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  • HomeStretch Newsletter Dec 2018

    DECEMBER 2018
    This Month’s Happenings:
    • Seasons Greetings from HomeStretch
    • #GiveServeLove
    • Meet Shavaun, Case Manager
    • Holiday Helpers
    • Family Thanksgiving
    • Thank you to our volunteers
    Seasons Greetings from HomeStretch

    Click on this cover page to see our animated holiday card!


    Inspired by the Bible verse 1 Timothy 6:18, “Command them to do good, to BE RICH in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share,” North Point Community Church has unleashed a wave of generosity over HomeStretch through their annual Be Rich campaign. From mid-November to the end of January 2019, North Point members are signed up to give generously, to serve selflessly, and to love thoughtfully. This includes adopting HomeStretch families for Thanksgiving and Christmas, donating household supplies for incoming families, and volunteering both at HomeStretch properties and at LifeSkills classes. Thank you to all who chose HomeStretch to fulfill their Be Rich pledge and thank you to North Point Community Church for your extraordinary generosity and continued support of HomeStretch and our mission. Together, all is possible.

    Meet Shavaun, Case Manager

    HomeStretch welcomes new Family Case Manager Shavaun Vanderhall. Bringing more than 15 years of experience in human services, she’s already hard at work for our resident families.
    Shavaun sought out this position because of the HomeStretch mission: to take families from homelessness and give them the skills to be successful at independent living. She believes the success of the adults defines the future successes of their children and is excited to have a part in helping them achieve their goals.

    In addition, Shavaun is impressed with the HomeStretch staff. “There is such longevity amongst the staff and that speaks to the strength of an agency,” she shares. “Everyone here is awesome and I can tell this is somewhere I want to be.” We’re happy to welcome Shavaun and know she will be a tremendous asset to our team.


    Holiday Helpers
    It’s officially the holiday season and we need YOU to help our families celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and other holidays. Here are some urgent needs that are simple to fulfill and go a long way this time of year:
    Gas/Grocery CardsMany of our residents have reduced hours and/or wages when businesses close for the holidays. With little to no paid time off and an increase in childcare expenses while schools are out of session, our families often find it hard to make it through the end of the year debt-free. For these reasons, gift cards for gas and groceries are an incredible help, creating needed margin so families can stay on track with their budget.
    MARTA/UBER/LYFT cards: One of the requirements for program participation is full-time employment. But did you know that almost 20% of our families don’t have cars? This makes transportation a challenge year-round. Gift cards for alternative transportation fills a huge gap, allowing our residents to serve as reliable employees and earn a consistent income.
    Special Family Night Out: Everyone likes to have some fun now and then. That’s why gift cards to affordable restaurants, movie theater tickets, or entertainment destinations are always a welcomed treat for families to enjoy over the holidays. Help a HomeStretch family celebrate the season together in a special way. Ideas include:
    Monkey Joe’s
    Catch Air
    Brewster’s Ice Cream
    And More!
    Fill our freezer: We can always use more food in our community freezer. Current needs include:
    Bags of chicken tenders, patties, nuggets: boneless skinless or breaded
    Frozen pizza, pizza rolls
    Family size frozen
    Stouffer’s or single portion meals
    Frozen waffles and frozen juice cans
    Bacon, ground beef, or ground turkey
    Family Thanksgiving
    HomeStretch is thankful for those who provided all the fixings for a perfect Thanksgiving dinner for HomeStretch families.

    This gift enabled current resident Tara to host her mother and friends for Thanksgiving at her home. “It’s been years since I was able to have Thanksgiving in my home with people I love,” she said. “I feel so blessed.”

    Pictured here is the Schoeller family delivering a Thanksgiving Dinner.

    Mark your calendar for the annual Peachtree Tea, to be held February 26, 2019 at Country Club of the South. It will be a day of celebrating the HomeStretch mission with lunch, a silent auction, a raffle, and an inspiring speaker. More details to come in January.

    Property Volunteers
    Marriott International
    North Point Community Church – Be Rich
    Novogradac & Company, LLP
    YMSL – North Fulton Chapter
    Program Volunteers
    CAREing Paws
    National Charity League – Roswell/Alpharetta Chapter
    North Point Community Church – Be Rich


    Joan O’Connell

    Development Director


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