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Faith Collaboratives for the Common Good

March 20, 2017, 12:34 p.m. · 0 comments

Free Webinar April 11, 2017 1 PM CST
Registration now open! Click Here!

How do churches come together to serve with their community? In our next webinar, we will hear the story of how Stillwater, OK churches came together initially for prayer and created a dynamic collaboration which builds the capacity of all the helping organizations in their community.

Learn how churches can...
-Practice goodwill and mutual support of one another
-Promote best practices to prevent and alleviate poverty
-Provide a mechanism for collaborative case management and interfaith and community communications and referrals
-Focus on Responsive, Responsible, Relational, Respectful, and Redemptive Benevolence

Our featured guest is Quinn Schipper. An ordained minister of 33 years, Quinn has experience both overseas and in America in cross-denominational networking and multi-sector collaborations. He is the president of OIKOS Network, a ministry to unite the Body of Christ. Stillwater CARES in Stillwater, OK was birthed out of OIKOS Network in 2010. Through Stillwater CARES, Quinn developed an association of 58 organizations working together to address the prevention and alleviation of poverty - half of those organizations being local churches.

In 2014, under Quinn’s leadership, Stillwater CARES launched a CharityTracker network with 28 churches and 14 organizations sharing case management and referrals using this collaborative, cloud-based solution. Quinn believes it is possible to elevate people above and beyond their circumstance of poverty, whatever that might be. He is a Bridges Out of Poverty and Getting Ahead certified trainer, Bridges workshop leader, and involved in Oklahoma’s Bridge the Gap statewide poverty alleviation program. Quinn leveraged his relationship with local pastors and churches to create a unique model to sponsor students for Getting Ahead classes in Stillwater.

Our webinar facilitator is Krista Petty. Krista serves Community Connector for Simon Solutions Inc with an extensive background in research and resource development in faith collaborations leading to community transformation. She has written and trained faith leaders on moving their churches from internally focused to externally focused, moving from a crisis to development mentality, how to have multi-sector collaborations, and best practices for volunteer engagement. She has published numerous articles and white papers for Leadership Network, Group Publishing, FASTEN, Compassion Coalition, and The Neighboring Church and been project manager, researcher and editor on numerous book projects including The Externally Focused Church, To Transform a City and The Neighboring Church.

Forward this information to a faith leader in your community! Grow your network!

Can't make it to the live webinar?
No worries! By registering, you will be automatically sent a recording within days of the live webinar as well as links to all the handouts.
Registration now open! Click Here!

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Creating Collaborative Solutions

Feb. 25, 2017, 11:32 a.m. · 0 comments


You will not want to miss this upcoming webinar with author Dr. Tom Wolff! This is especially good for all CharityTracker and Oasis Insight Network Administrators!

Can't make it to the live webinar? Go ahead and register because all registrants receive links to recordings and presentation materials!

Creating Collaborative Solutions with author Dr. Tom Wolff on March 7th, 1 PM Central

Tom is a nationally recognized consultant on coalition building and community development, with over 30 years’ experience training and consulting with individuals, organizations and communities across North America. He has published numerous resources to help communities solve their own problems. His most recent book is "The Power of Collaborative Solutions – Six Principles and Effective Tools for Building Health Communities" published by Jossey Bass-John Wiley in early 2010.

In this webinar hear principles and practices for effective collaboration. You will learn about:
--How to design community-based solutions, as opposed to agency-based only
--How to ask outreach, asset-based questions
--How to move from fragmentation and duplication of effort to holistic approaches and coordination
--How to move from crisis orientation to prevention
--How to move from excessive professionalism to integrating formal and informal helping networks
Tom is passionate about looking at issues from a community perspective and empowering local communities to solve their own problems. His writings combine theoretical understanding with rich stories and on-the-ground experience. His clients include federal, state and local government agencies, foundations, hospitals, non-profit organizations, professional associations, and grassroots groups. This webinar has something for everyone at every level of your organization, church or agency.

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Transform Tuesday FREE Webinars are Back!

