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 Community Meeting  — Tuesday, August 11th at 6 p.m. SACSON meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the Community Room at the Sanford Police Department, 815 Historic Goldsboro Blvd. Please try to arrive early as the doors lock at 6 p.m.

Future 2015 dates include 9/8, 10/13, 11/10 and 12/8.

 

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Cold Night Shelter, Seminole County – An emergency Cold Night Shelter is available when temperatures drop below 40 degrees at the RESCUE OUTREACH MISSION, 1701 W. 13th St, Sanford. More information: 407- 321-8224 ****************************************************************************************************************

Must read: Economic Impact Report by The Central Florida Commission on Homelessness

“The Cost of Long-Term Homelessness in Central Florida.”

More data: http://rethinkhomelessness.org
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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 ****************************************************************************************************************

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 ****************************************************************************************************************

Minutes of the June 9, 2015 SACSON Meeting

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Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy (S.A.C.S.O.N.)
Minutes of June 9, 2015 Meeting

The meeting of SACSON was called to order by Chair Patti Parker, at the Community Room in the Sanford Police Department at approximately 6:30 pm.

Present: Patti Parker, Adena Broxton, Bettie Sonnenberg, Tamika Wright, Ernie Mander, Alvin B. McGill, Ed Burford, Scott Terry, Dennis Woodcum, Margaret Westmoreland, Gabriela Baptista, Lt. Greg Smith, Pastor Tammy Abramson-Grissom, Asoye Uhurubey & Ofc. Josh Strobridge

Pastor Tammy Abramson opened the meeting with prayer.

The minutes from the previous meeting were approved and will be posted to the SACSON website.

Introductions/Agency Information & Projects/Guest Speakers:
a. Guest speaker: Ed Burford, U.S. Army, retired, Veterans Services Officer, Seminole Co. Gov’t.
b. FYI – UCF has a 3-week intensive PTSD therapy program with housing and a 17-week treatment program that uses the most effective treatments for combat-related PTSD. Brochures available. For more information, please call TMT Project Manager, Dr. Sandra Neer, at 407-823-1668 or visit http://psychology.cos.ucf.edu/ucf-restores/clinical-research-programs/ptsd-treatment/

Financial Report: Chair, Patti reported $2007.54 – Received $103 donation from Holy Cross Episcopal and $38.25 ‘Pass the Hat’ member contributions. Thank you!

Fundraising: *Planning to sell goodie bags to the general public to raise homeless awareness; for persons to handout goodie bags to the homeless in place of money. (1) A committee of volunteers is needed, must be willing to oversee gift cards (e.g. restaurants) for interested persons to purchase and give to the homeless (w/goodie bag). (3) Volunteers are needed to distribute gift card solicitation letters.

SACSON nametags: New members of SACSON, nametags can be purchased for $5 each.

Goodie Bags: Treasurer, Tamika has received 1500+ hygiene kits donated by Clean The World; confirmed add’l sponsors for donated goods. Vice President, Bettie has confirmed items for discounted purchase from HarvestTime, energy bars, fruit cups and water.

Nylon Goody Bags and items still needed:
Lip balm, Sunscreen, Peanut butter – single serving cups
Nylon Bag (500) Sponsor and Vendors – dbgpromotions.com, Non-Woven Sports Pack, 13” x 161/2” with company logo would cost approx. $600.

Social Media: Treasurer, Tamika updated SACSON Facebook page; will add recent/future events.

Old Business: (1) Sanford Task Force on Homelessness – Next meeting June 11, 4 p.m. at City Hall; (2) Lynx Bus Passes – 13 out of 50 passes remaining; in the process of requesting 501c3 bundle discount.

Next meeting(s): Tuesday, July 14, 2015 and August 11, 2015 at 6 PM. Please arrive by 5:45 PM because Sanford Police Department doors will be locked at 6 PM sharp.

Guest speaker: Tamika Wright, M.S., SSVF Case Manager, Aspire Healthcare Partners.
Guest speaker: Dennis Woodcum MSW, SSVF Outreach Specialist., Aspire Healthcare.

