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SOUL SHINE (CONTINUED) - the Black Swamp Blues Competition in Bowling Green, OH (where they took home top honors). Opening up the day will be Slick Black Cadillac, veterans of the Soul Shine stage. In addition to great music this year First Step will also bring back the silent auction which was a huge success last year. Raffle items will include gift certificates to local stores and restaurants, a Harley-Davidson leather jacket donated by Thiel’s Wheels, and a “bluesmobile” donated by Graff Automall. And as if that were not enough, we also have all the southern style food you can eat; ribs, pork chops, red beans and rice,

gumbo, and BBQ chicken. So, we are certainly on pace to make this year’s festival the best in its ten year history. In the midst of all the commotion surrounding Soul Shine it is easy to overlook the most important thing. And that is that Soul Shine is a way for First Step to go out into the community and present opportunities to get involved in the work of family violence intervention and prevention. That is why it is so encouraging for us to see over 700 people come out for last year’s festival, and to have so many community organizations show their financial support for us and our work. It is our hope that as

Soul Shine gets bigger and better, so will our vision of eradicating the problem of family violence with the help of our friends in the community.

Soul Shine Blues Festival Saturday, September 24 Gates Open: 12:00 PM Meadowbrook Ballroom Bascom, OH Admission: $15

STRATEGIC PLANNING (CONTINUED) - make budget cuts which affect our programs and personnel. In being proactive against unforeseen financial crises we hope to provide a steady stream of care for our clients even in the midst of fluctuating funds. The process being used is the SWOT analysis in which organizations assess their Strengths, Weak-

nesses, Opportunities, and Threats. As one might imagine, there is no real “date of completion”, rather the process is ongoing and becomes a framework on which the entire organization bases its goals and decisions. So far we have been encouraged by our progress and by the support of the community part-

ners involved and we look forward to what great things the future may hold. We welcome your input and questions so please contact us at:

ABOUT FIRST STEP 2005 marks the 25th year First Step has been serving the Wyandot, Wood, Sandusky and Seneca counties. We are the first shelter built from the ground up in Ohio and one of only four in the nation. Over the last few years, First Step has evolved from a shelter to a center that focuses on prevention as well as intervention.

For clients and families dealing with domestic violence, it offers a 24-hour crisis support phone line, legal advocacy (including filing Civil Protection Orders and accompanying clients to court), and temporary shelter residence for those in need. Our shelter has been a harbor in the storm for many families affected by domestic violence.

Contact Us First Step P O Box 1103 Fostoria, OH 44830 419-435-7300

First Step August 2005 Newsletter  

First Step August 2005 Newsletter

First Step August 2005 Newsletter  

First Step August 2005 Newsletter