Southeastern Community & Family Services, Inc.
Newsletter Issue #19 - July 2016
"To do all things
necessary or proper to
aid in improving the
education, economic opportunities, living
environment and general
welfare of the people........"
August 2016 - In This Issue:
Back from the Head Start Director
To the Staff, Families and
On behalf of Southeastern
Community and Family Services, Inc., it is truly my pleasure to
extend a warm welcome to you as we begin the 2016-2017 school
year. August and September is the time of year that we
reconnect with our families and community representatives. To those
students and parents who are new to SCFS, Inc. we extend an
especially warm welcome and to our returning families we are glad
to have you back for another exciting and productive year. We
hope that you will quickly feel at home and become involved in the
activities of our school through our Parent meetings, Policy
Council, Board of Directors or by volunteering in the classroom.
We are looking forward to a
productive partnership with our parents and community to ensure our
children can achieve their highest potential. We recognize
that in order to be successful in school our children need support
from both the home and school. We know a strong partnership
with parents will make a great difference in your children's
success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry
out our responsibilities.
Please consider joining our
Head Start Volunteer program as our enrollees can greatly benefit
from your from your involvement and contributions to the Head Start
Program and its operations. We seek volunteers to help us
with the following activities:
- Reading with the children
- Assist teachers with instructional
support in the classroom
- All Head Start events
- Outreach and recruitment of Head
- Serve on the Policy Council and
- Helping your child(ren) with
school work at home
If you have any questions
concerning the Head Start Program please feel free to contact me or
the staff at SCFS, Inc. It is very important that you and your
child are fully informed regarding standards related to appropriate
behavior for a safe and productive school year.
Sharon Whitted serves as
the Housing Inspector for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher
Program. Ms. Whitted is responsible for performing the
initial, special, and annual inspections of all homes if any
portion of the rent is being paid for through this program.
Homes must meet Housing Quality Standard (HQS) requirements as
defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
During the week of August
1, Ms. Whitted attended the Nan McKay & Associates conference
in Albany, New York. The successful completion of this course
and subsequent test will result in Ms. Whitted being certified as a
This training was very
informative and needed. During the training, we visited a
property in New York and conducted an inspection, stated Ms.
Whitted. Ms. Whitted also gained information about possible
changes that may occur over the next three (3) years as it relates
to HQS Standards. This certification also qualifies Ms.
Whitted to perform housing inspections on a wider scale, outside of
the Section 8 environment.
& Family Services, Inc. is committed to providing our Section 8
customers and landlords with quality services. This
certification will only improve the quality of our services
To Our SCFS Employees:
Welcome to the 19th edition of our newsletter.
A Difference through Duke Energy's Helping Home Fund
Alfred Hart, a resident of Hoke County, celebrated his
93rd birthday in June. Mr. Hart's daughter, Shirley Hart,
assisted him in completing an application for assistance through
Duke Energy's Helping Home Fund. Mr. Hart was experiencing
difficulty in getting in and out of his home. His washing
machine and clothes dryer had stopped working and had been removed
from the home.
Through the funding provided through Duke Energy's
Helping Home Fund, a ramp was installed at the side entrance of the
home and handrails were installed on the front porch. The
installation of the ramp and handrails make entering and exiting
the home much safer for Mr. Hart and his caregivers. Shirley
Hart told us that her father kept telling them to take the washer
and dryer back because he just could not afford to pay for those on
his budget. He just could not believe that these Energy Star
appliances were being provided to him at no cost.
Thanks to Duke Energy's Helping Home Fund program and
the partnership with Southeastern Community & Family Services,
Inc., Mr. Hart is able to enter and exit his home safely. He
and his family can also take care of washing and drying his laundry
without making a trip to the local laundry mat. Mr. Hart is
very appreciative and thankful for the assistance provided to him.
Social Health deals with many different abilities. One
is the ability to create personal relationships with others.
Another is the ability to adapt and act well in different social
situations. All people can have healthy relationships with one
another. A health relationship has good communication skills,
empathy, accountability, etc. On the other hand, unhealthy
relationships have traits like being vindictive, withdrawn, and
selfish. These attributes have a negative impact on one's social
Why is social health
Social health is important because building
relationships is one of many important keys in life. Being able to
meet new people and build and maintain those relationships can have
a great impact on a person's life. Humans are social by nature.
Many studies show that having friends and a good "social
system" builds self-esteem and reduces depression. It can
provide a sense of belonging and purpose, a better mood, lower
stress, and even a longer life. It also provides an avenue of great
experiences that many times are never forgotten.
Spotlight: Lula's Success
Lula Graham moved back to the Bladen County area to
take care of her mother. After returning to the area to care
for her, her mother passed away. Other family members needed
her help. Ms. Graham began caring for three of her
grandchildren. During this timeframe she had very little
support from others in her family. Later two of the
grandchildren returned to live with their mother while the oldest
grandchild remained with her. The oldest grandchild is
attending the local community college.
Ms. Graham came to the Elizabethtown Neighborhood
Service Center because she needed financial assistance. Her
monthly income was not sufficient to meet the needs of herself and
family. She was enrolled in the Family Empowerment
Self-Sufficiency (FESS) Program funded through the Community
Services Block Grant Program. Ms. Graham expressed an
interest in finding work. Her case manager, Mary Bellamy,
evaluated her work history and experience and immediately began to
make referrals to the Employment Security Commission and the Senior
Aide Program. She was also facing a financial crisis related
to her housing. Ms. Bellamy contacted various partners, none
of which were able to assist her with her housing crisis. Since
other sources of funding were not available to help her, her
housing crisis was resolved through financial assistance provided
through the FESS program.
Ms. Graham utilized the computers that are made
available for customer use to apply for various open positions in
Bladen County at the Elizabethtown site. Ms. Bellamy assisted
her with the searches and helped her to prepare for subsequent
interviews. Ms. Graham's hard work and diligence paid
off. She obtained a position with the Senior Aid
Program. This employment resulted in Ms. Graham's annual
income rising above the poverty guidelines. She and her
family are safe and living in a stable environment. Ms.
Graham is excited about her future and is thankful for the assistance
provided to her through Southeastern Community & Family
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