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Southeastern Community & Family Services, Inc.                   Newsletter Issue #27 - February 2017



"To do all things necessary or proper to 

aid in improving the education, economic opportunities, living 

environment and general welfare of the people........"
















A Role Model For The Ages


5 Qualities That Matter


What is a role model? The dictionary defines a role model as a person looked to by others as an example to be imitated. During Black History Month we remember the important people and events in the history during a time when life racism and bigotry ruled the lives of african americans. Below are 5 qualities that many of the people we have heard about this month contained. These also are qualities that we should aspire to have in our own lives, for our families and community.

  1. Passion and Ability to Inspire 
    • Role models show passion for their work and have the capacity to infect others with their passion. 
  2. Clear Set of Values
    • Role models live their values in the world. We tend to admire people who act in ways that support their beliefs.  For kids it helps them understand how their own values are part of who they are and how they might seek fulfilling roles as adults.
  3. Commitment to Community
    • Role models are other-focused as opposed to self-focused. They are usually active in their communities, freely giving of their time and talents to benefit people.
  4. Selflessness and Acceptance of Others
    • We also tend to admire people for their selflessness and acceptance of others who are different from them.
  5. Ability to Overcome Obstacles
    • Not surprisingly, we also admire people who show them that success is possible.








Program Specialist Training


Health, Nutrition and Mental Health/Disability Training was held February 10, 2017 for all Head Center Staff.  Pictured, Sicily Galbreath-Health Specialist, Carol Greer-Nutrition Specialist, and Alanna Norris-Mental Health/Disability Specialist facilitated the 8 hour training.  Head Start staff members learned about the new standards pertaining to Health and Nutrition and received a very energetic and informative training titled, "From chaos to calm" for one of our partners  Meghan Miller, Shining Stars-Public Schools of Robeson County. 


L to R

Sicily Galbreath-Health Specialists; Carol Greer-Nutrition Specialist; Alanna Norris-Mental Health/Disability Specialist







To our SCFS Employees,

Happy Birthday

Charlotte McAfee

Tiffany Jinwright

Liying Reeder

Eva Jacobs

Peggy Floyd

Flora Quick

Betty McQueen

Jacqueline Little

Mary Hill

Shanetta McNair

Eva Paige

Dominique McLean

Martha Williams

Johnnie Inman

Connie Canery

Debra Thompson

Kim Clark

Alana Norris

Rose Bell

Alice Norton

David Simmons

Sylvia Hunt

Angela Ray

Maurice Bethea


Welcome to the 27th edition of our newsletter. In the United States, the month of February is observed as Black History Month and we use this month to remember the important contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout our nation's history. At SCFS we want to continually encourage great types of leadership in our families and communities, even today. 






Board Of Directors Spotlight

Engaged Board of Director 

Training Summit


SCFS, Inc. Board of Directors attended a Group Dynamics and Organizational training summit on January 20, 2017.  The summit started off with a refresher learning course on Roberts Rule of Orders, the facilitator was Mr. Alan Taylor Parliamentarian for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. 

Ms. Patricia Beier, President of PODS, Inc. a consulting firm that provides support, training and development strategies for nonprofit and for-profit companies in the southeastern US facilitated training on Group Dynamics and Organizations. The training included group expectations as a board, revisiting the Agency's Vision and Mission.  This session resulted in the Agency adopting a new mission statement: "To improve and empower the lives of families we serve".  The Board members engaged in telling why this team needs me because....of their leadership skills, people skills, concerned about the children, voice of the community, change agent, voice of the parents, passion for helping others and the list goes on.

One of the group's expectations were to "learn where we are, so we can determine how to move forward". The Board is looking ahead to the future with a concern for the people they are representing and serving.  In order to move forward the Board identified their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT analysis).

Now that the Board is shifting gears let's start from the beginning "Board Recruitment"... we want you to join our board because of your expertise in _______________________. We need someone with your skills and experience to lead us in this area. In addition, we expect members to attend all meetings, to be involved in friend-raising and fundraising and to make a personal contribution to our agency."




Parent of the Year Award


We recognize that parents are the child's first teacher and our most important partner in education. The 2016-2017 Parent of the Year Celebration was held Thursday, February 9, 2017 at Golden Corral, Lumberton NC.  One parent from each Head Start was recognized with plaques for their outstanding volunteer service and dedication to the center.  Ms. Trinity Douglas, Red Springs Head Start Center, was honored as the "Parent of the Year" for Southeastern Community & Family Services, Inc.  She also serves as a Policy Council Alternate Representative. As the winner, Ms. Douglas will represent our agency at the NC Head Start Association Conference to be held March 15-17, 2017.  She will compete with other Parent of the Year contestants from Head Start programs across the state. 


Ms. Sylvietta Pace, 1st Runner up; Hoke Head Start Center

Ms. Songul Gerald, 2nd Runner up; Tabor City Head Start Center


(Left to Right) Denita Campbell - Asst Head Start Director; 

Ms. Songul Gerald - 2nd Runner up; Tabor City Head Start Center;

Ms. Sylvietta Pace - 1st Runner up; Hoke Head Start Center

Trinity Douglas - Parent of the Year Red Springs HS Ctr;

Ericka Whitaker - CEO





Employee Spotlight

Lamont Grate


Lamont is happily married to 

LaShawn Grate and they are theproud parents of three sons:  RaShawn, Christian and TreShawn Grate whom all came through the head start program in which he feels has been a very valuable asset to their lives.

He is newly employed with Southeastern Community and Family Services, and enjoys helping others and serving his community.  Some of his community involvement include: He is Mayor Pro Tem of Tabor City, an Executive Board member of the Cape Fear Council of Governments, a member of the Rotary Club in Brunswick County, a member of Tabor City Star Lodge #778, and an Advisory Council Member of Tabor City Middle School.

Lamont is one whom is compassionate, genuine, humble, always willing to serve, can be humorous, believes in living, laughing and loving, and is known for quoting "Nothing but Love".  He believes when you put God first, everything else will fall in place.

He finds greater balance in life through giving whole heartedly to work, family, and serving.  He believes in a strong work ethic, character, integrity, education, values a strong knit family, and believes in one fully believing in himself.

He is a well -rounded man who enjoys spending time with his family, sports, traveling, barbecuing, golfing, mentoring youth and staying abreast of community and world news.

He desires to give back to the community and has a passion for serving and helping others; the youth and elderly hold a special place in his heart. He desires to give back to the community and has a passion for helping others, building a stronger community and to be a positive role model.  Through coaching, volunteering, and various outreach and mission activities, he reaches many people in a positive way.  He loves to see others succeed and find purpose in life.  He certainly believes in living life to the fullest.

He knows that all his help comes from God, and the most important thing to know about him is that he is a willing vessel for Christ.  



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Cynthia Foskey, Executive Administrator







Southeastern Community & Family Services, Inc., 405 N. Elm Street, Lumberton, NC 28358



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