J oin our Community Collaborative
Please join us as we work together sharing information and services to help build a strong, vibrant, healthy community. Collaborative meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 9am at the Professional Development Center located next to the Dawson County Board of Education.
If you can't make it, we are happy to make announcements for you.
Contact Nancy Stites at 706-265-1981 if you need more information.

If you would like to be added to our Collaborative Directory, click here.
If you would like to review the Collaborative Directory click here.
To view the 2020 calendar click here.

Our next meeting will be February 4, 2020
~ Dawson  County Family Connection News ~
Human Trafficking in Dawson
Article written by: Joshua Demarest
Picture this: a 14-year-old girl is walking to catch up with her friends at the outlet malls. It's dark outside, but the streetlights are on. The girl is on her phone, and doesn't see the white van with the blacked-out windows pull up until she is being grabbed and shoved in.
That's what we imagine when we think about human trafficking in America. But according to statistics, snatch-and-grab attacks only represent about one percent of all trafficking situations.
"I think the great delusion is just that," said Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson at a Family Connection Community Collaborative Meeting on Jan. 7, where human trafficking was the topic. "We often think of trafficking as grabbing people and throwing them into vans and stuff, and don't get me wrong, the community is aware of that. . . . It's the back doors. It's the internet. It's the social media. . . . And it seems like we're totally ignoring that aspect of it. We're more concerned with the white van than we are all these other things."
Not that it doesn't happen. In late 2019, there were two stories here in Dawson County of girls being attacked or stalked in or near the outlets. ( Click here to read full article)
(click here for human/sex trafficking statistics as presented by Jennifer Robson, Director of Beautiful Feet)
Jennifer Robson, Director of Beautiful Feet, speaks to a community collaborative meeting about human trafficking and her organization's mission and resources.  - photo by Jessica Taylor

Need help or know someone who needs help?
National Human Trafficking Hotline:
Call: 1-888-373-7888 Text: 233733
Click on picture to SIGN UP TODAY!
Prescription drug take-back boxes provide a place where unused or expired prescription drugs can be safely disposed and out of the hands of our children! Take your unused or expired medications TODAY and DISPOSE of them properly at the take-back box located in the lobby of the Dawson County Sheriff's Office!
Thanks to the generous donation of many...
We have distributed some coats to surrounding agencies, but still have many adult sized, gently used coats available to ANYONE IN NEED! They are keeping NO ONE WARM on our hangers, so please contact us if you or someone you know has a need!
Dawson County Family Connection
Are you a GRANDPARENT or a RELATIVE raising a child?

Kinship Care Meetings are for  YOU!!!
Come and learn resources that may be available for you and the children. (Or just come and meet others who, like you, are parenting the second time around!)
Childcare and dinner provided!
We look forward to seeing you! In order to best prepare for dinner and childcare, please  RSVP with the number in your party.

Our next meeting will be January 23, 2020!

Take a stand in 2020 to prevent underage drinking! Keep the conversation going about the risks and dangers associated with underage drinking.
For more resources and conversation starters go to
~Calendar ~
01/20/2020-MLK Day-OFFICE CLOSED
02/05/2020-Coffee and Commerce
02/07/2020-The Place Job Fair
02/29/2020-Chamber Gala

Click on underlined events to learn more
~Collaborative Bulletin Board ~
-Beautiful Feet Restoration Program Overview
-Weekly meetings at MLC
-Will gladly provide smoke alarms for those in need
-Is in need of NEW coats, shoes & snacks!
-Forget Me Not Club
-Information on becoming a Foster Family
-Monthly meeting opportunity
-January Calendar
-FREE GED Classes
-We are excited to be in Dawsonville!
-Food Pantry Volunteer Schedule for 2020

Click on agency for more information
Dawson County News will be publishing a nonprofit guide at the end of April 2020. This guide will provide a listing and brief description of each nonprofit in Dawson County as well as articles highlighting local programs and issues and how people can get involved. Nonprofits that wish to advertise in the guide may contact DCN Advertising Executive Jenn Richardson at jrichardson@dawsonnews.com for more information on rates and deadlines.
~Fundraisers ~

Using photography as a medium of self-expression gives the photographer, with the single click of a button, the ability to create images that capture their own stories, emotions and adventures.
- Amy Hillis, Former Project Coordinator

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Ramsey Conference Center  at Lanier Tech
2535 Lanier Tech Drive
Gainesville, GA 30507
Dinner and Drinks Included
Catering by Two Dog Café
Chamber Gala
Date and Time
Saturday Feb 29, 2020
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM EST
Saturday, February 29, 2020
6:00 PM Cocktail Hour
7:00 PM Dinner
7:45 PM Program

North Georgia Premium Outlet
Tickets $75 per person or $550 for a table of 8
RSVP no later than February 15, 2020
Reserve your seats today by calling the Chamber at 706-265-6278.
*The Chamber is seeking items for the upcoming Chamber Silent Auction. Please consider bringing an item to the Chamber or contact Melanie Sorensen for more information.*


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