Secretary Adena closed with prayer. Members “passed the hat”; the meeting was adjourned at 8 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Adena Broxton, Secretary

Minutes of the May 12, 2015 SACSON Meeting

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Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy (S.A.C.S.O.N.)
Minutes of May 12, 2015 Meeting

The meeting of SACSON was called to order by Chair Patti Parker, at the Community Room in the Sanford Police Department at approximately 6:15 pm.

Present: Patti Parker, Leon Harp, Al Vargas, Ernie Mander, Asoye Uhurubey, Alvin B. McGill , Pastor Tammy Abramson-Grissom, Cynthia Miller, Rev. Elaine Jansak, Margaret Westmoreland, Bettie Sonnenberg, Adena Broxton, Ron Nation, & Scott Terry

Pastor Tammy Abramson opened the meeting with prayer.

The minutes from the previous meeting were approved and will be posted to the SACSON website.

Introductions/Agency Information & Projects/Guest Speakers:
a. DMV FLOW mobile unit will be at 150 N. Palmetto Ave. on Monday, May 18, 10-2 p.m. $25 replacement fee waived for stolen license or I.D. card with copy of police report.
b. Guest speaker: Ernie Mander, Wednesday Wash Days and bicycles and boots for the homeless.
· In need of bikes – $20 budget per bike, locks, chains, lights for the bike and insect repellant for homeless; also takes monetary donations.

Financial Report: Chair, Patti reported $1866.29 – Paid $61.25 for annual report. Received $100.95 donation from The Center for Christian Women’s Spirituality. Thank you!

Information Cards: No updates.

Fundraising: *Planning to sale goodie bags to the general public to raise homeless awareness and for the general public to handout the goodies bags to the homeless in place of money. (1) Needs a committee of volunteers willing to oversee gift cards (e.g. restaurants) for interested persons to purchase to give to the homeless (in addition to goodie bags). (2) In addition, a volunteer is needed to assist with composing a solicitation letter to sponsors for the gift cards. (3) Volunteers are needed to distribute letters.

SACSON nametags: New members of SACSON, nametags can be purchased for $5 each.

Goodie Bags: Treasurer, Tamika has received 100 hygiene kits donated by Clean The World.

Social Media: no updates.

SACSON t-shirts: no updates.

Old Business: (1) Sanford Task Force on Homelessness – Next meeting is May 14th at 4 PM (City Hall; Discussing temporary housing for the homeless); (2) No updates for Community Conversation on Homelessness. (3) SACSON officers – all positions are filled. (4) Lynx Bus Passes – 36 out of 50 passes remaining.

Next meeting(s): Tuesday, June 9, 2015 and July 14, 2015 at 6 PM. Please arrive by 5:45 PM because Sanford Police Department doors will be locked at 6 PM sharp.

Adena Broxton, Secretary closed with prayer. Meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:45 PM.

Respectfully submitted, Adena Broxton, Secretary

Minutes of the April 14, 2015 SACSON Meeting

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Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy (S.A.C.S.O.N.)
Minutes of April 14, 2015 Meeting

The meeting of SACSON was called to order by Chair Patti Parker in the Community Room at the Sanford Police Department at approximately 6:06 pm.

Present: Andre Minott, A.B. McGill , Doug Little, Julia Palomino, Rev. Elaine Jansak, Dennis Woodcum, Bettie Sonnenberg, Patti Parker, Tamika Wright, Adena Broxton, Al Vargas, Tina Leman, Ron Nation, Dennis McGellan, David Cramer, Paula Kegelman, Mykal Tairu, Maggie Westmoreland, Bushra Anwar, & Scott Terry

Secretary, Adena Broxton, opened the meeting with prayer.

The minutes from the previous meeting were approved and will be posted to the SACSON website.

Introductions/Agency Information & Projects/Guest Speakers:
a. Paula Kegelman, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), 407-496-7818. NAMI’s purpose and programs and a PowerPoint overview on types of mental illnesses.
b. Julia Palomino, MSW, PATH Outreach Specialist, Aspire HP, 407-323-2036 Ext. 2209
Veterans S.O.A.R. program is a fast-track to much needed benefits.
c. Doug Little, Sanford Hope Team Lead, Aspire HP, 407-323-2036 Ext. 2226.
The Hope Team is in need of socks and blankets for the homeless.

