Letter From Our New Coordinator:
Many of you already know me, but for those of you who do not, my name is Rebecca Bliss. I am wife to Brian Bliss (19 years!) and mother to four beautiful, intelligent, witty, children who will all be teenagers in September (please say a little prayer for me!). My family moved to Dawson County from Gwinnett in 2006 and we have been smitten with this close-knit community ever since. My background is in accounting. I worked for NAPA Genuine Parts Company and HR Block (yes, I am one of those strange birds that ENJOYS doing taxes!). When my oldest was born, I chose to become a stay-at-home mom and wouldn't trade that experience for anything in the world. Five years ago, I accepted an administrative position with Dawson County Family Connection and fell in love with the work that this agency does.
I was lucky enough to mentor under Nancy Stites, who was coordinator for Dawson County Family Connection for 15 years! My hope is that upon my retirement, I will have served this community in the same heartfelt and caring manner as she has.
I am currently writing Dawson County Family Connection's annual plan for FY22 which will begin in July of this year. We will continue to provide resources and support to the community to accomplish our two main missions which are currently child abuse/neglect prevention and mental health awareness.
Dawson County's incidence of child abuse/neglect rank higher than those of Georgia overall and we will continue our focus on bringing awareness to the community of how to recognize incidences of child abuse and how to report. One program that we will continue to offer is Stewards of Children Training, which I hope every adult in Dawson County takes in order to stand up for our children suffering from sexual abuse. It is our hope to encourage families who can, to become Foster Families and provide extra community support for those already providing a stable home for children in our foster care system. We will continue providing support and resources to children being raised in homes by people other than their biological parents known as Kinship Care Families. Every child deserves to feel safe and in partnership with fellow agencies, child abuse/neglect prevention will continue to be a priority for Dawson County Family Connection.
If 2020 taught us nothing else, it is the importance of being mentally strong! The world can be a stressing, depressing, and anxiety causing place at times. It is our hope to bring awareness to this community of how important it is to take care of YOU! Resources are abundant and most of the time just a phone call away; ready for the asking! It is Dawson County Family Connection's goal to connect (either virtually or in person) those who need: help to build resilience, positive methods of conquering depression and anxiety, resources to fight substance abuse, and resources for counseling (especially those in need of Suicide Prevention services), with those willing to offer a lending hand in the form of guidance or support.
I am very passionate about Dawson County Family Connection's vision that "all Children in Dawson County will have the opportunity to become successful, contributing, productive and self-sustaining adults" and excited about the work that we will be doing in the coming year. I hope that passion and excitement is catching!
Thank you for all you do,
Please feel free to contact me at 706-265-1981 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org