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, May 12th 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 dates include 6/9/15, 7/14/15, 8/11/15, 9/8/15.

 

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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 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

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

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