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, February 9th, 2016 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.

2016 Meeting Dates: 1/12, 2/9, 3/8, 4/12, 5/10, 6/14, 7/12, 8/9, 9/13, 10/11, 11/8, (no Dec meeting).
 
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Cold Night Shelters, Seminole County – RESCUE OUTREACH MISSION, 1701 W. 13th St, Sanford serves as an emergency Cold Night Shelter from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. when temperatures drop to 45 degrees or below. Dinner is served daily at 5:30 p.m. More information: 407-321-8224.

THE SALVATION ARMY, 700 W. 24th Street, Sanford, also opens their doors when the temperature dips down to 35 degrees or below. 407-322-2642.
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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://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 January 12, 2016 SACSON Meeting

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Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy (SACSON)
Minutes of January 12, 2016 Meeting

The meeting was called to order by Chair Patti Parker at the Sanford Police Department’s Community Room at 6 p.m.

Present: Patti Parker, Mike Berry, Dennis McClellan, Ron Nation, Asoye Uhurubey, Reginia Kelly, Mertis Pittman, Cynthia Miller, Steve Fussell, Bettie Sonnenberg, Tiffani McDaniel, Dr. Swannie Jett, Andre Minott, Tammy Abramson-Grissom, Alvin McGill, Hernan Padilla, Gary Vest, Valeria Penny, Dan Kelly, Milton Anderson

Guest Speaker Dr. Swannie Jett, Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County, discussed the strong ties between poor health and low income, especially among the homeless. Seminole is the third wealthiest county in the state, he said, but zip code data “masquerades” how many are needy and can’t afford preventative health care, don’t have stoves to cook nutritious food on, and so forth. The most chronically ill served by his department are largely among the homeless, he said. He also said various homeless advocacy groups need to make sure they are communicating with each other and not duplicating services, especially if they are requesting financial help.

Patti Parker informed the group that SACSON has finally run out of its 7,500 information cards and is still trying to nail down $1,065 in financing to print the next batch of cards, including a Spanish version. The good news is that 2,500 Spanish cards can be printed at no additional cost. Steve Fussell, Seminole County Division Manager for Community Development, reminded SACSON about the County’s Community Services Block Grant (CSBG).

Patti Parker presented the treasurer’s report and said SACSON’s balance is $1,978.24. The group received a $200 donation from Scott Abrahams and $65 in other donations and has ordered 20 7-day Lynx bus passes at a cost of $288. The group discussed the importance of making sure bus passes go to those who are using them to get to work. Goodwill asks for proof of employment before distributing passes and follows up to make sure the information provided is genuine.

Patti Parker also informed the group of the following donations for the CareBag project in December: 100 nylon drawstring bags from Brighthouse. 100 Clean the World hygiene kits from Doug, Aspire HP (68 left); 200 pairs of men and women’s socks from Tanner, Annual Holiday Sock Drive; 300+ rain ponchos, In the Heart of the Sea movie promo, Terry Snyder via Warner Bros.; 500+ bags of trail mix, Point Break movie promo, Terry Snyder via Warner Bros.; 20+ each: full-size toothpaste, Wet Wipes, Kleenex from Julia Smythe. Magellan Complete Care pledged to donate first aid kits.

It was reported that Rescue Outreach Mission, 1701 W. 13th Street, Sanford, opens its doors from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. whenever the temperature drops to 45 degrees or lower, and The Salvation Army, 700 W. 24th Street, Sanford, does the same when the low is 35 degrees or lower.

Steve Fussell informed the group that the Point In Time Count, an attempt to determine the homeless population both in and out of shelters, will be begin Jan. 27 and last through the following week.

The next SACSON meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m.

No SACSON Meeting in December 2015

Minutes of the November 10, 2015 SACSON Meeting

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Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy (S.A.C.S.O.N.)
Minutes of November 10, 2015 Meeting

The meeting of SACSON was called to order by Chair Patti Parker at the Sanford Police Department’s Community Room at 6 p.m.

