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By The Sharing Center, Feb 11 2019 09:18PM

The Sharing Center is a community built by a community. Thirty-three years ago the South Seminole Christian Sharing Center was a fledgling organization in every way. So much has changed! Today we serve more people, our building is bigger, the staff is larger, our services have increased and the budget is measured in the millions, not the hundreds. But more important than what has changed is what has not changed.

With a tiny budget and a staff of one, we were limited in what we could physically offer but wanted to give families hope for something better and treat them as we all deserve.....with compassion and dignity. Those words have been lived out countless times at the Sharing Center and form the cornerstone for who we are as the hands and feet of Jesus.

I am filled with gratitude that sixteen churches and a handful of volunteer board members were willing to take a chance on a young inexperienced girl who had little to offer but a heart for ministry and two willing hands.

I am moved by the donors who have sacrificed to make The Sharing Center a reality. Every gift whether it was pennies taped to paper and delivered by a child, an odd amount numbered on a check that you know represents a tithe, a $25 gift every single month or a check with endless zeroes represents something that a donor could buy but choose not to.

Admiration fills my heart as I speak to volunteers who give their precious time to serve others. Former company CEOs sorting clothes in the Distribution Center, business owners packing food bags so others can eat, busy men and women cleaning showers and doing laundry for the homeless, executives willing to serve on our Board of Directors, and countless others who have made their second career "VOLUNTEER". They make our mission possible.

The Sharing Center staff is an inspiration to me. They are experienced, talented, hard-working people who have made the choice to serve others in a world with a reputation for low wages, long hours and little benefits. They don't work; they serve with joy.

Most importantly I am inspired by the courage of so many Sharing Center families. It is the homeless man who thanked me for a bus ticket as though it was a new car, the young man who called in to say we saved his life with a shower and a bag of groceries, the mother who told me she had to hide the food we gave her so her abusive husband wouldn't get angry and the chance to fulfill a wheelchair bound child's fantasy for a pizza party by delivering pizza to her and six friends. These are the heroes of the ministry you have helped create.

The next chapter of the Sharing Center will continue the mission of preventing homelessness and hunger and address new demands with devoted staff, volunteers, and the next generation of leadership. While this is an exciting time and I look forward to retirement, there is also a bit of sadness. Because at the end of my tenure I will exit the building but I will forever leave a piece of my heart behind.

Angie Romagosa, Founder
Angie Romagosa, Founder

By The Sharing Center, Feb 6 2019 05:37PM

The Sharing Center is excited to welcome Damario Mitchell as our new Oasis Manager. Damario is a Central Florida native, who grew up in Sanford. He began his career in the mental health field as a Mental Health Technician where he discovered his passion for helping and assisting others during their hard times.

Damario continued his career as a residential counselor for a few years before landing a positon as a Homeless Outreach Specialist. It was during this time that he became more familiar with the Oasis and the free services offered to the homeless ranging from showers and haircuts to laundry.

Damario recently shared with the staff how grateful he was to be given the opportunity to be a part of The Christian Sharing Center as Manager of the Oasis. "Every day I wake up and thank God for the chance to be able to give back to my community by helping one person at a time. I love the things we do and stand for at The Christian Sharing Center. For this reason alone I will always do my job with a smile knowing I I am making a difference. "

If you are interested in meeting Damario and learning more about the incredible services our volunteers provide clients at the Oasis, please contact him at Damario.Mitchell@TheSharingCenter.org.

Damario with AAGO volunteer at the OASIS.
Damario with AAGO volunteer at the OASIS.

By The Sharing Center, Jan 28 2019 08:00PM

"The common denominator is an interest in what The Sharing Center does and the service it provides," says Cox, a financial adviser for Merrill Lynch in Heathrow who joined the board in 2013.

In addition to financial experts, the board includes attorneys, business owners, corporate executives and more. Board members are selected for their expertise, philanthropic interests, and for their connections in the community. When the staff has a problem it can't solve, chances are there's a board member who can help. Cox says that as chairperson, he's committed to helping The Sharing Center continue its mission of service to the community.