Jan. 3, 2017, 2:01 p.m. · 0 comments


Casting a Wide Collaborative Net
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CST
Click Here to Learn More & Register for January 24th Webinar

Bring more partners into your network to collaborate! In this 1-hour webinar, we will learn how two United Ways are bringing together community organizations, churches, schools, businesses and more to create community solutions. Learn about:

-How these networks got started.
-How communication flows and technology strengthens their work together.
-How they grow and develop their networks.
-How their on-boarding and training process for new agencies joining the network flows.
-What their role as network administrators looks like.
-How these leaders develop in their roles as community conveners.

Our Featured Guests are James Jackson, Executive Director of Ada United Way and Maret Cahill, Executive Director of United Way of Central Arkansas

Click Here to Learn More & Register for January 24th Webinar

Registration is now open for our February and March Webinars as well!

Improving the Senior Adult Experience with CSFP- on February 21st

Creating Collaborative Solutions with author Dr. Tom Wolff on March 4th

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St Vincent de Paul & CharityTracker Making a Difference Together

Nov. 11, 2016, 11:01 a.m. · 0 comments

From its inception over 10 years ago, CharityTracker has worked alongside St. Vincent de Paul conferences to help them keep track of their good work. SVdP conferences have also used CharityTracker to collaborate and communicate with other conferences and organizations. In fact, there were Vincentians from Florence, AL that were a part of providing feedback into CharityTracker’s very first network!

Meet SVdP Everett, WA

One SVdP Council using CharityTracker very robustly is in Everett, Washington. Carla Laird, executive assistant, says they have 15 parishes within their council and about 200 volunteers. Currently, 13 of the parishes are using CharityTracker.

Centralized system leads to improved recording and reporting

Laird serves as the CharityTracker network administrator with each parish (or conference) being their own “agency” within the network. The conferences record everything from time spent and miles driven by volunteers, to money paid for food and rent, and in-kind donations given away. Before using CharityTracker, Laird says that each conference created their own database, sometimes in Access or Excel, and there would be one person within that conference that would usually access it. She described how moving to a centralized system has improved reporting:

“Previously, a lot of the in-kind donations given out weren’t being recorded as accurately. Some data such as service time spent on home visits, phone calls, mileage driven, etc. would sometimes go unreported because it was recorded with pen and paper. It was all separate. Every conference had their own pool of data. At the end of the year, we are to report to our national council and it was often a challenge. Some conferences had pages of handwritten information that needed to be organized into a spreadsheet in order to come up with the statistics needed for our annual report. What is great about CharityTracker is that it is this on-going recording system that is centralized.”

Expanded services

The benefits of improved reporting are many. Not only does the local council feel more secure in their annual reports to the St. Vincent de Paul Society National Council, Laird said they have expanded their services as a result. She shared about one of their council’s newest projects:

“We recently became the administrators of Project PRIDE. This is where people can make a donation when they pay their electric bill to help someone else who is struggling to pay theirs. We work alongside the Public Utility Department and we do the administration of Project PRIDE with them. We couldn’t have even thought of doing that until we had CharityTracker and could accurately record everything that we pledged out to people who are in need. We are definitely able to serve a lot more people and have our name out there.”

Positioned to receive grants

In addition to taking on new projects, Laird sees that improved data collection and reporting can position the council to receive more grants.

“There is a lot of grant money out there and more and more, grantors are very specific on reporting how you used the funds. Through CharityTracker, I feel confident that as we receive these grants we are able to come up with the statistics they are asking for, which just secures more grant money for us in the future.”

Capturing volunteer efforts

Through improved reporting, this SVdP council has also learned more about their volunteers.

“They are spending a lot more time with our clients than we ever knew. Our volunteers, spiritually-speaking, don’t brag about what they do. Putting it into CharityTracker is actually capturing much more of their efforts than we even realized,” shared Laird. Last year the SVdP council in Everett, WA helped approximately 93,000 people, including people through their four thrift stores as well as those recorded in CharityTracker.

Greater collaboration…and goats!

When requests come in, no matter how big, small or unique, the CharityTracker bulletin feature helps bring the conferences in Everett together to meet many needs. Laird explained:

“We find the bulletin board so handy. We often come across a need that is higher than the conference might have the resources to fulfill. So the CharityTracker bulletin board can explain the situation, for instance a rental payment is needed. They can do sharing, or we call it twinning, so that the need can be met by multiple conferences. There was a need for a handicap van for a child in one of our conferences. They were able to work together to provide that.”

