Updated: Jun 29, 2021
The Life Center of Hernando is very grateful for all of the community help.
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 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.
www.LifeCenterofHernando.com PO Box 10141 Brooksville, FL 34603 For more information please call Barbara at 352 597-0119 www.facebook.com/TheLifeCenterOfHernando
Every Donation Helps TLC. Jesse 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.
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 long to celebrate her child’s milestones and moms in shelter are no different.
Our volunteers help prepare our residents for the future. 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 had not joined our TLC family yet. We had not 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 cannot 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 * Mentor * Assistant Driver * Social Director & Birthday Coordinator * Experienced Executive Board member * CPA/accountant * 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
The Life Center of Hernando has lots of news: new volunteers, new donors, a new floor, a new baby on the way, a new vehicle coming, a new building needed.
Cute kids get top billing. Our youngest resident just celebrated her first birthday. Lots of babies do that, but not lots of babies spend part of their first year homeless on the streets. Being in a shelter is not the greatest, we admit. Nevertheless, this family is grateful for a safe haven. That explains why this darling put on the tutu her mom made and danced!
If you read our recent email, you know TLC is grateful for all of the support we have received over the last three years.
Businesses generously gave materials and labor so the Little House could become a reality. Family members, friends, and strangers donated so we could keep our doors open. Ed Finertie’s family donated a second residential building for TLC. People give because the need is so great.
TLC continues to offer hope to the homeless. TLC offers that dancing toddler a safe place to live. TLC offers loving care to our pregnant mom whose baby is due December 1st. TLC helps families gain independence like the mom who now has a job at Publix.
Your dollars are doing all that and more. Now 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, half of our residents will be homeless once again. Your contribution will help keep families sheltered. Please contribute today. Please contribute now!
Every Donation Helps TLC
We appreciate every gift whether it is new socks, old shoes or cedar mulch.
Chris Coffin, the Red Mule Runners, and Run! collected shoes under the direction of
Michelle Zapata. Good job and many thanks to you.
Christy Plants and Rhonda Bradley from Brooksville Church of God of Prophecy dropped off amazing bags full of cosmetic and personal products. Our residents were thrilled. Thank you Christy and Rhonda.
TLC was just blessed with a big box containing 240 pairs of Bombas socks. There were enough socks so that TLC was able to share with other agencies. Our residents love them!
Weeki Wachee Stone Yard donated and delivered 2 yards of cedar mulch for our playground. The playground had been looking rather uninviting after the summer rains. Out with the weeds and in with the mulch!
One of our pregnant residents had an urgent request. She asked. “Is there any way the life center can get a recliner donated? I have scoliosis and now it got worse. My back hurts every time I lay down and if I don’t lay down, I get dizzy. I couldn’t sleep at all last night.” Before the day was out, Phyllis Gsoell had driven a pickup to South End Civil in Bushnell and brought back a recliner donated by Doug Dempsey.
The most exciting news comes from Larry VanFossen. He told TLC, “We are moving ahead with your minivan. Since we are sort of a production facility…taking used trade ins from new car dealers and making them the best they can be, we actually have 2 vehicles that we have narrowed down for our holiday project for TLC. Both have been going thru our checkout and reconditioning process; we will be making our final decision between the two this next week. We are on target timewise for a Thanksgiving delivery and looking forward to participating in your continued success.
Every Volunteer Adds to TLC’s Success
Anna Murphy is our 88 yr. old volunteer who makes baby blankets for TLC. At a special luncheon Anna was honored by Elder Affairs out of Tallahassee for her many, many years of volunteer work. Thanks, Anna, for all those hours. And thanks to Miranda for donating that big bag of yarn so Anna can keep on volunteering.
About 20 volunteers from Suncoast Credit Union came to TLC on a recent Saturday to help us clean and paint. Thank you to Suncoast Credit Union.
Miranda Hoover is our new House Manager. Miranda attended University of Central
Florida where she was both Peer Advisor and Student Assistant. She also attended PHSC where she served as Student Government Treasurer and President. Most
importantly, she has a passion for TLC and is prepared to lead by example. We are very blessed to have her on our staff.
Janette Pena is now ministering at TLC on a regular basis. She offers our residents an opportunity to increase their faith as they come together for praying, sharing and studying. At TLC, we believe a strong belief system is vital for everyone, but especially for those who are going through difficult times. We are very glad she has joined our team.
Angela Welsh has been serving TLC since the earliest days. She says, “I have been volunteering with The Life Center since 2011, performing different duties including board member and secretary. I started serving TLC because I believed in the vision and the sheer force of the Executive Director’s will to make the idea of a shelter for young moms become a reality. I stay because every day that TLC is operating means young lives are being positively impacted. It feels great to know
"I am part of something that is making a difference on a daily basis and on a very real level. I do not see myself quitting any time soon.”
