Working in partnership with communities, policymakers, service providers, businesses, advocates, and families to improve the well-being of children, families and communities in Gordon County.
For Gordon County’s children to be healthy, ready to start and perform better in school, have stable, economically self-sufficient families and live in strong communities. Working in our local community, we are implementing a vision for community-based support, decision-making and accountability to build a better future.
- Established the first Family Advocate Program in Gordon County and Calhoun City School systems through targeted case management. After a decade of success and collaboration, the program moved away from the Family Connection and became fully supported by the school systems in 2005.
- Established The Bridge program for support and assistance to homeless families in Gordon County in 2005. They served 145 individuals in 2012.
- Eatablished annual food drive to fill the Voluntary Action Center food pantry in 2004. For seven years CANS FROM FANS benefited from school participation to fill semi-trucks with canned food. In 2011 the food drive moved to the Calhoun City and Gordon County Fire Departments to raise donations. Over 35,000 items of food were donated in 2012!
- The GRAD – Get Ready, Achieve, Dream program began in 2004 as a collaborative effort of the Calhoun-Gordon County Council for a Literate Community, United Way, Gordon County and Calhoun City Schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Family Connection. Their work included focus on school attendance with a monthly perfect attendance competition for the Perfect Attendance Bowl; annual Perfect Attendance Day and public awareness of the school attendance laws of Georgia.
- The Teen Health Task Force was established in 2009 to build awareness and support for teen issues in our community. In 2012 seven seminars were held for teens and parents. The theme was “What’s Up About …” The topics were bullying in schools; teens and self-harm; internet safety; teens, sex and the law; and teens, sex and health.
- Established Gordon Prevent Suicide Coalition in February 2012. Facilitating prevention awareness, community education and support, GPSC has five community members trained by GA Dept. of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) Suicide Prevention and the Suicide Prevention Action Network – Georgia (SPAN-GA) to facilitate Survivors of Suicide Groups. Survivors are the family, friends, neighbors and community members left behind to deal with the loss of a loved one by suicide.