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........"
CHILD SAFETY MONTH
September 2016 - In This Issue:
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
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.
& 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!"
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
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).
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.
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
When an Active Shooter is
in your vicinity, you must be prepared both mentally and physically
to deal with the situation.
- 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
- Prevent others from entering an
area where the active shooter may be.
- Keep hands visible.
- Call 911 when you are safe.
- Hide in area out of the shooter's
- Lock door or block entry to your
- Silence your cell phone (including
vibrate mode) and remain quiet.
- 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
- Drop items in your hands (e.g.,
- 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
- Do not ask questions when
Information to provide 911 operators:
- Location of the active shooters.
- Number of shooters.
- Physical description of shooters.
- Number and type of weapons shooter
- Number of potential victims at
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Trainings, Conferences, & Certfications
Action Partnership Conference
Tamara Monroe (HR Director)
Cynthia Foskey (Executive Administrator)
Quality Standard (HQS) Certification
Sharon Whitted (Housing Inspector)
Assoc. Community Action Agencies (SEACAA) Conference
Bernest Hewett (Board Chair) Beatrice Sams (CSBG Manager)
Cynthia Dudley (CSBG Case Manager)
Tamara Monroe (HR Director)
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.
Homes Safer Through Duke Energy's Helping Home Fund
Robert and Dorothy Mosley
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
The stove used to prepare
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
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