We invite you to join our winning team. Help TLC help others. Maybe you can volunteer to be our: >Maintenance worker >Grant researcher >Mentor >Driver (So exciting!!!!) >Social Director & Birthday Coordinator >Experienced Board member >CPA/accountant/treasurer >Preschool teacher
How can you help? >Volunteer. firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-597-0119. Ask for Barbara > Like us at https://www.facebook.comTheLifeCenterOfHernando > Learn more about TLC at www.LifeCenterofHernando.com
Contribute online www.LifeCenterofHernando.com
Or send a check to PO Box 10141 Brooksville, FL 34603
For more information, please call 352 597-0119
Two Huge Blessings
So much happened at TLC in September, it will be difficult to condense all our incredible news into this one short newsletter.
You probably already know we had a floor that was so rotten people were falling through it! Ken Santucci worked non-stop for several weeks to replace the floor and get the
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 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 did not 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 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.
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.
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 must 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.
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.
At the Shelter
What’s happening at TLC?
On a recent history making day, prayer warriors gathered to 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 resident 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
What’s new at TLC?
We have two new moms and three children living in the Little House. They are settling in well. One works while the other does childcare.
The House Manager position is still open. Our House Manager got married and left us.
Does this live-in position sound right for you?
The House Manager lives at our residential facility for homeless women and their young children. Primary duties include: assist to maintain a safe and secure facility; attend staff meetings and trainings as requested; respond to requests from residents; assist with intake interviews; conduct site inspections regularly; understand and follow emergency procedures, including fire procedures; request food, clothing, etc. as needed; assist residents to meet requirements as needed; distribute household supplies; prepare housework schedules; mediate between residents and refer to Program Director for crisis intervention; childcare is not required. House Manager position requires approximately 10 hours/week, plus simply “hanging out” with the residents.
A furnished bedroom is provided, plus computer access and utilities. There is NO cash salary. Outside employment is recommended. If you are interested, call Barbara at 352 597-0119 or email Thelifecenterfl@gmail.com
Everyone is busy, busy, busy. Kristen King started teaching weekly parenting classes. Barbara Lemoine is overseeing our Success Markers program and our Parents as Educators program. Angela Welsh continues to facilitate weekly Life Skill classes. Robin Cook is holding resident meetings. Silvia Vadell is helping with goals. Kit Raymond is still filling in as temporary House Manager. We are arranging for Bible classes.
What BIG changes would we like to see? We would like a new building by the new year. We would like to provide transportation for our residents. Some VERY exciting news about transportation is about to be revealed. With God all things are possible.
The Flooring Story
We are making great progress on our reflooring project and plan to reopen that building soon. We have two rooms promised already and are regularly scheduling interviews with prospective residents.
Ken Santucci perseveres. He committed to reflooring our second building and he stuck by it. Despite dead animals, mold, labor shortages, heat, sickness and lack of lunches, Ken persevered.
First Ken had to rip out the old flooring. The old particle board was so rotten people were falling through it. It wasn’t safe to go to the bathroom!
The workers arrived. The project was going well. Then the building lost the well pump due to an electrical problem. Ken stopped the flooring project long enough to flip the breakers. It took a few times, but eventually worked. An electrician is still needed!
Because we have desperate moms waiting for rooms, Ken sped up the timetable. He had the help of hard working Career Source volunteer Beth McGlothin. After he ripped out the old flooring, Ken put down the new plywood. Now he just needed to go get the wood laminate flooring and install it. All he needed was a truck and workers.
The flooring was donated by Christine Collins from Pay It Forward Farm. She is always happy to share with the The Life Center. The 1200 sq. ft of laminate flooring donated by PIFF is pictured. Christine said, “This flooring is sent with lots of love and best wishes for all the young women and children that walk through your doors and across your floors.”
More things fell into place. Joseph’s House loaned TLC a truck to pick up the new flooring. Beth and one of the new residents unloaded the new flooring off the truck and brought it into the building. Meanwhile, Monte Patterson loaned TLC a trailer and Barbara and Kit loaded the rubble from the old floor onto the trailer. Ken kept everything rolling as he dealt with unpleasant surprises at every turn. The project was about half done. The pressure was on. Ken knew those desperate moms needed a home. He worked Labor Day.
As an experienced grandpa, Ken knew the rubber ducky set tends to splash water. He told us the flooring donated by Pay It Forward Farm was fine for all rooms expect the bathroom. Ken asked Barbara to pick up alternative flooring at Home Depot. Instead of having to write another check, she got a very nice surprise.
At Home Depot Barbara met employee Rosemary Atkins. Rosemary knew about TLC and was determined to help. She got management to donate a $25 gift card and then proceeded to get our final bill down to $2.13. She also provided information on applying for a Home Depot grant. We love this community spirit. We can hardly wait to move the furniture back in and say “Welcome” to our new moms
Time is Marching On
There are back-to-school ads, tax-free sales, and hints for getting the kiddies back on schedule. How is it even possible another school year is about to begin? A year ago, we were so proud of our little kindergartner as she set off to school on her very first day. She was so adorable in her little uniform as she climbed the big school bus steps off to begin her academic pursuits.
