Thursday, March 15, 2012

Family Promise of Southern Ocean County

Excerpts from the Director's Report (3/15):

We understand that several of you have not been receiving the weekly update. After closer examination we realized that the updates were not being sent to anyone whose email was through Comcast. We have corrected the problem with them and hopefullyyou are receiving this update. If not, please let us know.

Thanks again to the Great Bay Gospel Fellowship for hosting our families again for the third successive week. We truly appreciate their hospitality and are so grateful that we did not have to house these families in motels.

We will be having a Coordinator’s Meeting on Wednesday, March 28, at 6:30 PM at Ocean Community Church, Manahawkin. For those of you who have not seen the new training video, I will be having a showing at 6PM. Please let me know if you will be attending by Tuesday 3/27. All coordinators and support team members are welcome and are encouraged to attend.

If you have seen the article in the ASBURY PARK PRESS, you may have noticed several errors. The article mentioned that Family Promise will host up to 14 families; it should have stated 14 individuals. Also the article was misleading in not all of our hostsites have showers and kitchen facilities.

I am available to visit your congregation to train volunteers on Family Promise. The training will include a brief video and discussion period. If your volunteers have not been trained, I hope you will consider hosting a training session. It is a good way to help volunteers understand their role in supporting the families in the program.

As you know, our families spend a good deal of their time at the Day Center and we are in need of many supplies. If you can help out with any of the items listed below, we would truly appreciate your generosity. You can drop them off anytime at the Center. List of items needed:
Toilet Paper
Paper Towels
Baby Wipes
Liquid Hand Soap
Dishwasher Detergent
Bottled Water
Juice for the children
Coffee Creamer
If you prefer, we could also accept gift cards for the local food stores, Walmart andTarget.
We could also use plastic storage bins for the families’ clothing and other items. When they come to the Center, we do not have a place for them to store their “stuff.”
We also have a particular need for a Roll-away Tool Box for automotive tools.

Also for the Day Center we need a desk and a copy machine.

We would also like to have the backyard fenced so that the children can enjoy the beautiful weather we are having and hope to have in the spring and summer without worrying about their running into the street.

Thank you again to all of you who made meals this past week and who continue to give us the support we count on for our program to be successful. We cannot do this without our volunteers and you have all been a source of strength and encouragement for me and for our families.

May God continue to bless all you angels.

Kind Regards,Cheryl Polo, DirectorFamily Promise of SOC
338 South Main Street
Barnegat, NJ 08005

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