With schools re-opening and the scent of pumpkin spice in the air even in sunny Florida, we notice the fall season is upon us. As the new Executive Director, I am prepared for the exciting challenges, activities, and growth we experience at Protected Harbor. In many ways, I share the same focus as my predecessor, Loretta Mottram. My vision is to steer the direction of our organization towards the future while achieving goals already set. But in all things, we will seek God’s direction to ensure our clients remain the focus of all our decisions.
Recently, James Romans and other Protected Harbor staff were honored to have participated in the Bell Tower (Mall) Family Fun Night. During this event families from across the region became acquainted and bonded by engaging in fun activities. This great outreach also gave Protected Harbor new exposure to many community members who may need our services or want to become involved by donating or volunteering.
On August 19th, we participated in the Collaboratory Friday Night Market, a showcase for members’ businesses. Protected Harbor staff provided face painting activities and joined in the festivities organized for the event. This was another opportunity to keep our ministry visible and engaged in the community.
This very busy month also included a Special Olympics Bowling event, and both houses proudly brought home first-place ribbons! In addition, on August 28th, three ladies residing in PH1 competed in the Special Olympics State finals for swimming. Protected Harbor staff and volunteers work tirelessly to provide clients and friends with action-packed calendars of activities that include training, swim parties, art classes, outings, and much more.
Loretta Mottram recently commented that it is an honor to continue her leadership in a supporting role for the board and the entire mission of Protected Harbor. She added, “The passion and dedication to serving this special population are unparalleled." For example, she noted all the positive events and achievements that occurred in August. “We have continued providing Personal Support Services to outside clients. In addition, we have also hired our first Case Manager thanks to a generous grant from the Golisano Foundation. This is in keeping with our focus on increasing and expanding the resources necessary to offer the highest level of care for our clients and their caretakers.”
Finally, I can report that on August 27, in celebration of Volunteer Day 2022, Protected Harbor hosted twenty student volunteers from Florida Gulf Coast University. The theme this year was, "Empathy in Action". These wonderful students assisted our residents in creating crafts and playing basketball, cards, and other games. They even helped in some yard cleanup.
Once again, we thank all our prayer warriors and financial supporters who never give up on the very special people God has entrusted to us. We remain humbled and grateful for your generous gifts and prayers.