About Us

“Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy, S.A.C.S.O.N., is a faith-supported community organization working to help the public understand the issues of homelessness and collaborating with other nonprofits, businesses, government agencies and the community at large to end homelessness.”

SACSON is a Registered 501c3

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 95
Sanford, FL 32772

Phone: 407.790.0998
E-mail: SacsonSeminole@gmail.com
Web: sacson.wordpress.com

What we do:

* SACSON publishes the SACSON Information Card and distributes to government agencies, businesses, service-providers and individuals in need.
* SACSON is a member of the City of Sanford Task Force on Homelessness and Seminole County Community Conversation on Homelessness.
* SACSON promotes and encourages participation in free Wednesday Wash Days for the homeless.
* SACSON educates the community about the challenges of homelessness through our “Dessert and Coffee” forum.

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Click here for a printer-friendly copy of the SACSON Information Card in English.

Click here for a printer-friendly copy of the SACSON Information Card in Spanish

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Next SACSON Membership Meetings- Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

The next SACSON meeting will take place at The Sharing Center (515 E. 25th Street, Sanford FL 32771)

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Must read: Economic Impact Report by The Central Florida Commission on Homelessness
“The Cost of Long-Term Homelessness in Central Florida.”

More data: http://www.impacthomelessness.org/data/

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Must watch: “60 Minutes” feature on homeless children in Seminole County

Hard times generation: homeless kids

For some children, socializing and learning are being cruelly complicated by homelessness, as Scott Pelley reports from Florida, where school buses now stop at motels for children who’ve lost their homes.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7358670n#comments#ixzz1G0XeGfNQ

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Hard Times Generation: Families living in cars

Scott Pelley brings “60 Minutes” cameras back to central Florida to document another form of family homelessness: kids and their parents forced to live in cars.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7389750n#ixzz1m4pHobSH

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Minutes of the September 9, 2014 SACSON Meeting

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Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy (S.A.C.S.O.N.)
Minutes of September 9, 2014 Meeting

The meeting of SACSON was called to order by Vice Chair Patti Parker at the Sharing Center – Sanford office at approximately 6:32 pm.

Present: Randy Buchanan, Patti Parker, Brunilda Alvarez, Adena Broxton, Cynthia Miller, Tammy Grissom, Bettie Sonnenberg, Betty Desjardins, Jim Pataki, Doreen Owens, and Viola Anguiano.

The meeting was opened with prayer by Secretary, Adena Broxton.

The minutes from the previous meeting were approved; Vice Chair Patti will post final draft of minutes to the SACSON website.

Introductions/Agency Information & Projects: (1) Brief introductions and shared roles and agency’s function in the community. (2) Tuesday, November 18th – Grace and Grits, Sanford Civic Center will serve as a transportation location for the IDignity Seminole event at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Longwood. (3) Thursday, October 2nd – Goodwill Job Connection will host a job fair 10AM – 2 PM.

Financial Report: Treasurer Brunilda reported most recent bank statement account balance of $1939.09.

Information Cards: SACSON has approximately 100 cards remaining. Jim Pataki, Bettie Sonnenberg and Patti Parker will update the card and Patti will coordinate printing and grant payment via the CF Commission on Homelessness.

Fundraising: (1) Credit Card Square – Vice Chair Patti spoke to the Alive After Five organizers and fundraising is prohibited and the ‘Square’ cannot be used at the event. SACSON is not opposed to utilizing the device for other events.

SACSON t-shirts and nametags: Randy Buchanan, whose company is sponsoring t-shirts for regular members, received a list of shirt sizes and will place the order ASAP. Nametags are $5 and Doreen Owens will coordinate with The Sign Man in Oviedo. Members were encouraged to give their correct shirt sizes and name tag spelling to receive in time for the October 9th Alive After Five event.

New Projects: Vice Chair Patti, members from Lion of Judah and Grace & Grits have offered to distribute bus passes. They will keep track of bus pass number and the name of recipient.

Community Events: (1) SACSON postponed its participation in the September Alive After Five to better prepare; SACSON registration for the event was rolled over. The next Alive After Five will be take place Thursday, October 9 on First Street in downtown Sanford.
· SFD police offered to help set up. Others assisting with set up, please arrive between 3:30 – 4PM.