Financial Report: Chair, Patti reported most recent bank statement account balance of $1826.59; paid $202.50 for 50 Lynx all day bus passes.

Information Cards: No updates.

Fundraising: *Planning to sell goodie bags to the general public to raise homeless awareness and for the general public to handout the goodies bags to the homeless in place of money. (1) Needs a committee of volunteers willing to oversee gift cards (e.g. restaurants) for interested persons to purchase to give to the homeless (in addition to goodie bags). (2) In addition, a volunteer is needed to assist with composing a solicitation letter to sponsors for the gift cards.

SACSON t-shirts, nametags: (1) Member Randy Buchanan will sponsor for regular members. (2) If you plan to be an active, regular member of SACSON, nametags can be purchased for $5 each.

Goodie Bags: Remaining donated items are needed: lip balm, sunscreen, peanut butter (i.e. single serving cups), and nylon bags (e.g. 500 – Looking for sponsors or vendors to assist with this item). Please contact Chair Patti Parker with questions or for more information.

Social Media: Treasurer, Tamika Wright will help with SACSON website and Facebook page.

Old Business: (1) Sanford Task Force on Homelessness – Next meeting is May 14th at 4 PM City Hall. At the last meeting on April 9th New Dignity Homes presented info on emergency and permanent housing for the homeless. (2) No updates for Community Conversation on Homelessness. (3) Lynx Bus Passes – 50 all day passes were available upon request at the meeting. Margaret Westmoreland pledged to make monthly donations for Lynx bus passes on behalf of Holy Cross Episcopal Church.

New Business: SACSON officers – voted and approved new Treasurer, Tamika Wright.

Next meeting(s): Tuesday, May 12, 2015 and June 9, 2015 at 6 PM. Please arrive by 5:45 PM because Sanford Police Department locks the doors at 6 PM sharp.

Adena Broxton, Secretary closed with prayed. Meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:45 PM.
Respectfully submitted, Adena Broxton, Secretary

Minutes of the March 9, 2015 SACSON Meeting

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Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy (S.A.C.S.O.N.)
Minutes of March 9, 2015 Meeting

The meeting of SACSON was called to order by Chair Patti Parker, at the Community Room in the Sanford Police Department at approximately 6:05 pm.

Present: Patti Parker, Adena Broxton, Dennis McClellan, Leon Harp, Asoye Uhurubey, David Cramer, Deputy Sara MacArthur, Rev. Elaine Jansak, Bettie Sonnenberg, Henry I. Jehan Jr., Sharon Butler, Carol Brown, Cynthia Miller, Pastor Tammy Grissom, Officer Sanjuanita Justiniano, Mertis Pittman, Alonzo Vargas and Tamika Wright

Pastor Tammy Grissom, opened the meeting with prayer.

The minutes from the previous meeting were approved and will be posted to the SACSON website.

Introductions/Agency Information & Projects/Guest Speakers: (1) Brief introductions, shared roles and function in the community. (2) Dennis McClellan, St. Stephen Lutheran Church presented information about an iDignity Seminole event on 3/11/15. (3) Henry Jehan, Jr., First United Methodist Church, presented on iSecurity – a safe, drop off envelope and location for individuals in transition or homeless to store their documents in a safe place for retrieval later. (4) Asoye Uhurubey, Housing Case Manager at Rescue Outreach Mission, presented on shelter services and a transitional living program for families. The program is currently at capacity; there is a 30-day shelter stay.

Financial Report: Chair, Patti reported most recent bank statement account balance of $2029.09, no updates.

Information Cards: SACSON members in attendance discussed keeping the card Sanford-based and decided not to create new editions for other Seminole county cities. United Way 2-1-1 referral service provides specific locations for meal, food pantry and other services for homeless individuals/persons in transition in Seminole county and surrounding cities.

