLC believes in the importance of early childhood education and the effect it has on future school success.
TLC is preparing to open our own licensed home daycare. This is not an easy endeavor. We have had to work on the building, stock it with toys and equipment, and find our future teachers. Now we are helping those future teachers meet licensing requirements. Teachers need infant first-aid and CPR, background checks and hours of training. All of this is expensive and time consuming. The goal is quality care for the children. It will also be a place where some of our moms can do volunteer work or be employed.
Recently Emergency Management Specialist, Dan Santana offered to come to the residence and teach the required CPR and FIRST AID class. Dan offered these classes for free at our location! Our moms deal with very limited transportation options and paying for classes poses another obstacle. We were delighted with this opportunity!
*Killingsworth Insurance donated cash, always a welcome gift!
*Flammer Ford’s gifts included 2 bikes and a huge sack of gifts.
*Su Zakar captured our residents on film, creating portrait treasures that she generously donated for each family.
*Keller-Williams selected TLC as its yearly Christmas charity. Thank you to Lou Carfino, Bill Moffitt, Tracie Mailer, and all the folks at Keller-Williams.
*Staywell continues to print our newsletters. We are very grateful.
TLC could not have reached our 1st Anniversary without the support of the following:
*Keeley Toro of Spring Hill Now continues to manage TLC’s face book page. Keeley runs the premier website for things to do in Hernando County. Be sure to check www.springhillnow.com, and www.Facebook.com/SpringHillNow and www.Facebook.com/HernandoDailyNews. if you’re looking for things to do locally.
*Rick Matthews was very helpful and printed flyers for a fund raiser.
*Alice Parola, MaryKay Cosmetics – Thank you for the make-up session!
*Brooksville County Club encouraged TLC mightily with their support.
*AMSCOT awarded TLC a $250 grant!
*Osmond Printing – Pledged their support for our Learning Center
*Gerry Boutot at AppDataWorks for providing needed assistance with the TLC website. Thank you Gerry! ADW is a Professional Consulting Services company specializing in the development of high quality custom computer software, databases, web sites, web applications, online branding, social media and online marketing frameworks. www.adwsoft.com Need web assistance? Call Gerry @ 352-610-9890
The Media Supports TLC!
*Jean Hayes at the Hernando Times and Debbie Palmer at Hernando Today for publishing TLC articles and pictures. Your support is greatly needed and appreciated.
*Sandy Metcalf, publisher of the Hernando Star Magazine for featuring TLC in your Christmas Issue and donating issues for fundraising.
Churches & Non-Profits Support TLC!
*Turning Point Nazarene Church and Pastor Wayne Augustine – This little Church took up a generous Christmas offering for TLC. Pastor Wayne is very supportive and offers counseling and bible study to our residents. Thank You!
*Grace World Outreach Church have donated generously supplying TLC with volunteers and generous financial support. Thank you!
*Dayspring Presbyterian – Pastor Barnes and his congregation have taken one of our residents under its wing. Thank you! *Dawn Center – Supplied written letter of support on our behalf as well as a printer and car seats. Thank you!
*People Helping People – Thank you for supplying us with a new washer/drier for our shelter!
*Jericho Road Ministries – Thank you for donating a refrigerator for The Little House!
*Baby Love – for the continued donations of diapers, car seats and a computer! Thank You Baby Love!
Thank You Volunteers & Friends:
*Robin Cook *Christy Plants, *Robin Gatton *Tammy Mack *Michelle Hilton *Wayne Augustine *Victoria Jones *Ayasha Teague *Michelle Willis *Ericka Black *Tamara Stewart *Sophia Watson *Robin McAndrews *Nancy Moores *Dawn Easter *Tresa Watson *Jenn Bliska
THE TLC CALENDAR
Monthly Team Meetings Held monthly on the 3rd Tuesday at 6:30 PM
March 18th April 15th May 20th
Board Meetings are held at: Fellowship Hall Turning Point Chuch 19384 Ingram Street Brooksville FL
Happy Hippos Sale DaySpring Church Glen Lakes Garden Club Baby Love Banquet Boys & Girls Club Yard Sale
TLC NEEDS LIST
• Every sort of baby item, pre-school art supplies & music system (CD player) • Urgent need for feminine hygiene products, shampoo & size 4/5 diapers. • Cleaning supplies. Urgent need is for laundry soup. • Any ethnic items: Dolls, books, toys, music, play food, posters. • New couch. • Printer paper. • Gift cards/tickets for activities (movies) or special event tickets. • Birthday gifts – new items for babies, preschoolers or adults. • Gift cards for undies and shoes & transportation. • Door mat, water purifier and step stool. • Security cameras, smart code keyless lock. • Bigger sand box: Materials and labor and sand. • Memory sticks for use in creating e-life books (baby books). • Scrapbook materials for use in creating traditional life books.
