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“Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy, S.A.C.S.O.N., is a faith-supported community organization that educates the public and provides referrals to programs and services to those in need in Seminole County.”

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 educates the community about the growing challenge of homelessness through our “Dessert and Coffee” forums and Speakers Bureau
* SACSON prints and distributes the Seminole County Street Information Card 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 Wednesday Wash Days (volunteers provide coins and laundry soap so the homeless are able to wash their clothes)

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Next SACSON Membership Meetings- Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

The next SACSON meeting will take place at the Salvation Army (700 W 24th St Sanford, FL 32771)

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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 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

Minutes of the November 12, 2013 SACSON Meeting

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Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Need (S.A.C.S.O.N.)
Minutes of November 12, 2013 Meeting

The meeting was called to order by the President, Major Tim Roberts, at the Salvation Army at 6:30 pm. The meeting was opened with prayer. The following were in attendance: Major Tim Roberts, Judy Wilhelm, Doreen Owens, Sharon Butler, Patti Parker, Betty Desjardin, Scott Terry, Betty Sonnenberg and David Cramer.
The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as read.
Financial Report: $2,422.89 balance in our account.
Committee Reports:
a. Information cards were available and distributed. Doreen will run some labels to block out Sanford IDignity. There are still over 2500 cards available for distribution.
b. Betty Sonnenberg is interested in holding a Seminole County Bowls of Hope program to benefit Grace ‘n Grits and SACSON at the Civic Center in 2014. It would be a soup supper with schools, churches and agency support. All agreed this would be a favorable project.
c. New Projects: SACSON would like to have a bus available to transportation individuals to IDignity events in either Orange or Volusia Counties. Grace ‘n Grits will have a sign up for individuals needing identification. David Cramer indicated that he has finances available from the “First Step Fund” for those individuals released from State Corrections or State Probation and Parole programs to get their identification. He can then work with individuals to get jobs. He is stationed out of the Goodwill Centers. He is encouraging everyone to refer individuals to him for help.
Old Business:
Major Tim attended the Sanford Task Force on Homelessness and met with Andrew Powell of the Rescue Outreach Mission. He will invite Mr. Powell to an upcoming meeting.
We are still looking for interested persons to take on the role of Secretary and Treasurer in the new year.
New Business:
The Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving Dinner is in collaboration with Smokey Bones. From 12 – 2 pm on Thanksgiving Day 1,000 meals will be distribued at Smokey Bones. The First United Methodist Church will be serving a Thanksgiving meals on Thanksgiving Day. This is open to any interested individuals. Grace ‘n Grits will serve their Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday, November 27th at the Civic Center at 5:30 pm.
A Job Fair will be held on November 21st at the Goodwill Center on Route 46 in Sanford. Also, Divine Outreach in Oviedo helps individuals with birth certificates.
The Salvation Army will be serving 400 families and over 1,000 children with Christmas presents between December 18 – 20. Their sign up period is now closed. St. Vincent de Paul will also be providing gift to children. SA and SVDP will collaboration to avoid duplication.
The next meeting is scheduled for December 10, 2013 at 6:30 at the Salvation Army in Sanford.
The meeting was closed with prayer at 8:00 pm
Respectfully Submitted,
Judy Wilhelm, Secretary

Minutes of the October 8, 2013 SACSON Meeting

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Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Need (S.A.C.S.O.N.)
Minutes of October 8, 2013 Meeting