The babies at TLC are growing up fast. The youngest one at TLC is now pulling himself up and looks like he has plans to walk soon. One sure sign of fall is the Happy Happy Hippos Fall Event. It is a huge consignment sale held at the Hernando County Fairgrounds featuring everything for kids. The event was July 31 through Aug. 2nd and TLC was there.
We sold items we no longer needed and then we shopped for a few essentials. As we were going to press, Kit Raymond spotted a pair of curtains which will look great in one of the newly painted bedrooms. Kit is TLC’s Donation Director and she worked many long hours preparing for this event. Thanks, Kit!
Anna’s New Attitude
If you have been following the story of fictitious Anna for the last year, you must be as pleased as we are that she finally grew up a bit. She is no longer the selfish, spoiled brat we have been reading about for the past year. Hallelujah! In Anna’s own words, “Something amazing happened! I just knew God was there and that He loves ME! God loves Anna. The God who made the whole universe loves me! He loves Anna. Anna, the girl no one has ever loved before. The little girl who always wanted a daddy who would call her his princess…” More of Anna’s Story can be found at www.LifeCenterofHernando.com
Last month we told you how grateful we are for the new volunteers who have offered to help TLC.
Michelle is one of the new volunteers. She is putting together a team and gearing up for the next shoe drive. She has taken on a lot of responsibility, but we believe our supporters will assist her to make this fund raiser a success. TLC is ready to collect ANY pairs of shoes you no longer want.
Our last shoe drive was very successful, especially once people realized:
> TLC is raising money to help fund our shelter for single moms.
> A third world county will get the shoes to set up a business.
> All we want is what you no longer want–your old shoes.
Last time we announced a shoe drive, several people told us they had just tossed out old shoes. We want to get the word out for folks to save shoes for TLC. We will be collecting in August and September. Please ask your friends and neighbors to save their shoes and drop them off at your house or one of the soon-to-be-announced locations. Check fb for drop off locations. https://www.facebook.com/TheLifeCenterOfHernandoIf you are a business owner willing to host a box, let us know. We will advertise your location.
Monte Patterson is helping TLC with maintenance issues. We have five NEW holes in our floor. We also have some sort of electrical gremlin that is going to require a professional look.
Monte graciously repaired a few smaller problems, but he needs additional volunteers before attacking the floor and the wiring. The estimators were there recently looking things over. Patching a few holes at a time creates safety issues and interferes with running our program! Ideally, we would love to lay down new flooring over the existing floor and solve the problem once and for all. Why don’t we? Because that requires a chunk of money. Can you help us? To donate online, go to www.LifeCenterofHernando.com To participate, call/text Monte at 352-279-5985, email him email@example.com
Some youth from Grace World Outreach Church volunteered at TLC one afternoon and blessed us. They rebooted the computer, painted a bathroom, switched some mattresses around, and did some weeding. Serving in these areas was a huge help. The crew was too busy working to worry about pictures and contact information. We did get most of the names. A huge thank you goes out to Victoria, Juan, Joshua W., Ashley, Alura and Joshua B.
Our House Manager is getting married and leaving us. Does this live-in position sound right for you?
Job Functions: The House Manager lives at our residential facility for women and their children at risk of homelessness. Primary duties include: assist to maintain a safe and secure facility; attend staff meetings and trainings as requested; respond to requests from residents; assist with intake interviews; conduct site inspections regularly; meet regularly with team; understand and follow emergency procedures, including fire procedures; request food, clothing, etc. as needed; assist residents to meet requirements as needed; distribute household supplies; prepare housework schedules; mediate between residents and refer to Program Director for crisis intervention; some childcare.
House Manager position requires approximately 10 hours/week, plus simply “hanging out” with the residents. A furnished bedroom is provided, plus computer access and utilities. There is NO cash salary. If you are interested, call Barbara at 352 597-0119 or emailThelifecenterfl@gmail.com
If you have computer skills and want to volunteer from home, would you consider becoming a TLC grant writer? We can help you learn the process, but you need the following:
Excellent writing skills: Ability to clearly communicate how funds will effectively be used to reach a worthwhile goal.
Understanding and analysis: Be able to convert ideas and concepts into a workable and concrete program.
Vision: Projection how a program is going to meet goals over a several-year timeline.
Strong research skills. Be able to find a grant that meets the need, is timely and applicable to this area.
Discipline and organization skills: Able to keep track of grant application deadlines and follow-up on submitted applications.
If this is you, Email: Thelifecenterfl@gmail.com
We have told you about our need for a house manager and a grant writer. Perhaps you see yourself as more of a social butterfly- someone who loves getting out in the community. We need one of those too. Can you help TLC by going to Chamber of Commerce events and community functions and telling those you meet about TLC? It’s not so very hard. We provide a name tag and some literature. Sometimes you even get a free lunch. If this is you, Email: Thelifecenterfl@gmail.com
There will be a short ceremony on August 8, 2015, at 6:15 to dedicate the Corliss property to the glory of God and the memory of Ed Finertie. Anyone wishing to attend may contact Barbara at 352 597-0119.
