Helping the less fortunate in Flagler County. We Need your help!
Susan has lived in Palm Coast for 34 years. She is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Bunnell, where the cold weather shelter opened in winter of 2009. Sue has been with the shelter board since that time.
She worked as an educator for 38 years, as teacher and school counselor, most of those years in Flagler County schools. She retired from Bunnell Elementary School in 2014.
Sue believes passionately in her work for the Flagler County Family Assistance Center, aka The Sheltering Tree, to provide opportunities for caring and committed volunteers to provide services and compassionate care for the poor and needy in our community. Together we are stronger!
Martin Collins is an Irish citizen who moved to the United States 26 years ago with his wife and family.
Martin is an economics graduate who worked with international companies around the world for many years. Martin moved to Florida 20 years ago and worked in real estate before retiring four years ago
Martin particularly enjoys his role in the Sheltering tree as all donations go directly to the poorest and most vulnerable people in our county.
Teresa is a Resident of Flagler County for the past 19 years. She stepped forward immediately after the previous secretary stepped down, volunteering to be our new Secretary and brings with her many strengths to assist FCFAC in meeting our goals.
Her education in nursing brought her into the prison system. There she applied her skills to case management and occupational health roles for the past 24 years. This experience is invaluable and will prove extremely helpful in dealing with our less fortunate population here in Flagler County.
Teresa will use her organizational skills to perform her duties here as Secretary. In the few short months since she joined the Board, she has kept meticulous notes, which are required by Federal, State, and local authorities.
Teresa is married and is the mother of one loving daughter. She also is a Volunteer intake coordinator at the Grace Community Food Pantry.
Stephanie Robinson has lived in Palm Coast for twenty-six years. She has one daughter and one son of her own, and one daughter and three sons by marriage. She has a total of twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Stephanie has a Bachelor's in Accounting and a Master’s in Business Administration. She has worked as an Accountant in nonprofit organizations for over 30 years and is currently the Business Manager for a local Marketing and Print Management firm.
One of the Sheltering Tree's founders, Carla Traister, was her son’s middle and high school teacher. When he was killed in a car accident in 2013, Stephanie decided to donate his clothes to “The Sheltering Tree.” When Carla told her, their Treasurer was looking to give up the position she couldn't turn her down.
Stephanie's mother always instilled in her that she should give back to her community. Hopefully by volunteering with the shelter and also with the African American Cultural Society she is doing that.
Stephanie has seen Flagler County Family Assistance Center, aka The Shelter Tree spread its branches to not only be a cold weather shelter but to assist the homeless and nearly homeless, here in Flagler County, year-round in many ways.
Elaine moved to Palm Coast in 2017 from Connecticut with her husband, Tom. Elaine and Tom have 5 children between them, as well as 5 grandchildren, all residing in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Elaine is employed by Keys & Collars (pet sitting/boarding) as “professional pet cuddler," which she says is “the best job EVER!"
Tom and Elaine attend Beachside Community Church and are very involved in their church’s ministries. Elaine oversees the Welcome Center among other church activities. Beachside Community Church is a sponsor of the Sheltering Tree when it comes to supporting outreach by collecting clothes and food. Elaine is an active Board Member, and her heart for the homeless and less fortunate continues to grow!
Some of her favorite things to do are spend time with her husband, walk our beautiful Flagler Beach, attend Bible Study and go for bike rides! Thank goodness that one of Tom’s favorite things to do is cook!
Elaine is honored to be a Board Member of the Sheltering Tree, and is very excited to see what we are all going to do next!!!
Cameron has lived in Palm Coast since completing his graduate degree in 2014. He has a BS and MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and has been working in real estate since 2016.
Community involvement is very important to Cameron, and he is always looking to support programs and causes dedicated to a thriving and cooperative community.
Cameron is proud to assist the Sheltering Tree with their technology needs, including maintaining the website and social media accounts, in order to increase public awareness and broadcast the wonderful work the Sheltering Tree does to the world.
Terry currently serves as the pastor of First United Methodist Church in Bunnell. Before being appointed to First Bunnell in 2015, he has served both small town and urban churches in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church since 2000. It was First Bunnell’s mission to minister to the homeless that helped bring him to Bunnell.
Terry is a graduate of Florida State University (BA) and Asbury Theological Seminary (MDiv). Before entering the ministry process in 1996, he worked in the Entertainment and Hospitality Industries for 20 years. Terry has been married to his most beautiful and talented Amelia Bruce Wines since 1986 and they have no children.
Four women assist the Board of Directors on a weekly basis by caring for our community members who experience homelessness:
Patty Drew, Jill Hamill-Wilson, Ellen Kincaid and Hazel Deveaux.
Every week, Patty Drew faithfully provides clothing and toiletries to people who visit our office on Tuesdays. She works in a crowded environment, always sorting and labeling clothing donations in our small “Clothing Room”. Patty is cheerful and kind, willing to give the best we have to those in need. The Clothing Room could be a 40-hour a week job for a volunteer. Patty keeps it all together. She works many hours beyond our Tuesday office hours.
Jill Hamill-Wilson prepares our bags of emergency food on most Mondays, so they are ready for Tuesday. She is a devoted wife and mother who finds the time to help us with emergency bags of food which we call “Food for One Day”. These bags are distributed on Tuesdays to people who live outdoors. Jill not only fills the bags, but she organizes the food donations that come to the office. She is organized!
Ellen Kincaid is a faithful volunteer who has the technical and organizational skills to keep us all on the right path. She does the computer data entries to keep track of the work we do, writes and researches the latest safety information and asks questions to challenge and make our procedures even better! Ellen has deep relationships with our clients and works with them on medical and community housing opportunities.
Hazel Deveaux, a member of First United Methodist Church in Bunnell, saw that we were scrambling to prepare lunch and meet needs of our Tuesday clients. Hazel jumped right in and offered to prepare a table of sandwiches and drinks so that clients felt welcome when visiting our outreach office. Hazel welcomes visitors, feeds them, and cleans up the area so that board members can focus on other duties.
These four volunteers give their time and efforts for the mission of the Sheltering Tree. We thank them for their faithful and outstanding assistance every week.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller
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