The meeting was called to order by President, Major Tim Roberts, at the Salvation Army with prayer. The following were in attendance: Major Tim Roberts, Judy Wilhelm, Doreen Owens, Scott Terry, David Cramer, Patti Parker, Betty DesJardin, Ernie Mander, Pastor Witt, Dennis Macclellan, and Bushra Anwar.
The minutes of the previous were approved as posted on our blog.
The new E-mail: SACSONSeminole @gmail.com was approved.
Financial Report: $2,255.22 is in our account.
Introductions were made.
The information card is again being updated and edited for a new printing. We have $1740 still available for printing costs from our grant which will enable us to have two more printings at 5,000 each.
Currently, there are no fundraising projects.
Major Tim will contact the new Police Chief, Cecil Smith, for a potential forum in January.
The next Sanford Task Force on Homelessness will be Thursday, October 10th and Major Tim and Patti will be in attendance.
Patti Parker indicated that she would be willing to take the Vice President’s position for S.A.C.S.O.N. Major Tim indicated he may be leaving his post in June.
IDignity: Pastor Witt reported that their church will be hosting an IDignity event in May, 2014 and they will be holding two small fundraisers. They will be holding two events each year. He welcomed participation from S.A.C.S.O.N. He indicated that they will have a contract after January, 2014 with IDignity Orlando for IDignity Seminole. They will be partnering with the Markham Woods church for transportation of clients. Transportation for clients from Sanford can be available with funds from SACSON and buses from Salvation Army. Major Tim, Judy Wilhelm and Doreen Owens will be meeting with IDignity Orlando, Jesse Figueroa in January to transfer all materials from IDignity Sanford.
Scott Terry brought forth ideas for SACSON: agencies sharing information about themselves at an events; a column in the newspaper about agency events; having a community conversation on homelessness in Seminole County, and having our blog as a clearing house for what is going on with agencies in our community (Community Calendar).
Ernie Mander asked about SACSON’s plans for our funds. They will be used for printing, phone, transportation of clients to IDignity events, bus passes, and future forums. Patti Parker suggested that funds could be used to develop a bag of small items and a small gift cards.
David Cramer spoke about his Prison Ministry at the Goodwill Job Center on Fridays. He works to get jobs for those released from prison. His number is 407-219-7625 for appointments.
Judy Wilhelm invited all to St. Vincent de Paul’s Souper Supper on Saturday, October 19th at the All Souls Parish Hall. Cost is $4.50.
Major Tim will invite the director of the Rescue Outreach Mission to our next meeting which is scheduled for Tuesday, November 12th at 6:30 pm at the Salvation Army in Sanford.
Respectfully submitted,
Judy Wilhelm, Secretary

Minutes of the September 24, 2013 SACSON Meeting

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Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Need (S.A.C.S.O.N.)
Minutes of September 24, 2013 Meeting

The meeting was called to order by the President, Major Tim Roberts, at the Salvation Army who gave the opening prayer. The following were in attendance: Judy Wilhelm, Doreen Owens, Betty Desjardins, Carol Brown, Sharon Butler, Patti Parker, Brunnie Alverez, and Ernie Mander.
The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as sent.
Treasurer’s Report: $2,217.22 balance in checking account.
Judy Wilhelm read the letter from IDignity Orlando, Jessie Figueroa, indicating that the IDignity Sanford contact be terminated and that there will be just one IDignity Seminole and this contact will be given to St. Stevens. After considerable discussion, it was moved by Doreen Owens and seconded by Betty Desjardins that we terminate our contract with IDignity Orlando effective December 31, 2013 and at that time turn over to IDignity all forms, files and I-Dignity materials. Passed unanimously.
SACSON members indicated that we can transport individuals to other events. Several agencies indicated that they already provide birth certification and other types of similar services to clients at their agency or appropriately refers.
SACSON will continue with the information cards and their distribution, continue forums for the community on important issues, look for community involvement is our efforts, and to determine how we can help homeless individuals. A forum with our new police chief was suggested.
Judy Wilhelm and Doreen Owen will be leaving their posts as Secretary and Treasurer effective December, 2013. We will be seeking officers at our November meeting.
It was moved by Sharon Butler and seconded by Betty Desjardins that SACSON meeting monthly on the second Tuesday of each month at the Salvation Army. Passed Unanimously.
Brunnie Alverez announced that the Sharing Center will be having a sign up for Thanksgiving by November 4th.
Major Tim and Sharon will make contact with people to see who is interested in being part of SACSON through the web site that Patti Parker has.
There have been no homeless task force meetings and Major Tim will explore when the next one will occur and attend.
Ernie Mander gave a history of the Grace ‘n Grits program in Sanford. Patti Parker spoke about a fundraiser for Grace ‘n Grits and SACSON entitled Bowls of Hope. More to come about this.
The meeting was adjourned with prayer by Major Tim.
Respectfully submitted,
Judy Wilhelm, Secrtary