Do you remember TLC is offering a free web ad? We now have 3 ads posted on www.LifeCenterofHernando.com
Nature’s Pet Loss, Fresh Chef and Hernando Fire. Join them!
We prayed for volunteers, and we got volunteers. And they keep coming! It is amazing. At least 9 people volunteered recently. Naturally, we have to meet each new volunteer and determine if TLC is the right match. One woman realized she did not like being around children, so being a “Granny Nanny” was not the right choice for her. But most of them have been a good fit. Thank you one and all!
Because of the additional help, we have had more time to meet individually with our
residents to go over their goals. This activity is extremely important but without
sufficient staff, it tends to get pushed aside by more immediate needs. Silvia Vadell brings just the right set of professional skills we need. We are so pleased Silvia and her husband are back in the picture at TLC. They bring the whole gang: three generations! Everyone pitches in to do what is needed.
We have to be honest– “Grandma Vadell” was probably appalled at some of our housekeeping issues. Issues is exactly what they are and they are being aggressively addressed. By the time we are done with this current housekeeping overhaul, everything will have a place and everything will be in its place. Well, not every toy will be on the shelf–kids do need to play. New volunteer Beth is the hard working organizer helping with this project. We needed her!
Michelle is another new volunteer. She is putting together a whole team and gearing up for the next shoe drive. She has taken on a lot of responsibility, but we think she has what it takes to head up this fund raiser.
TLC is ready to collect ANY pairs of shoes you no longer want. Our last shoe drive was very successful especially once people realized:
* TLC will raise money to help fund our shelter for single moms.
* A third world county will get the shoes to set up a business.
* All we want is what you no longer want–your old shoes.
Last time several people told us they had just tossed out old shoes. We want to get the word out for folks to save them for TLC. The company Michelle is working with suggests 30 days to plan and set up. That means July 30th is when we will begin. We will have 90 days to collect shoes. Please ask your face-book friends to save their shoes and drop them off at your house or one of the soon-to-be-announced locations.
Stay tuned on FB for drop off locations.
Monte Patterson is helping TLC with maintenance issues. We have five NEW holes in our floor. We also have some sort of electrical gremlin that is going to require a professional look. Monte graciously repaired a few smaller problems, but he needs additional volunteers before attacking the floor and the wiring. Contact TLC if you can help. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hard Working Staff
We don’t want to overlook those people who have been doing double and triple duty while we were so shorthanded. “Many hands make light work” and we needed our workload lightened. Our “old” staff has not been sitting by idle.
Have you ever wondered what happens when you donate something to TLC? One way or another, it gets used.
Here is what happens:
A bag of donated goods gets dropped off. Our Donations Director, Kit Raymond, arrives on the scene to do an initial sort and assign a value. If the donor is known, Kit makes a note of the contact information for future thanking. (If we ever failed to thank you, we are doing so now!).
Next Kit offers our residents anything they can use. A few baby items get set aside to fill requests from the community. If anyone asks for baby items and we have them, we give them out free of charge.
Then Kit distributes the rest of the goodies. We love blessing Donation Station and other groups that help the needy. Kit arranges to sell some items, which puts money in the bank for the electrical bills and insurance. At the end of July, TLC will have the opportunity to participate in the Happy Happy Hippos Consignment Sale. We fully utilize your donations. Email email@example.com to arrange to make your donation or call Kit directly at 352-345-9224.
Barbara Lemoine has decided to spend more time away from her desk and physically
present at the facility. She has been attending to some health and safety details such as making sure all the babies have toothbrushes and each volunteer and mother is washing her hands often enough. She has also been checking car seats, recharging fire extinguishers, checking smoke alarms. She has been working with the Health Department and Emergency Management, putting plans in place so TLC is better prepared for any sort of disaster.
Ruth Mendez shared the happy news of her upcoming marriage. That means we will
lose our live-in House Manager. Ruth can tell you it is a job that takes a very special person. It requires tact, patience, leadership, and about a dozen other qualities. We need to find a new House Manager. No salary, just a place to live. One or two infant/preschoolers are OK. No pets or smokers. Outside job/school encouraged. If you are interested, please call Barbara at 352-597-0119.
Pam Pollock has moved across the state. She was an excellent treasurer and friend to
TLC. We miss her! We can never replace Pam, but we do need to replace the bookkeeping services she provided. We feel this is an excellent time to grow our board. We are considering professionals in any field who have board experience. Our new direction will utilize board members in an advisory capacity. If you are interested in helping TLC move in this exciting new direction and have previous board experience, please contact us.
Robin Cook is Volunteer of the Month for June, 2015.
Program Director Robin Cook is pictured with his wife Mary. On April 15, 2014, Robin joined The Life Center Board. With his willingness to do whatever he can to help, he quickly became a valued member of the board. Robin has been volunteering with TLC since we first opened. In his initial volunteer role, Robin interviewed the very first resident at TLC. Since that time, he has stepped up to become Program Director and continues to serve on the TLC Board. We are pleased to have him with us.
