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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Family Connection of Stephens County is looking forward to a new fiscal year!  We conducted a strategy team meeting in July and have some exciting upcoming changes to our collaborative.  Starting in August, we will switch from focusing on one partner agency and instead focus on a theme and highlight several partner agencies.  This will give you an opportunity to see what options are available in our community and participate in discussion around needs and resources.  

August's theme will be Crisis Programs.  For example, what do you do if a family shows up to your agency, church, or business in crisis, looking for food, shelter, or something else they need to survive?  We will hear from Salvation Army, Ninth District, Family Connection, and the Hope Center on services they offer families in crisis.  If you would like to be included on the Crisis panel, please email me and let me know!  

The meeting will be hosted at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Toccoa.  They will be providing a light lunch for everyone.  Please do not miss this meeting.  We will be passing out a tentative schedule for the themes for each month and sharing a description of what the collaborative does!