When The Sharing Center began in 1986, the board was made up of representatives of supporting churches, founder Angie Romagosa recalls. But as the Center grew, so did the need for members who had diverse expertise and the ability to expand the financial and in-kind support necessary through their community networks. Gradually, the makeup of the board expanded. "We started including business people who had a heart for the ministry," Romagosa says.

Today's board works to ensure that The Sharing Center is financially secure while overseeing its operations, policies and development, Romagosa says. One indicator of the board's success is that The Sharing Center consistently earns high ratings from Charity Navigator for financial management and transparency.

Cox emphasizes that board members are active leaders and ambassadors of The Sharing Center. A primary responsibility is to "get out and invite other leaders in the community to partner with us - either with financial support, volunteer support or other donations," he says. "The ties we each have in the community help to extend our reach and advance our mission." Learn More About Our Board Members

By The Sharing Center, Jan 15 2019 10:49PM

Title of Position: The Sharing Center Driver

Department: Thrift Store

Reports to: Distribution Center Manager

Schedule: 24 hours per week daytime hours. Saturday's Required

Summary: Seeking an individual with unquestionable integrity and character for donation pick-ups and other duties as assigned by the Distribution Manager.

Responsibilities Include:

Make donation pickups as scheduled.

Move heavy items safely and properly. Ensure riders also move items properly.

Coordinate vehicle maintenance with Director of Operations.

Inspect vehicle daily and advise of repairs.

Maintain and clean the cab.

Representing the organization's mission to our donors with courtesy and professionalism.

Qualifications Include:

Heart for The Sharing Center ministry and represent the organizations values.

Self-motivated and able to work independently.

Must possess a valid Florida Driver's License and clean driving record.

Knowledge and ability to move heavy items safely.

Timeliness for pick-ups as scheduled. Efficient communication of time changes (early or late)

Availability on weekends and/or special events.

Team Player

Please note physical demands:

Specific physical characteristics and abilities are required to perform duties such as agility, dexterity and long periods of walking, standing, bending, carrying or lifting supplies and heavy furniture.

* Stand/walk for long periods of time without break.

* Stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl

* Lift, pull, push, carry up minimum 50 pounds

For additional information and application, please contact The Sharing Center Thrift Store Director Matt Borchelt at Mark.Borchelt@thesharingcenter.org.

By The Sharing Center, Jan 12 2019 05:00PM

Surprise! The wonderful members of The Rotary Club of Seminole County South recognized Angie Romagosa and her 32 years of dedicated service to those in crisis yesterday with the Vocational Service Award . Honored to have their member's support in changing lives and assisting families back to stability and peace. Appreciate all the good works that Rotary does for our community.

By The Sharing Center, Jan 11 2019 04:39PM

The 20 people who make up The Sharing Center's Board of Directors come from a wide variety of businesses and professions, but they share one important trait, says the board's chairperson, Brian Cox.

"The common denominator is an interest in what The Sharing Center does and the service it provides," says Cox, a financial adviser for Merrill Lynch in Heathrow who joined the board in 2013.

In addition to financial experts, the board includes attorneys, business owners, corporate executives and more. Board members are selected for their expertise, philanthropic interests, and for their connections in the community. When the staff has a problem it can't solve, chances are there's a board member who can help. Cox says that as chairperson, he's committed to helping The Sharing Center continue its mission of service to the community.

When The Sharing Center began in 1986, the board was made up of representatives of supporting churches, founder Angie Romagosa recalls. But as the Center grew, so did the need for members who had diverse expertise and the ability to expand the financial and in-kind support necessary through their community networks. Gradually, the makeup of the board expanded. "We started including business people who had a heart for the ministry," Romagosa says.

Today's board works to ensure that The Sharing Center is financially secure while overseeing its operations, policies and development, Romagosa says. One indicator of the board's success is that The Sharing Center consistently earns high ratings from Charity Navigator for financial management and transparency.

Cox emphasizes that board members are active leaders and ambassadors of The Sharing Center. A primary responsibility is to "get out and invite other leaders in the community to partner with us - either with financial support, volunteer support or other donations," he says. "The ties we each have in the community help to extend our reach and advance our mission." Learn More About Our Board Members

By The Sharing Center, Jan 4 2019 10:02PM

Title of Position - Cashier, Part-Time

Department - Thrift Store

Reports to – Store Manager & Assistant Store Manager

Summary:

Work with Store and Assistant Manager to oversee day to day sales, operation of the register and assisting of customers.