Primarily, Laird sees requests for rental assistance and utilities but they also get very unique opportunities as well. SVdP is known for their innovation and there is no form of charity foreign to this society. Laird shared this story: “Two years ago we had a family that made a request for a goat. They were using the sale of goat milk to supplement their income. When the goat passed away, we were able to replace the goat as well as give them a second one!”

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has 160,000 trained volunteers in the United States provided 11.6 million hours of volunteer service in 2015, helping more than 14 million people through visits to homes, prisons and hospitals at a value of nearly $1 billion dollars. To learn more about their good work, visit www.svdpusa.org

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South Carolina Flood Relief

Oct. 8, 2015, 9:07 a.m. · 0 comments



The good people at SC Thrive in Columbia, South Carolina have reached out to ask that we might help spread the word about resources available for people affected by the flooding disaster.

Here are some resources for those who have been directly affected:

Quick Reference Guide for Applying Online for FEMA Assistance (thanks to Cathy Easley): http://bit.ly/femaApplicationReferenceGuide

FEMA's Online Application for Assistance: http://bit.ly/femaOnlineApplication

Red Cross Shelters in South Carolina: http://bit.ly/RedCrossShelterLocationsSC

If you are in a region that has not been affected by the disaster, and you want to help, the following links offer you the opportunity:

United Way of the Midlands, covering Fairfield, Newberry, Richland, Lexington, Calhoun, and Orangeburg http://bit.ly/UnitedWayOfTheMidlandsRelief

Trident United Way, covering Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley http://bit.ly/TridentUnitedWayRelief

We at Simon Solutions keep South Carolina in our thoughts, and we send prayers for all who have been affected by this disaster.

Ben Stedman

CEO of Simon Solutions

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Meet Dee: Taking Action against Hunger at North Middle School

Sept. 18, 2015, 9:45 a.m. · 0 comments

September is Hunger Action month and we would like to salute one of our Oasis Insight heroes fighting hunger in her community. Meet Dee Nadjkovic, volunteer administrator at the North Middle School Food Pantry in Great Falls, Montana. Each week she helps between 10-20 students shop for food right there in the middle school before they hop on the bus to go home.

What started out as a simple way to be involved in her son’s school has turned into a passion for fighting childhood hunger. “Two years ago when my son went into middle school I was involved in the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA). Each parent joining PTA was asked to volunteer for a committee. The Food Pantry was on the list and for some reason I thought this sounded like fun and more interesting than counting box tops,” she says.

Dee has found that this volunteer role is a very direct way to help her son’s peers. She shares, “You can see a child with the same shoes and phone as all the other kids and think that he or she isn’t in need, but I’m learning that children are going to school without what they need. We can do something about hunger.”

Each week shopping is done at the local Food Bank and school food pantry volunteers sort and stock the shelves. Once a week they help students “shop” for nutritious foods so they can be more focused on their school work and less distracted by a growling stomach.

On special occasions, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, even more students visit the pantry and bigger boxes of food are distributed. “We don’t necessarily do these special boxes for the holiday, per se. We do it because of the extended time out of school for these kids,” says Dee. The boxes often include items for a holiday meal, but are also stuffed with additional lunch, breakfast and snack foods to help see the students through the breaks from school.

But what about summer break? That was a question Dee and fellow volunteers wondered about. Concerned for the well-being of the students they had been serving, Dee and friends set up a summer school-based food pantry as well. “Yes! We created a rather impromptu summer food pantry. We operated it with two to three volunteers at one of the middle schools weekly.”

Not only does Dee help with distribution year-round, she also keeps the records for the program, reporting back to the food bank and the program’s financial supporters, The Great Falls Public School Foundation and the North Middle School PTA. She makes sure they know the number of students served and the amount of food received.

Dee has been one of the first school-based food pantry volunteers to upgrade her record-keeping by using Oasis Insight’s technology solution for case management and reporting. “The paperwork was daunting to me and it used to take over an hour a week and two to three hours a month to create reports with my miscellaneous papers and excel spreadsheets. Using Oasis Insight has taken the chore feeling out of it and saved me a lot of time.”

