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December 2017 Newsletter

December 2017 Newsletter

A Message From Executive Director Bill Searcey

FOCUS is honored to announce the awarding of two grants to be used in our Thrive tutoring/mentoring program and in the food delivery program for shut ins.

We received $2500.00 from the Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. Atlanta, Ga. for the tutoring program. Georgia Power continues to be one of our most faithful partners.

We received $4325.00 From the Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia. The local Episcopal Church, St. Nicholas, has been a most valuable partner with FOCUS for many years and these funds will be used to expand the services for our food delivery program for shut ins.

News from the Office

The members of the Pine Mountain Boy Scout troop delivered a truckload of food they picked up. The food was donated by residents of the Pine Mountain community to be used in the Focus annual Thanksgiving food distribution. The Boy Scouts have assisted in this endeavor for many years.

In November, FOCUS Emergency Services helped a total of 313 clients. This included the distribution of 1944 bags of food to 626 individuals in 285 families; 101 of those families included children. Also included in these figures are 1836 bags of food for 264 families and 562 individuals for the annual Thanksgiving food distribution..
1836 bags of food were packed by some 90 volunteers for FOCUS’ Thanksgiving community food distribution . On the Friday before Thanksgiving the bags are made up by volunteers and then on Saturday the recipients come to the Community Center in Hamilton where the food is carried to their cars by another group of volunteers.

. Cubs For Christ

Sara Mack, coordinator of Focus Thrive Tutoring program, led the November program at the meeting of the Cubs for Christ held in the Park Elementary School.

Sara’s thanksgiving theme hat helped everybody have a good time and learn about Jesus. See our website for a picture of Sara’s hat.

Focus sponsors these monthly gatherings which various churches and individuals lead and teach the kids about Bible stories

Helping Through Home Repairs

During November, FOCUS assisted a needy home owner, in Waverly Hall, with materials to repair their floors.

We are always looking for home repair projects to help those in need and those who cannot make the repairs for themselves. Please call FOCUS and Dick Weaver will contact you to see what we can do and when we can make your repairs.

News from the Thrift Shop

We are open for business. Colder weather is coming and we have our fall and winter clothing available to you. Come see our inventory Thursday and Friday from 10 AM – 3 PM; Saturday 10 AM -1 PM.

We are always in need of donations which we ask you to place in the bins marked for donations on the left side of our building. You can drive up the driveway, open the donation area doors and unload your donations quickly and easily.

Thank you for caring for someone in need.

Mr. Charles Sweat,Chairman
Ms. Rhonda Howard, Chair-Elect
Ms. Janice Owens, Corporate Secretary
Ms. Sally Cobb, Treasurer
Mr. Bill Scranton, Past Chair
Ms. LaChandra Brundage
Ms. Faye Garrett
Mr. Willie Greene
Mr. Jayson Johnston
Honorable Judge Gil McBride
Ms. Julie Nordin
Ms. Judy Westbrook
Mr. Anthony Burns
Ms. Martha Hartley
Honorable Judge Thomas Lakes

Executive Director Mr. Bill Searcey
Chaplain Mr. Garvin Gourie

Ms. Sherrie Mundy, Thrift Shop
Mrs. Sarah Culpepper, Emergency Services
Ms. Julie Nordin, Food Pantry
Mr. Dick Weaver, Home Repair

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