Marketing: Members briefly discussed the SACSON rack card. Jim Pataki created a mock-up in Photoshop. Members suggested that a small section of the card be designated for donor information. Patti Parker, Bettie Sonnenberg, Jim Pataki and Adena Broxton will serve on the Marketing Rack Card Committee.

Old Business: (1) The next Sanford Task Force on Homeless meeting will be held on September 11th, City Hall on the second floor from 4 PM – 5:30 PM. (2) The presidency position is still open for SACSON. (3) If the old SACSON phone # cannot be ported, member agreed to create a new Google Voice # in its place.

New Business: SACSON business cards were distributed to a few members.

Next meeting – October 7th at 6:30 PM (The Sharing Center) we will continue to discuss Alive After Five, marketing (brochure) and SACSON info. cards.

Meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:52 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Adena Broxton, Secretary

Minutes of the August 12, 2014 SACSON Meeting

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Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy (S.A.C.S.O.N.)
Minutes of August 12, 2014 Meeting

The meeting of SACSON was called to order by Secretary Adena Broxton at the Sharing Center – Sanford office at approximately 6:36 pm.

Present: Brunilda Alvarez, Adena Broxton, Cynthia Miller, Tammy Grissom, Teri Williams, Betty Desjardins, Jim Pataki, Dennis McClellan and Rose Davis.

The meeting was opened with prayer by Secretary, Adena Broxton.

The minutes from the previous meeting were approved; Chair Patti will post final draft of minutes to the SACSON website.

Introductions/Agency Information & Projects: (1) Attendees present briefly introduced themselves and shared their roles and their agency’s function in the community. (2) Saturday, November 15th IDignity Seminole will be hosting its first annual golf tournament at Timacuan Golf and Country Club. Sponsorship is welcomed. (3) The next IDignity Seminole event will be held on Tuesday, November 18th at St. Stephen Lutheran Church. The doors will open at approximately 8 AM.

Financial Report: Treasurer Brunilda reported that the most recent bank statement reports an account balance of $2,187.26. Chair Patti was reimbursed $35.47 for SACSON business cards, so the account balance should reflect with a balance of $2089.79.

Attendees voted to continue USPS P.O. Box services for a full year. Treasurer Brunnie will fill out application and submit payment for $62.

Information Cards: New attendees were able to take some information cards for their agencies.

Fundraising: (1) Five members signed up to assist with the ‘Alive After Five’ event. (2) Member Betty Sonnenberg has the SACSON banner. (3) Betty Desjardins has a tarp but not a full tent that can be used at the event (need to check if acceptable). (4) Attendee Dennis McClellan suggested that SACSON order a free credit card square for donation purposes. This an easy and convenient way for interested donors to make a contribution while at the ‘Alive After Five’ event. Will put on the agenda for next month’s meeting. (5) Administering a raffle at the ‘Alive After Five’ was suggested once SACSON becomes more familiar with the event and its attendees.

SACSON t-shirts, name tags: Announcement was made reminding members who have not ordered or paid, to please email or record the correct spelling of your name to be put on a name tag. Also, please provide your $5 payment at the next meeting. In addition, shirt sizes were recorded at the meeting for an order to be placed for shirts to wear at tabling and other networking events.

New Projects: Five members signed up to assist with creating and distributing SACSON brochures.

Community Events: (1) September 11th, SACSON will have a table at the ‘Alive After Five’ event in Downtown Sanford.

Old Business: Members briefly discussed the next Sanford Task Force on Homeless meeting, Thursday, August 14th at City Hall on the second floor from 4 PM–5:30 PM. The meeting will now be held every other month.

New Business: Member were able to take SACSON business cards for networking purposes in the community.

At our next meeting, September 9, 2014 at 6:30 PM (Location: The Sharing Center) we will continue to discuss committee projects (‘Alive After Five’) and marketing (brochure). In addition, we need to discuss how SACSON will distribute bus passes to those in need.