How many friends do you have on face book? TLC tries to make our fb friends feel acknowledged, appreciated, and right at home. Why not invite a friend to visit? https://www.facebook.com/TheLifeCenterOfHernando
We recently invited our FB readers to sign up for The Life Center of Hernando June 2015 Newsletter. We want to invite everyone to experience The Life Center’s personality, promises, and values in a rich, close way. Anyone can contact firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to sign up for the newsletter.
We see our newsletters as opportunities to visit with each of you. Did you know we also have a printed newsletter that comes out four times a year? Staywell prints 2,000 copies for TLC as a community service. None of our fund raising goes into printing those newsletters. There are usually eight colorful pages including pictures. Our volunteers place those newsletters in public places like libraries, businesses, and the Chamber of Commerce. Why not see if you can find one and share it with someone who shares our concerns?
What’s New? We are so blessed at TLC! This spring, we have been switching all the bedrooms around so we could repaint and freshen up the rooms. What with one thing and another, we suddenly had a new resident who needed to come in and no bedroom was ready. Happily, Dave Shepard from Hearts for God Worship Center contacted us and asked if we had a need! Bless God!
He offered to bring his wife Angela and a professional painter over to paint the rooms we so desperately needed. What a blessing! Thank you, one and all, who helped with this project.
The Anna Story Series just released part 52. It is generating questions about how real Anna’s story is and is she really a fictional character? The characters are fictional, but their experiences are very real. Somewhere, sometime these things really happened to someone. These stories give followers a very realistic view of what TLC residents go through!
Read Anna Story Series and let us know if you think she is finally maturing. http://www.lifecenterofhernando.com/annas-story-part-52/
The Life Center of Hernando operates a facility with 5 beds (and some cribs). Our program is long term. We encourage moms to stay with us while they have their babies, finish school, and become employed. We offer as much support and help along the way as we can. TLC provides the basics–but how awesome when someone realizes that moms need not only shampoo and diapers but also need celebrations that make them feel loved!
We wanted to honor the moms at TLC because they have chosen to parent despite the hardships, they face every day. We have team members who understand the importance of celebrations. Christy Plants and Lin Williams hosted a celebration complete with a cookout and yummy cake. Lin’s wife managed to grill the food and to supervise their 5 children at the same time. Our TLC kids enjoyed all the attention from the older kids. Thanks to all who helped to make the day a success!
We are proud to announce our Volunteer of the Month is Pamela Pollock. Pam utilizes her financial and leadership skills in serving young single mothers. Pamela received her BA in Economics at Talladega College.
Then in 1981 she attended Clark-Atlanta University where she received her master’s in business administration. In 2011, Pamela enrolled in the University of Phoenix as an on-line student to work for a second masters, this time in Healthcare Administration. Pamela currently works at One Mainstream assisting and training intellectually and developmentally disadvantaged individuals to live independent and successful lives.
The Girl Scouts from troop 317 recently came to TLC to donate $250 they had raised for our young families under the leadership of Tabetha Beabling. Robin Cook met with them one Friday evening to receive their check. We think they know how to always help people. We appreciate their efforts and send them a huge thank you.
The Girl Scout promise:
On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
Baby Love has blessed TLC. They provided our youngest resident with a new baby seat. It was brand new, still in the box. They assembled it to be sure all the parts were there. What a blessing they are to the community! Now our “TLC baby” can sit up and play with all the toys. The seat doubles as a booster chair for future meals at the table. Thank you, Baby Love!
What would you do if your home flooded, your well got contaminated and your septic backed up? Do you have a plan?
How about a plan B? What would TLC do? Our Board sets policy and procedures to follow before situations occur. First, we gather information, then plan and implement.
Recently, four women met to share planning information for just such an event. TLC
wants to be better prepared to assist our residents in the event of a disaster.
We still have lots of planning to do, but we are on the right track.
On our website, you may have seen the list of all our volunteers past and present. What a blessing! Well, not quite all the volunteers are there. We inadvertently left out all of the Board Members past and present! We have corrected that omission and you can now see TLC’s leadership. Keep in mind, because TLC is young, the Board has been a working board. A real down and dirty job at times: constructing, consoling, correcting. Click on the About Tab and then use the drop down to find Volunteers. There, at long last, we proudly present our Board.
Spring is in the air. The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, and it is tax time, the time of year we must all look at our finances. If we subtract the amount we banked from our earnings, we will know how much we spent. It can be shocking to know what it costs to live. According to Wikipedia, If a single mom with one preschooler makes about $16,770 a year (and many people make less), this is what she would spend.
Transportation $ 680
Clothing $ 410
Health $ 520
Child Care $1,400
Misc. $ 510
At The Life Center of Hernando, we provide for up to five young families. That is about $83,850 a year, according to the figures above. How can we do that? We do not. The first moms who stayed at TLC thought the government was paying us for each day they stayed with us and suggested TLC would lose all that money if they got unhappy and left. We straightened out that thinking right away!
The truth is it costs TLC money each day we provide services. Our total cash expenses in 2014 were $10,230. Not even enough for one family according to the figures above. We would have spent more if we had more. We would have provided transportation and childcare and more food and clothing and even paid staff to help with case management. We think we did a good job with the resources we had. We plan to do an even better job in 2015.