Present: David Cramer, Danyiel Cambridge, Brenda Colter, Joyce DeVaux, Bettie Sonnenberg, Alvin McGill, Valeria Penny, Erne Mander, Cynthia Miller, Amanda Mulkey, Andre Minott, Patti Parker, Mike Berry, Pam Hunt, Tammy Abramson-Grissom and Scott Terry.

Pastor Tammy Abramson-Grissom opened the meeting with a prayer.

Bettie Sonnenberg presented a Christmas wish list for the Grace ‘N’ Grits Annual Christmas dinner scheduled for Dec. 16. The plan is to prepare a turkey dinner for 250, and each homeless person will get a bag of personal items, such as $5 fast-food gift cards, blankets, warm clothing and pop-top cans of food. Children will receive small giveaway bags with stuffed animals, candy and age-appropriate books and toys.

David Cramer announced plans for a Step Forward program Dec. 4 at The Goodwill Job Connection Center to help job seekers with a misdemeanor or felony background. Among the topics to be discussed are how to disclose your background to an employer, the barriers to getting a job, available resources and a list of companies and agencies willing to hire those with a criminal record.

Guest Speaker Amanda Mulkey, a WIC specialist with the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County, discussed some of the initiatives at the program designed for pregnant or breastfeeding women. She said WIC is promoting breastfeeding as good for babies. Also, WIC has started a kids’ class for those aging out of the traditional program. Women do not have to be receiving food stamps, but those who do automatically qualify for WIC assistance.

Joyce DeVaux, a career coach at Henkels & McCoy Training Services Group, discussed H&M’s Young Adult Employment Connections program. Over the past two years the program has served over 3,000 teens and young adults in 29 Florida counties, helping them find working opportunities. While H&M dos not provide services to the homeless, it will try to connect them with agencies that do.

Treasurer’s report: Balance $2046. Received $66 donation from Holy Cross Episcopal and $29 ‘Pass the Hat’ member contributions. Thank you! Reimbursed Ernie $98.15 for insect repellent and purchased $50 Burger King and McDonald’s gift cards.

Mike Berry was introduced as the new Secretary.

There was considerable discussion of how to approach an updated SACSON information card with resource for the needy, with the main challenges being funding and limited space for new information. Some suggestions: Find a sponsor, seek funding from the Central Florida Coalition for the Homeless or other groups and add another fold. It was also agreed that contact information should be verified to make sure it is still valid.

The next SACSON meeting is at 6 p.m. January 12. Please arrive by 5:45 p.m.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 8 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Mike Berry, Secretary

Minutes of the October 13, 2015 SACSON Meeting

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Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy (S.A.C.S.O.N.)
Minutes of October 13, 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 pm.

Present: David Cramer, Bettie Sonnenberg, Alvin McGill, Traci Klinkbeil, Val Penny, Cynthia Miller, Margaret Westmoreland, Adena Broxton, Andre Minott, Patti Parker, Asoye Uhurubey, Evan D. Smith, Tammy Abramson-Grissom, Sgt. Trekelle Perkins and Scott Terry

Pastor Tammy Abramson-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:

FYI: The next iDignity Seminole event is Wednesday, October 28th at the Salvation Army in Sanford. Volunteers needed, transportation provided; for more info, please call 407-869-0491.

FYI: Seminole County Day of Unity and Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day is Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Fort Mellon Park. 25 vendors and 8 free health screenings.

Our Guest Speaker, Ms. Valeria Penny, Employment Specialist gave an overview of the Goodwill Sanford Job Connection Center and discussed vocational opportunities offered by Goodwill Job Connection. Such as, employability classes, job fairs offered twice per year, legal aid for individuals with criminal history, in addition to, certificates of completion and professional clothing voucher(s).

Treasurer’s Report: Balance $2099.39 – A special thank you to Mr. Alvin McGill for donating 50 Lynx all-day bus passes! Thank you Holy Cross for donating $66.

New Business: Patti is networking with service providers to provide outreach at Grace n’ Grits, Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. where 150+ clients attend. (i.e. Goodwill, Seminole Co. Dept. of Health).

