About Us

“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, August 12, 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 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

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

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