Faith Based Advisory - Minutes

Tue., Nov. 7, 2017

Present were Pastors Jeff Snell and Dean Hackett. Daniel Maxwell and Terry Cummings were absent and James Lafolette was excused. Also in attendance were Councilor Rod Hardin, Kriss Dammeyer, and Lilly Alarcon-Strong. Dean opened the meeting at 4:50pm.

Minutes- Due to lack of a quorum, the Committee could not take action.

Family Promise Update

Kriss gave updates regarding Family Promise, to include:

  1. Mentors- There are 10 approved mentors, 5 of which are active with mentees. Mentors and mentee are interviewed, separately, to establish if they will be a good fit for each other. Making sure the mentor and mentee is a good match is vital for the success of the mentee and the program. Each mentor provides a different type of assistance, based on the needs of the mentee. The mentor helps the mentee establish and reach their goals, but does not do it for them.
  2. Department of Human Services- DHS has been and continues to give referrals to Family Promise. Kriss meets with the case worker to make sure Family Promise is not duplicating services for the individual/family. There has already been a success story through this partnership; and, if continued success is reached, there will be opportunity for funding through DHS.
  3. Funding- Kriss and the Committee spoke about different possible funding types available that can possibly be obtained, including:
    1. Civic organizations, ie: Rotary, etc
    2. Umatilla Electric Cooperative
    3. Wild Horse Casino
    4. Good Shepherd Hospital
    5. Grant Writing
    6. Port of Morrow
    7. Writing to our local and state legislators,
    8. Fast Offerings AKA Love Offerings, and asking all area churches be involved
    9. City Funding
      1. Jeff Snell stated he had met with City Manager Byron Smith, the City had set aside $10,000 for Family Promise. In order to obtain these funds, the Committee would need to place a request in writing. Jeff wrote a request to have the funds released and both he and Dean signed the request. Jeff stated these funds should last about 4 months.

Kriss stated she understands that many churches and organizations are constantly being asked for money but, with Family Promise, donations have a significant purpose as they are not just giving immediate help, they are changing generations of damaging behavior and actions and improving family lives for generations to come.

FBAC Member Guidelines

Lilly reviewed the two positions expiring at the end of the year and the term dates for the rest of the Committee and informed the Committee that this information and applications can be accessed thru the City’s website and at City Hall.

Dean read the resignation letter from Daniel Maxwell and asked that Lilly included this position with those available to be applied for. The Committee thought it would be best to wait for James’ presence to discuss guidelines for future FBAC members, prior to presenting them to the Council for adoption.

Next Meeting- December 5th, 2017 at 4:30pm.

There was no other business and Dean adjourned the meeting in prayer at 5:37pm.

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