End of July Newsletter
BREAKING NEWS:
The 2018 Resource Guide is here!
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Coming in two weeks: Version 2.0 with the following updates:
CFIT
Innovation Amphitheatre
Local Service Organizations
Churches
Attorneys
...and more!
Adult Literacy Barrow
Want to help kids in foster care?
Be an advocate!
Piedmont CASA Volunteer Training Class - August 2018
Want to help kids in foster care? Be an advocate! Walk alongside a child in foster care, help them make sense of court hearings, make sure their needs are being met, and help them find a permanent home faster. Piedmont CASA invites you to attend our training classes and learn more about what it means to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Please complete the online application;  http://www.piedmontcasa.org/online-application.html . Also visit our website,  www.piedmontcasa.org , or FB/Piedmont CASA for more information.
In 2017, more than 350 cases of abuse and neglect were substantiated within Barrow, Banks and Jackson Counties. These children need your voice speaking for their best interests within the juvenile court system. Our local foster children need your voice. Won't you help?
The Volunteer Training classes will be offered once a week in the evening for six weeks from 6:00-9:00pm, with additional online training. Training will run Thursday, August 30, 2018 - Thursday, October 1, 2018.
What is the CASA volunteer’s role?
• A CASA volunteer gathers information about the child’s situation, attends court proceedings and makes a recommendation to the judge so that the judge has the information to make a decision about the child’s future. 
• The CASA volunteer advocates for the safety, permanency and well-being of the child.

What is required of a CASA?
• Commitment: The vast majority of cases last one to two years, and the amount of time spent on a case per month typically averages 5- 7 hours. Volunteers must make case time a priority in order to provide quality advocacy. 
• Objectivity: Volunteers research case records and speak to everyone involved in a child's life, including their family members, teacher, doctor, lawyer, social worker and others. Their independent, third-party evaluations are based on facts, evidence and testimonies.
• Communication skills: Once a volunteer has fully evaluated a case, they prepare a written report outlining their recommendation for the child's placement. They must be able to attend court hearings and present their rationale to the judge in court.
United Way of Northeast Georgia
Barrow County 2019 Campaign Kick-Off
Friday, August 24, 2018
11:45am – 1:00pm
Chico's

Lunch from The Master's Table will be served. There will be a drawing for door prizes and all attendees will receive a shopping pass to the Chico's Employee Store. Please bring a picture ID to comply with Chico's security procedure. We look forward to seeing you!

It's never too early to start planning for Spooktacular!
If you are interested in giving out candy or setting up a vendor booth, email maddison.dean@cityofwinder.com. 
Need your event catered?
Let Wimberly's Roots cater your next luncheon, dinner or any other event that involves food!

Wimberly’s Roots provides gardening and culinary training and services in order to educate sustainable and healthy growing and cooking practices. This service includes the expertise of volunteer farmers, growers, chefs, nutritionist and educators.

Contact John Huff at jhuff@winderhousing.com to book your next meal!
The Tree House seeks Volunteers!
The Tree House is seeking summer volunteers for our Supervised Visitation Program.

For more information about ecoming a volunteer, please visit our website at www.thetreehouseinc.org 
Easter Seals North GA Barrow County HeadStart /PreK are currently enrolling three and four year old children!

Contact them today!


Easter Seals North GA
Barrow Co. HeadStart/PreK
75 Maynard St.
Winder,GA 30680
770-867-6167
Piedmont Rape Crisis Center 24/7 Crisis Hot Line
  770.586.5423

Come shop with us!
Come shop at SYTGE Outreach Ministries thrift store while giving back to the community.

A portion of the proceeds go back out into the community to help families in need. Come support our thrift store.

Located at 243 East May Street Suite C in Winder.
 
1.        Fall 2018 Elevate classes are set!
Do you know of couples in committed (married OR unmarried) relationships that are in need of a little support with building healthy communication skills? Managing stressors? Effectively handling conflict?

We are looking for couples in or near the following counties to participate in our fun ELEVATE program: Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Madison, Newton, Rockdale, and Walton. Please tell them about Project F.R.E.E. and share information about our programs!

For additional information, visit www.ugaprojectfree.com and click “For Couples” to learn more about our ELEVATE program for couples. Also, click “For Single Parents” to learn more about our Together We Can.

2.   Refer to win!
We can’t thank all of our wonderful partners enough for taking the time to refer families to us. Not only are the parents winning by learning skills that can help them and their children, but you can win as well!
 
Refer five (5) or more families during a month and you will be eligible to win A ‘SURPRISE’ gift basket! You could be July’s big winner!

To refer parents (with children ages 0-17) you are working with, go to www.ugaprojectfree.com , click on “For Community Partners” and click “refer a family.” We look forward to receiving your referrals!

3.   Making an impact!
 
Not only are we reaching record highs in the 90s for this summer, but at Project F.R.E.E. our numbers continue to rise with the number of families we are serving!

We have completed two (2) Together We Can programs with 31 single parents in Walton and Newton Counties. And, 18 parents just started their program in Clarke County.

Our Elevate couples programs will take off this Friday/Saturday in Rockdale county (July 20 th – 21 st) with 22 couples registered, followed by Oconee county (July 27 th – 28 th) with 41 couples! We still have openings for couples in our Madison county program scheduled to close out our summer series on August 17 th – 18 th.

Also, 11 parents in Elbert county participated in our Discovery Money Solutions (DMS) program in June. Our next set of DMS programs are scheduled for August and September. All families who completed the Elevate and Together We Can program are eligible to participate in this amazing financial education program!


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Ted Futris ( tfutris@uga.edu), Mahogania Smith ( mahogania@uga.edu), or the program coordinator serving your county ( http://www.fcs.uga.edu/hmre/projectfree-contact).


Please continue to visit our project website to learn more about the project and new developments! www.ugaprojectfree.com
Project F.R.E.E. Supporting Families

Through a federal grant we are providing evidence-informed programs to improve couple and co-parenting functioning, increase economic stability, and create positive and stable homes. Our couple and co-parenting programs are designed to help parents form, improve, and sustain healthy relationships. We are also providing services to help families make progress toward lasting economic stability. These programs are free!


Book your tickets today at innovationamphitheater.com
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BARROW COUNTY FAMILY CONNECTION
163 MLK JR. DRIVE | PO BOX 278 WINDER, GA 30680
770.530.0687 WWW.BARROWFAMILYCONNECTION.ORG