Member Rose Davis closed the meeting in prayer and was adjourned at approximately 7:18 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Adena Broxton, Secretary

Minutes of the July 8, 2014 SACSON Meeting

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Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy (S.A.C.S.O.N.)
Minutes of July 8, 2014 Meeting

The meeting of SACSON was called to order by Chair Patti Parker at the Sharing Center – Sanford office at approximately 6:35 pm.

Present: Patti Parker, Steve Fussell, Brunilda Alvarez, Adena Broxton, Cynthia Miller, Scott Terry, Bushra Anwar and Rose Davis. Those present introduced themselves, briefly discussed their agency and their roles.

The meeting was opened with prayer by Secretary, Adena Broxton.

The minutes from the previous meeting were approved; Chair Patti will post final draft of minutes to the SACSON website.

Financial Report: Treasurer Brunilda reported that the account balance remains the same and is $2,187.26.

Information Cards: Chair Patti met with Pastor Jared Witt of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in regard to expanding SACSON card to Longwood and transportation of Sanford clientele to next Idignity Seminole event in November.

Fundraising: For marketing and fundraising purposes, a brochure will be created instead of writing a letter to raise funds for SACSON. Chair Patti would like for the brochures to be created and printed for distribution in time for the Alive After Five event in September.

SACSON t-shirts, name tags: Name tags were distributed this meeting. For members who have not ordered or paid, please email or record the correct spelling of your name to be put on a name tag. Also, please provide your $5 payment at the next meeting. In addition, shirt sizes were recorded at the meeting for an order to be placed for shirts to wear at tabling and other networking events.

New Projects: Chair Patti suggested that SACSON print blank business cards (i.e. $15 per order) for members to write their name on and distribute at networking/tabling events or in the community. Treasurer Brunilda motioned for the cards to be approved and Secretary Adena seconded the motion.

Community Events: The Sanford Task Force on Homelessness decided to meet every other month, the next meeting with be on August 14th at 4 p.m. The next Seminole County Community Conversation on Homelessness meeting will be in August.

Old Business: Members continued to discuss preparations for the Alive after Five event September 11th; it would be approximately $50 for SACSON to rent a table and participate in the event. SACSON members will wear name tags and distribute Information Cards and business cards.

New Business: (1) Members discussed SACSON possibly incorporating Rethink Homelessness campaign in SACSON brochure. (2) Chair Patti suggested a pictorial essay depicting how SACSON has assisted homeless individuals in the community via events, projects and/or individual assistance. Secretary Adena encouraged that a consent and picture release form be drafted to go along with the collection of pictures. Chair Patti will check with Sanford Commissioner to determine what will be needed for this project idea.

At our next meeting, August 12, 2014 at 6:30 PM (Location: The Sharing Center) we will continue to discuss committee projects and fundraising. In addition, we will discuss community events and updates. Last, attendee Steve Fussell, Seminole County Government requested that Lynx bus issues be reported to him so that he can present the reports to Seminole County Community Assistance.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:35 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Adena Broxton, Secretary

Minutes of the June 10, 2014 SACSON Meeting

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Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy (S.A.C.S.O.N.)
Minutes of June 10, 2014 Meeting

The meeting of SACSON was called to order by Chair Patti Parker at the Sharing Center – Sanford office at approximately 6:35 pm.

Present: Patti Parker, Randy Buchanan, Mertis Pittman, Brunilda Alvarez, Betty Desjardins, Adena Broxton, Cynthia Miller, Joseph Acton, Tammy Grissom, Rev. Samuel Duncan, Scott Terry and Doreen Owens. Those present introduced themselves, briefly discussed the agency they represent and their roles.

The meeting was opened with prayer by Secretary, Adena Broxton.

The minutes of the previous meeting were corrected (i.e. financial report) and approved; Chair Patti will post final draft of minutes to the SACSON website.

Financial Report: Treasurer Brunilda reported a balance of $2,187.26.

Information Cards: Spanish translated cards were provided at the meeting for members to distribute in the community and at local agencies. Chair Patti and member Randy Buchanan discussed expanding resources listed on the card to Casselberry and Longwood.

Fundraising: Members discussed fundraising options: social media (e.g. facebook); silent auction event; and letter writing campaign.

SACSON t-shirts, name tags: Names and shirt sizes were recorded at the meeting for an order to be placed for shirts and name tags.

