Dear friends,

For almost a year, our community has been recovering from Hurricane Ian. Last week, we watched with bated breath as Hurricane Idalia came dangerously close. While we're thankful we avoided a direct hit, we know that not all of us came through unscathed. Recovery is a journey, and we're here to support you every step of the way.

As part of our journey, we're embracing a brighter future with a commitment to refreshing our campus by improving our structures and common outdoor spaces. We're excited for the changes to come!

Our campus is more than structures and spaces, though. It's people, like Devon Jarrett who is in the spotlight at the end of this newsletter. Devon's actions were guided by empathy and support, values of the culture on our Campus of Caring. I hope you find his story as uplifting as I do.

Here's to lifting each other up!

Charlene Altenhain, Executive Director

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Our mission is To CONNECT, SUPPORT, and SUSTAIN a network of human service nonprofits for a stronger community.

Innovating Resilience

On July 25th The American Red Cross team came to talk to campus staff about their Community Adaptation Program. Sarasota County is one of a handful of places selected to try out this exciting new program that sources and funds projects that help the community get back on its feet after a disaster.

You can read more about this event in our latest blog.

GS Connects: Children First

The GS Connects series continues this September 25th with Children First.

Children First is a Head Start program that works to improve the quality of life for children and families through their comprehensive approach to development, education, health, and wellbeing.

You can find out more about this event and how to RSVP here.

Campus Connection events are made possible through funding from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

211 and Disaster Recovery

Though we were largely spared the same kind of damage we saw after Hurricane Ian, we recognize that there are some still in need since the hurricane's passing.

211 Suncoast Cares has a disaster and recovery services page with links to resources you or your loved ones may find helpful.

More green is on the way!

We're embarking on a journey of transformation in the upcoming weeks and months. We're not just lifting spirits; we're overhauling the elevator and upper walkway with some much-needed repairs.

In addition, we're going green, literally! We've bid farewell to some of the cold, hard concrete and welcomed lush grass into our campus. We're nurturing this "bit of earth" with tender care, as we plan to sow the seeds of change and add more leafy friends to provide much-needed relief from sunny cement.

Our goal? To make the campus a cooler, greener, and more inviting place. So, get ready to step into a world where elevators rise, and greenery thrives - it's a campus makeover that's sure to leave you feeling uplifted and rooted!

Birds Eye View

Spotlight: A Gesture of Compassion

Here on the Campus of Caring we celebrate not only our partner organizations but each and every staff member that puts kindness out in the world.

Helping others doesn't always look like a new program or a sizable donation. It can be just one person who goes out of their way for another.

This time we want to highlight Devon Jarrett with Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness. Some thoughtful staff members saw him assisting a client on campus, going above and beyond to get him where he needed to go. This client had mobility issues and had been dropped off at the wrong building. Devon didn't just point the client in the right direction, he procured a wheelchair and personally guided the man to his appointment.

It's a wonderful reminder of the ways that every act of kindness can make someone's day.

Devon Jarrett, Program Coordinator with Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness

Would you like to support a happier and healthier quality of life for all of those who work, live, and play in our region? Consider a donation to Glasser/Schoenbaum.

Your gift supports the human services network for individuals and families to accomplish their goals for self-sustainability.


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