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A publication of Sheridan House Family Ministries

1700 South Flamingo Road • Davie, FL 33325 • (954) 583-1552 • www.SheridanHouse.org

November 2013

Honoring Christ by Serving the Needs of Children and Families


A Note From Bob -

Good Morning Sheridan House Staff,

More Than a Handout

I wanted to let you know that I don’t think words can express how GRATEFUL I am that God put you in my path.

Anytime you see God doing ministry that strikes at the root of pain, it’s exciting to participate in what He’s doing! From 1968 until the early 1980’s Sheridan House was doing a great job of helping boys put their lives back on the path God intended. The boys would live in one of the Sheridan House homes for a year or more. Hundreds of lives were changed. Then God stretched our thinking. In the early 1980’s while doing research for my dissertation I discovered that over eighty percent of the children coming to Sheridan House were from father-absent homes. At that very same time two single moms with young children came and asked if we could help them with food. Back then, on Monday morning I would pick up a large load of donated groceries from Publix. Publix was helping us feed these boys. There was enough food for two homes, but not really enough for anyone else. It was one of His tests. We decided to share our groceries “that one time”, not knowing it was the birth of a new ministry. Word got out and went in two totally different directions. Single moms heard we had groceries and two more food suppliers heard we needed food. Before we realized it, we were in the ministry of helping hurting families put their lives back together before they needed to put their children in one of our homes. Today, over four thousand single moms and their children receive help through Sheridan House. This is preventative ministry that meets families at their point of pain, before a child needs to be separated from his parent. By taking the required classes on parenting or budgeting, the single mom becomes eligible for tangible help for needs like food and clothing. Offering moms more than a handout! Offering families a hand up!

Sheridan House truly helped me in my time of need; Sheridan House is such a wonderful ministry. The single moms’ Care Corner provided me food and clothing at a very critical time in my life. The clothing you provided gave me confidence again, as I was constantly embarrassed by having to wear the same clothes to work over and over again. I didn’t even have casual clothing to wear and you blessed me with that, too. Ever since I turned myself to the Lord, good things have been coming my way. I pray that God continues to bless your ministry. I pray to God every night before bed and I always include you in my prayers, and I thank Him for Sheridan House. Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart... GOD BLESS YOU!

Ariana


Join us in providing the makings of a Thanksgiving meal for a single parent family in need. Here’s how you can help:

• 10-12 lb. Frozen Turkeys or a grocery store gift card • Canned Goods: Green Beans, Corn, Yams, Cranberry Sauce • Dry Goods: Instant Mashed Potatoes & Stuffing • Donate to this outreach online at: sheridanhouse.org/fooddrive Kindly Deliver Donations by November 8th to: Sheridan House 1700 South Flamingo Road Davie, FL 33325 Questions? Contact Miriam at: 954-414-3392 or mduame@sheridanhouse.org

THANK YOU

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people.” Galatians 6:10

Make a child’s Christmas special through the Sheridan House

Suggested gift list: New, unwrapped toys (ages 1-12) Dolls • Barbies · Barbie accessories • Stuffed animals/plush toys Wooden block sets • Lego sets • Jewelry-making kits • Art and easel products • Board games • Musical toys • Tea sets/ dish sets Kid cameras • ipods • Electronic games • Cars/ Hot Wheels/Trucks Train sets · Airplanes, Boats • Building sets • Balls for any sport (basketball, volleyball, football, etc) • Sports equipment • Frisbees Tool sets • Bicycles • Tricycles • Gift cards (any denomination)

Kindly Deliver Your Donations To:

1700 S. Flamingo Road • Davie, Fl 33325 (On/Before November 27) Questions? Contact Miriam Duame at 954-414-3392 or mduame@sheridanhouse.org


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• Marriage and Parenting Seminars and the ParentingOnPurpose.org daily podcasts, blog and radio show. • Counseling services to help families and marriages stay on the right path. • Life skills, training and support for single moms and their children. • Residential homes for boys and girls dealing with behavioral and emotional problems.

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