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May 2011

Honoring Christ by serving the needs of children and families

A Note From Bob On May 13th, we will be holding our 31st Annual Spring Auction at First Baptist of Fort Lauderdale’s beautiful Global Event Center. It will be an evening that you and your family won’t want to miss. Not only will there be some really exciting items up for bid in both the Silent and the Live Auction, but I’ll be dressed up as a waiter and passing out hors d’ oeuvres all evening!




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As you know, there are lots of auctions around town for lots of great causes. The cool items the committee has acquired on our behalf isn’t what sets this event apart. What makes this event truly special is the reason we are all there. There are a number of families today in need of real answers. Whether a child is spinning out of control, a marriage is on the rocks, or the parents want to lead their family to go to the next level, Sheridan House is there. Our desire to educate, encourage, and empower today’s families is stronger than ever. Join us on Friday, May 13th, at our Spring Auction. We will unite in purpose and have fun while we’re at it. Hop online today and register @ Together, we will make a difference in Jesus’ name.

It was 1988 when Jason and Amy found themselves in a dilemma. Jason had just graduated from high school and Amy was excited to begin her senior year. They were young and in love when they discovered Amy was expecting. “Since we were both raised in solid Christian homes, it threw our parents for a loop. Honestly, it threw us for a loop too.” Amy remembered. “I couldn’t believe that this was happening to us. Jason offered to marry

I look forward to seeing you there and serving you some delicious food.

me, but I didn’t want to get married just because I was pregnant. I didn’t know what to do, but I believed that

Serving Him,

I wasn’t ready to have a baby.” After visiting a pregnancy center, viewing a video of an abortion, and collecting the facts, Amy was prepared to terminate her pregnancy even though she thought it was wrong. With a marriage proposal on the table and an extreme sense of unease, Amy and Jason decided to seek counsel at Sheridan House. Continued...

Friday May 13, 2011 First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale 301 East Broward Boulevard • Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Silent Auction begins at 7:00 pm • Live Auction begins at 8:00 pm

$20.00 entry fee per person. Space is limited.

Register Today at:

Throughout their initial meeting, they weighed every

full-time, they both graduated from college and eventually

possible option and decided to not only have the baby,

moved out as a happy family of four!

but also get married and raise him. With the support of both families, they moved forward and chose to never look back. Knowing that they didn’t have all the answers, they continued seeking wise counsel for premarital, marital, and financial planning.

“I know we are blessed. We beat the odds. There were actually people who took bets on how long our marriage would last, but here we are 23 years later and we are still going strong.” Amy said. “It is all because of God. Without Him at the core, we wouldn’t have survived.

Raising their son was a family affair at first. They moved in

Plus, our families were an amazing support system to us.

with Jason’s parents and both sets of grandparents helped

We will continue to share our story because if it helps

with babysitting so Jason and Amy could continue their

one more family, God will get that much more glory.”

educations. As they worked full-time and went to school

Ruth Torres Speaks Single to Moms

Ruth understands the journey our moms are on because she has walked in their shoes. “I grew up in an environment of poverty and abuse. Education was not a priority. I dropped out of school and became a single parent at a very young age. After being told that I wouldn’t amount to much, I refused to believe it, clung to the knowledge that

I absolutely loved the career workshop with Ruth! She was inspiring, uplifting and funny. I have told so many people about her and how great the workshop was. - Nichol The seminar itself was excellent and I picked up several great tips. I will be redoing my resume today. Ruth was wonderful. She was very understanding and at the same time she “told it like it is” which I really appreciated. - Linda

God gifted me for a great purpose, and I enrolled in college. It was tough being a full time employee, student, and mom; but by the grace and strength of God, I did it. I completed both my undergraduate and graduate programs. If I can do it, anyone can!” Ruth approaches life from a Biblical, positive,“can do” attitude and her enthusiasm is contagious. With over 20 years of experience in human resources and a passion for helping others discover and apply their God-given talents within their careers, Ruth was an obvious choice for our first

Recently, our single parent ministry offered an Interviewing/Resume Preparation training session to the moms we serve. Not only did the moms walk away educated, empowered, and enthusiastic, but they also experienced a true blessing by fellow single mom, Ruth Torres. Ruth savored the opportunity to give back to Sheridan House since we played such an integral role in the life of her family when they needed it.

career training sessions. “God continues to bless and challenge me as I move forward in faith. He has used Sheridan House to demonstrate His love to me so many times. I am honored and humbled to give back and help other moms.” Speaker, Ruth Torres



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Your contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free (1-800-435-7352) within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. Sheridan House Family Ministries registration number is CH24786.

Whether you are a single parent, a step-parent, or a co-parent, this series is for you. Some examples of the practical teachings you will experience are:

• The Power of “No” • Discipline • When Parents Disagree • Raising Responsible Children • Sibling Rivalry

• Finances and Today’s Youth • Social Networking/ Privacy Issues • Parenting Today

Join us every Wednesday in May from 6:30 – 8:00pm in the main sanctuary of First Baptist Fort Lauderdale.

May 2011 Family Advocate  

In this month's Family Advocate we take a look at a family that came to Sheridan House for help, and where they are today. We also feature a...

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