Projects:
a. Information Cards – meeting w/ Central Florida Commission on Homelessness to discuss improvements/changes and grant for printing 7,500 cards.
b. Fundraising – No updates on donation letter campaign
c. SACSON name tags ($5) – Two are ready for pickup at Sign Man in Oviedo.
d. Care Bags – Requested 200-500 nylon bags from Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America.
e. Lynx Passes – Rec’d a donation for 50 passes plus 13 from previous batch. Total is 63.
f. Insect Repellent – In need of in-kind/cash donations. Discussed products for repellent use.

SACSON Officers – Tamika Wright, treasurer and Adena Broxton, secretary both resigned due to job relocation. Thank you Adena for your 1½ years of service to SACSON! (Patti will continue treasurer duties. Bettie is interim secretary.)

Community Business: Sanford Task Force on Homelessness, meeting Thursday, October 15, 4 p.m. at City Hall.

Next meeting(s): Tuesday, November 10th at 6 p.m. Please arrive by 5:45 PM; Sanford Police Department doors will be locked at 6 PM sharp. * No Meeting in December.

Adena Broxton closed the meeting with prayer. Members “passed the hat” and collected $29; meeting adjourned at 7:20 PM.

Respectfully submitted, Adena Broxton, Secretary

Minutes of the September 8, 2015 SACSON Meeting

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Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy (S.A.C.S.O.N.)
Minutes of September 8, 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: David Cramer, Bettie Sonnenberg, Alvin McGill, Rachel Montanez, Kim Baer, Ernie Mander, Ofc. Josh Strobridge, Andre Minett and Patti Parker

David Cramer 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:

FYI: The next iDignity Seminole event is Wednesday, October 28th at the Salvation Army in Sanford. For more info, please call 407-869-0491.

Our Guest Speaker, Sanford Police Department Ofc. Josh Strobridge gave an overview of the Community Relations Unit (CRU) and talked about homelessness and outreach programs at SPD. He stated the most common violations and arrests amongst the homeless are trespassing and open container violations. The CRU also has safety programs such as The Neighborhood Watch Group and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer’s Report: Balance $2092.39 – Received $63 donation from Holy Cross Episcopal, $50 Insect repellent and $58 ‘Pass the Hat’ member contributions. Thank you! Paid:$68 P.O. Box and $202.50 Lynx.)

Projects:
a. Information Cards – Patti to contact Central Florida Commission on Homelessness regarding grant status ($1,000 to print 7,500 cards).
b. Fundraising – Patti and Bettie will continue working on a donation letter campaign
c. SACSON name tags – two name tags are ready for pickup. $5 each.
d. Care Bags – American Assoc. of Critical Care Nurses, Metro Orlando Chapter meeting today to approve Nylon Bags and/or insect repellent.
e. Lynx Passes – Distributed 14; 16 passes remaining.
f. Insect Repellent – need in kind or cash donations for 200+ cans.

Old Business: (1) Sanford Task Force on Homelessness – no updates.

Next meeting(s): Tuesday, October 13, 2015 and November 10 at 6 p.m. Please arrive by 5:45 PM; Sanford Police Department doors will be locked at 6 PM sharp.

David Cramer closed the meeting prayer. Members “passed the hat” (i.e. collected $33); meeting adjourned at 7:20 PM.

Nylon Care Bags — Items needed: Peanut butter, Insect repellant, Protein bars, Rain ponchos, Bottled water, Hospital bath wipes, Fruit cups, Sunscreen.

Respectfully submitted, Bettie Sonnenberg, Interim Secretary

Minutes of the August 11, 2015 SACSON Meeting

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Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy (S.A.C.S.O.N.)
Minutes of August 11, 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 6:08 pm.

Present: George Thornton, A.B. McGill, Cynthia Miller, Dennis McClellan, Ron Nation, David Cramer, Adena Broxton, Mertis Pittman, Valeria Penny, Brenda Colter, Jeff Dowdy, Brian Massey, Sue Pierce, Ofc. Charles Gentry, Bettie Sonnenberg, Angela Davies, Abi Mills, Scott Terry, Tammy Abramson-Grissom, Al Vargas and Patti Parker

Pastor Tammy Abramson-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:

FYI: The next iDignity Seminole event is Wednesday, August 12th at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Longwood, FL. For more info, please call 407-869-0491.