Responsibilities Include:

Greeting customers in a friendly manner

Helping to realize sales goals by ringing up sales and adding on sales at the register

Helping to organize and merchandise

Working under the direction of store management

Helping deter shoplifting by greeting customers and keeping a watchful eye

Keeping cash wrap area clean and organized

Keeping supplies for register and debit machine on hand

Keeping traffic flowing by ringing sales in timely fashion

Taking the initiative to price items that are brought to cash wrap by customers

Assisting management by clearing sidewalk and store front of miscellaneous items at closing time

Flexibility in assisting clients with clothing vouchers

Time requirements:

Part-time as scheduled. Availability: 9:00am-5:30pm Monday - Saturday one to four days per week. May also include occasional event after normal business hours

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Qualifications:

Heart for the ministry

Team player

Able to make change and operate a credit card machine and cash register

Great customer service skills

Ability to take initiative

Willing to stand/walk for long periods of time without a break

Able to stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl

Able to lift, pull, push, carry up to twenty-five (25) pounds

Contact: Matt Borchelt, Director of Stores at Matt.Borchelt@TheSharingCenter.org

By The Sharing Center, Dec 10 2018 09:02PM

Did you know Amazon has a give back program called Amazon Smile? Instead of logging into Amazon go to smile.amazon.com and they will donate 5% of your purchase to The Christian Sharing Center. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service evewn your prime account works the same on AmazonSmile.

It's like two gifts in one.

By The Sharing Center, Nov 21 2018 03:20PM

Department: Client Services

Reports to: Director of Client Services

Summary: Oversee the daily operations of the OASIS, drop in center for the homeless, ensuring that all are treated with respect and dignity and that their needs are handled in a caring and efficient manner.

Other responsibilities include:

Open and manage day to day operations of the OASIS.

Recruit, train, and manage volunteers.

Maintain safe, secure, and healthy work environment by following safety practices and policies and compliant with all health and safety regulations

Public speaking.

Network and collaborate with community churches and local businesses.

Communicate openly with staff and volunteers.

Clean common areas, showers, laundry, and ensure facility is presentable.

Assessing clients’ needs holistically through face to face interviews.

Determine housing eligibility.

Providing case management support to clients.

Preparing and reviewing clients’ budget.

Ensuring compliance with funders’ requirements.

Collecting, maintaining and scanning all required documentation and ensuring data is complete and accurate.

Maintaining accurate case notes.

Data entry.

Perform other duties as requested or required.

Time Requirements:

This is a full-time hourly position and requires some evenings and weekends

Qualifications include:

A heart for ministry through the Sharing Center

Ability to work with minimal supervision

Excellent organizational skills

Excellent verbal, non-verbal, and written communication skills

Ability to handle crisis situations

Ability to enforce rules and polices

Ability to document and complete data entry in a timely manger

Ability to effectively manage homeless individuals in a non-judgmental manner

Compassion, initiative, flexibility and good judgment

Listening and interviewing skills

Excellent customer service

Ability to manage and work with volunteers

Knowledge of community social service programs

Problem-solving skills

Ability to work as a team

Computer literacy and working experience of Outlook, HMIS or other client database experience strongly preferred.

How to Apply / Contact

Please submit resumes to dan.ryan@thesharingcenter.org

No phone calls please.

By The Sharing Center, Nov 8 2018 07:00PM

Papal Honors recognize those who are outstanding examples of lifelong selflessness and distinguished service to others. These are special expressions of papal praise and gratitude of the Holy Father and the entire Catholic community. On November 4th, the Benemerenti Honor was conferred upon Angie Romagosa for her 32 years of dedicated efforts preventing homelessness for struggling families and aiding the homeless community in Seminole County.

The Benemerenti Medal was originally established by the Pope as an award for soldiers in the late 18th century. The medal was later extended to members of the clergy and laity for exceptional service to the community and the Roman Catholic Church. It can be granted to persons as young as 35 and its reception is open to Catholics as well as members of other faith traditions.