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 hold meetings VIRTUALLY.
We will send out ZOOM meeting information 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 VIRTUAL meeting will be October 6, 2020
~Dawson County Family Connection News~



If you or a loved one are in crisis, there is help. Be brave in four words and just ask...
"Can you help me?"
There are more people than you realize that want to see you and yours
make it through to see tomorrow!


Just a sample of resources for:
YOUTH- You Matter
LOSS SURVIVORS-I've Lost Someone
ATTEMPT SURVIVORS-Journey to Health & Hope
(Clickable Links)

Text "HOME" to 741741

Cuando usted llama al número 1-888-628-9454, su llamada se dirige al centro de ayuda de nuestra red disponible más cercano. Tenemos actualmente 170 centros en la red y usted hablará probablemente con uno situado en su zona. Cada centro funciona en forma independiente y tiene su propio personal calificado.Cuando el centro contesta su llamada, usted estará hablando con una persona que le escuchará, le hará preguntas y hará todo lo que esté a su alcance para ayudarle.
For immediate access crisis services, please call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL). GCAL is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year to help you or someone you care for in a crisis. GCAL professionals will:
1)Provide telephonic crisis intervention services 2)Dispatch mobile crisis teams 3)Assist individuals in finding an open crisis or detox bed across the State 4)Link individuals with urgent appointment services. GCAL can help with non emergencies as well.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 170 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices.
If you're thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, please do not hesitate to call!!!
Kinship Care
Kinship care is the raising of children by grandparents, or other extended family members because the biological parents are unable to do so. For more information regarding upcoming meetings, contact Nancy Stites at 706-265-1981 or nstites@dawsonfamilyconnection.org
BTK Survey
Please take a few minutes to take our Community Survey! Your perception is the KEY to preventing underage drinking in Dawson County! Survey link:
~Calendar~

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Click on underlined events to learn more
~Collaborative Bulletin Board~

-September full of VIRTUAL events
-Back in full swing!
-Minor Home Repairs or Handicap Ramp Build
-Trunk or Treat sponsors needed.
-September Calendar
-Opening for IN-PERSON instruction SEPTEMBER 14th!
-Accepting applications for 11-17 year olds
-UPDATED CARES Energy Assistance information
-Now HIRING
-Do you know of a child in need of a bed?
-VIRTUAL Job Board

Click on agency for more information
DAWSON COUNTY MCKINNEY VENTO PROGRAM
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We have some students in need of headphones!
Do you think you could help?
It's easy as 1,2,3!
  • 1. Visit our Amazon Wish list at https://a.co/akemmnH
  • 2. Place items you wish to purchase in your cart and checkout
  • 3. Items are delivered directly to Dawson County Family Connection and we will distribute to those in need!
Your support is greatly appreciated!

DAWSON COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM
Effective Tuesday, September 8, 2020 Dawson County Schools will begin serving free breakfast and lunch meals to all students. USDA has provided emergency funding for schools to provide free breakfast and lunch meals until December 31, 2020. This will allow the school nutrition program to serve nutritious meals to all students, at no cost to families. Students who purchased school meals September 1-4, 2020 will be issued a credit on their meal accounts. No refunds will be issued.
Regular meal prices will resume in January, 2021. If needed, we strongly encourage families to complete an application for free and reduced meals. We understand these are difficult times for everyone and hope this will relieve some of the financial hardship in our community. If you have any questions, please contact the School Nutrition Office at (706) 265-3246.

~Fundraisers~
GOOD SHEPHERD CLINIC
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Nothing says Halloween like a SCARECROW!
We have all had a "scarecrow" kind of year, and the Good Shepherd Clinic is sponsoring a Scarecrow 'Fest to put a smile on all our faces. 
Get ready to load up the car and have a memorable time with the whole family!
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HOW IT WORKS:
Participating businesses will create their own unique scarecrow and display them next to their storefront.
Elementary school children from Dawson County will vote on for their favorite scarecrows in an interactive community-wide scarecrow hunt!
WINNERS of Scarecrow' Fest will be announced on October 30, 2020!
The contest runs from September 25th until October 30th.

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HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?
The entrance fee is $100 with proceeds going to the Good Shepherd Clinic to pay for much-needed medicines for our patients. The clinic has remained open for the entire pandemic, serving Dawson County as we have for the last eleven years.
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CLICK HERE for entry information
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CLICK HERE for flyer
DAWSON COUNTY 4-H
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Accepting Pre-Orders NOW!
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$12 per one pound bag
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Dawson County 4-H Office is now accepting pre-orders for our annual fundraiser.
The pecans will be delivered to the 4-H office the second week of November...just in time for Thanksgiving!!!
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Call 706-265-2442 for details
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Information will also be distributed to 4-H members in school so look for the flyer.
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P.S. Pecan pie happens to be one of the Administrator at Family Connection's favorite pies...just putting that information out there!
~Other News~

 

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