Southeastern Community & Family Services, Inc.
Newsletter Issue #15 - January 2016
"To do all things
necessary or proper to
aid in improving the
education, economic opportunities, living
environment and general
welfare of the people........"
January 2016 - In This Issue:
Our health consists of so much more than how much we
weigh or what size we wear. When I think of health, I consider the
total make-up of our existence which is the mind, body &
spirit. Holistic Health places an emphasis on the whole person and
cannot be ignored. One is almost obsolete without the other.
Typically January is the time of year when many of us set New
Year's goals and the majority are probably centered around weight
loss. According to Vox Media, 40 percent of Americans set New
Year's resolutions, and 60 percent of those individuals fail. I
have to admit that every year I decide to add or take something
away from my life, and more than likely physical exercise is an
addition. In the same context, I make it a point to spend more
energy on also "exercising" my mind and spirit. In
January 2015, I set a goal to travel to Hawaii for some rest and
relaxation and I had the privilege of traveling to the Big Island
of Kona in October, 2015. The flight was 16 hours long one-way, but
the end result was worth every single hour traveled. What I
discovered while on this journey was that I am so much more than a
physical being. It clicked that I spend so much energy ripping and
running to a meeting or appointment and I wasn't dealing with
reoccurring health issues that are a result of poor diet, exercise,
and a lack of rest. While in Hawaii, I realized that if I
concentrated more on my mind and spirit, inevitably my body, and
its inability keep up with daily demands, would follow suit. Hawaii
offered the simple pleasures of life.......great food, kind people,
and a phenomenal scenery. As I talked to a few of the locals, I
learned that many of them decided to relocate to Hawaii because
they were healthier as a whole person. One couple stated they sold
all of their possessions and bought a small home in Kona simply
because they realized they were so much more relaxed in Hawaii.
They managed to declutter their minds by spending more time
discovering who they were as opposed to being overwhelmed by the
hustle and bustle of their former lifestyle. Additionally, they
were able to eliminate health issues due to the local grown organic
food options that are readily available. For me, that life changing
moment was when I took a private helicopter ride over the Kohala
Coast. The tour was majestic as we flew through the Kilauea
Volcano, dipped in the valleys of the Kahola Mountains, and took in
the breathtaking views of the black sand beaches and exotic
rainforests. This tour was a monumental reflective experience for
me. I decided in that very moment that I would leave all of my
problems in the valley of the Kahola Mountains. It was almost as if
the only reason I went to Hawaii was for that very moment when my
mind, body and spirit connected on the tour. It was an enchanting encounter
that I will never forget and I will forever treasure every
experience. When I returned to North Carolina, I had a new attitude
and decided that I would focus more on me. Although I had to come
back to this mind cluttering, daily routine called life",
Hawaii taught me that I am only one small creation that has the
ability to make a significant difference in the lives of others,
but first I had to take care of my own. That it was as equally
important to take care of me first so that I could unselfishly give
to others. Understandably, this is a process takes a lot of
work, and I often fall short and digress back to the life before
Hawaii. When this happens I close my eyes and reflect back on the
valley experience of the Kohola Mountains and somehow I discover a
sense of peace all over again. In fact, writing this article has
given me a renewed energy and put me back on track. I look forward
to continuing the journey and hope it helps someone else start
theirs. It is my hope that others can find their Kohola experience
and become whole again in their mind, body and spirit.
The Mission Continues.......
Whitaker, M.S.A., C.E.O.
Health is the state of well-being in which all of the
components of health are in balance. Wellness is broken down into
six major categories. To be truly healthy you must take care of all
six components. The six components of health are physical, social,
environmental, emotional, spiritual, and mental.
- Physical health
refers to the way that your body functions. This includes
eating right, getting regular exercise, and being at your
recommended bodyweight. Physical health is also avoiding
drugs and alcohol and being free of disease and sickness.
- Social health is
the quality of your relationships with friends, families,
teachers, coworkers, and others you are in contact with.
health is keeping your air and water clean, your food safe,
and the land around you enjoyable and safe.
- Emotional health
is expressing your emotions in a positive and nondestructive
- Spiritual health
is maintaining harmonious relationships with other living
things and having spiritual direction and purpose. This
includes living according to one's ethics, morals, and
- Mental health is
the ability to recognize and cope with the daily demands of
Many components of health
can be affected by other components. If one is weak it can affect
your overall health. It is unrealistic to have complete wellness
all the time. The more healthy behaviors you do the better off
you'll be in achieving wellness and optimum health.
