Join our Community Collaborative
Please join us as we work together sharing information and services to help build
a strong, vibrant, healthy community.
For the safety of our members, we will continue to provide the option of attending our meeting face to face or virtually. We will send out ZOOM meeting information for virtual attendees the week before scheduled meeting.
If you can't make it, we are happy to make announcements for you.
Contact Nancy Stites at nstites@dawsonfamilyconnection.org if you need more information.
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Our next COMBINATION VIRTUAL/FACE to FACE
meeting will be December 1, 2020

~Dawson County Family Connection News~
Dawson County Family Connection has updated our Community Resource List.
Please feel free to share at will. Links to pdf's are printable on legal size paper. 
We hope the community finds this compilation of resources useful!



*This resource list is provided as a service by Family Connection. All information published herein is gathered from sources thought to be reliable and is not a complete list of all resources available to Dawson County citizens. Inclusion in this directory does not necessarily constitute an endorsement by Family Connection. Requests for changes or inclusions in this directory are appreciated and should be sent to rbliss@DawsonFamilyConnection.org. 
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Dawson County is in need of FOSTER FAMILIES as well! If you are interested in learning more about becoming a FOSTER PARENT or becoming a RESPITE CARE FAMILY please contact:
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Rebecca Davidson at 706-864-1658
or Blake Boyer at 706-525-1130
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ATLANTA - There is an urgent need for more foster parents across Georgia with the pandemic dramatically slashing interest.

For more information CLICK HERE

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities announces the release of Support for Survivors of Suicide Loss, a free guide for anyone who has experienced the loss of someone to suicide.
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Support for Survivors is designed to connect survivors with resources to help them navigate grief and to aid in healing. The guide covers resource materials and support programs from national organizations, such as the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), to local resources, such as Survivors of Suicide (SOS) Support Groups. Also included is information about therapeutic supports, including where to find care and types of therapies that survivors may find helpful. 
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Dawson County Family Connection/Be The Key is gathering data related to tobacco use in Dawson County. There is a very short survey that would be of great benefit to us!
Would you consider taking the survey? It will take less than 5 minutes:


~Calendar~

11/11/2020-Veterans Day-OFFICE CLOSED
11/14/2020-Tire Amnesty Day 
11/26/2020-Thanksgiving Holiday-OFFICE CLOSED
11/27/2020-Thanksgiving Holiday-OFFICE CLOSED
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12/24/2020-Christmas Eve-OFFICE CLOSED
12/25/2020-Christmas Day-OFFICE CLOSED
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Click on underlined events to learn more
~Collaborative Bulletin Board~

-Is offering mental health awareness trainings that will support caregivers & their families. Every training you attend enters you in a raffle for a chance to win a $100.00 gift card. For more information click HERE
-Is in need of used vehicle donations!
-Back in full swing!
-If you know someone between the ages of 16-26 years old with a mental health need/diagnosis, please feel free to contact Jenna Parmer at 706-716-0194 or jenna.parmer@avitapartners.org.
-Minor Home Repairs or Handicap Ramp Build
-Has openings available for children ages 3 &4. Please call Amber Byrd or Rita Pruett at 706-265-2980
-Now Hiring. For more information click HERE
-FOOD FOR FINES: During the month of November only (Nov. 1 - Nov. 30), the Chestatee Regional Library System will accept non-perishable food items to pay off overdue fines. For every two items donated you will receive $1.00 in fines removed. All donations will go to the Ric Rack Food Bank in Dawsonville.
-Mammograms & pap Smears for those with low income/no medical insurance
-Weekly food DELIVERY now available to shut-in residents of Dawson County! Contact  Christ Fellowship Church at 706-265-5564 for more information
-Free flu shots to all uninsured Dawson County residents. Free Flu Shot Fridays: Nov 12 & 20, Dec. 4, 11, & 20. 9am to 12pm at Good Shepherd Clinic, call 706-429-9914 for more information.
Goodwill Career Center
-November Calendar
-Free webinars to help Medicare recipients select the best plan options for them
-Lung & breast cancer screenings available
-Heating assistance information
-Do you know of a child in need of a bed?

Click on agency for more information
Ric Rack is collecting food for the holidays! They are in need of standard Thanksgiving meal items to distribute beginning November 1st. Also, juice for our seniors and children. Thank you for your continued support.
KARE for Kids, Inc will be accepting applications for the 2020 Christmas season at:
66 Hwy 53W (Directly across from City Liquor)
706-216-5273
NINTH DISTRICT OPPORTUNITY
HEATING ASSISTANCE
A one time payment will be made to the home energy supplier on behalf of eligible households. Eligibility for the program is based on income of everyone in the home:
Opens for the elderly/homebound: November 2nd
Opens for general public: December 1st
DAWSON COUNTY MCKINNEY VENTO
STUDENTS NEEDS
We are starting to feel a dip in the temperatures in Dawson County and we have some students that need some essentials to keep warm! It is easy peasy to help! 1) Go to our Amazon Wish List  2) Purchase straight from Amazon
3) Items delivered to us for distribution!
(CLICK HERE FOR WISHLIST)
Teen Virtual Clubhouse
Parents: Want to know more about
 NEXT GENERATION CLUBHOUSE?
~Highlighted Agency~
Our guest  speakers for this month's Community Collaborative meeting were Kennedy Mabe and Coryne Blackmon, co-founders of the new non-profit organization, Rescue the Children of Georgia. Rescue the Children of Georgia's mission is to:
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"To find and rescue victims of sex trafficking and help them maintain a life outside of sex trafficking with the appropriate resources."
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Per Mrs. Mabe, there are about 3.8 million adults and 1 million children trafficked in the United States with Atlanta, Georgia being a hot spot of that activity. "I can honestly tell you that when I was in high school I wouldn't have even thought twice about sex trafficking; it wouldn't have even crossed my mind," Mabe said. "I thought it was the white van snatching kids out of their yard, don't take candy from strangers, whatever - but that's not what it is. You don't know that the troubled kids at school that come in beaten or with bruises or ragged clothes, that a lot of times it has to do with what's going on at home." 
Both Mabe and Blackman said that at the end of the day, if they can rescue one child from sex trafficking it will all be worth it. 
"Rescuing a child would be one of the most monumental days of my life other than my own child's birth," Blackman said. "Our overall goal is to help many, but one is where we're starting; if we can save one child that would be a success to me."
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For more information about Rescue the Children of Georgia, please CLICK HERE to read full article written by Erica Schmidt, Dawson County News
~Fundraisers~
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THE YOUNIQUE FOUNDATION
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Please join an Evening to Reclaim Hope hosted by The Younique Foundation, a non-profit organization that inspires hope and healing for women who've been sexually abused. All proceeds from this event go towards helping survivors heal and empowering parents to protect children from sexual abuse.
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Shelaine and Derek Maxfield invite you to The Metropolitan Club in beautiful Alpharetta, where we're sharing insight into The Haven Retreat experience-and bringing it directly to you. Dinner begins promptly at 7:00 p.m., with hors d'oeuvres beginning at 6:00 p.m. Cocktail attire.
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For more information CLICK HERE


~Other News~

 

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