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March 2016 Newsletter

March 2016 Newsletter

A Message From Executive Director Bill Searcey

FOCUS maintains a good standing in the Harris County community by virtue of its mission of helping people in need. Our ministry is known for serving Christ through our service to others, using Matthew 25:40 as our defining scripture.

So, how are all these many different areas of ministry done successfully? Only one way: through our volunteers. They are our greatest strength and without them there would be no FOCUS. Some 60-70 strong, they effectively manage the myriad of duties necessary for a successful ministry.

Our Food Bank and Emergency Services areas are now fully staffed but we have a great need now for volunteers in the Thrift Shop area. The FOCUS “Boutique” accounts for about 65% of our funding, so it is vital that it is fully staffed.

The volunteers in the shop may be asked to sort clothing and other articles, box up seasonal merchandise, price goods, prepare articles for sale, and many other tasks necessary for merchandising. Some volunteers also are cashiers, baggers, and stockers. And there are always dozens of other tasks, too many to mention, that all contribute to a sales effort supporting all FOCUS ministries.

So if any of these activities interest you, or if you have experience in any of these areas, we would love to talk to you about becoming a FOCUS volunteer. You may call the Thrift Store manager, Sherrie Mundy (706-329-1265) or send her an email at sherriemundy@mindspring.com.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

FOCUS Bag Sale Saturday, March 19

The FOCUS Thrift Shop will hold a one-day “bag sale” Saturday, March 19, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Customers can fill their bags with as many items as they can for a single price. Check our web site www.focusfriends.org or our Facebook page for more information in the coming days.

How We’re Helping

In February the FOCUS office helped 82 clients. In addition, we distributed 293 bags of food to 68 families, which totaled 152 individuals and 21 families with children.

Hold The Date — Empty Bowl 2016

Harris County High School’s annual Empty Bowl event benefitting FOCUS will be Saturday, April 16, at the high school. Tickets will be on sale soon.

FOCUS’ Next Board Meeting

FOCUS’ next Board meeting will be Thursday, April 21, at 6 p.m. at the Harris County Community Center.