While the school food pantry isn’t designed to be a primary food source for the children or families served, it is able to help families get by, or make it through to the end of the month. Nationwide, Feeding America’s School Pantry program serves more than 21 million meals to nearly 110,000 children. Dee shares, “This work is something that has become incredibly important to me in my life. I will always make sure that I am doing what I can to help children with food.”

Thank you, Dee, for taking action against hunger in your community! To learn more about Hunger Action Month and School Food Pantries visit www.feedingamerica.org. To learn more about bringing Oasis Insight to your community food pantry or local food bank, visit www.oasisinsight.net.

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Strengthening Collaboration and Innovation

Sept. 9, 2015, 12:41 p.m. · 0 comments

Simon Solutions Inc. is expanding our commitment to collaboration and innovation and would like to introduce you to our newest staff member, Krista Petty. Krista is serving in a newly developed role of Community Connector and Editor. She will be connecting with many of our networks and writing case studies and profiles. You might be hearing from her soon as she researches the great work Charity Tracker and Oasis Insight networks are doing in their communities.

Through these studies and profiles, we hope to glean principles and best practices that our various networks and community collaborations have in common. We also want to learn of the unique ways some of you are solving problems and collectively having impact. Our goal is to share what we learn as to strengthen the capacity of us all. We believe what we learn will also aid in the development and implementation of forming new collaborations for community benefit and transformation.

Krista is no stranger to our team. We have been collaborating with her on various special projects for several years. If your collaborative network is doing something groundbreaking, feel free to reach out and share your story. Contact Krista directly at krista@simonsolutions.com

"Collaboration is the backbone for innovation success."

-Sarah Miller Caldicott, great grandneice of Thomas Edison

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Celebrating 9 years!!!

May 29, 2015, 1:32 p.m. · 0 comments


The month of May marks the 9th year of business for Simon Solutions, Inc.

It’s hard to believe that our solutions, CharityTracker and Oasis Insight, are now helping people in 871 cities.

Our staff continues to grow as does our passion for the work that we do.

We would like to thank the many agencies and administrators who have guided our company in building better solutions.

We have big things in store for the future and we trust that you will be with us for the next 9 years. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!!!!!!

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Congratulations to Jeffrey Allen!

May 18, 2015, 11:13 a.m. · 0 comments



Simon Solutions is proud to congratulate our intern, Jeffrey Allen, on his recent graduation from the University of North Alabama where he majored in computer science and minored in mathematics.

Originally from Orlando, FL, Jeffrey is pictured above with his wonderful mother, Hannah.

Jeffrey has been a part-time member of the our team for a year and a half and will now be joining us full-time.

He says that he appreciates the opportunity to work with people who care to make a difference in communities, and we certainly appreciate Jeffrey and his hard work.

Jeffrey is a bright young man with an even brighter future. We are lucky to have him!

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From our family to yours....

Dec. 23, 2014, 1:52 p.m. · 0 comments


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Stillwater CARES Launches CharityTracker

Sept. 25, 2014, 9:42 a.m. · 0 comments

On September 3rd and 4th of 2014, representatives from Simon Solutions conducted CharityTracker training sessions for the Stillwater CARES assistance network in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Executive Director Quinn Schipper was nice enough to talk to us about the reasons why Stillwater CARES chose CharityTracker.

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Press Release, August 26th, 2014

Aug. 26, 2014, 7:41 a.m. · 0 comments


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Shoals Software Company to Train New Users in Oklahoma

CharityTracker implemented by Stillwater CARES, Inc.

Florence, AL. August 26th, 2014

Members of the Simon Solutions Team will be present in Stillwater, Oklahoma next week to provide onsite training at the launch of a new CharityTracker network sponsored by the collaborative, Stillwater CARES, Inc. (Community And Resource Empowerment Solutions).

“We have been honored to work with Stillwater Cares Executive Director, Quinn Schipper, to get this going. Quinn has a love for his community and a passion and commitment to help others.” says Joey Yarber, Implementation Specialist, at Simon Solutions, Inc.