Welcome to the 15th edition of our newsletter.
Congratulations on making it to a new year. Since the new year has
begun we may have resolved to be more tempered, make better
decisions, spend less, or exercise more than last year. And since
then we may or may not have already faltered on some of our new
resolutions. Along with encouraging you, I will ask you to make an
investment. Like most smart investments it takes time but it
eventually pays off greatly in the end. For 2016 I ask
you to invest in your health. While many of us have already made
resolutions to exercise more, and this is important, physical
health is not the only type of health. Read our feature story to
find our more about the 6 types of health and throughout the year
we will cover each aspect in depth. Let us work together to make
this year better than lasts, for ourselves and the people around
us. Have a most incredible year.
Community & Family Services, Inc. (SCFS) collaborated with
Western Carolina Community Action, Inc. (WCCA) and Four Square
Community Action for their first meeting to discuss how Executive
Administrators can better serve their agencies and communities through
improved communication and networking opportunities. The
meeting which took place on November 17, 2015 at the WCCA
headquarters in Hendersonville, NC covered topics such as peer
mentorship, board/staff relations, goal setting, effective employee
relations, and preventive crisis management strategies. Mrs.
Whitaker is spearheading this initiative and hopes to bring
together more community action executives, both new and seasoned,
to assist in these efforts while working hand-in-hand with the
North Carolina Community Action Association.
From L to R (Tamara Monroe, HR Director - SCFS;
Darla Linderman, HR Director - WCCA; Mark Stiles, Executive
Director - Four Square Community Action; Ericka J. Whitaker, CEO -
SCFS; David White, CEO - WCCA; Justin Staebel, Chief Financial
Officer - WCCA; Michael Hudson, Chief Financial Officer, SCFS)
I am Sarah Jones Shipman.
I am the youngest of the late Rev. Henry Jones, Sr.
and Estelle Ford Jones twelve children. I am married to Tony
Shipman and we have one daughter and two sons. We also have four
grandchildren. Two of our children graduated from Mt. Olive Head
I graduated from
Whiteville High School in 1974. I had made plans to attend
Fayetteville State University the fall of 1974 but I made the
decision to not go. Still realizing the importance of a higher
education I enrolled in Southeastern Community College the fall of
1975.In 1977 I graduated with an Associate of Arts degree from
Southeastern. I then went on to enroll in Pembroke State University
where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in
After graduating from
Pembroke I became a Substitute Teacher and had my two oldest
children. My first community action job started in 1983 when I was
hired by Sencland Community Action, Inc. as Center Supervisor at
Nakina Neighborhood Service Center. When the agency closed in
February 1987 I worked as an assistant in Whiteville City School
Exceptional Children program. I was then hired by YWCA of
Wilmington as a Summer Youth Employment Counselor. In October 1987
I started working at Southeastern Community & Family Services,
Inc. as Center Supervisor at Iron Hill Neighborhood Center. In 1991
I transferred to the Center Supervisor position at the Whiteville
NSC In 1996 I was promoted to the position of Area Coordinator for
the CSBG centers in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus and Pender
counties. My job title was later changed to Case Management Field
Supervisor. In 2015 I was given the added responsibility of
Training Coordinator for the CSBG department. I embraced this
challenge determined to do all that I could to help improve the
I have always wanted
to be in the helping profession. Working in community action over
32 years has given me unlimited opportunities to help people. When
I first started in community action, our Executive Director looked
at me in a staff meeting and stated "Sarah, you will not be
able to help everybody, but you will be able to help
somebody". At the time I didn't understand why she personated
me when she made that statement. I soon realized that she had given
me words of wisdom. I know there is still "somebody" that
I can help. So I will continue on this journey being one of
Southeastern Community & Family Services, Inc. "change
agents" for our targeted population.
A testimony from one of the many we've served
am Michael Oliver because of Section 8 I am experiencing my first
time in my own place. If it wasn't for Section 8 I would still
be living with my mom because I am disabled and my income would not
allow me to maintain my own place. I am so grateful. I am
taking good care of my place. I testified in church the first
week I was in my place that this was the best birthday gift I ever
had. Having my own place has changed me, my attitude and made me so
grateful. It's like the McDonald's slogan, "I'm loving it."
Just to make you smile....
The doctor said he
needed more activity.
So I hide his T.V.
remote three times a week.
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