New Projects: Chair Patti introduced the possibility of SACSON providing bus passes; members agreed that providing $70 worth of all-day bus passes and $30 of single-day bus passes would be good. Member Doreen Owens motioned and member Betty DesJardins seconded.

Four committees were created in regards to fundraising. (1) ‘Alive After Five’ Sanford monthly street party committee: Patti, Doreen and Betty D. (2) Letter campaign: Adena and Mertis (3) Silent auction: Scott T. (tentatively) and (4) Project Homeless Connect: Patti, Betty S. and Doreen.

Community Events: (1) Members discussed the ‘Alive After Five’ event; it would cost $50 for SACSON to rent a table and participate in the event. Chair Patti would like to wait for name tags at least before tabling at the event. Member Doreen and Chair Patti will do further research. (2) The Homeless Connect at the Salvation Army was also discussed; November 2014 was mentioned as a possible timeframe to host the event. Chair Patti will meet with the new officers at the Salvation Army to discuss SACSON and Project Homeless Connect. The Sanford Civic Center was also mentioned by member Betty D. as another location to host the Project Homeless Connect.

Old Business: The Sanford Task Force will have its next meeting June 12, 2014 @ 4 PM. SACSON is still waiting for a final Chairperson to be approved. Secretary Adena suggested posting an advertisement for the Chair/President position, including responsibilities, on Facebook.

New Business: (1) Member Scott T. mentioned an NPR documentary about Central Florida and homelessness. (2) Northland Church has a seminar coming up (Serving To Empower), check Northland website and/or Facebook page, or contact Northland for further details. (3) Member Doreen suggested reading Bridges Over Poverty in conjunction with the seminar.

At our next meeting, July 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM (Location: The Sharing Center) we will continue to discuss committee projects and fundraising. In addition, we will discuss community events and updates. Last, member Randy mentioned a monthly event at Metrolife Church (Casselberry), and plans to report with more information.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:45 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Adena Broxton, Secretary

Minutes of the May 13, 2014 SACSON Meeting

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Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy (S.A.C.S.O.N.)
Minutes of May 13, 2014 Meeting

The meeting of SACSON was called to order by President, Major Tim Roberts at the Salvation Army Center at approximately 5:30 pm.

Present: Major Tim Roberts, Patti Parker, Randy Buchanan, Mertis Pittman, Bettie Sonnenberg, Brunilda Alvarez, Edna Webb, Betty Desjardins, Adena Broxton, Cynthia Miller, Sharon Butler, Lillian Christian, and Doreen Owens. Those present introduced themselves and briefly discussed the agency they represent.

The meeting was opened with prayer by President, Major Tim Roberts.

Major Tim Roberts briefly discused that the Presidency position is still looking to be filled. Although the position has yet to be filled, May’s meeting will be Major Tim’s last meeting as the SACSON President. Until a president is selected, Vice Chair Patti Parker will serve as Chair of the Board in the place of Major Tim. In addition, a new meeting location will need to be selected. A new meeting time was suggested, but officers and members decided to resume the current SACSON meeting time at 6:30 PM.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved; Patti Parker will post final draft of minutes to the SACSON website.

Financial Report: Balance of $2,046.25. The phone bill has been paid, and it is up to date.

Google Voice: Creating a Google Voice account is being postponed until Patt can coordinate with Trace and Doreen. The contract expiration date is 12-31-14, but can be broken with a $100 penalty fee.

Gmail: Patti reported the gmail account is active and the email address is printed on the new SACSON cards.

Information Cards: Patti brought the new cards to the meeting to be distributed to members to pass out in the community and at agencies. Members were asked to record the amount of cards they collected from the meeting. The cards printed in Spanish will be available for the next meeting. The City of Sanford contributed $88 for the printing of 200 Spanish Info cards for a City of Sanford event and our Edyth Bush grant covered the remaining $344 for 800 cards.

Fundraising: Patti and Secretary Adena will look into Trustco bank as an alternative to setting up a PayPal account for collecting donations. The cost of using PayPal or Trustco has to be investigated further before making a final decision.

Old Business: The Sanford Homlessness Task Force will now meet every other month. Holy Cross Episcopal Church has given SACSON permission to utilize space at the church to host a ‘Dessert and Coffee’ community forum.

