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Newsletter - March 2022

A newsletter from Building Strong Families, Inc.

And Dr. Pauline M. Rivers

March 2022


It’s March already and this is our first time to be able to reach out to you to say, “Happy New Year!”

Each year we believe for an Ephesians 3:20 year and we are approaching 2022 with excitement, with expectation, with intentionality, and with momentum. Ephesians 3:20 says that if we ask it or think it, God can exceed it. So, we are thinking big, we are asking big, we are believing big, and we are committed to putting in the work so that we can continue serving you in a big way!

Our heart’s desire is to serve you and to be a blessing. We have no other agenda than to provide programs and services to serve, empower and strengthen families.

We can only do what we do because you support us, you continue to stand with us, and you allow us to come alongside and serve you and your families.

So, thank you…And as often as you think of us, please remember to pray for us….


Mental Health Issues in the Family Webinar: Helping Our Families Heal

March 12, 2022

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Speakers and Topics:

Dr. Benetta Wholuba Mental Health Issues: Recognizing the Signs & Symptoms

Khalilah Louis Caines, LCSW Mental Health Issues in Children & Youth

Dr. Michael Mays, LMFT Men and Mental Health: Being that Safe Space

A free ZOOM webinar.

Registration is required: or

Time with My Sisters Support Group: Celebrating Women

May 7, 2022

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Strategies for Success: Workshops for Youth

May 21,2022

11:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.

Location TBA

Employability skills training for high school through college freshmen: resume writing, completing job applications, interviewing skills and mock interviews, interview attire, appropriate work etiquette

Men of Courage Seminar

June 18, 2022

10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Allen Chapel AME Church, Plant City

Healing Emotional Wounds Seminar for Women

August 6, 2022

10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Bethel Gospel Tabernacle Church, Lakeland

Sisters Supporting Sisters

Allen Chapel AME Church-Plant City, Women’s Conference

April 30, 2022

10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Speakers: Dr. Pauline Rivers, Rev. Latisha Jones, Min. Barbara Wholuba

We Need Your Help!

We are looking for volunteers to serve on our Men’s Programming Advisory Committee (MPAC) and Millennial Advisory Committee (the MAC). If you know someone who would be great for either of these committees, please call our office at 813-759-0260 or email Dr. Rivers at Thanks so much! We are here to serve!


Keep Believing for Them!

Several years ago, I heard a pastor say, “You all give up on people too quickly!”

That was over 30 years ago, and I still remember it. It was such a word of encouragement and an admonishment for us to be compassionate, to be understanding, to show mercy, and to be patient. Much like the father of the “prodigal son” must have been (Luke 15:20). He kept watching and waiting, and probably believing that one day, his son would return home.

And that’s how we need to be, especially when it comes to our family and loved ones. Despite what it looks like. Despite what we see. Never giving up hope. Continuing to pray. Continuing to believe. Continuing to watch. Continuing to wait. Continuing to thank God that, despite what we feel and despite what we see, even if things seem to be getting worse rather than better, we still believe Him! We believe Him for the victory. We believe Him for the turn around. We believe Him for the healing. We believe Him for the reconciliation and the restoration. We believe Him for what seems impossible. We believe for them even when they can not believe for themselves.

Let’s commit that we will not give up on them on them too quickly. We will keep believing.

Be blessed! Be well! And keep believing God, that it shall be exactly as He said!

Dr. Rivers

…strengthening families to help them be great…

Contact us at: 813-759-0260 (office) PO Box 3272 Plant City, FL 33563

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