Stillwater CARES is presently associated with 30 local churches, 26 agencies and organizations, and many motivated members to provide support and offer practical assistance to caregivers within the Stillwater community.

According to the Stillwater CARES website, 31 local organizations already identify as “early adopters” of the CharityTracker software and the organization says “a coherent system of coordination will help circumvent unnecessary duplication, insufficient services, and needless waste.”

Kyle Minckler of Simon Solutions said, "The collaborative led by Stillwater CARES is doing some amazing work to improve the quality of life of individuals impacted by poverty, and I am so excited to share CharityTracker as part of the solution."

CharityTracker representatives will be on hand to train users, demonstrate new features, and answer any questions new users may have about the shared case management software.

In the coming months, Simon Solutions will introduce CharityTracker updates which will allow users the option to track components of the popular Bridges Out of Poverty community support program and track outcomes and assessments from their Getting Ahead curriculum.

“Stillwater is a ‘Bridges Community’ and several agencies use the Getting Ahead Process in working to help people out of poverty. These new updates will prove to be a great tool for this collaborative and its members.” said Yarber.

CharityTracker was developed in Florence, Alabama by Simon Solutions, Inc. in 2007 in conjunction with the United Way of Northwest Alabama and other charitable agencies and is now being used in 756 communities across the country.

Source: Simon Solutions, Inc.


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Hydrate the Homeless 2014

Aug. 19, 2014, 4:51 p.m. · 4 comments

Pictured: Hydrate the Homeless event in Wilson Park and members of the Simon Solutions Team with this year's donation.

Simon Solutions and CharityTracker would like to salute the Homeless Care Council of Northwest Alabama for organizing the Hydrate the Homeless event in Wilson Park in Florence, AL on Tuesday, August 19th!

Local assistance agencies and volunteers handed out information for resources, free bottled water, fans, sunscreen and other cooling items.

Pictured: Nancy (Safeplace), Beth Haddock (United Way of Northwest Alabama), YaShika Ray (Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama).

Participating agencies included the Shoals chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Partnership for a Tobacco-Free Shoals, Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama, Safeplace, United Way of Northwest Alabama, North Alabama Housing Assistance, AIDS Action Coalition Housing Department, and the City of Florence.

Pictured: Myra Childs (211 Director, United Way of Northwest Alabama), Danielle McCullar (UNA Social Work Intern), Skyler Mansell (United Way of Northwest Alabama Intern).

Thanks to Marie Waxel, from WAFF 48 News, for covering the event. Please check out the links below.

Providing Heat Relief to the Homeless

Volunteers Supply Homeless with Ways to Beat the Heat

Also, a special thanks to Melanie Dickens, Lyndsey Borden, and Beth Haddock for all of their help!

Great Job Everyone!

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Simon Solutions visits Joplin, Missouri

June 24, 2014, 12:46 p.m. · 0 comments

(pictured: This mural in downtown Joplin is made from photos of many proud residents with the overall message, "We Are Joplin.")

On the afternoon of Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 Joplin, Missouri was leveled by a devastating EF5 tornado that took the lives of many and changed the city forever.

Joplin is home to one of the oldest and most established CharityTracker networks in the country and at the time of the storm, CharityTracker was already being used in Joplin.

We are proud that our solution has been one of the tools implemented to assist the residents of Joplin in the aftermath of the storm and during the lengthy recovery period that has followed.

Joplin has rebuilt itself stronger than before and is a powerful example of how an entire community can collaborate to improve and heal itself from within.

(pictured: This newly dedicated monument in Cunningham Park represents homes that were lost in the 2011 Joplin tornado. )

During the third week of May, Isaac Simon and Derek Dailey had the opportunity to visit Joplin on behalf of the Simon Solutions Team.

While in Joplin, they were able to speak with many CharityTracker users about their experiences and to collect feedback which will enable our team to continue to improve our solutions.

On the 3rd anniversary of the storm, our representatives were able to attend the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the beautiful new memorial overlook and butterfly garden at Cunningham Park. The park also features several other moving memorials, including a plaque with the names of those lost, a tribute to the volunteers, a children's memorial reflection pond, a memorial fountain, and 161 trees have been planted on the property to honor those who perished.

