There were not a lot of bells and whistles at the luncheon, just heartfelt stories of the good that Samaritan Counseling Services does in the community and a silent auction. One of the clients, Kay Smith, spoke movingly about her own experience with grief counseling after her husband was tragically killed in a major accident on Interstate 75. Emcee Linda Carson from ABC 7 also spoke about how counseling had helped her at various times in her life.
Executive Director, Rev. Rick Howell said we must invest in our "treasures in Heaven" and the perfect way would be to invest in the work of Samaritan Counseling Services (SCS). Are you familiar with SCS? I had heard of the organization, but was not really familiar with exactly who they were and what they did. Their tag line is - Strengthening individuals and families through profesional Christian counseling services. Though they were started by Church of the Palms, they are not affiliated with one church or denomination. Each of their counselors has either a Masters or Doctoral degree and is licensed by the State of Florida.
I am glad I got to learn a little more about this terrific organization.
Co-chairs Cherie Leetzow and Debbie Howell
Marilyn Saba and Rev. Rick Howell
Peggy Wilhelm and Ethel Heroux-Giannotti
Dorothy Stuart and Barbara Collins
Angie Tobaygo, Margaret Boyd, and Melanie DiVirgilio
Velda Turner and Shirley Ritchey
Kim Merritt, Ruth Jones, and Maryann Bollrath
Susan Radcliffe and Kathy Stern
Diana Nalls, Merry Williams and Phyllis Keiser
Dee Stottlemyer and Fran Dietz
Dot Scherenbrand and Susan Featherman
Kimberly Pawley and Janey Swift
Emcee Linda Carson
The towering dessert