1. Call to Order
2. Opening Prayer
3. Minutes of July 5 and September 6, 2017 General Membership Meetings:
a. July 6 (voice vote to approve)
b. September 6 (voice vote to approve)
4. Financial Reports: (voice vote to approve)
a. Operating Budget;
b. Peggy’s Purse
5. 2-1-1 Program: Presentation by Nanci Lovelace
6. Strategic Plan:
a. Retreat is set for October 28 (Saturday), 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Bridge Church’s office at
2732 Danley Court, Suite 104, in Paso Robles (northeast of Golden Hill Rd and Wisteria Ln)
b. Attendance will be limited to Board members and select active members.
c. Homework: SPOKES recommends that members interview stakeholders to ascertain their
recommendations for services and priorities prior to the retreat. Ed will explain this.
7. Alternate Day, Time, and Place for General Meetings: St James Church has agreed to let us
conduct a weeknight meeting in their Parish Hall. However, it would appear to be prudent to
poll existing and prospective members regarding the days and times that work best for them
before we make any changes.
8. Warming Station:
a. Paso Robles Community Church and Covenant Community Church have notified us that they
intend to participate in the Warming Station this coming season. We are waiting for
responses from Life Community Church, United Methodist Church, and Highlands Church
b. Gail McNichols, Claudia Volle, Elena Chavez, Liz Koll, and Rick Williams have formed a
committee to oversee preparations for the Warming Station and will make a report.
9. MASH – October 25 at Paso Robles Event Center, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
a. We need volunteers to attend to an informational table to let clients know about our
b. We have agreed to provide lunch. Invitations to participate in preparing and/or serving
food have been emailed to the People’s Kitchen list, and a handful have stated that they will
help. Additionally, DSS has arranged for 100 meals from Chipotle to be provided.
The 3rd annual MASH event will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in Estrella Hall at the Paso Robles Event Center (Mid-State Fairgrounds) between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. This event offers a wide range of services to the homeless population, including medical, behavioral health, dental and employment assistance to name a few. Paso Cares will be participating in this event. Please see the attached flyer.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
that Paso Cares will conduct its Monthly General Meeting, which is open to the public;
All members of Paso Cares are encouraged to attend.
The meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.
in the Adult Learning Center at St. Rose Church, 820 Creston Road, Paso Robles.
The mission of Paso Cares is to undertake activities, in collaboration with other existing organizations of San Luis Obispo County, that will provide for the immediate and longer term needs of homeless and needy persons and families. The area of focus will primarily be in the City of Paso Robles, adjoining jurisdictions, and the North County.
General Membership Meeting
October 4, 2017
Together we can put an end to homelessness
and provide adequate food and shelter until we do!
Paso Cares General Membership Meeting Notes
September 6, 2017
Ed Gallagher, president, opened the meeting at 8:30 a.m.
Jack Phillips, treasurer, gave an opening prayer.
Attendees included members Jack Phillips, Ernie Miller, Don Volle, Liz Koll, Pearl Munak, Paul Fairchild, and Ed Gallagher. Guests (and organizations they represented, if any) included Chris Iversen and Eunice Dieter (Trinity Lutheran), Angie Belflower and Danilyn Quezada (County DSS), Marisela Corona and Elena Chavez (The Link), Gail McNichols Oliver (St James), Maria Sabi (Loaves and Fishes), and Nona Perkins
It was moved by Don Volle, seconded by Jack Phillips, and passed unanimously to approve the Minutes of the August 2 meeting.
Jack Phillips presented the two FY 2017-2018 budgets, operating and long term. It was moved by Ernie Miller, seconded by Pearl Munak, and passed unaimously to adopt the presented budgets as presented.
Strategic Plan: Ed reviewed the closing of the feeding station and reactivating the warming station, the activities of others in providing showers, and planning for tiny houses for the homeless. We discussed possible locations for holding a retreat and a possible date. The consensus of members present was to conduct the retreat at the Bridge Church’s office and to hold the retreat on either, October 28 or November 4. (Both dates are Saturdays.) Ed said that he would send emails to members with lists of possible projects and principles to be considered during the retreat. In the event that members could not attend the retreat, they would be invited to submit their comments on the projects and principles and to suggest priorities for projects, given that Paso Cares has limited resources to pursue projects.
Alternate Place for General Meetings: Possible places discussed for evening General Meetings include: DSS Offices (at Spring and 4th Streets) or St James Church. Ed stated that he would check into the DSS Office; Gail McNichols said that she would check with St. James. Probable meeting times suggested were 6:30 to 8:00 (pm) or 7:00 to 8:30 (pm). Ed said that he would poll members via email as to dates that would work for each of them.
Warming Station Gear-Up: Ed distributed a task list related to organizing and operating the warming station and asked for volunteers to form a committee to oversee accomplishment of the tasks, being empowered to solicit help from Paso Cares members and other volunteers. Gail McNichols, Elena Chavez, and Liz Koll agreed to serve on such a committee.
MASH (Mobile Assistance Serving Homeless): Ed announced the upcoming MASH event on October 25 and asked for a volunteer to contact Jessica Lorance at DSS to see if they needed any volunteers for the event beyond serving at a table for Paso Cares. Ed decided to take this responsibility and then notify members of the options for volunteering.
Peggy’s Purse: Jack gave an overview of Peggy’s Purse. $5,000 was deposited into that account in August. Liz Koll manages the funds and has written one check for $300; she is keeping records of disbursements.
The Message: Ed handed out copies of the “The Message” template document for use by presenters. It also contains frequently asked questions about homelessness and Paso Cares’ response. He noted that Pearl has recommended some minor changes, and he invited members to suggest changes with the understanding that Paso Cares needs to begin to make presentations and solicit publicity from the media as soon as possible so as to build up our volunteer base and raise funds.
Ed reported on the field trip by four members (Ed, Ernie, Paul, and Jack) to North County Connection on September 5. Paul announced the updates to the Paso Cares website and invited recommendations for improvement.
The meeting was adjourned 10:00 a.m.