Our Founder, Angie Romagosa, Retiring in 2019
By The Sharing Center, Jun 4 2018 05:13PM
There can ever be only one Founder, one person who takes a vision and makes it realty. The Sharing Center has been extraordinarily blessed that Angie Romagosa took that leap of faith 32 years ago! No one could’ve imagined the number of lives that have been forever changed since she inspired our community to join hands and minister to families and homeless in crisis.
At our recent Good Samaritan Breakfast Angie announced this is her last year as President/CEO of The Christian Sharing Center. On March 31, 2019 we will be saying good bye to our Founder. Today we’d like to share Angie’s inspiring speech in her own words . . .
This is the beginning of my final year, my long good-bye and my last Good Samaritan Breakfast. From time to time over the years I have complained about the customers, the staff, the clients maybe even the board; so people have asked me “why do you stay?” The reason is that if I have the chance to make a difference in one person’s life then the job is worthwhile so just imagine if you have the chance to make a difference in someone’s life every single day!
If we want to increase our influence in the lives of people around us, we need to invest in them and in our relationships with them. Investing in people is more than money; it requires time, interest, and attention. It means that we care about what people are going through and how they feel. It means that we build relationships with them.
Through our amazing LifeBuilder program we are changing the lives of homeless familes who are willing to commit to this three year life skill building process. Our case managers listens to their needs, connects them to the right resources offers them hope for something better. Thank you to United Way, Nativity Church and Disney for financially backing us so that we can help these families.
In our Oasis, drop-in center we offer hope to the countless homeless who come looking for a shower, a haircut or freshly laundered clothes. Thank you to Holy Cross Lutheran Ministries for your willingness to offer a second chance to our homeless brothers and sisters by building and equipping this facility.
After Hurricane Irma we saw people impacted by the storm due to the loss of housing and jobs. Already on the brink these families were in danger of displacement and homelessness when their houses suffered damage or their place of employment was closed. Thanks to the John and Katherine Duda Foundation for stepping up to offer financial assistance so that our clients had a time to rebuild.
Thank you to all who have donated food, written checks, attended events or given up their time to make this organization sustainable. Although shiny new programs are great it is really about consistently doing the right thing - listening to people’s needs, connecting them to the right resources, believing in them and walking beside them on their journey. How are you investing in the lives of those around to you? We would love to have your church or business identify a need and adopt that project as your own.
There is nothing fancy about what we do. As a matter of fact my whole family - husband, kids, grand-kids - have all been raised on The Sharing Center. They have all thought they know all about it but recently when our Oasis manager had to take a six weeks medical leave, my daughter stepped in to help us keep the drop-in center open. It was a life changing experience to meet and journey with our clients through their day to day struggles. My daughter is a stay at home Mom and drives a nice reliable car. She wasn’t prepared to encounter who she did and she certainly didn’t expect to feel the way she did after listening to the stories of our Oasis’ clients. A deeper sense of compassion and desire to do more moved her to action beyond the Oasis. I often get teased about having my wholefamily on the payroll but you can see why I do.
You take a seed and plant it in rich ground. Over time you water it and make sure it gets the right amount of sun. When it bears fruit you pick it and feed the people who need it. You give them flowers to adorn their homes and the shade from its branches provide a respite to those who need to get out of the weather. After a while, you realize that the soil is depleted of its nutrients; it needs a little fertilizer. Something only someone else can provide. So, you go to the store, shop around for the right fertilizer and sprinkle it on the tree. It gets taller, blooms bigger and provides better fruit than ever before. So, too, will The Sharing Center. I have planted the seed, watched it take root and nurtured it. But it needs a little fertilizer.
It is only in trusting in God that He has used me and countless others to build this haven for His people. It has grown slowly - in His time. We have put together a model of sustainability that needs your help. And He will send us the right person to lead His organization to the next level.
Making a difference in the lives of others is what we do here.
Why have I stayed?? How could I walk away?