Family Connections

Stephens County: Mrs. Noel Pauley, Director - director@stephensfamilyconnection.org 

 

Stephens County Family Connection      Stephens.gafcp.org

Stephens County Family Connection works diligently in the community to help connect the children and families in the community to resources available in the community.  We are always keeping track of the latest data and information on our community to help connect those working in the community with the latest needs here.  That’s where the church comes in.  Stephens County is blessed to have over 300 amazing churches in this community.  And, our community relies on the church to help meet some of our biggest needs. 

We would love to help connect your church with different ministries and opportunities to serve this community.  Tugalo Baptist Association has been wonderful about sharing information and we are grateful for the partnership between the church and our community.

 Different areas to help:

Foster Care Ministry- Has your church thought about serving the least of these by serving those in foster care?  There are many different ways to get involved including hosting a care community, hosting the foster parent association for a monthly meeting, or even providing thank you gifts for foster homes.  No investment is too small. 

Mentoring- Family Connection hosts a mentoring program through the school system and we are ALWAYS looking for mentors.  We would love to share with your church or groups about how easy it is to become a mentor but how impactful it is to students who need a stable adult.  One hour, one time a week, for one school year is all it take.

First Steps- We also offer a program for moms in Stephens County who have children between the ages of 0-5.  We strive to provide them with referrals and resources so they can be prepared to parent their children.  If you would like to provide diapers/wipes or other items please let us know! 

Trainings- We also are working hard to make sure our churches and organizations are up to date on how to protect our children.  We offer Darkness to Light training for churches on how to prevent child sexual abuse.

And, beyond all of this, if your church has a ministry that God has been laying in front of you, please share it with me and I will do my best to connect you to people that are in need of that and help get the word out!  We believe that together we all can make more of an impact than we can alone! 

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Community Resources: 

Salvation Army began sharing at our meeting by reinforcing that THEY ARE STILL OPEN!  There is a misconception that they are closing but only the Salvation Army Church is closing.  The store and the Social Services side will remain open.  They are able to assist with families and individuals who are in crisis by providing case management and can assist with paying bills, including power bills, mortgage, water, etc.  A family can be helped more than one time in a year if there has been a crisis change and if they cannot help they can help connect clients with resources that can help.  They also shared that Georgia Power matches donations made to the Salvation Army if the donator is a Georgia Power customer!

 

The Hope Center shared about all the many services they provide to the community as well.  The Hope Center provides six hot meals a week, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 9-12.  They also serve one Tuesday night meal a week.  The Hope Center has a shower facility, laundry facility, lockers, and food pantry for emergencies.  They have also recently acquired the Literacy Council so will also be helping with education through GED classes, tutoring, and English as a second language classes.  They also partnered with Habersham Homeless and NEGA Housing to open a homeless shelter for men in Toccoa. They are currently looking for volunteers to work around the Hope Center doing work projects, serving meals, and volunteering.  They are also always accepting donations of towels, washclothes, shampoo, conditioner, and soap. And as always, financial donations are greatly needed and appreciated.

 

Ninth District Opportunity continued our meeting by sharing what they are doing to help the homeless and at crisis in our community.  They have a rehousing program that is able to assist individuals locate and maintain housing. They also assist with seasonal power bills to help elderly and low income families to keep from having to choose between buying medicine/groceries or paying for their power bill.  They have secured grant funding for this next year and will be able to help with a Street Outreach Coordinator who will be able to identify those in shelters that could use assistance with transitioning to a long term housing program.  They could use donations of hygiene items, non-perishable food, and diapers to give to those in need. 

 

Powerhouse shared about their crisis intervention services for adults.  They have started a program called rape response for adults who are victims of sexual abuse.  They are entitled to all the services that children receive.  They also have a mobile unit and can go to wherever the victim is located.  They have an advocate that is now able to partner with their clients and assist them through getting stable and safe again in their environments.  They are always looking for financial donations and specifically donations of bra's and underwear for their clients.

 

The Sheriff continued our program by sharing about the work the Sheriff's Office does to assist those in our community.  He is frequently having deputies assist with transports for medical appointments, hauling firewood for seniors in our community, and even occasionally helping with groceries!  We are grateful for a sheriff who cares about our community!