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November 2016

November 2016

November 2016

A Message From Executive Director Bill Searcey                                   
The backbone of FOCUS, often said, is our volunteers.  Mostly unheralded, working many hours, they take to heart the words of the Apostle Paul quoting from Old Testament scripture that says, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself”.  Our volunteers live that out daily.

The staff and Board of Directors of FOCUS hosted a volunteer thank you dinner on Tuesday evening, Oct. 4 at Pine Mountain United Methodist Church.  The Board Chair, Mr. Bill Scrantom, began the evening with some brief remarks about our mission and the value of our volunteers.
An enjoyable meal was then served by the youth group at PMUMC.  Following the meal Bill Searcey, Executive Director of FOCUS, spoke about the direction of FOCUS and how the ministry could not exist without our volunteers.
The highlight of the evening was remarks by Allen Levi, a well known Harris County singer, songwriter, and author, who spoke about serving Christ, using the story that Jesus told about the laborers in the vineyard, taken from the Gospel of Matthew.
Everyone enjoyed a delightful evening, a small gesture of our appreciation and love for our volunteers.  We can always use more volunteers, especially in the Thrift Shop, so if you have a heart for serving others, drop by FOCUS.

News from the Office
In September we served 123 clients and distributed 349 bags of food to 222 individuals, 94 families and 37 families with children.

In October we served 93 clients and distributed 290 bags of food to 190 individuals, 78 families and 33 families with children.

News from the Thrift Shop
Thanks again to everyone for making the end of summer Bag Sale a success! And a special thanks to Rose Hill Baptist Church for helping to bag and remove the entire extra clothing for a mission project.

We’re fully restocked for the fall season and open as usual!

The addition is realllllly complete now!  Not only have we moved everything into the space, we have everything marked and ready.  We get an A+ in efficiency and productivity!
The new donation acceptance area is located on the front left of the building and has 2 built-in doors to receive donations.  This new space is not deep so please fee l free to leave your breakables and clothing still on hangers. 

We do ask that donations not be left on the wooden platform.  If you have items that will not fit in the donation bin, please leave those items on the front porch.  But remember, this applies only to items too big to fit in the donation bin. 

Lastly, because there is already so much to do in our county during the month of December, the Thrift Shop will not be presenting Santa’s Workshop this year. 

Thank You!

We’d like to send a special THANK YOU for this Boy Scout Troop from Pine Mountain! These wonderful young men unloaded a truckload of donated food for the Thanksgiving Food Drive.

We’d also like to thank everyone else who has collected and dropped off food. Donations are always welcome and we appreciate everything our community does to support this endeavor!