Our Guest Speakers presented information and statistics on Seminole County Criminal Court Diversion Programs (Mental Health, Veteran’s & Drug Court).

Brian Massey, Assistant Public Defender, Seminole County.
Sue Pierce, Assistant State Attorney, Seminole County.
Jeff Dowdy, Deputy Chief, Seminole County Public Defenders Office.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer’s Report: Balance $2131.75 – Received $49 donation from Holy Cross Episcopal and $16.25 ‘Pass the Hat’ member contributions. Thank you! (New bills: $66 P.O. Box and $202.50 Lynx will bring balance to $1863.25.)

Projects:
a. Information Cards – We are awaiting word on our grant from Central Florida Commission on Homelessness.
b. Fundraising – Patti and Bettie started working on a donation letter campaign
c. SACSON name tags are available for $5 each.
d. Care Bags – American Assoc. of Critical Care Nurse, Metro Orlando Chapter meeting today to approve Nylon Bags and/or insect repellent. (e.g. $20-25 per bag)
e. Lynx Passes – Rec’d 50 all day passes at a cost of $202.50, distributed 20 after the meeting.
f. Insect Repellent – need in kind or cash donations for 200+ cans.

Old Business: (1) Sanford Task Force on Homelessness – CANCELLED meeting on August 13th 4 p.m at City Hall.

Next meeting(s): Tuesday, September 8, 2015 and October 13, 2015 Please arrive by 5:45 PM, Sanford Police Department doors will be locked at 6 PM sharp.

Secretary, Adena closed with prayer. Members “passed the hat” (i.e. collected $33); meeting adjourned at 7:20 PM.

Respectfully submitted, Adena Broxton, Secretary

Minutes of the July 14, 2015 SACSON Meeting

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Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy (S.A.C.S.O.N.)
Minutes of July 14, 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: Al Vargas, Patti Parker, Adena Broxton, Bettie Sonnenberg, Dennis McClellan, Andre Minott Alvin B. McGill, Margaret Westmoreland, Cynthia Miller, Ernie Mander and Ofc. Josh Strobridge

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:

Guest speaker: Tamika Wright, M.S., SSVF Case Manager, Aspire Healthcare Partners was not able to attend meeting and will be rescheduled for a later date.

Members discussed Veteran Pit Surge, Seminole County locations (Bettie). For more info: Evan D. Smith, Communications Coordinator, C.F. Commission on Homelessness, 321-710-4663 ext. 2
Email: communications@impacthomelessness.org, Web: http://Rethinkhomelessness.org

Financial Report: Treasurer’s Report: Balance $2126.64 – Received $97 donation from Holy Cross Episcopal and $22.10 ‘Pass the Hat’ member contributions. Thank you!

New Business:
Members voted to approve $50 worth of insect repellant for member Ernie Mander to distribute to homeless individuals inhabiting outside dwellings.

In addition, SACSON is working to provide insect repellant as a part of goodie bags.

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/t-shirts: New members of SACSON, nametags can be purchased for $5 each; no updates on shirts.

Goodie Bags items still needed: (Please speak with Chair Patti in regards to questions and donations)

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

Old Business: (1) Sanford Task Force on Homelessness – Next meeting August 13, 4 p.m. at City Hall; (2) Lynx Bus Passes – Our Lynx account was approved; we need to reapply 1/1/2016. We distributed all bus passes from previous order. New order was placed for 50 more tickets and will be available at next meeting.

Next meeting(s): Tuesday, August 11, 2015 and September 8, 2015 at 6 PM. Please arrive by 5:45 PM, Sanford Police Department doors will be locked at 6 PM sharp.

Secretary Adena closed with prayer. Members “passed the hat”; the meeting was adjourned at 7:45 PM.

Respectfully submitted, Adena Broxton, Secretary

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

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