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Max Keebaugh


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Max is a reliable player because he usually makes the right plays.
His style of play is essential to team chemistry and makes him the glue for a good offense. He helps his team’s offense flow with his right decisions. Max can shoot the ball and has good enough ball control not to make unnecceary turnovers. Max also has the right attitude when playing and doesn’t take to game too seriously. I would pick him on my team. Overall, I believe Max is a solid player that can play at the next level

 

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Jalen Evans is a Floor General


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Jalen is Agapelife Film’s biggest fan. So I had to make a video for him. He is an 8th grader at Lewis Middle School. He loves basketball and plays all year long with school ball and AAU. When he isn’t playing, he goes to local high school basketball games. He told me about several players I should connect with to get videos made. He is a smart kid on and off the court. On the court, he is a vocal and passionate leader. Maybe he could tone it done a bit and remember it’s an only game, but that’s my opinion. Overall I believe he will be a leader because he isn’t afraid to speak. Jalen is a good guy. Check out his video.

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Fresh Start: The Beginning of a Charity


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“1985”

When people think of Fresh Start for Children and Families, most don’t imagine them having a beginning. It feels as if they were always there helping the community. But like most charities, Fresh Start came from one person having a desire to make a difference. In 1985, Former Florida Governor Bob Graham created a mission to work on homeless issues in Florida. His actions are the foundation of Fresh Start history.

“Love another”

The church’s golden rule is to love another. In 1986, before the name was “Fresh Start for Children and Families”, Shalimar United Methodist formed “Okaloosa Coalition for the Homeless.” They received a $10,000 donation from Hands Across America to help people with rent and utilities. The following year, in 1987, the coalition received a 60k gift to purchase three apartment homes where homeless individuals could stay for three months. One volunteer ran the operation during the day and one homeless person to watch overnight. The service was all made possible by Bob Graham’s homeless assistance grant called Continuum of Care program.

“Partnerships and Major Donations”

The organization showed great potential to be a difference-maker in the community.

In 1998 the coalition was doing well enough to be accepted as a partner with United Way, which helped pay for staff and operating cost.

In 2006, the coalition received $200,000 to build two new apartment buildings and changed its name to “Fresh Start for Children and Families.” The new apartment buildings completed in 2013 with the capacity to house 21 families. Most recently, Fresh Start received a $40,000 donation from Okaloosa Child Care Services, which funded a new children’s playground for the residents.

“Repeat Street”

One of the essential parts of the Fresh Start operation is its’ thrift store “Repeat Street.” Repeat Street began in 2014. The store operates in an 8100-square foot facility located on Walter Martin Road in Fort Walton Beach, Fl. Repeat Street is a significant source of income for Fresh Start, generating over $200,000 in 2018 and allowing us to assist nearly 113 individuals last year.

Fresh Start hopes to continue what Bob Graham started by sharing love in the community.

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Repeat Street Inspires with Remarkable Mission to Help People.


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It is 7 a.m. and I am just waking up to get ready for work. At previous jobs, I would dread going to work because I didn’t feel I had a purpose or I wasn’t contributing to society in any way. This morning, I didn’t feel that way because now I work at Repeat Street Thrift Store. Repeat Street makes me feel useful because we give back to the community by using the profit from our store to fund housing for homeless families.

There are over 5,000 homeless people in Fort Walton Beach, Fl, and we are striving to change that. At Repeat Street, we sell furniture, clothing, house items, toys, and electronics, and all of the profit goes to Fresh Start for Children and Families.

The families are given a place to stay and are taught skills to survive. Fresh Start helps the parents find jobs and gives them financial tips on saving and budgeting. The kids are given tutors and a play center to have fun at when tutoring is over.

Volunteers run Repeat Street, and they all are inspired to help people who are struggling in life. I volunteered at Repeat Street for three years before they gave me a job as a full-time donation coordinator. I pick up donations from homes, and I price them when I get back to the store. I love working there because I know that I’m apart of making the world a better place.

All the volunteers are friendly and support me. They were even excited to hear I got accepted into the University of West Florida and had to cut back some of my hours working. Repeat Street inspires me to be a better person.

If you are looking for a way to give back, Repeat Street is always accepting volunteers and donations. It is a good feeling to know you are making a difference.

Message Repeat Street on Facebook to volunteer : https://www.facebook.com/RepeatStreetThriftStore/