October 3, 2019
September 11--A Day of Remembrance
Sites around the conference honored first responders and all who defend our freedom on September 11-- A Day of Remembrance. Our Montgomery site wrote thank-you notes to first responders. In Eufaula, members of Communities of Transformation baked treats for the city's police department. Emily Proctor, our South Walton site coordinator, offered a "Blessing of helmets and badges" as firefighters from South Walton participated in a 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Panama City Beach, Florida. We are thankful for those who serve!
Phenix City Begins Seventh Awaken Class
Community partnerships are vital to the success of Communities of Transformation. Phenix City site coordinator Joan Gatewood has developed a new partnership that has helped her find good candidates for Communities of Transformation. The Crisis Center of Russell County has referred clients to Communities of Transformation, resulting in new participants for our latest Awaken Class. Through diligent prayer and tireless effort, Joan began the site's seventh Awaken class at the end of September with five new participants and three new volunteers! Thanks be to God for his provision.
Participant Spotlight: Pine Hill's Terri Square
Terri Square, a member of our Pine Hill site, is a single mother of three children who are 10, 9, and 9 months. Site coordinator Brenda Autry knew Terri would be a good fit for Communities of Transformation, so Brenda made sure Terri knew about meetings. Terri came to Communities of Transformation ready to achieve a goal: Terri needed a job that worked with her children's school schedule, so she looked into getting her substitute teacher's license. Site coordinator Brenda Autry encouraged her through the process of applying, and Terri got her license in August. Since then she has worked almost every day! Most of Terri's work is in schools in Camden or Pine Hill. Sometimes she even gets to teach at the school her daughter attends! She gets calls from schools every day, and she very rarely turns down a substitute job. One school is even talking to her about applying for a permanent position there. Terri has help from a family member to keep the baby, but having a schedule that lines up with the school schedule of her older kids has been a relief to her. She loves being with her kids. Terri says, "They are a part of me and they're the reason I push myself to do the things I do!" Attending weekly meetings and being part of a community of support is important for setting and reaching goals. Terri will celebrate her completion of the Awaken curriculum in October. We could not be prouder of her, and we are grateful to be part of her journey!
South Walton Site Featured in Local Magazine
Our South Walton site was recently featured in VIE Magazine based in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Click here to read the article about Communities of Transformation's South Walton site.
Thursday, October 3- Coffee with Cliff in Mobile
Saturday, October 5- Fundraiser luncheon in Evergreen
Monday, October 7- Visitor night in Eufaula
Tuesday, October 8- Volunteer training in Brewton
Monday, October 14- Overcoming Adversity program in Eufaula
Tuesday, October 15- Awaken class begins in Brewton
Saturday, October 19- Awaken overview in Mobile
Monday, October 21- Evergreen site visit to Equal Justice Initiative’s National Memorial for Peace and Justice Legacy Museum
Monday October 21- Faith Leaders' meeting in Selma
Tuesday, October 22- Celebration in Pine Hill
Tuesday, October 29- Fun Night in Phenix City