Dessert & Coffee Forum – Debate between City Commissioner Patty Mahany and Challenger Rick Russi

Sanford City Commission Elections: Hear candidates Patty Mahany, the incumbent commissioner, and her challenger, Rick Russi, address an audience gathered at a candidate forum hosted by SACSON –Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy. One of the candidates will be elected on November 6 to serve a 4-year term representing district 4 of the city’s 5 member governing commission. They address the search for a new chief of police for the city, transparency in city government, property values and property taxes, panhandling and public feeding of the homeless on downtown streets, relationships between the commission and the black community, revitalization of the downtown area, ethics and integrity, vacant buildings in the city, the role of the communities of Goldsboro and Georgetown, the city budget, pension plan for the city’s fire and police staff, and their vision for the city and the role each intend to take on the commission if elected by voters in the city-wide race. (length – 48:09)

http://cmfmedia.org/2012/10/sanford-city-commission-elections/

Minutes of the June 11, 2013 SACSON Meeting

Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy (S.A.C.S.O.N.)

Minutes of the June 11, 2013 Meeting

Attendance: Sharon Butler, Carol Brown, Patti Parker, Major Tim Roberts,
Betty DesJardins.

The meeting was called to order by Major Tim Roberts. He welcomed everyone
and opened with a prayer.

The minutes from the previous meeting were not available.

No financial report was available from this month or last month and the most
current balance in the checking account is 2541.89.

– Committee Reports

Cool Down Shelter – The Emergency Management Team Meeting at the EOC on June
3, 2013 was cancelled due to Zimmerman pre-trial hearings.

Information Cards – Patti Parker ordered the cards on May 31st. The cards
will be delivered next Monday. Patti will coordinate with Major Tim and
Bettie Sonnenberg and make sure the cards are delivered to police,
government and non-profit agencies. Major Tim will drop off cards at the
Lake
Mary Police Department and Seminole County Jail Chaplains.

Fundraising – Members voted to go forward with the Sanford River Rats
Community Nights Fundraiser, Friday, July 26, 2013. We need to sell a
minimum of 400 tickets at $5 apiece and will receive 50% of revenue. Patti
will compile a master SACSON members/volunteers email list. Sharon Butler
will develop a flyer.
Members decided to not move forward with the St. John’s Riverboat Fundraiser
due to the
price of the tickets ($45 to $55), profit margin, and the minimum number of
tickets (75) to be sold.

IDignity – The group discussed fundraising and grants to reach our goal of
raising $4,000 to fund our next IDignity event. The new executive
director of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness is Mr. Andrae
Bailey and we may contact him in August to discuss grants. Betty DesJardins
previously filled out paperwork for a WalMart grant but never heard back.
Major Tim was contacted by a Longwood Pastor who wanted to sponsor an
IDignity event in Longwood, but due to franchise restrictions, referred him
to IDignity headquarters.

– Old Business

Sanford Task Force on Homelessness. Major Tim, interim SACSON president, is
now a member of the task force. No meetings are scheduled at this point.

Zimmerman Trial – Sanford Pastor’s Connecting has regular meetings to
promote peace and unity in Sanford.

Officers for Board of Directors – no new members have stepped forward.

– No new business.

– The next SACSON meeting will be held Tuesday, July 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at
the Salvation
Army.

The meeting was adjourned with prayer by Major Tim.

Respectfully submitted,
Patti Parker, acting secretary

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