TLC belongs to a grant collaborative group. Eight or ten agencies come together once a month to discuss the all-important question of how to get grant money. We look for grants that are a good match for each agency. We look for grants that two or more agencies can apply for together because grantors like that kind of team effort. Grant collaboration with other agencies remains an important goal of this group. We look for someone to write those grants for us because we are all so busy running our programs. There is no shortage of grants, but there is a shortage of time to write grants and a shortage of grant writers.
Like The Little Red Hen, after discovering no one was there to help (write), TLC decided to do it ourselves. We jumped right in, asking Amscot for $250 and WE GOT THE MONEY! We were shocked, pleased, encouraged, and thrilled. Our first grant! Then Walmart granted TLC $500. We applied to the Hernando Board of County Commissioners and received a $5,000 reimbursement grant. So it began and so it goes. The more we apply, the better we get at grant writing. We don’t get all the grants we write. But we are learning and we have a measure of success. We keep trying.
Of course, with every grant there is a selection process to go through. Sometimes all those hours of work result in nothing more than a learning experience. The fact that TLC is able to apply is significant. It shows we have a workable budget and a system of evaluation in place. It also demonstrates our growing knowledge of finding and writing larger grants. TLC fully utilized the County Commissioner’s $5,000 reimbursement grant. We have submitted our receipts and expect to receive a check soon.
We will use the check to repay our generous benefactor who so graciously provided TLC with an interest-free loan for this purpose. A reimbursement grant means the money has to be spent before it can be repaid. That gets tricky when there is no money for the initial purchases! Thank you, Benefactor, for blessing TLC. We know you will be pleased to learn approximately $3,000 of that money went for preschool educational materials so we are able to offer our youngest residents a great learning environment.
With all that money available, does TLC still need fundraisers, pledges, and donations? Yes, we do. Many grants are for very specific uses. Remember that $3,000 we spent on educational materials? We were not permitted to use that money to pay our utility bills or our insurance premium. We need to show community support as a percentage of our budget. When the community believes in and supports our work, the grantors are more inclined to do likewise. Your support is appreciated. If your contribution goes to buy toilet paper, our residents are thankful several times a day!
Please also remember that The Life Center of Hernando receives contributions from Amazon Smiles . There is no cost to you, but we receive support for your internet searching and online shopping.
Banquet – Immediate Action Needed
There are things somethings TLC cannot do without your help.
1) Buy a $25 ticket to our Banquet. TLC is hosting its second banquet. We need to raise money to meet our budget for 2015. Your $25 ticket will help TLC provide a home for young mothers and also buy a nice dinner with beverage and dessert.
The banquet will be March 14 with continuous seating from 5-10 pm. It will be held at R Beach Restaurant at 4054 Shoal Line Blvd, in Hernando Beach. Christy Plants and Lin Williams are planning this event. Call Christy to order your tickets today at 352-584-0066 or e-mail email@example.com
or simply click here, scroll down and pay online
2) Promote TLC’s FREE AD. Ask a business owner to place a free ad on TLC’s websitewww.LifeCenterofHernando.com Some restrictions apply.in Williams are planning this event. Call Christy to order your tickets today. 352-584-0066.
3) Visit www.facebook.com/TheLifeCenterOfHernando and like TLC!
4) Join our legacy Society no matter what age you are. Ed Finertie planned for the future success of TLC, thus enabling us to increase the number of young families we can help. We hope we all continue to live a long and prosperous life–but it won’t be forever. Plan now to leave a legacy. Visit our website to learn more about our Legacy Society.
· Weed playground
· Arrange for a TLC presentation at your group
· Help promote our vehicle donation program in a church bulletin
· A group/club to organize a fund raiser for TLC
· Assistant Life Skill instructors to help watch children
· Offer accounting skills for an annual audit–or perhaps you know a retired accountant who would do this free or reasonably
· Offer professional case management skills
· Offer haircuts, manicures
· Become the next Shoe Drive Coordinator
· Help with Happy Happy Hippos fund-raiser. call Kit (352 345 9224) to donate or sort items at her home, or to assist on Sunday evening, March 22.
· “Like” TLC on fb www.facebook.com/TheLifeCenterOfHernando
· Attend a team meeting the 3rd Tuesday of each month.
· Turning Point Church Fellowship Hall, 19384 Ingram Street, Brooksville 34601
· Next meeting: 3/17/2015 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
· Web developer and social media expert Jerry Boutot will be the guest speaker on 3/17.
The Life Center of Hernando Values Volunteers
We dedicate this newsletter to all of the volunteers who help The Life Center of Hernando. Not only do you contribute so the doors can stay open, you pour your hearts into the residents at TLC. You give time, money and skills, but most of all, you give yourselves. By enriching the lives of our adult residents, you enable them to pour their love into their children. Love multiplies.
