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Subject:                          Child Safety Month







Southeastern Community & Family Services, Inc.                   Newsletter Issue #21 - September 2016



"To do all things necessary or proper to 

aid in improving the education, economic opportunities, living 

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

















Board Member Spotlight

Dr. Earlena Lowry


Dr. Earlena Lowry was born and raised in Robeson County. This area is true and dear to her heart as it reflects in her selfless contributions to this area.  June 2002, Dr. Lowry was appointed to serve on SCFS' Board of Directors as a Robeson County Commissioners representative.  During her appointment she has served as the Personnel Committee Chair and Nominations and Governance Committee member.  Unfortunately, her term will end June 2017.     


She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from at that time Pembroke State University (now known as University of NC at Pembroke), Masters of Art degree from Appalachian State University and Doctorate of Education from South Carolina State University.  Throughout her career, she has held several distinguished positions to include-teacher, principal, Federal Programs evaluator, curriculum specialist, personnel administrator and professor.  In her spare time she volunteers for various organizations that promote leadership and enrichment within the community-Girl Scouts, Troop Leader, Pines of Carolina Board Member, Southeastern Science Consortium, River Council of Government, Pembroke Elders Club and Region N Aging Advisory Council.  Dr. Lowry attends Beat Swamp Baptist where she is a Sunday School Teacher and church choir member.


Dr. Lowry's knowledge, gainful insight and exceptional feedback has helped the agency tremendously.  Southeastern Community & Family Services, Inc. appreciates Dr. Lowry's dedication and time to the Board of Director's. 





Program Spotlight

Rebecca Locklear


Rebecca Locklear is a single mom and was unemployed.  She desperately needed a job.  A family member referred her to the Red Springs Neighborhood Service Center.  Pauline Locklear, Case Manager, interviewed Ms. Locklear and later enrolled her in the Family Empowerment Self Sufficiency Project funded through the Community Services Block Grant Program. 


Southeastern Community & Family Services, Inc. placed computers in each of the local Neighborhood Service Centers for customers to use.  Pauline Locklear provided training to Rebecca, teaching her how to prepare a resume and perform job searches using the computer.  Referrals for employment were also made on Rebecca's behalf.  Numerous workshops were provided through the Red Springs Neighborhood Service Center which assisted Rebecca in various areas including financial planning and budgeting, interview preparation, and more.  Through the workshops as well as one-on-one consultation, Rebecca felt confident when participating in interviews and was able to enter the workplace with confidence.  In December 2015 Rebecca was offered a job with Advance Stores.  She gladly accepted the offer.


When asked about the services provided, Rebecca Locklear stated; " Today I am financially stable and self-sufficient to provide for my family! What a wonderful program!  I have been empowered to achieve my goals!"  Rebecca also complimented the staff and was thankful for the assistance provided throughout her journey to self-sufficiency.  She was thankful that the assistance was provided without making you feel uncomfortable.  In closing Rebecca stated, "If you want to grow, achieve your goals, and get out of poverty, the Family Empowerment Self Sufficiency Program is for you!"






"...the safety of those we serve is a primary concern..."


The safety of personnel, as well as the safety of those we serve, is a primary concern of the administrative and human resource division of Southeastern Community & Family Services, Inc.  Protecting the records and electronic data of all served through Southeastern is vitally important as well.  A request was made of Chief of Police Darwin Williams who responded quickly when he was approached by staff who requested safety training.  Chief Williams assigned Sergeant James Munger to conduct the training.


Sergeant Munger provided training to the Section 8 and Community Services Block Grant staff assigned to the Laurinburg office located at 915 South Main Street, Suite H.  He discussed the importance of recognizing your surroundings and provided tips on how to de-escalate a potential volatile situation.  After the training Sergeant Munger evaluated the office, entry/exit areas, and the parking lot.  His evaluation resulted in recommendations for specific safety measures that would create a safer environment for the staff and customers alike. 


Thanks to Sergeant Munger and the City of Laurinburg Police Department, the Laurinburg office is safe and secure.  Pictured below is Sergeant Munger and staff who participated in the training. (Mary Peguese, Sharon Whitted, Faye Norton, and Beatrice Sams).






September Birthdays


To Our SCFS Employees

















































Welcome to the 21st edition of our newsletter. 

Thank you for subscribing to the SCFSNews newsletter! With this newsletter we strive to provide our stakeholders with the latest news, initiatives, activities, and accomplishments of our agency, Southeastern Community & Family Services (SCFS).


Child Safety Month focuses on helping educate parents and caregivers on safeguarding against hidden hazards in their homes and other environments that go beyond child proof; providing the safest place for a child.







