Congratulations to our Agent Bob Lamb! His Golf Team, “Team Georgia Point” won the inaugural Safe Haven Light Charity Golf Classic which raises money for the SHL Youth Respite Care Home. His team came in with a score of 56! and Bob also managed to win Closest to the Pin. Great Job!!
Also I am pleased to report that Team ETWP, anchored by our agent Jeremy Bivens finished a close second with a score of 58! Team Captain Jackie Plaster also won Longest Drive! Thank you guy for participating and for helping us kick off this annual event
Well we are about two weeks out from the events and this is always crunch time. All of the last minute things that need to be done pile up and it makes for interesting days (and nights). We are fortunate this year that we have a great group of volunteers helping with the events.
This year we have expanded to include a golf event and we are looking forward to seeing just how well it is received. Being the first year, I expect that it will be a success but it will take a year or two to get the word out.
This is the 5th year we have been doing the Lake Fest and I am still amazed at the response we get from some people who say they have never heard of Safe Haven! The good news is the word is beginning to spread and we have new sponsors and groups joining the cause all the time. The Watts Bar Yacht Club and Budweiser, who have been with us from the beginning continues to support us. This Year, Miller Brewing’s Carter Distributing and the Lion’s Club of Dayton, TN have joined us. Our sponsor list continues to grow and I am thankful for all of the companies and individuals who help. Let’s not forget the marinas, most all of whom are solidly behind the River Rally and look forward to having their marina as a stop along the way.
There is still a lot to do of course. We have created a state of the art facility to provide respite care to children here in Rhea County, and yes it is a facility that supports all of Rhea County. The home has operated on a limited basis and provides a safe and caring environment for these children in need while allowing them to stay in school here and in a semi familiar surroundings. We are still in the mode of looking for full time house parents so that we can expand the operation of the home and of course all of this takes money to operate.
I am optimistic that we can continue to get the word out and that more and more members of the local government, business and community leaders will get behind the Safe Haven Light House and support the children in need in our community! Come and Join Us, I promise you will make a difference!
Schedule for the 2013 Lakefest in Support Of Safe Haven Light
We Care Community Service and East Tennessee Waterfront Properties are pleased to announce the schedule for the 2013 Fifth Annual Lake Fest and River Rally to Support the Safe Haven Light Youth Respite Care Home. This year, the week long activities kicks off on Wednesday August 28th, there will be a golf tournament at the Dayton Golf and Country Club. 4 man teams will negotiate the course from a shotgun start with food and prizes for the top finishing teams at the end of the event.
Thursday Evening; the 29th of August, East Tennessee Waterfront Properties will host an open house at the Safe Haven Light Home. Visitors will be taken on a tour of the facility and will be given a presentation on the house’s history and future plans.
On Friday; August 30th, the registration and check for the River Rally will be held from 5:00 to 7:00pm at the meeting room at the Spring City Municipal Building. Following the pre-run meeting, the evening’s festivities will continue at the Tennessee Valley Theater where Bill Landry, a noted Author and Storyteller will entertain us with stories about the history and colorful characters from the hills and valley’s of East Tennessee. He will be joined by the Mt. LeConte Jug Band playing all of your favorite tunes. They never disappoint!
Make plans now to join us for one of these events and remember, the money raised goes to support children here in Rhea County who need respite care!
For more information or to Register for one of the events, please call 423-365-2577 and ask for Gary.
Safe Haven Light is excited to announce the schedule for the 5th Annual 2013 Lake Fest and River Rally. This year’s events will include an evening of music and storytelling about the history of East Tennessee at the Tennessee Valley Theater in Spring City, A motorcycle ride, a golf tournament and the River Rally. All of these events will be raising money for the Safe Haven Light Youth Respite Care Home located in Spring City, TN.
If you would like more information about this year’s events or if you wish to include your company or business as a sponsor, please contact Gary Venice at 423-365-2577 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For the last few months we have been working behind the scenes to update the visual impact and ease of use of the Safe Haven Light website. We think you will find this new format easier to use and more visually interesting than are previous site.
We have added features like the upcoming events tab where we will post activities or events that will be sponsored by or be fore the benefit of Safe Haven Light. We will also allow you to access on line registrations for our events such as the Lakefest and River Rally among others. You can also look forward to more photos and videos as we go forward and we have a dedicated tab for each.
