This Week at Heart for Winter Haven (1/18/16-1/22/16)

By: Michael Cassidy

This past week at Heart for Winter Haven has been very busy. From meeting with Polk Vision to listening to the construction workers in the back of our building, it has been far from unproductive.

We began this week meeting with a couple of the county’s finest Christian business men. Brad, the Executive Director of Heart for Winter Haven, pitched the  Jobs for Life event he is hosting in March. On that day we also met with Polk Vision about improving the quality of life in Winter Haven. There were many ideas discussed about improving the quality of life for each demographic in the Polk County area. This was also the day Heart for Winter Haven took its first step towards cultivating an online blog to document our activities and beliefs.

On Wednesday we met with a very successful women in the world of business, Sandy Giblin, about writing a grant for our main office, the Volunteer Here center. Preceding this we met with a client for some heart to heart counseling. Proceeding all of this Brad went to a lunch meeting, and I called around to try and set up meetings with the purpose of selecting a date to spend days with the local agencies.

Yesterday we began the day meeting with the Council for Healthy Aging. In this meeting we discussed a survey for the elderly community of Winter Haven. This survey is meant to help AARP lay the foundations for what is going to be involved with the development of their Community for the Elderly. I went to a meeting with Margaret Jones, the executive director of Prodigy in Winter Haven, and Brad had a counseling session. My meeting with Margaret was very informal and we decided that Monday would be the best day for me to come in and inquire as to how Prodigy in Winter Haven ministers to the children in their program. Margaret seems to me to be a wonderful woman with a desire to really uplift the at risk children of Winter Haven.

Today, Friday, Brad and I spent the first part of the day brainstorming the details of our vision here at Heart for Winter Haven and discussing the gospel in the lives’ of men. After this Brad had a meeting with Fred Simons about a Golf Tournament Fred would like to host as a fundraiser for Heart for Winter Haven. We are winding this day down doing some organizing of materials necessary to receive our grant and access needed information.

Have a great weekend!


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