KY3 News was there to cover the dedication ceremony. Here's a link to their story.

Simon Solutions would like to extend a special Thank You to the following people, and the organizations they represent, for their time, courtesy, input, and caring spirits.

They are indeed, JOPLIN STRONG.


April O’neil, Holly Hoyeer, Greg Spink, and Larry Hazelett
Watered Gardens Gospel Mission

Kathy Lewis
Crosslines Churches of the Joplin Area, Inc.

Dave Wood
College Heights Christian Church

James Whitford
Watered Gardens Gospel Mission, Joplin True Charity Initiative

Brad Campbell and Andrea Minor
Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri

Misty Frost and Lisa Bushnell
Mission Joplin

Terri Giarratano
St. Peter’s Outreach House, St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church

Pastor Dave Burgess
First Presbyterian Church Joplin

Georgia Jones
Souls Harbor

Caroline Jones and Debra Gaskill
Salvation Army of Joplin

Regina Shank
River Street Food Pantry

Chris Cotton
Joplin Parks and Recreation Department

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National Human Services Data Consortium Spring 2014

May 13, 2014, 2:04 p.m. · 0 comments


A couple of weeks ago Jacob Senecal and Shae Erisson were able to attend the National Human Services Data Consortium Spring Conference in beautiful Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The conference was held on May 1-2, 2014 with the theme “Data in Action: Transforming Systems and Lives”.

There were about 250 attendees from homeless care continuums around the country and also from various foundations, non-profits and government agencies.

These sessions were bursting with in-depth information and dialog on how to best gather and use real-world data to help end homelessness. There was also a great deal of discussion surrounding the newly released 2014 HMIS data standards.

Topics ranged from visualizing data with maps and dashboards to protecting the privacy of personal client information. Throughout the consortium, it was clear that these folks sincerely desire to change the status quo and really impact the lives of those struggling to find and keep stable housing.

All of us here at Simon Solutions are committed to being a partner in these efforts and we were honored to be a part of this conference.

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Empty Bowl Luncheon 2014

April 16, 2014, 4:41 p.m. · 0 comments


The Simon Solutions team had a wonderful time yesterday attending the 11th Annual Empty Bowl Luncheon at the Marriott Conference Center hosted by The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary of The Shoals.

There were over 60 delicious soups for guests to sample which were provided by local restaurants, bakeries, and culinary programs.

A panel of judges, made up of local celebrities, helped to pick this years "Best Soup in the Shoals", with The Pie Factory taking home the trophy for their Corn Crab Bisque.

With hundreds in attendance, the luncheon was a grand affair, complete with a fashion show, a silent auction, and lots of volunteers with smiling faces.

Simon Solutions was proud to help sponsor the Empty Bowl Luncheon and we would like to thank The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary of The Shoals for organizing such a remarkable event and for their tireless effort to end hunger in the Shoals area.

Here's a link to WAFF 48 Huntsville's coverage of the Empty Bowl Luncheon..

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CharityTracker now in 700 cities!

March 10, 2014, 11:55 a.m. · 0 comments


Over the course of the last seven years, we have dedicated ourselves to making CharityTracker a service that is helpful to you in your amazing work of assisting people in need.

We are excited to share that CharityTracker is now used in more than 700 cities! We would like to take this moment to thank you for your tireless and often unnoticed work. We are humbled and honored to serve you in your great effort.

As always, if there is something you need from us, please let us know.

Thank you,
Ben Stedman CEO

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Barcode Scanning now available in CharityTracker and Oasis Insight

Dec. 4, 2013, noon · 21 comments



We are pleased to announce that Simon Solutions now offers our clients the ability to use scanner and barcode technology with our products, CharityTracker Plus and Oasis Insight Plus.

The newly available features will enable clients to open cases and add assistance records with just a couple of scans, as well as print and use scannable ID cards. This will streamline intake processes and greatly reduce data entry time for assistance workers.

While the software is flexible and can work with many different models of scanners, we have tested and confirmed 100% compatibility with the Motorola LI2208 and Symbol LS4208. Both are widely available scanners and can be independently purchased from your retailer of choice.