As we continue to make progress, look for updates here on the site. We hope you will come back often and we invite your comments about this site or about Safe Haven Light in general. We look forward to hearing from you!
A lot has happened since our last update! We have managed to prepare the facility and we are working through the final touches needed to have the home complete. I mentioned in our last update that we will be using the facility to help some of the local high school students who are 18 or if needed 17 year olds that have been legally and properly emancipated should they be forced to leave home and are trying to stay in school to graduate. Since the process of getting the state certification has been dragging on, we felt that having a ready facility that was sitting idle while these teens were “couch surfing” with friends or even using there car as shelter was just not right. We have come to an agreement with a “house mother” and she will be overseeing these young adults while they are staying in the home.
Work continues on state certification and the search for permanent house parents continue. We have developed the “operations blueprint” for the facility and we are currently working on identifying the wrap around resources that will be necessary to support the 10 – 14 year old boys we will be housing.
Also, we have kicked off the campaign or this year’s major fund raiser, the “2012 Watts Bar Lake Fest”. We have already made significant progress and our volunteers are really digging in to make this our 4th annual event the best ever. I have included a short video which announces the event for your review. This video is posted on YouTube and we also intend to send this out to all of our customers and clients. If you have a customer email database we would love for you to share this link with them and anyone else you think would like to view it. We will be posting several more of these before the event, one of which will be a tour of the SHL home! If you know anyone who would like to help make a difference in the lives of the children and would like to volunteer to help, please have them contact us at 423-365-2577 or email us at email@example.com.
The furniture delivery arrived on Monday! Laura Olmstead and the staff from We Care received the materials and assembled and set up the pieces in the respective rooms.
Going back to an earlier post, I said I would be posting pictures of the clean up work that was done on MLK Jr day with the help of the students at Bryan College. The link below will take you to the slide show.
I will be scheduling a meeting today with the planning and operations group of We Care to discuss the timeline for State Approval as well as utilizing the facility during the interim. I will report back here next week the results of that meeting and hope to lay out for everyone the plan going forward.
There will also be a meeting next Thursday the 9th of February to kick off the planning for the 2012 SHL Lakefest. The meeting will be held at 4:00 pm at the East Tennessee waterfront Properties Office in Spring City. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.
I wanted to express our thanks to the student volunteers from Bryan College who assisted in the clean up and set up of the facility as part of their MLK Jr. day service. They did a great job!
We are now waiting on the furniture arrival to finalize the set up of the house. At the recent We Care Board of Directors meeting, I reported that we will be proceeding with the state approval and the effort to find qualified house parents must move forward as soon as possible. I will be working with the We Care staff to complete that process. In addition I advised the Board that while we move down the certification road and the recruitment effort for house parents we will also take steps to assist another issue effecting our youth population.
In the next week I will be setting up a series of meetings with Sue Brown of the Rhea County School System as well as some of the Staff of We Care to begin the process of providing shelter for some of our homeless teenagers who are trying to remain in school. This is a short term intervention but I am of the opinion that every night of shelter we can provide is still a safer and caring environment then these children face now. I will continue to update the progress of this effort here on the web site.
We are also setting up a schedule for the 2012 Lake Fest fund raiser. These meetings are generally held on Thursday afternoons and I will be publishing a schedule for those meetings as well as an over strategic plan for this years event on the web site.
If you are interested in assisting with the Safe Haven Project, I encourage you to contact me and I will be happy to add you to our volunteer list.
This post is a little delayed due to our weekend spent exhibiting at the Atlanta Boat Show. Monday was Martin Luther King day and we were fortunate to have a group of volunteers from Bryan Collage come over to the Safe Haven House and help with the final clean up and the setting up of the furniture we have received so far. These students help restore my faith in the youth of today turning into the leaders of tomorrow. What a great attitude they have and were eager to jump right in and get things set up. I also want to thank Laura Olmstead from We Care for setting up the volunteers and working with them to get it into finalized mode. Our next step is to discuss using the facility as a temporary housing for the displaced high school students while we get final state approval for the respite care piece and find and engage house parents. If we can give these high school students even a few days of coverage it will help the situation. I will continue to update all of you as we move into the operations phase of this facility.
I have several pictures that I will be posting shortly of the MLK day event.