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Welcome,
We hope you enjoy the first edition of the Alpha House of Tampa quarterly e-newsletter. This is the most cost-effective and convenient way to keep you up-to-date on all the latest news, programs and progress at Alpha House of Tampa made possible by your support. Please forward the e-newsletter to your friends and family to help us keep our community informed of the vital role of Alpha House of Tampa in serving homeless pregnant and parenting women as the only licensed maternity residence in Hillsborough County. 
- Patricia J. Langford, Executive Director 

Mission Minute
Alpha House of Tampa resident, Turquoise Williams, is going back to school this August to complete her Associates degree in Chemistry at Hillsborough Community College. She has already been accepted to the USF Chemistry program, with scores on the departmental entrance exam ranking her 9th in the 100 students admitted to the 2013 program. She is currently enrolled in a customer service certification class at HCC through a job training and placement program with WorkForce Alliance, an Alpha House of Tampa community partner.
Turquoise moved from the maternity residence to transitional housing after the birth of her son, Xavier, who is now 3 months old. She plans to continue working toward her education, employment, financial and parenting goals in the Alpha House transitional housing program over the next year as she prepares to move out on her own. We are happy to have this chance to celebrate Turquoise’s achievements at Alpha House of Tampa and wish her continued success.

What's Been Happening

Happy Healthy Teeth
Thanks to a grant from the Hillsborough County Health Department, all mothers and children were screened for cavities, some received sealants and flouride treatments, and all had a cleaning. Those who needed more extensive services were given follow up appointments at the Tampa Family Health Center. All residents walked away with a goodie bag containing tooth brushes, toothpaste, mouth wash, baby gum cleaners and a pamphlet on how to maintain good oral health. 
Walk in Her Shoes 2012
Alpha House of Tampa was honored to be the morning starting point in Tampa on February 6th for the 'Walk in My Shoes' by Lauren’s Kids Founder, CEO, and Sexual Abuse Survivor, Lauren Book. Lauren's mission is to prevent sexual abuse through awareness and education, and to help survivors heal with guidance and support. The residents of Alpha House of Tampa were prepared weeks before Lauren's arrival to walk with her to the next stop on Lauren's journey from Key West to Tallahassee. Lauren toured the maternity residence to marvel at the newly designed bedrooms in the Room of Her Own project. An unexpected surprise lifted smiles from the staff, residents, and Lauren's entire team when Lauren adopted the 20th and last bedroom remaining! Thank you, Lauren!
Spring Fling!

Thank you Community Life Church for hosting a Spring Fling for our residents and staff! Food, games, and activities were planned for all ages and it was a relaxing and spirited day to start the Spring season off on the right foot. The residents of Alpha House will also be treated to a dinner at Olive Garden for Mother's Day by the volunteers at Community Life Church. 

Not Your Average Spring Break
What did you do during your Spring Break? Students from Miami University at the Oxford Campus in Ohio spent their spring break giving back to Tampa’s community. Members of The Navigators service group visited Alpha House of Tampa March 5, 2012 for an entire day of raking leaves.



Florida's Top First Names for 2011

BOYS          GIRLS
1. Jayden      1. Isabella
2. Jacob        2. Sophia
3. Daniel      3. Emma
4. Michael    4. Olivia
5. Noah         5. Emily 

Alpha House's Latest Baby Names

1. Marvin
2. Caleb
3. Ivyonna
4. Zarionna
5. Delila

 



ANNOUNCEMENT!

Are you an online shopper? You can now donate and deliver to Alpha House through our wish list on Amazon.com! All other items on our wish list are listed on our website here. Both wishlists are updated frequently. 



UPCOMING EVENTS

Special Events Committee Information Sessions
Do you love planning parties and events? Learn more about this fun new volunteer opportunity as a member of our Special Events Committee.

WHEN
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
12:00pm - 12:45pm or
5:30pm - 6:15pm

WHERE
Alpha House of Tampa
201 S. Tampania Ave
RSVP HERE

Lunch and Learn
Would you like to learn more about Alpha House of Tampa? Join us for lunch and a tour of the maternity residence.
UPCOMING DATES
April 12
May 10
June 14
RSVP HERE

 


THANK YOU!

Jennifer Yarter for teaching the benefits of yoga for pregnancy and post-pregnancy to the mothers at Alpha House of Tampa.



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