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The greater Central Florida community suffered a tremendous heartbreak with the loss of another officer to aOfficer Germanline-of-duty death. Officer Robert German responded to a 3:30 a.m. call to investigate two suspicious teenagers walking alongside a busy road on March 22. German quickly called for backup, and when help arrived he was found with a fatal gunshot wound.

Officer German was a five-year veteran with the Windermere Police Department, and was the first officer to be killed in the line of duty, in the history of the department. Our team extends heartfelt condolences to Officer German’s family and his brothers and sisters at the Windermere Police Department, and was grateful to contribute to the Robert German Memorial Fund. To donate to this slain officer’s grief-stricken family, you can make a donation at any Wells Fargo Bank worldwide. For more information, and his memorial account number, visit his memorial page here.

Central Care Mission is a long-term drug and alcohol rehabilitation center focused on helping men through every step of the recovery process. Their housing facility accommodates 35 beds for full-time residents and a half-way house containing eight beds. Each two-year rehabilitation program emphases faith- and compassion-based holdouthandscounseling. Along with a strong Christian foundation, medical staff is also on hand to ensure residents are healing, both physically and mentally.

Through dedicated personal and career counseling, Central Care Mission helps men succeed by instilling life management skills, education and training, job development and employment and spiritual growth. By focusing efforts on strengthening the whole person—physically, spiritually, emotionally, educationally and vocationally—residents are well equipped to make a successful re-entry into society, armed with valuable skills and a renewed sense of self-worth. These skill sets prove to be a great asset for employment and independent living. The PowerDMS Give Back Committee (GBC) made a financial donation to help provide resources and encourage hope for the men who commit to working hard each and every day to overcome their hardships. To learn more about how you can help donate to this noble organization, visit their website at www.centralcaremission.com.

Food and “stock the pantry” drives are commonplace around the PowerDMS offices. We’re firm believers that no one should ever suffer from a lack of basic necessities, such as food, water or clothing. Brooksville Elementary, a
Brooksville Elemcommunity-centered school in Brooksville, Florida, was running low on their pantry inventory for needy students and families, and asked if the GBC could host a food drive to help fill their shelves. We happily jumped at the chance to pitch in.

Many children don’t have reliable and consistent meals outside of school hours. Students’ lack of nourishment can contribute to low self-esteem, difficulty keeping up with their peers and poor academic performance. Schools around the country are banding together to make sure no child is sent home hungry. Pantry programs grant students the ability to “shop” for food to take home to their families over the weekends and holidays. These programs are a great way to boost confidence and help give every child a fighting chance to be their best—in and out of the classroom. The GBC provided a generous supply of canned goods and non-perishable items to help keep the children at Brooksville Elementary nourished, strong and ready to tackle their dreams. To join in the food-drive fun, visit their website here.