Really BIG Needs
• A building for expansion to a second residence. • Exterior vinyl siding for 3 sides of our 800 Sq. Ft. building. • Offer professional services: haircuts, car repairs, handyman, painter. • Set up a raised-bed vegetable garden for the toddlers. • Help create a “water wall” for summer fun using tubes & funnels. • Offer a resident & her child a ride to church on a regular basis. • Invite a resident & her child: • To your home for a meal or a movie or a swim. • To a special event or family gathering. • On an outing or for a walk with them. • To the library story hour on a regular basis. • Become our on-line researcher. New opportunity and much appreciated. • Offer services as an experienced grant writer. • Arrange a fund raiser.
How to DONATE! • Online: Use a credit/debit card or PayPal account. Just go to the Donations tab on this website. • By Check payable to:
The Life Center c/o Lemoine 3443 Minnow Creek Drive Hernando Beach, FL 34607
If you would like to donate time, talent or treasure, email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (352) 597-0119.
Thank you for your prayerful consideration.
You can donate any kind of vehicle with a title- running or not -for the Vehicle Donation Program.
This includes motorcycles, boats, trailers and airplanes. Call the DONATION LINE anytime 877 227 7487. Be sure to mention The Life Center!
• Event Planners. •Assistant Teachers for Tuesday or Thursday nights from 6:45 to 8 PM. (One hour a month). •Crafters for Life Books • Guest Speakers
Interested? Contact Angela Welsh @ email@example.com
We love talking about TLC!
Invite someone from TLC to do a presentation at your club, church or community organization. To request a presentation to your group – Call Barbara at 352 597-0119.
In Loving Memory…
Someone once said we all begin dying on the day we are born.
Those we care about most seem to leave us much too soon. It is with heavy hearts we must tell you that TLC’s friend and landlord, Ed Finertie, passed away in January. Ed was a great friend of TLC and his community. No one could ever replace Ed.
TLC BOARD MEMBERS
Barbara Lemoine, Ex. Director and board member
Angela Welsh, PR, Life Skill Classes, Board Secretary
Kit Raymond, House Mom and Board member
Chantelle Johnson, Web Specialist & board member
Pam Pollock, Board Treasurer
– TLC Mission Statement:
The Life Center of Hernando, Inc. will provide needed social services using a faith-based model, to parents of minor children in Hernando County and the surrounding areas. The services offered will promote self-sufficiency and independence. They will include, but not be limited to: residential living opportunities, life skills training, healthy family development, mentoring, spiritual and cultural guidance, community involvement, daycare services for residents and community children, education and training.
Volunteer of the Month for May 2014
THANK YOU to Elizabeth Lemoine for designing and painting panels and boxes to create a wonderful exterior play area at The Life Center’s Learning Center.
The colorful panels are protected by an awning and right next to the beautiful TLC playground and new sandbox. It’s a fantastic play area that will have everyone wishing they were 4 years old again.
It would never have been done without Liz and for all her continued efforts and input on behalf of
The Life Center, she is our Volunteer of the Month for May. Congrats Liz!
Newest TLC Board Member
Robin Cook graduated from Milford High School in Ohio in 1977 and worked in the blue-collar work force until 1990. In 1991, Robin opened an Interior Design company and ran it successfully for 22 years in Ohio and in Florida. In 2013, Grace World Outreach Church asked him to become their Director of Church Ministries.
Robin states that he is “Overjoyed to be working at the church full time and also serving on the Board at The Life Center.” Robin has been involved with The Life Center from the beginning but just recently joined the board. Married for 24 yrs. to Mary, they have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.
TLC ON THE WWJB –
frAM RADIO 1450
WHEN: THURSDAY – JUNE 12TH12 NOON
And thanks to Jerry – TLC will be one of his guests. Be sure to listen in every week on WWJB 1450 AM, 101.1 FM, and 103.9 FM in Brooksville – Thursdays @ 12!
Thank You! Turning Point Church of the Nazarene and Pastor Wayne Augustine. Pastor Wayne is very supportive and offers counseling and Bible study to our residents.
