Another Summer of Plenty Draws to a Close (2011)

The produce truck made its last delivery on Wednesday, October 19, and once again, we gave out nearly 5,000 lbs of fresh produce to the Eel River Valley’s most vulner-able residents. Not to worry, though, the truck will return in June 2012. Until then, our foodbank will open its doors every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30-11:30 to those in need. The ongoing generosity shown by our community and our church gives us confidence that we will be able to help our clients all through the winter, but we still need donations of fresh produce. The next time you’re grocery shopping and you see a super sale, buy a little extra and bring it over to the Center. Our refrigerator and freezer are just waiting to take your donation.

Please call 725-1166 to arrange a drop time.

A VISIT TO TABITHA’S PLACE: A Clean Sweep

Vincent Van Gough once defended his painting technique with the statement, “I am always doing what I can’t do yet in order to learn how to do it.” Well we don’t have many critics for customers at Tabitha’s Place, but we are definitely still in active learning mode. A peek in the front door will reveal that changes are on-going, and each one gets us a tiny bit nearer to that unattainable efficiency for which all shopkeepers strive.
Thanks to the help of our volunteers, the back room has been sorted and organized and any day now we’ll sweep the floor and call it clean. Of course, as it’s our sorting bay, it will get messy again, and we’ll clean it again; but for now, our volunteers have turned the monster pile into an organized inventory and we could not have done it without them.
Now that we know what we have, we’re thinking of expanding several sections of our store, including making a dedicated electronics corner. We have lots of quality vintage stereo and video equipment, and we hope to create a working display. That will involve a bit of shelf-building, some wiring, and a good dollop of elbow grease, but we have both the time and the resources to do it right.

All donations for Tabitha’s Place are processed at the Community Services Center, so if you would like to donate, please call 725-1166 and arrange a drop time.

A Note From Tami Miller

One person’s junk is one woman’s treasure. Linda, a regular at Tabitha’s, found her treasure and gave us a picture to prove it. Come down to Tabitha’s Place and find your treasure. I have been working here for 5 months now and what a treasure it has been to meet the regulars and all who pass through. I love it.
I can’t run this store alone, and I want to thank all of you who have helped me on this new journey. I have received so much love and support from everyone, that the names are too many to mention here. But when you come to the store and see the new clothing racks in the kids room, and the new lights in the main clothing room, you should tell George Miller how much nicer they make things look. Chris Miller and Marilou Yanez worked hard to get tons of Christmas decorations up into the loft above our storage room, and Mr. Huffman laid down the plywood to give Chris and Lulu a place to put all of it.
Most of all, though, I want to thank the entire volunteer crew, who I have the pleasure of working with every day. Without them, there would be no Tabitha’s Place. It took a lot of work to get the back room cleaned out and organized. We worked on our days off, and a little extra here and there to get it done.
The store has gone through a lot of changes in the short time I have been here. I’m sure there will be more along the way, and it warms my heart to know that all of you will be with me through it.
Thank you all
— Tami

If you would like to volunteer to help at Tabitha’s Place, call Cherie Porter at 725-1166, or Tami Miller at 725-3339.

THE “C” IN COMMUNITY: Local Women’s Association Donates $700 to FACS Domestic Violence Shelter

The Redwood Empire Women’s Golf Association has donated $700 to the FACS domestic violence shelter. The presentation ceremony was held at the Redwood Empire Memorial Garden, and Rhonda Lewis accepted on behalf of FACS. Karen Smith, Sue Strahan And JoAnn French presided on behalf of the Women’s Golf Association. FACS provides year-round safe rooms primarily for women who have been victims of domestic violence, but also for the medically fragile. The donated funds will be used to provide heaters for the shelter rooms.
The money was raised at the 11th annual Women’s Invitational Golf Tournament at the Redwood Empire Golf Course and Country Club. Raffle tickets were sold, and local merchants throughout the Eel River Valley sponsored the 88 women who participated.
The members of the Redwood Empire Women’s Golf Association share a goal to provide a golf and social program for women, to encourage women to participate in the game of golf, and in every way to maintain good sportsmanship and social relations among the members. To this end, they promote a Junior Golf program, Head Start 1st Tee. They help to improve the facilities at the golf course, and are active in contributing to the beautification of the Eel River Valley, as well as providing support for local community groups such as FACS.

NEWS FROM THE BANKS: The Community Garden Breaks Ground!

No need to adjust your glasses, you read it right: the community garden has broken ground, and things are already growing, despite the lateness of the year! Thanks to the work of Steve Palecki and many from the Latino Health Promotion Project through the Mobile Medical office, about a quarter of an acre has been tilled and we are looking forward to a late harvest. In addition, a member of the project (who asked to remain anonymous) has been generously donating about 2 dozen fresh farm eggs to our foodbank each week.
As word of the community garden gets out, local merchants are leaping at the opportunity to help out. Wyckoff’s Plumbing Hardware has agreed to donate and to help us install all the irrigation plumbing. A local man has offered to sell us an expensive roto-tiller for a measly $600 dollars. Several local nurseries have donated plants and soil preparation materials. And we have received friendly offers from numerous other local banks and businesses who know a good com-munity project when they hear about it.
And the garden keeps expanding its potential. While the season is not right to grow polenta corn, we are planting garlic, which promises a great return as fresh garlic is always in demand.

If you would be interested in getting involved with our community garden, give Rhonda Lewis a call at 725-1166. And be sure to check out the garden pictures on page 6.