New Business: Patti motioned to resume SACSON committees to assist officers with projects. Members approved and SACSON committees will be created to assist with new projects. SACSON needs to decide between Holy Cross and The Sharing Center – Sanford Office for a new meeting location for next month’s meeting (i.e. June).

Randy Buchanan, Landscape Dynamics Construction Company, Inc. graciously offered to purchase T-shirts or polo shirts for SACSON members. This will be helpful in identifying ourselves as SACSON members when networking with other organizations, citizens and churches.

Other information shared: Major Tim clarified helping individuals in need of obtaining ID; the individuals SACSON will provide resources to aid in obtaining their ID will be apart or not have received assistance from IDignity. The new SACSON Information Cards include information for all three IDignity locations: Orlando, Seminole Co. and Volusia Co.

At our next meeting we will continue to discuss fundraising ideas (e.g. Facebook/PayPal/Trusco), creating committees to assist with planning a Dessert & Coffee forum as well as fundraising ideas. In addition, we will discuss name tags and T-shirts for SACSON.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:35 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Adena Broxton, Secretary

Minutes of the April 8, 2014 SACSON Meeting

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Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy (S.A.C.S.O.N.)
Minutes of April 8, 2014 Meeting

The meeting was opened with prayer by Interim President, Major Tim Roberts.

Present: Major Tim Roberts, Judy Wilhelm, Bettie Sonnenberg, Patti Parker, Brunilda Alvarez, Adena Broxton, Cynthia Miller, Ernie Mander, Mertis Pittman, and Rose Davis. Those present introduced themselves and told about the agency they represent.

New officer positions were voted on and approved. Officially, the new officers for SACSON are: Patti Parker, Vice President; Adena Broxton, Secretary and Brunilda Alvarez, Treasurer. Members expressed that they are delighted to have new officers, and instructed new officers to read through SACSON guidelines and responsibilities. Major Tim Roberts indicated that the Presidency position still needs to be filled. Major Tim will most likely receive official notice of his transfer at the end of April. After the May meeting, SACSON may need to find a new meeting location.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved; Patti will post final draft of minutes to the SACSON website.

Financial Report: Balance of $2,146.78. The phone bill has been paid, and it is up to date. Patti proposed porting SACSON’s phone to a free Google Voice account. There is $100 fee to break the contract and SACSON will save $200 for the remainder of the year.

Google Voice: Judy Wilhelm made a call to motion to cancel current phone service provided by Trace Trylko contract, and to create a Google Voice account using the current SACSON phone number. Bettie Sonnenberg seconded the motion. Members approved, a Google Voice account will be created for SACSON using the current phone number.

Gmail: Patti created the Gmail account SacsonSeminole@gmail.com which will allow sending bulk emails and a central location for voicemails. All SACSON officers will have access to the email and Google Voice account.

Information Cards: Patti reported that the new cards are ready to be printed. Members discussed the amount of cards to print and 5000 cards were decided. Members also discussed applying for grants to pay for the continuation of printing cards. Patti also reported that Sanford Police Department helped to translate the card into Spanish. Members discussed and agreed upon printing 1000 card in Spanish for Hispanic/Latino churches and organizations in the community, as well as, inviting the organizations to SACSON meetings. Once both cards are printed, PDF versions will be emailed to members and also accessible via the SACSON website and Facebook page.

Fundraising: Adena Broxton suggested using a Facebook fundraising application, and Patti also suggested a PayPal account to link to SACSON’s website and Facebook page. This method of fundraising can help to promote SACSON’s mission and increase awareness about the organization. Patti also discussed inviting Andre Bailey, ‎CEO of Central Florida Commission on Homelessness to the May meeting or a SACSON ‘Dessert & Coffee’ forum to educate the community and assist with ideas for fundraising and new projects. Bettie Sonnenberg will check to see if Holy Cross Episcopal Church can serve as the venue.