Fundraising: Needs a committee of volunteers willing to oversee gift cards (e.g. restaurants) for interested person to purchase to give to the homeless (in addition to goodie bags).

SACSON t-shirts, nametags: No updates on t-shirts. If you plan to be an active, regular member of SACSON, nametags can be purchased for $5 each.

Goodie Bags: Remaining donated items are needed: lip balm, sunscreen, peanut butter (i.e. single serving cups), nylon bags (500 – Looking for sponsors or vendors to assist with this item). Please contact Chair Patti Parker with questions or for more information.

Social Media: Need volunteers to help with web design, Facebook. If interested please contact Patti.

Old Business: (1) Sanford Task Force on Homelessness – Next meeting is March 12th at 4 PM (City Hall) (2) No updates for Community Conversation on Homelessness. (3) Bus passes need to be picked up.

New Business: SACSON officers – Patti Parker is officially Chair and Bettie Sonnenberg is the new Vice Chair. Congrats and Thank you!

Next meeting(s): Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 6 PM and Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 6 PM. Please arrive by 5:45 PM because Sanford Police Department locks the doors at 6 PM sharp.

Adena Broxton, Secretary closed with prayed. Meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:30 PM.

Respectfully submitted, Adena Broxton, Secretary

Minutes of the February 9, 2015 SACSON Meeting

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Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy (S.A.C.S.O.N.)
Minutes of February 9, 2015 Meeting

The meeting of SACSON was called to order by Chair Patti Parker, at the Community Room in the Sanford Police Department at approximately 6:35 pm.

Present: Patti Parker, Adena Broxton, Alvin McGill, Alonzo Vargas, Theodora Coleman, Asoye Uhurubey, David Cramer, Randy Buchanan, Elaine Jansak, Bettie Sonnenberg, Margaret Westmoreland, Millie Proodian, Cynthia Miller, Rev. Tammy Grissom, LaShanna Tyson, Mykal Tairu, and Paul Benjamin Sr.

Secretary, Adena Broxton, opened the meeting with prayer.

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) Brief introductions, shared roles and function in the community. (2) Mr. Mykal Tairu, Coordinator w/ Vincentian Re-Entry Organizing Project, presented information on the ‘Ban the Box’ campaign. The campaign (Orlando & Daytona) is in progress to alleviate employment barriers for ex-offenders. (3) Ms. LaShanna Tyson, Advocate w/ Faith in Florida, provided her testimony on working to restore voting rights for ex-offenders as well as other human rights. (4) Mr. David Cramer, Director of His Healing Hands Ministries, presented information on employment services, training and partnerships for ex-offenders in Orange and Seminole County.

Financial Report: Chair, Patti reported most recent bank statement account balance of $2029.09, no updates.

Information Cards: SACSON is looking for a team/individual(s) willing to work on locating specific services in Altamonte/Longwood and Casselberry/Fern Park. One individual has volunteered to research agencies and services in Altamonte and Casselberry.

Fundraising: No updates at this time.

SACSON t-shirts, nametags: T-shirt production is in progress, no further updates. If you plan to be an active, regular member of SACSON, nametags can be purchased for $5 each.

New Projects: Donated items are needed for goodie bags; VITAS has agreed to aid with project. Looking for volunteer(s) to help coordinate w/ HarvestTime, if interested please contact Chair, Patti.

Marketing: Thank you Shirley Exner, OEM, for editing and printing 100 updated SACSON flyers.

Social Media: Need a volunteer to help w/ web design/Facebook. If interested please contact Patti.

Old Business: (1) Sanford Task Force on Homelessness – Next meeting is on February 12th @ 4 PM (City Hall) (2) No updates for Community Conversation on Homelessness. (3) Bus passes – $200 round trip passes were ordered, waiting to be processed and picked up. Holy Cross Episcopal Church member Margaret Westmoreland stated the church would like to donate bus passes.

New Business: Community Event(s) – This Saturday, February 14th from 9:30 AM – 2 PM, Broadway United Methodist Church will be hosting a free training on how to effectively administer petitions in the community. Address: 400 E. Amelia St. Orlando, FL 32803 Please go to: https://act.myngp.com/

Next meeting(s): Monday, March 9, 2015 and Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 6 PM.

