Monday, July 18, 2011

Company comin'

Hello everyone
Henk, Herman and Arie from Beginnings Board of Directors are coming to visit us on August 9, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. They wish to evaluate our group, assessing our efficiency , financial viability and sustainability, leadership, community support and agency wide resource support and our ability to provide the underlying training, clinical issue back up etc etc.

This will be the final step to becoming a satellite office for Beginnings.

A questionnaire has been forwarded for us to complete and return prior to the visit. I really, really need your input on this....this group is NOT a "one-man show"

Questions include:
1. Have we done a needs assessment ---what do you see as your client base and target group
2. Do you have the right mix of volunteers on the ground and ready to go?
....are they open to clinical training and supervision or do they have too many of their own ideas that would make it difficult for them to work from within the large picture of Beginnings?
3. How would you see being able to have increasing cost recovery over the next three years?
4. How do you respond to the purposes and values of Beginnings as described in the promotional materials and other communications?
5. To what extent will the Director(s) be able to travel to Beginnings Central for training and support?
6. How do you see your advisory committee operating front line as well as support and encouragement?
7. How do you see your supporting faith community (diversity:possible tensions)
8. How do you see connecting with the public and community agencies
9. What questions were you hoping we would ask but did not?
10 What do you plan to do if your request to become part of Beginnings Family Services does not go through understanding that we are currently concerned about our financial base?

Please take the time to think about these questions and provide me with your suggestions/thoughts/ideas. This will be vital part of the future of Room2Grow

thank you for everything
linda r

Monday, July 11, 2011

Beginnings and Bottles

Hello everyone:
I trust you are all enjoying the summer, thus far.
We are in the final stages of the baby bottle campaign. It was a tremendous success. So far, we have received donations of $5,662.51. And I am quite sure there are more bottles still out there waiting to be picked up. This is enough to keep the centre open for another year! God is good!!
It is a lot of work, counting and rolling.....but it was also a learning experience. We already have come up with better methods to count the coins (thanks Jocelyn) So if you still have bottles out there, please drop them off asap. Linda VW will be purchasing large plastic totes to store them in the basement. It would be nice if we have close to 400 bottles stored again.

I have received a reply email from Kerry Vandergrift at Beginnings. Two members of the Beginnings Board of Directors would like to visit with all the volunteers at the centre on August 9, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss our dedication and focus for Room2Grow. This is a very very important meeting.....please try to attend. Please let me know if you can attend, so I can inform the Beginnings Board of Directors. They have sent me a list of questions to complete prior to their visit. It has to be returned to them by August 1. I will leave copies here at the Room. Please feel free to put your comments in before the deadline.
thanks everyone
be safe