Here’s how it works. (Be sure to view in full screen)

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov. 26, 2013, noon · 0 comments



Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year.

Members of our family come over for some great Southern cookin’ and my wife serves up a delicious turkey with homemade dressing, a recipe passed down for generations. Couple this with all the goodies supplied by other family members, and we’ve got a meal that’s nothing short of amazing.

For us, Thanksgiving is also a time of “giving thanks” for all of our blessings - including family, friends, and more.

On behalf of all the families of Simon Solutions, we offer a sincere thanks to all of you, our valued customers. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to partner with you in making a difference in your communities.

We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and a joyous year’s end!

-Mike Simon

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Oasis Insight will be at the upcoming Feeding America Conference in Chicago

Oct. 14, 2013, 9:21 a.m. · 0 comments



Joey Yarber and Kyle Minckler are eager to speak with your representatives who are attending the 2013 Feeding America ACPN Conference in Chicago, IL (Oct. 21st-23rd).

Make sure to stop by the Oasis Insight table and say hello!

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Save 10% by Paying Yearly!

Oct. 8, 2013, 10:33 a.m. · 0 comments



Paying monthly for CharityTracker or Oasis Insight? Save 10% and switch to Yearly billing! Give us a call or visit your billing tab. Happy Savings!

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Here we grow again!

Oct. 1, 2013, 9:47 a.m. · 5 comments



Kyle and Sadie Minckler, members of our Simon Solutions family, recently celebrated the birth of twin boys – Henry and Harlow.

Mom and Dad are learning how to do more…with less sleep.

Perhaps the reason for this is the lively conversations that the boys are having about Alabama/Auburn football.

As you can see, Henry is very enthusiastic about Alabama winning another national championship. Harlow suggests that they wait and see the stats from other teams.

Despite sleepless nights, Mom and Dad still consider the boys to be a wonderful blessing.

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September is Hunger Action Month

Sept. 23, 2013, 9:42 a.m. · 0 comments



We salute all helping agencies for their tireless work in combating hunger in America.

I am reminded of the story of the little girl walking down the beach, throwing beached starfish back into the sea. There were hundreds, perhaps thousands of stranded starfish waiting to die. A passerby asked the little girl, “With so many starfish to throw back, what difference will it make?” The little girl paused for a moment…looked at the starfish in her hand and politely said, “Well, it will make a difference to this one.”

We thank all the users of CharityTracker and Oasis Insight for your part in making a difference in people’s lives. We wish you well for your Hunger Action Month campaigns and special events.

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New Phone System for Simon Solutions

April 24, 2013, 3:18 p.m. · 0 comments


Exciting times here at SSI.

We've just had a new phone system installed. Our old system was on its last leg, and also couldn't handle more than four lines at once. With the new system, if we have a day with heavy call volume, fewer people will have to go to voicemail.

There may be some bumps along the way, as we learn the ins and outs of our new phones, but we'll get there. Thanks for your understanding.

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Welcome New CEO Ben Stedman

April 2, 2013, 12:32 p.m. · 8 comments

Greetings everyone. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce to you our new CEO, Ben Stedman. Ben and I have worked together for many years, and I believe he will be be an asset to both Simon Solutions and to you as we continue to grow and move into the future.

Mike Simon
President


Hello! I am excited to take on the role of CEO here at Simon Solutions. I am one of the founding owners of Simon Solutions and have worked diligently since day one to give you the best service we can offer. I know there are many areas where we can improve our service, and we will continue to work diligently to achieve those improvements.

Even though I am new to this role, I can assure you that the principles that have guided Simon Solutions over the last seven years will continue to guide us into the future. We will continue to build software that is simple to understand and use. We will continue to answer your phone calls and emails promptly. And we will continue to be company of integrity, honored to serve you as you offer service to others.

We wholeheartedly believe in what you do. We are proud to be a small part of the Human Services community and we will do our best to be a valuable member.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me: ben@simonsolutions.com

I look forward to hearing from you.

Ben Stedman


Moving forward we are going to use this blog to do a better job of communicating with you. I will blog each month as will our new CTO Isaac Simon. Isaac will offer reviews of software and services that he has found which he feels may help you in your day to day work. Look for a blog post from him in the near future!

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