Mr. David Cramer closed with prayed. Meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:35 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Adena Broxton, Secretary

Minutes of the January 13, 2015 SACSON Meeting

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Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy (S.A.C.S.O.N.)
Minutes of January 13, 2015 Meeting

The meeting of SACSON was called to order by Chair Patti Parker, in the Community Room at the Sanford Police Department at approximately 6:35 pm.

Present: Shirley Exner, Alvin McNill, Ernie Mander, Marisol Ordonez, Patti Parker, Brunilda Alvarez, Adena Broxton, Julia Smythe, Alrick Esberry, Rev. Elaine Jansak, Ofr. Sanjuanita Justiniano, Ofr. Tina Leman, Ofr. Josh Strobridge and Bettie Sonnenberg

Secretary, Adena Broxton, opened the meeting with prayer.

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) Brief introductions and shared roles and agency’s function in the community. (2) Mr. Alrick Esberry, project manager for Seminole County presented information on the Shelter Care Plus program. This program assists homeless individuals with mental illness and /or other disabilities find and maintain housing and long-term case management.

Financial Report: Treasurer Brunilda reported most recent bank statement account balance of $2029.09.

Information Cards: SACSON is looking for a team or individual(s) willing to work on locating specific services in Altamonte/Longwood and Casselberry/Fern Park.

Fundraising: No fundraising at this time.

SACSON t-shirts, nametags: T-shirt production is still in progress, no further updates. If you plan to be an active, regular member of SACSON, nametags can be purchased for $5 each.

New Projects: Donated items are still needed for goodie bags.

Marketing: Flyers were printed with old meeting location. Members volunteered to correct old flyers. Also, a vote was taken to order 150 new flyers for $21.

Old Business: (1) Sanford Task Force meets every 2nd Thursday of the month at City Hall on the 2nd floor. Last meeting, Vitas Healthcare Hospice Center, A.S. was discussed. Also, there is a proposal for a panhandling ordinance in Seminole County. (2) No updates on the Community Conversation on Homelessness. (3) SACSON phone was ported in December for $20; there will no longer be a monthly fee. (4) Bus passes – 4 remain out of 100. A vote was taken, members approved to purchase $200 worth of all day bus passes.

New Business: Community Event(s) – On January 31st at Seminole State Community College, 8 AM until 11 AM, Seminole County Public Schools will host a free sporting event for children and families to attend.

Next meeting: Monday, February 9th, SACSON will meet at 6:30 PM – the Community Room located in the Sanford Police Department. The CRU unit is scheduled to speak at the next meeting.

Meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:32 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Adena Broxton, Secretary

No SACSON Meeting in December 2014

Minutes of the November 18, 2014 SACSON Meeting

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Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy (S.A.C.S.O.N.)
Minutes of November 18, 2014 Meeting

The meeting of SACSON was called to order by Vice Chair Patti Parker at the Sharing Center – Sanford office at approximately 6:34 pm.

Present: Patti Parker, Brunilda Alvarez, Adena Broxton, Julia Smythe, Mertis Pittman, Cynthia Miller, Rev. Tammy Grissom, Elaine Jansak, Bushra Anwar, and Scott Terry

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) The Sharing Center is hosting a holiday sign-up and food distribution for Thanksgiving. (3) Northland Crockpot Ministry needs promotion and crockpot recipe ideas. (4) Lion of Judah will host Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless on Thanksgiving (November 26, 2014) from 5 PM to 6:30 PM. Lion of Judah will also host a Christmas Dinner and gift exchange for the homeless. (5) Healthy Seminole County Public Health meeting coming up.

Financial Report: Treasurer Brunilda reported most recent bank statement account balance of $2049.09.

Information Cards: SACSON cards are ready for distribution; Spanish cards need to be ordered. Working on expanding cards to other areas of Seminole County.

Fundraising: (1) Goodie bags – Bushra is the committee leader. Harvest Time Int’l provided quoted price of approximately $25 for partial items – no further updates. Need: 100 toothbrushes and toothpastes (i.e. travel size), hygiene products (e.g. soap, deodorant, mouthwash, razors, shaving cream, etc.). Seeking sponsors for the goodies bags (e.g. Donation from John Doe).