Active Shooter Preparedness

Knowing What to Do Can Save Lives...


From the Safety Committee Active Shooter

Knowing What to Do Can Save Lives....


An Active shooter is an individual actively engage in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area.

  • Victims are selected at random.
  • Event is unpredictable and evolves quickly.

When an Active Shooter is in your vicinity, you must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with the situation.


1 Run

  • Have an escape plan in mind.
  • Leave your belongings behind.
  • Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow.
  • Help others escape, if possible.
  • Do not attempt to move the wounded.
  • Prevent others from entering an area where the active shooter may be.
  • Keep hands visible.
  • Call 911 when you are safe.


2 Hide

  • Hide in area out of the shooter's view.
  • Lock door or block entry to your hiding place.
  • Silence your cell phone (including vibrate mode) and remain quiet.

3 Fight

  • Fight as a last resort and only when your life in imminent danger.
  • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter.
  • Act with as much physical aggression as possible.
  • Improvise weapons or throw items at the active shooter.
  • Commit to your actions... your life depends on it.


The first officers to arrive on the scene will not stop to help the injured. Expect rescue teams to follow the initial officers. These rescue teams will treat and remove the injured.


Once you have reached a safe location, you likely will be held in that area by law enforcement until the situation is under control and all witnesses have been identified and questioned. Do not leave the area until law enforcement authorities have instructed you to do so.


When Law enforcement arrives:

  • Remain calm and follow instructions.
  • Drop items in your hands (e.g., bags, jackets)
  • Raise hands and spread fingers.
  • Keep hands visible at all times.
  • Avoid quick movements toward officers, such as holding on to them for safety.
  • Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling.
  • Do not ask questions when evacuating.

Information to provide 911 operators:

  • Location of the active shooters.
  • Number of shooters.
  • Physical description of shooters.
  • Number and type of weapons shooter has.
  • Number of potential victims at location.


Information provided by:

Federal Bureau of Investigation

935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington DC 20535






Employee Trainings, Conferences, & Certfications



Community Action Partnership Conference

Ericka Whitaker (CEO)

Active Shooter Training

Tamara Monroe (HR Director)

Cynthia Foskey (Executive Administrator)

Housing Quality Standard (HQS) Certification

Sharon Whitted (Housing Inspector)

Southeastern Assoc. Community Action Agencies (SEACAA) Conference

Bernest Hewett (Board Chair) Beatrice Sams (CSBG Manager)

Cynthia Dudley (CSBG Case Manager)

Tamara Monroe (HR Director)






Program Success

Single Father Expresses Thankfulness For Section 8 Services


Michael Miller applied for assistance through the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program operated by Southeastern Community & Family Services, Inc. in March, 2011.  In June 2016, Mr. Miller was given the opportunity to participate in the Consumer Guidebook Training and was later screened to determine his eligibility for the program.  He was issued a voucher on June 8th.  Mr. Miller did not waste any time.  He immediately began searching for housing.  On July 5th, the home he selected passed the Housing Quality Standards inspection and a contract was prepared and approved for assistance.


Mr. Miller expressed his appreciation to Southeastern and the Section 8 staff for giving him the opportunity to join the assisted housing program.  "Being a man and a single parent, Southeastern has shown me the attention and care I needed while not giving in to discrimination on race, creed, or gender that may plague other housing services," wrote Mr. Miller.  He further stated that Southeastern worked with him in a timely manner, give him prompt and courteous service.


Mr. Miller and his daughter, Shaziah, are very pleased with the services provided to them.  They are happily living in an area that is safe with a friendly environment without any cause to worry.  








Making Homes Safer Through Duke Energy's Helping Home Fund


Robert and Dorothy Mosley of Scotland 


County, North Carolina, have been Duke Energy customers for a long time.  They were excited when they le

arned about the Helping Home Fund, a relatively new program for families with an income that is at or below 200% of the poverty level and who are Duke Energy customers.  Repairs were needed at their home which they simply could not afford on their fixed budget.


The porch providing ingress and egress at their home was unsafe. Leaving the 


home had become a huge challenge for Mrs. Mosley.  She feared falling whenever she had to leave the home.  Through the Helping Home Fund, Southeastern Community & Family Services was able to tear down the unsafe porch and construct a new porch with ramp, making entering and exiting the home a safe event for the Mosley's once again.


The stove used to prepare their

 meals was 22 years old and was beginning to fail them.  The vented range hood was not working either.  Through the Helping Home Fund the Mosley' received a new electric range and range hood.  Both appliances are safe and working properly. 



Mr. and Mrs. Mosley are very thankful for the assistance provided to them through this program!  






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