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When you think of this year’s resolutions, don’t forget your business.  Make appreciation marketing your resolution, and you will be rewarded with long-term relationships, customer loyalty and business growth.
SendOutCards offers an extraordinary appreciation marketing tool, not only because it is easy and economical, but also because it is personal.  Sending personal heartfelt cards has long been one of the best ways to build sustaining relationships with your clients, customers and referral sources.  Although many consider it tedious and time consuming, that is no longer the case with SendOutCards! 
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If you haven’t yet tried SendOutCards, contact me, and I will invite you to visit my website and send a few cards on me.  It’s fun, easy and there is no obligation!
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Family Promise of Sarasota

I am new to the Sarasota area and so am still learning lots about the community.  Yesterday I learned about two non-profits I felt were worth mentioning.  A good friend is on the board of the first non-profit, Family Promise of Sarasota.  Family Promise has partnered with several local churches and synagogues to provide displaced families with temporary shelter in the churches and synagogues themselves.  Given the state of the economy with seemingly epidemic job loss and foreclosures, the efforts of Family Promise are undoubtedly a welcome relief for many.

Each congregation participating in Family Promise provides overnight lodging and three meals daily for 4 families – up to 14 persons –  for one week every three months on a rotating basis.  Family Promise guests stay in each congregation from 6:00 pm to 7:00 am daily.  Once sheltered, the families then concentrate on what they need to accomplish to achieve stability in their lives for themselves and their children.  Each morning guests are transported to the Day Center where those who are not employed will meet with the Director/Case Manager who will refer them to community resources based on their individual needs.  The Day Center is also a place for parents to care for pre-school children and make use of the computer and phone in search of housing and employment – this is the hub of the organization.

It is the organization’s goal to continue cultivating friendships in the community for collaboration in providing a variety of services for the families to help them regain stability in their lives and move on to a home of their own.  Once the families have been in the program for 60 days, they have the opportunity to refer our families, who qualify, to programs such as the Salvation Army FAITH program which can help them achieve their goals.  Keeping the family together, while transitioning them from homelessness, is vital.

Nationally nearly 5,000 congregations participate in Family Promise with literally thousands of volunteers who help families regain their independence.  Families with children make up the fastest growing segment of the homeless population and most of the children are under the age of six.  Family Promise gives individuals who want to help a way to help that is most rewarding.

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Hello friends!

This is my first personal blog.  Thanks for joining me here!

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