SACSON t-shirts, nametags: T-shirt production is still in progress, no further updates.

New Projects: Make and organize goodie bags for the homeless. (Bushra – Committee Leader)

Community Events: Briefly discussed Alive After Five. General consensus that the event went well and is a good opportunity for the community to learn more about SACSON and homelessness. SACSON was able to network, and add contacts to mailing list.  30 gallons of beverage remain and being stored at Holy Cross Episcopal Church. SACSON will vote to participate in another Alive After Five or similar event (e.g. Nat’l Night Out).

Marketing: (1) Approximately 280 marketing flyers remain to be distributed in the community. (2) Members Bushra and Scott suggested utilizing radio to make a public service announcement (e.g. 1400AM– DSOW). Potentially partner with Sanford Task Force on Homelessness, etc. and make a PSA campaign. (3) Vice Chair Patti also stated the Sanford Herald has a new column and may print ads or articles for SACSON events.

Old Business: (1) Sanford Task Force cancelled November meeting. (2) No updates on the Community Conversation on Homelessness. (3) SACSON Presidency vacancy – ongoing. (4) No updates on transferring SACSON phone to GoogleVoice. Vice Chair Patti is still trying to contact former President to port SACSON phone number. (5) Bus passes – Pastor Tammy Grissom, Lion of Judah, reported that distributed bus passes have been utilized for individuals to travel to Orlando and apply for Social Security Disability and other important documents.

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

Next meeting – Tuesday, December 9th, SACSON will not have an official December meeting; members voted to have a tentative holiday dinner location TBA at approximately 5:30 PM.

Meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:29 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Adena Broxton, Secretary

Minutes of the October 7, 2014 SACSON Meeting

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Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy (S.A.C.S.O.N.)
Minutes of October 7, 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, Brunilda Alvarez, Adena Broxton, Bettie Sonnenberg, Betty Desjardins, Elaine Jansak, Mertis Pittman, Bushra Anwar and Scott Terry.

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

The minutes from the September 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) The next IDignity Seminole event will be held Tuesday, November 18th starting at 9 AM. There will be transportation from the Salvation Army and Sanford Civic to St. Stephen Lutheran Church.

Financial Report: Treasurer Brunilda reported that the most recent bank statement reports an account balance of $1881.09.

Information Cards: The Central Florida Commission on Homelessness sponsored the printing of 7,500 cards that were updated in September. Members were able to take some cards. Chair Patti will keep a list of to keep track of distributed cards.

Fundraising: (1) Next meeting planning to discuss further – accepting $5 donations for goodie bags for homeless. (2) Bushra Anwar volunteered as committee head and committee volunteers will be needed to oversee this project. (3) Prepare approximately 100 bags for $500. (3) Target donated a $30 gift card for the goodie bag project.

SACSON t-shirts, name tags: The shirts have not been ordered yet.

New Projects: Goodie bags for homeless. SACSON will resume ‘Pass the Hat’ at each meeting.

Community Events: SACSON will participate in the ‘Alive After Five’ October 9th event in downtown Sanford. Several SACSON members will participate, table and network at the event.

Marketing Rack Cards/Flyers: Bettie and Patti edited the content and 300 ½ page color flyers will be printed at Doc Paper Scissors printer at a cost of $55.

Old Business: (1) Sanford Task Force on Homelessness meeting, Thursday, September 11th at City Hall. Initiatives to deal with housing the chronic homeless population in the Seminole County were discussed. (2) SACSON is still looking for someone to serve as President. (3) Will discuss SACSON phone when more information on the current phone becomes available.

New Business: Sanford Task Force on Homelessness meeting, Thursday, October 9th at City Hall, 4 to 5:30 PM.

At our next meeting, November 18, 2014 at 6:30 PM (Location: The Sharing Center) we will update with results from ‘Alive After Five’ and continue to discuss marketing (brochure).

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:33 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Adena Broxton, Secretary

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

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