We are very grateful for each person connected to The Life Center of Hernando. We wish we could list each of you. We can’t do that–in part because we don’t even know everyone’s name. You who dropped off baby clothes on the carport, who prayed for TLC early in the early morning hours, who liked us on Facebook, who read a newsletter and passed it along, who called TLC on behalf of a young woman in distress. We don’t know your names, but your good works were not in vain. Thank you!
Some of you we do know and thank personally: the ones who sends $10 every month without fail and the one who is able to give ten times that amount. We thank those who gave money for flooring materials, and the churches and clubs who raise money for TLC that helps pay for utilities and insurance.
An entire girls softball team spent a recent Saturday cleaning at TLC. It was a cold day and the bleach water was hard on their hands, but they did not complain. Thank you, team, parents, and coaches.
That same Saturday The Life Center of Hernando got its floor repaired. Hernando Vineyard Church sent over Jerry, a skilled workman who soon had our floors safe again. Vineyard Church had previously sent over an HVAC man who helped with our heating problem. Now all six bedrooms are usable! Does that seem like a lot for a young church to do? They also spent a day at TLC ministering to the residents and painting the interior of our Little House. This active church solved our biggest problems. Thank you, Vineyard, for your generosity.
We thank those who have left a legacy by making provision in wills for the future success of TLC. Some have already passed on and their generosity has enabled TLC to expand the number of little families we can help. Thank you! To the rest of you, we hope you continue to live a long and prosperous life. Click this link to learn more about our Legacy Society.
Then there are the people we see on a regular basis. The board members, the team members, the house mom, the neighbors, and the residents themselves. Yes, our residents help. From the very beginning, they have been an important part of our success. Really, the most important part. The Life Center of Hernando’s success is based on the success of our residents. If you have never seen the video our residents made, click on the link and it will take you there.
Often TLC is their only family, their only safety net. Sometimes we must practice tough love; sometimes we disagree. We don’t all get to have our own way all of the time. Just like any family! So thanks to everyone in the TLC family!
Families have traditions, and so does The Life Center of Hernando. We like to get together and eat and have fun. In fact, we are planning on doing just that on March 14, 2015. We would love to have you join us at R Beach on Shoal Line Blvd. in Hernando Beach, FL 34607. This is our second banquet. Frankly, we need to raise money to meet our budget for 2015. Your $25 ticket will help TLC and also buy you a nice dinner with beverage and dessert. The price even includes tax and tip! Christy Plants and Lin Williams are planning this event. Call Christy to order your ticket today. 352-584-0066.
Will the banquet generate enough income for the year? Maybe–if a really generous person writes a really big check. More likely we will have to meet our budget the old-fashioned way: with hard work. Happy Happy Hippos is coming to town again, March 20-22. This is a huge consignment sale that The Life Center of Hernando always participates in. Happy Happy Hippos is very supportive of TLC and will be even more generous this year.
If you have unwanted baby/children’s items, you can let TLC sell them at the sale. You could also volunteer your time in preparation for the sale or during the actual sale event. There will an extra perk for volunteers this year. At the end of the sale, there will be a Dollar Dash for Happy Happy Hippo volunteers. EVERY item left will be $1 and The Life Center of Hernando is the charity who will be blessed with all those dollars. So volunteer and get some fantastic deals. Call Kit at 352-345-9224 for more information.
Will TLC have enough money after the banquet and the Happy Happy Hippos sale? Sadly, we will still need more. Once the budget has been met for all the necessities, we would like to offer more services to our residents in the area of transportation. If you have a vehicle to donate, PLEASE contact us. If we can use it for our residents, we will. If not, we will help you arrange to have it towed away, sold, and the money donated to TLC. Call Barbara at 352 597-0119 if you have any vehicle with a title, whether it runs or not.
Some of you can buy a ticket of the banquet and that will help. Some of you can donate items or volunteer time for Happy Hippos and that will help. Some of you can continue to save old shoes for our next shoe
drive and that will help also. We are looking for a new individual or group to head up the next shoe drive. We thank our last volunteer, Beth Donaldson, for her huge contribution, but we need to give her a break!
Now we are offering a new way to help. If you are a business owner, you need to read this. You already know it is vital for your business to maximize its impact on the web. The Life Center of Hernando is offering your company an opportunity to promote itself with an advertising link on our website.
Your first month of advertising will be free with no obligation to continue. This will be followed by a low introductory price of $10/month and your choice of placement. Customers who pay $100 in advance for 10 months will receive an additional month free. That’s $100 for one full year of online advertising. Do not miss out on this very important marketing tool at this incredibly low price.
Jerry Boutot of AppleDataWorks has been instrumental in developing this opportunity for TLC and we are very grateful. The Life Center of Hernando is a 501(c)(3) outreach with an active and growing website. The Life Center of Hernando’s website reaches a committed and generous local audience that values integrity, quality, and local enterprise. We are offering a highly visible placement for your ad and a link to your business. You may choose any side bar or horizontal placement. We anticipate an excellent response rate from local patrons who prefer to do business with companies that support a local charitable cause. Please understand that there are a limited number of spaces available, so we must offer this opportunity on a first response basis.
