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 updated 2016 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 10th, 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 Shelter, 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.

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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 April 12, 2016 SACSON Meeting

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Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy (SACSON)
Minutes of April 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, A.B. McGill, Andre Minot, Sarah Richmond, Valeria Penny, Jania Fuller, Amber Demorse, Jacob Longtin, Jim Pavlakos, Cynthia Miller, Tammy Grissom, Maggie Westmoreland and Bushra Anwar.

There was no guest speaker.

Patti Parker announced that 15,000 information cards have been printed and was available for distribution, earning a round of applause. SACSON borrowed from its treasury the $1,371 needed for the project but will be fully reimbursed by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office law enforcement trust fund.

Treasurer’s report: Balance $712.80. ($1,371 will be reimbursed.)

The group discussed whether to relax the criteria for who can receive the seven-day Lynx passes in SACSON’s possession. Based on the standards in place at Goodwill of Central Florida, the passes are only given out to someone who can provide proof of employment. Tammy Grissom noted that the newly hired often do not receive their first paycheck for a week or two, and benefit the most from a weekly pass to get to work. Valeria Penny argued against loosening the standard, noting that job seekers would be unlikely to have multiple in-person interviews within one week. The group decided to leave the standard in place.

The group also discussed the continued need for a drop-in center in Seminole County, where the homeless could get multiple services, such as meals, showers and laundry. Among the many challenges: Where would it be located and where would the funding come from?

SACSON welcomed a new guest, contractor Jim Pavlakos, who said he wanted to do his part in helping the group’s mission.

The next SACSON meeting is Tuesday, May 10 at 6 p.m. The remaining 2016 dates are June 14, July 12, Aug. 9, Sept. 13, Oct. 11 and Nov. 8. There is no December meeting.

Respectfully submitted, Mike Berry, Secretary.

Minutes of the March 8, 2016 SACSON Meeting

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Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy (SACSON)
Minutes of March 8, 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, Amy Elwood, Andre Minott, Emily Tallman, Jennifer Bero, A.B. McGill, Cynthia Miller, Valeria Penny, Scott Terry, Mike Berry, Angela Davies and Verlese Pender.

Three guest speakers addressed the group.

Jennifer Bero, program director for CBC-Community Initiatives, Inc., described the Pathways to Home program, which helps the homeless find housing and employment. Since its inception in 2009, Pathways has served over 700 children from more than 275 families. All families who completed the program were housed at graduation, and almost all adults found work, she said.

The key to the program’s success, she said, is a broad network of community partners and intense case management. “The plan really captures what their needs are,” she said. “They’re in the streets. They’re living in cars. They’re living in hotels.”

Emily Tallman, independent consultant for the Thinking For A Change mental health initiative described how the program helps people develop cognitive and social skills to pinpoint when their emotions may become out of control and learn ways to cope. Tallman said such simple steps as listening to others and giving compliments can defuse an intense situation. “Now you can start solving problems,” she said. The program was originally developed to help prison inmates.

Finally, the group heard from Verlese Pender, youth services coordinator for the FACTS children’s mental health initiative. Pender described how mental-health workshops, called Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), help people build self-esteem, find peer support, recover from trauma and cope with thoughts of suicide. The workshops also deal with learning personal responsibility and learning to avoid people and places that trigger unproductive thoughts. “You can use WRAP for anything and everything,” Pender said.

After the presentations there was some group discussion about whether homeless people fighting for basic survival would have the time to dedicate to some of these programs. Also, Bero was asked how her group decides who gets help among those who apply.

“That is very, very hard,” Bero said, acknowledging that the needs out there far exceed her group’s ability to help. The basic requirement is that applicants are caring for children, she said, and Pathways does plenty of referrals to other organizations.

Information Cards: Chair Parker said a request for funding is “going up the chain of command” at the Seminole Sheriff’s Office and these cards will have five new listings.

Lynx Bus Passes: SACSON has 26-all day passes and 19 seven-day passes.

The next SACSON meeting is Tuesday, April 12 at 6 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Mike Berry, Secretary.

Minutes of the February 9, 2016 SACSON Meeting

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Seminole Action Coalition Serving Our Needy (SACSON)
Minutes of February 9, 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, Bettie Sonnenberg, Mertis Pittman, Dan Kelly, Reginia Kelly, Cynthia Miller, Andre Minott, Tammy Abramson-Grissom, Alvin McGill, Brittney Clement, Valeria Penny, Mike Berry.

The group welcomed a guest, Brittney Clement, who will graduate this summer from UCF with a degree in nursing. The Casselberry resident will be moving to Denver soon and will pursue a career as a nurse practitioner.

With no guest speaker this month, much of the conversation centered on the difficulty at times of meeting the needs of the homeless who regularly move into the area. Pastor Tammy Abramson-Grissom told the group, for example, of a woman with four children who had nowhere to live. The mother had not been able to work because of medical issues due to a car accident. Housing is always a tough issue, with limited space at shelters, and local motels sometimes full even if someone provides the money. Catholic Charities of Central Florida was mentioned as one invaluable source of assistance. Mertis Pittman mentioned that the school social workers and Family in Transition (FIT) program are a great source of information and support when it comes to homeless children.

Guest speakers for March and April are Recovery House and Pathways to Home/Wellness Recovery Action Planning and Thinking For a Change mental health programs.

Patti Parker continues to search for one or more sponsors to pay for printing of the next batch of information cards.

Treasurer’s Report: Balance is $2,077.24. SACSON received a $76 donation from Holy Cross Episcopal and $23 in ‘Pass The Hat’ member contributions.

CareBag Project: SACSON received 300 first-aid kits from Magellan Complete Care and 200 blueberry oatmeal bars from Grace n’ Grits. Care bags will be given to the Sanford Police Department to distribute throughout the community.

Lynx bus passes: SACSON has 31 all-day passes and 20 7-day passes. The group will follow Goodwill’s procedure for employment verification for the 7-day passes, meaning whoever receives those passes must use them to get to and from an established job. The employment verification form asks for the company name, a way to contact a supervisor, date of hire, date of first pay, income and other information.

The next SACSON meeting is Tuesday, March 8 at 6 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Mike Berry, Secretary

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.

Respectfully submitted, Mike Berry, Secretary

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

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