New Projects: The Veteran Stand Down event is April 12th @ 9 am to 1 pm – Seminole County Health Department. Brunilda Alvarez will provide Information Cards for SACSON at the event. Ernie Mander suggested that SACSON allocate some funds to assist homeless individuals obtain photo IDs and birth certificates. Members suggested that receipts have to be provided in order for a reimbursement to be given. A motion was set for $200 to be used to obtain identification for clients, and to receive a reimbursement, receipts must be provided to the Treasurer, Brunilda Alvarez. The motion was amended – reimbursements will be specifically for FL IDs and birth certificate only. Brunilda seconded the motion, and the members approved.

The Sanford Task Force on Homelessness has a meeting April 10, 2014 @ 4 pm, City Hall.

Other information shared: Northland Church is hosting a class – Understanding Poverty @ 8:30 am to 3:30 pm (i.e. includes one hour break for lunch).

Patti will update the SACSON website (i.e. WordPress) and Facebook page to ensure that the mission and current projects report accurate; Patti will continue to update the sites.

At our next meeting on May 13th, we will discuss fundraising ideas (e.g. Facebook/Paypal) and planning a ‘Dessert & Coffee’ forum. Patti will provide updates regarding Google Voice and Gmail accounts, if any. Major Tim asked members to continue thinking of ideas for fundraising and projects to undertake, as well as, get more information on presented ideas.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:55 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Adena Broxton, Secretary.

Minutes of the March 11, 2014 SACSON Meeting

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Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Need (S.A.C.S.O.N.)
Minutes of March 11, 2014 Meeting

Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy (S.A.C.S.O.N.)
Minutes of March 11, 2014
The meeting was opened with prayer by President, Major Tim Roberts.

Present: Major Tim Roberts, Judy Wilhelm, Doreen Owens, Bettie Sonnenberg, Patti Parker, Brunilda Alvarez, Adena Broxton, Cynthia Miller, Pastor Tami Grissom, Edna Webb, Mertis Pittman, and Scott Terry. Those present introduced themselves and told about the agency they represent.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved with two spelling corrections.

Financial Report: Balance of $1,964.08. The phone bill has been paid, and it is up to date. Doreen Owens reported that she will be sending all IDignity forms, paperwork, and identifications to IDignity Orlando. Major Tim Roberts has signed the IDignity paperwork to sever our ties with IDignity Orlando.

Information Cards: Copies of the new card information was distributed by Patti Parker for corrections, additions and deletions. It will now go to the printer. Patti and Bettie were thanked for all the work they did to revise this card.

The next Seminole IDignity event will be May 20th at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Longwood. Members can contact St. Stephen if they wish to volunteer at this event. Judy will resubmit the invoice for the t-shirts to St. Stephen for reimbursement. Major Roberts said that the Salvation Army can be used as a pick up point for clients wishing to attend the Seminole IDignity event in Longwood.

The Sanford Task Force on Homelessness met and attended by Bettie Sonnenberg.. A presentation was made by Andrae Bailey sharing a new direction for the Coalition of Homeless for the 3 county areas. The need for permanent housing is important as a first step which will lead to change, he reported. The Police Department also spoke about their costs involved in house calls, etc. The next meeting is scheduled for March 13, 2014.

Scott Terry informed members about a new restaurant in Sanford: Shantell’s, 406 Sanford Avenue that has wonderful food and is open on Th, F, S from 11 am – 4 am; Sunday from 2 pm – 8 pm.

New officers for SACSON will be: Patti Parker, Vice President; Adena Broxton, Secretary and Brunilda Alverez, Treasurer. They will assume their new positions at the April meeting. Major Tim Roberts indicated that he is speaking with a pastor who may be willing to take the Presidency.

Other information shared: Recovery House may be taking over the Bridge.

At our next meeting we will discuss the possibility of changing our Yahoo email address to a Gmail account and to seek a less expensive phone, i.e., Google Voice. Doreen will check with Trace Trylko to find out when the current phone contract ends. Major Tim asked members to come to the next meeting with ideas for fundraising and projects to undertake.

The meeting was closed with prayer at 8:00 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Judy Wilhelm, Secretary.