The Life Center of Hernando is the only facility in Hernando County that offers a transitional housing program for young single moms and their children. Visitors to our website realize we offer a much needed service. When you support TLC through your ad, you brand your business as one that is concerned about the needs of Hernando County residents. We believe this branding enhances your image.
When you advertise with and support The Life Center of Hernando, you reach dedicated customers who associate you with our values and mission. The Life Center of Hernando was founded over twelve years ago as a non-profit charity. TLC is a unique transitional housing program that provides mentoring and training for single mothers with young children who are at risk of becoming homeless. We focus on stopping patterns of abuse, helping women become better mothers and assisting them to become more productive and successful members of society. Please visit the rest of our website to learn even more about
The Life Center of Hernando and the mission you will be supporting.
We invite you to participate as an advertising supporter of The Life Center of Hernando on our newly renovated website. Please contact us to discuss your free ad and choice of placement. We have two sizes available.
Sidebar Ad – 200 x 200 pixels (top, middle, bottom)
Bottom Horizontal Ad – 468 x 60 pixels
You will have the opportunity to create your own ad. Be sure your graphics (jpg, gif, png) fit these specs. Plain Text over a solid colored background is just fine or it can be just as elaborate as you care to make it. Using Microsoft Paint you could create your own ad.
If you need help, we highly recommend fellow Chamber member Mike Smith at CTS Graphics in the Silverthorn Shopping Center
(352-678-6897) to help you prepare your graphics.
Because this is a new venture for TLC and may be new to you as well, we are offering this free one month trial–but it is for a limited time only. Remember, your first month is free with no
obligation on your part. Then, if you choose, you may commit monthly. You can also choose to pay for 10 months up front which would include an additional free month.
This means TLC will give you a full year of advertising for only $100. This is an unheard of opportunity to for on-line advertising. Our prices are affordable, and we expect the return on your investment to become even more significant as our site grows. Be one of the first customers to recognize the value of this incredible deal. Contact TLC today. Of course, we reserve the right to decline advertising that is not consistent with TLC’s family-centered values.
Thank you for your consideration.
Please Contact TLC:
PO Box 10141 Brooksville, FL 34603
Each year, the Department of Housing and Urban Development conducts a one-day count of homeless people in shelters, parks, parking lots, vacant lots, and known camps. This is an actual count of homeless people on a specific day. The results are reported and help determine the services needed. This year the count was done on January 27, 2015.
Some counters went to locations where homeless people camp. Are you picturing men living in tents with no running water? The good news is the federal government has made some progress in reducing homelessness among veterans and chronically homeless adults.
Some counters went to large parking lots where homeless people sleep in their cars. Are you picturing a family who was evicted? A family with children? Don’t let yourself believe we don’t have homeless children and families. We do. The number of homeless children in the U.S. has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30. Resources need to go to help families and children. Otherwise, as a society, we’re going to pay a high price–in human and economic terms.
Some teens got missed in the count. These kids are sort of out there by themselves They survive by sleeping in tool sheds, backyards, and basements of acquaintances. They couch surf and double-up. Some may exchange sex for a place to stay or may stay some place that does not feel safe because they are so desperate.
If you are extremely poor, you understand desperation. Often one family in extreme poverty seeks shelter with another family who was already living in extreme poverty. Kids sleep in closets, kitchens, bathrooms and other parts of the house not been meant for sleeping. Teachers must wonder how these students never get their homework done.
The people who operate shelters reported the number of residents staying there. Why? Because the government’s definition of homelessness includes those living in shelters. Some are sheltered in the Dawn Center if they are homeless due to domestic violence. Some find shelter at Jericho Road. Some are housed in The Life Center of Hernando. Some are infants and preschoolers. The Department of Education reports homeless children in public schools, but homeless pre-school children are not included in that count. No one counts unborn babies. Why don’t they count?
Now you have some of the uncomfortable facts of homelessness. No one can help everyone, but you can do something. It is heart breaking when a homeless young woman who is 8 or 9 months pregnant calls TLC and we have to tell her we are full. This happens much too often. The Life Center of Hernando is a small volunteer group raising all the funds needed to operate a transitional shelter. If we had more money, we could expand and open our doors wider. Please help us help moms and infants.
Help us by participating in the Happy Happy Hippo Consignment Sale.
Bring us baby, children’s and teen items.
Help us with the next shoe drive. Last shoe drive we made $1,016. Donate shoes in any condition.
Buy a ticket for our banquet on March 14; Place a business ad in our program, or donate items for our silent auction. Call Lin 727 226 0932
Ask your church or service group to do a benefit fund raiser.
Ask your church or service group to volunteer their time doing home repairs, painting, or landscaping.
Help us get a vehicle to transport residents.
Attend a team meeting: 7:30 PM, every month on the 3rd Tuesday at 19384 Ingram Street, Brooksville, FL 34601
Call Barbara at 352 597-0119 and volunteer.
For all the wonderful people who are already helping our homeless folks, we can’t thank you enough for giving your time and resources to help those in need!