Posted by : September 25, 2013| On :
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake members gathered at the Cedar Creek Country Club Sept. 20 to prepare for Make A Difference Day.
Several area organizations attended the luncheon to speak about what they need and how the community can help them.
“Make A Difference Day, Saturday, Oct. 26, is a national day of community service. It is about neighbors helping neighbors,” Rotary member and Tri-County Ford owner Andrea Pickens said.
“One person can make a difference by doing small things like sending a card to someone who is ill, take a meal to a shut-in or participate in an ongoing project,” Pickens said.
Activities available for anyone to participate in on Make A Difference Day include food drives by local pantries, highway clean-up, toy drive, food for pets, tool closet, trash off and more.
“We accept pet food as well,” Mabank Good Samaritans president Bill Burnett said. “Many of our families say the pet food they receive is the only way they can keep their pets, especially the single and the elderly,” he added.
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake volunteers Leslie Casey and Cynthia Walter spoke to Rotarians about the shelter’s recent financial difficulties.
“We are working on long-term plans. We have 150 dogs at the shelter and 80 dogs in foster care right now,” Casey said.
Items on the shelter’s wish list include bleach, laundry soap, paper towels, dish soap, cat litter and pet food, heavy duty 40-gallon trash bags, fiber brooms, mops, blankets and towels. The shelter is also looking for a washer and dryer, riding lawn mower, office computer and monitor and a utility van for animal transport.
To help support the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake, go to www.hsccl.org.
Environmental Co-op representative Neli Spurrell asked for volunteers for the organization’s 15th annual Cedar Creek Lake Cleanup team from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.
“The more people I have, the more road I can clean up,” Spurrell said.
To volunteer, call (972) 524-0007 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by : September 23, 2013| On :
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake raises $14,000 on its way to $25,000 needed by month’s end to avert a shutdown
By David Webb
The Monitor Correspondent
SEVEN POINTS–The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake has raised $14,000 since it launched an emergency fundraising campaign two weeks ago to avoid closing its doors.
The 30-year-old animal shelter kicked off the campaign Sept. 7, after advising supporters in an e-mail it had only enough money to stay open for three more weeks. Shelter officials attributed the financial crisis to declining donations and escalating costs to care for increasingly larger numbers of homeless animals.
“The shelter is in immediate need of $25,000 to operate,” volunteer organizer Leslie Casey said at a volunteer meeting at the Seven Points Dairy Queen Thursday, Sept. 19 that attracted 17 people. “The good news is we are more than half-way there.” The goal is to raise the money by Sept. 30.
Casey noted the emergency funding is only the first step in saving the shelter. Volunteers are helping the shelter with business advice, and a political liaison is working “behind the scenes” with Henderson and Kaufman Counties officials in an effort to obtain more funding.
Henderson and Kaufman counties now maintain contracts with the shelter providing annual payments of $13,000 and $75,000, respectively for the care of seized stray animals.
Casey said a recent “call to action” by shelter supporters had gained the attention of county judges and commissioners.
“They heard us,” Casey said. “I think some of them got a little angry with us and asked for the calls to stop.”
Casey said that in addition to the financial crisis, the shelter needs more members of the community to volunteer with tasks such as bathing and walking dogs, petting cats, transporting pets to rescue groups, grounds work, phone work, help at adoption and community outreach events and foster pet care. The volunteer meeting Thursday was the first of what will be monthly meetings for volunteers to socialize and share ideas, she said.
“We want to make it cool and fashionable to take care of animals,” Casey said.
She noted, it appears that there is some “emergency fatigue” in the community because the poor economy of the area caused in part by the low-lake level has created so many crises.
“We are trying to get to the point of stability at the shelter,” she said.
Longtime shelter volunteer Barb Hall told the audience of current and new volunteers that the task of caring for animals is rewarding. “It’s amazing what goes on there,” she said. “I’m not going to tell you it is all nice. I tell everyone you have to put up with a lot of crap.”
Hall said it is sometimes difficult to deal with the people who are not animal lovers and just want to get rid of pets. The shelter is also working with Friends of the Animals, which is a low-cost spay neuter group, to help reduce the burgeoning homeless animal population.
Casey said whether someone is an animal lover or not, everyone should be concerned about the fate of the shelter. “The community needs a shelter in close proximity to take care of all the animals that are left at businesses and in our yards.”
Casey said shelter officials and volunteers plan now to concentrate on “holding our heads high and moving forward.”
Numerous adoption and fundraising events are planned in connection with businesses and community celebrations to raise money and adopt out animals. Visit hsccl.org/ and www.facebook .com/pages/Humane-Society-of-Cedar-Creek-Lake/155194581183469 for more.
To contribute to the emergency fund visit www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/hsccl-in-danger-of-closing-putting-animals-in-jeopardy-/86100.
Mail checks to Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake, P.O. Box 43531, Seven Points, TX 75143.
To volunteer, e-mail Casey at lesliecasey @gmail.com. Call (903) 432-3422 to reach the shelter.
Posted by : September 14, 2013| On :
Monitor Staff Writer
SEVEN POINTS–Members of the VFW Post 4376 in Seven Points heard a presentation Friday from Kevin Chapman and Chapman House resident Tom Terrell about preparations being made to open a modest home for displaced veterans, who may benefit from a transitional living facility.
The Cedar Creek Veterans Home is 60 percent completed, Chapman said. He solicited help from the VFW to assist him in completing needed repairs and furnishing a three-bedroom house in Trinidad, he had purchased and was donating for use as a treatment facility for male veterans wanting assistance to free themselves of drug and alcohol addictions.
The facility will use the successful 12-step recovery program. Qualified candidates for the living situation will include no prior record of violent crimes or sex offenses, must commit to at least six months in the program, have a strong desire to stop drug and alcohol use, must be willing to obtain a sponsor, attend all mandatory meetings and be able to self pay.
Tom Terrell, who said after 29 years of addiction, had recently been able to fully surrender his problem to God, face himself honestly and forgive himself for failing.
Terrell said Chapman house was instrumental in his recovery over the past six months and that he is now launching his own landscaping business. He has also been tapped to be the house manager for the new facility at 101 Wildwood Way, Trinidad in the Key Ranch Road area.
“There are two kinds of people in the world,” he said. “The lost and the found – I was lost for 29 years in drug addiction and God was not a stranger to me.” But he said all those years that he lacked the three most important ingredients necessary for recovery; surrender, honesty and forgiveness. Add to that the desperation to be willing to do anything to stay sober. He came to Chapman’s attention as he worked very hard at preparing the Chapman House property for its first anniversary celebration and his ability to pick up additional landscaping customers. “Your military background has assisted your self-discipline,” Chapman noted.
“I’m a U.S. Marine and will be till the day I die,” Terrell said. He sees his aspirations in landscaping and overseeing the home as a way he can help other vets like himself. “It takes a veteran to relate to a veteran,” he said.
Post Cmdr. Sam Burgess is hoping his membership will get behind the project and be able to oversee it entirely overtime. The program would offer residents a low-cost living, food and clothing assistance, alcohol and drug rehab assistance, fellowship with other veterans, GED assistance, mentoring, follow-up monitoring, medical treatment and counseling referrals and limited transportation.