Turning Point recently pitched in to replace a worn-out breaker and to repair the handicap rail on our ramp, making our residents feel safer and well cared for. They also provide a room for our monthly meetings.
We appreciate having them as partners.
Thank you, Local Business Supporters!
* Keeley Toro of Spring Hill Now continues to manage TLC’s face book page. Keeley runs the premier website for things to do in Hernando County. Want to know what’s going on? Check out any of the following sites:
*Jerry Boutot at AppDataWorks is providing needed assistance with the TLC website. ADW is a Professional Consulting Services company specializing in the development of high-quality custom computer software, databases, web sites, web applications, online branding, social media and online marketing frameworks. Call Jerry at 352-610-9890 for all your tech needs.
*Sun Trust Bank picked TLC for a day of volunteering. They came and repaired a soft spot in our ramp and did some much-needed painting.
*Walmart Distribution Center employee Kelsey Austin participates in their volunteer program that matches funds to volunteer hours. This doubles the support for TLC –definitely a win-win situation.
*Thank you to Mary Kay Representative Anastasia Alaimo for coming to the Mother’s Day Party and giving 4 attendees free make-overs! This is the 2nd time Mary Kay has donated time and talent to TLC. We cannot thank them enough. To learn about Mary Kay products, call Anastasia at 352.427.1376
*Jennifer Soccorso, owner of The Butterfly Bakery right here in Spring Hill, donated her beautifully decorated and delicious cupcakes for our party. The kids loved them!
Visit the bakery at 12138 Rockford Street, SH 34608. Tele.352.835.2683 www.butterflybakery.net
*The Mothers Club of Hernando provided hygiene items and gift baskets for our mothers.
*Belk supports our community by giving back through their Charity Sale. They say, “Shop, Save, and Support Education, Woman’s Health and Community.” Once again, TLC participated and was blessed.
*Glen Lakes Garden Club strongly believes in helping children. They recently designated their Annual Luncheon & Fashion Show as a fund raiser for TLC. Everyone had fun and the Garden Club presented TLC with a generous check. Check out the pictures from the day in the TLC Photo Gallery.
*Chicks in the Wind is a woman’s riding group that rides to support our community and charities. They arrived at our residence on their motorcycles on Easter weekend. Because they love TLC and the children, they brought along a baby pig. Our 5-year-old is still pretending to be a future Chick. Check out the pictures from the day in the TLC Photo Gallery.
*Hernando Fire and Safety waived their fee when our insurance company said it was time for our annual fire extinguisher check. The usual cost is $25, but even that reasonable fee would have made a dent in our budget. 1109 Ponce De Leon Blvd Brooksville, FL 34601
*Debra Purdy is a copper artist who travels to major art shows all across the eastern US, and whose artwork is hung in the Florida Governor’s Mansion. Debra supports what we do, and she made a financial contribution. www.copperartbydebra.com
*Thank you John Ehlenbeck, Sonia Jackson and all the members Brooksville Ridge Kiwanis for their generous cash donation! Kiwanis impacts so many needy organizations and TLC is blessed to be one of them.
*Teresa Watson from the Hernando County Community Anti-Drug Coalition encouraged TLC in our fledgling attempts to learn to write a grant. Her encouragement gave us a push in the right direction. To learn more about the HCCAC visit: www.hernandoantidrug.org
Thank You Community Members!
*Carol Greig and Jennifer Sorroco for donating a huge carton of party goods for the residents to use for parties. It was a generous and thoughtful way to give to the residents and to empower them at the same time! Carol and her daughter Jennifer, our cupcake angel, have also volunteered to help with birthdays at The Little House. Angels do exist!
TLC PHOTO GALLERY
Glen Lakes Garden Club Annual Luncheon & Fashion Show, April 4, Glen Lakes Country Club. TLC was honored to be their “Charity of the Year for 2014.”
1.Ann Frankel, Glen Lakes Charity Coordinator
2.The Glen Lakes Ballroom – filled with gift baskets for charity! 3.From left: Barbara Lemoine and Angela Welsh, TLC and Gail Anderson, President of the Glen Lakes Garden Club presenting a generous check to TLC.
TLC Mother’s Day Celebration 2014
1.From Left: TLC members Kit Raymond & Barbara Lemoine enjoying the festivities with Brianna and Ashley – former TLC residents and their children.
Cupcakes donated by
The Butterfly Bakery