No SACSON Meeting in February 2014

Minutes of the January 21, 2014 SACSON Meeting

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Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Need (S.A.C.S.O.N.)
Minutes of January 21, 2014 Meeting

The meeting of the Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy was called to order by President, Major Tim Roberts at 6:30 at the Salvation Army. The meeting was opened with prayer. In attendance: Patti Parker, Viola Anguiano, Betty DesJardins, Reginia Kelly, Joseph Kreuter, Sharon Butler, Carol Brown, Major Tim Roberts, Bettie Sonnenberg, Judy Wilhelm, Andrew Thomas, Brunilda Alvarez, Cynthia Miller, Tammy Abramson-Grissom, Doreen Owens, Scott Terry, and Ernie Mander.
The minutes of the previous meeting were approved at posted. Financial Report: $2,479.29. $61.25 was paid for the State of Florida Annual Report and the reported was filed.
There are currently 500 information cards available to distribution. They will again be updated with changes by the March meeting.
Andrew Thomas reported on the Sanford Task Force on Homelessness. There will be a point in time count of homeless individuals on January 31st and volunteers are needed. The Homeless Services Network will be looking to fill the Executive Director’s position. The next meeting is January 23, 2014. The Recovery House is currently looking at the property vacant in Sanford.
SACSON is still seeking officers for the Board of Directors. Position to be filled are as follows:
Secretary: responsible for taking the minutes of the meetings, sending meeting notices, handling correspondence, keeping attendance records and providing to the State of Florida yearly its Annual Report and sending the 990-N to the IRS in May. Treasurer: responsible for all financial business, keeping accurate account of all money received and spent, and reporting to the Executive Committee and to the membership at regular meetings on the organization’s finances.
The next IDignity to be held at St. Stephens is scheduled for Tuesday, May 20, 2014. IDignity will also be held in DeLand on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at the Presbyterian Church.
Agency Sharing: Feed the Need Central Florida began in April, 2013 and provides meals at the Grace Fellowship Church on Mondays between 5:30 and 6:30 pm. Lion of Judah House of Worship provides meals on Thursdays from 5:30 – 6:30 and on Sundays from 10:30 – 12:30. They also provide clothing and food from their pantry. Ernie Mander spoke about the Saturday morning breakfasts at the Presbyterian Church, the Wash Day on Wednesdays at 8:30 am at the Laundromat in the Winn Dixie Plaza, and the distribution of bicycles, lights, chains and locks.
Members expressed the needs for continuing SACSON and suggested a posting of open positions on Work Force’s EFM.
The meeting was closed with prayer by Major Tim Roberts at 7:40 pm
Respectfully submitted, Judy Wilhelm, Secretary

Minutes of the December 10, 2013 SACSON Meeting

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Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Need (S.A.C.S.O.N.)
Minutes of December 10, 2013 Meeting

The meeting of SACSON was called to order by President, Major Tim Roberts at the Salvation Army Center at 6:30 pm. In attendance were: Shirley Exner, Judy Wilhelm, Major Tim Roberts, Bettie Sonnenberg, Betty DesJardin, Doreen Owens, Scott Terry, Carol Brown, and Sharon Butler.
The meeting began with prayer. The minutes were approved at sent.
Financial Report: $2,479.29 is in the checking account.
Introductions were made and Shirley Exner, Emergency Management Senior Planner spoke about the agency she represents. There is oversight of all disasters: preparing and planning for the entire county. Oversight of special needs areas to assure compliancy.
Information cards were available and distributed. There were no reports from fundraising and new projects.
Major Tim and Bettie attended the Sanford Task Force on Homelessness and spoke about SACSON. Bettie from Grace ‘n Grits, the United Methodist Church and Salvation Army reported fewer than expected guests for Thanksgiving Dinner. Grace ‘n Grits is a 501-c-3 agency under the Episcopal Diocese. Bettie also reported that Recovery House is investigating the “Old Bridge’ property.
The secretary and treasurer position are open and need to be filled in January.
Christmas activities include the December 19th Salvation Army give away. Recovery House will be needing toys for children and SVDP will fill this need. United Methodist Church does a tree for the Children’s Home. Grace ‘n Grits Christmas give away is December 18th. Picnic Project will be serving on Christmas Day.
The next meeting is January 21, 2014. The February meeting will be canceled. March 11, 2014 will be the following meeting.
Respectfully submitted,
Judy Wilhelm, Secretary

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