We Care June 2014, Newsletter June 24, 2014 at 10:34AM

Hello everyone,

I have now been here as the general manager of WE CARE for just over six months and it has been very rewarding to me to be associated with this organization and its’ Board of Directors. I am inspired by the board’s commitment and dedication to serving the residents of Rhea County. Also, as I observe the employees that work for WE CARE in its various programs, whether at the THRIFT CENTER, the FOOD PANTRY or other areas, I am in awe of their unselfish and committed attitudes as they perform their various duties. What a privilege it is to serve with such a wonderful group of people!

In our last news letter, I mentioned the challenges that we face in keeping the SAFE HAVEN LIGHT program viable. For the last couple of months we have not had enough money either from donations or our general operating budget to meet our salary commitments to the house parents at the home. As a result of that situation, the house parents have chosen to move out of the facility and pursue other endeavors. Without a doubt, this is a very unfortunate situation and we are very grateful to Randy and Patricia Schmittendorf for their commitment to making this program succeed. They had worked continuously there, with no time off, since last November. As they leave, we pray that God will continue to guide and bless them where ever His plan leads them. Thank you, Randy and Patricia, for your unselfish service. So, at this moment Safe Haven Light does not have full time house parents. Therefore, we will endeavor to keep the program viable, for now, by utilizing volunteers, as needed, when we have a request for a child placement. This situation is necessitating that we continue to evaluate the need for SAFE HAVE LIGHT and its long term sustainability.

In closing, I want to send out a huge shout of “THANKS” to a church teen group of volunteers from Mississippi and Louisiana called Camp Conquer. They worked for two days on several projects here at WE CARE and accomplished an unbelievable amount in the short time that they were here. What a blessing they were and we look forward to them coming back again next year.

Until next time,

Alton Steen, General Manager



Laura Olmstead - We Care Food, Shelter and Housing Programs

Kathryn and Courtney, our youth program representatives, have been hard at work organizing, cleaning and stocking our shelves.  Chuck has been leading a project in the stock area with Jeremy’s assistance.  He has the place looking great.  We have things looking and operating much better.  Karla is our ever present smiling customer favorite; she has been assisting everyone when she can.

We have had another busy month with the food and housing programs. We concluded our Father’s Day coloring contest for the kids with 3 winners.

There has been steady progress on the micro home. It is exciting to see it all come together.  We soon will be able to help people with this home.  We have had people coming by or calling nearly every day with housing needs.  Some days we have received as much as 4 calls in one day with people in need of housing assistance.  We need so badly to continue to rally community support so we can expand this home into many.

We also had a visit from Camp Conquer from Mississippi and Louisiana who helped us clean up several areas in and around the business. The Camp Conquer youth also help clean up our apartment’s area as well. They were an awesome bunch!

This fall we will be having a 5K/10K run to benefit various We Care Programs.




From the desk of Ina Ring - Thrift Center Director


It’s hard to believe we’re at the halfway point of 2014. Summer break from school just began, but in a few short weeks it will be time to return to classrooms. In July we will have out our school supplies: book bags, lunchboxes, computer bags, pens, pencils, crayons and other school related supplies.

Children going back to school may have some parents or grandparents or other care-takers wondering what to do with all their free time. We have the solution – come volunteer at the THRIFT STORE. There are clothes hangers to bundle, brass and other metals to be polished, toys to be repaired and cleaned, battery operated and remote controlled toys to be tested, strings of Christmas lights to test, plus many, many other tasks to get items ready to sell.

Call 775-6595 to express your desire to be of service. We have time slots available Monday-Friday any time between 8 A.M. and 4 P.M. It can be one hour or several hours, one day a week or month, sporadic or on a regular basis. We just need to know ahead of time so we can be organized and have a plan.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Ina Carol Ring - Thrift Center Director

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