Volume 6 | December 2020
Hall County Resource Update
Dear Hall County Providers, We hope this newsletter finds you doing well. It has been an unpredictable and trying few months since March. Since we have all been so isolated, United Way of Hall County and Gainesville Housing Authority decided to start this newsletter in hopes that we can keep each other up to date on the resources currently being provided in Hall County. We will highlight 2-3 agencies each week. This information is being provided to us by the survey that went out earlier in September. If you missed the survey and would like to complete it. please contact Teigha Snowden at UWHC, tsnowden@unitedwayhallcounty.org. Thank you and stay well. Happy Holidays!
Boys & Girls Club of Lanier is open for after school programs from 2:30 pm through 6:30 pm, all clubs. They have clubs located in the following Gainesville City Schools: CAA, MMA, Enota, Fair Street, New Holland and GEA. These Clubs are fee base- call for more details. Boys & Girls Club of Lanier has three standalone Clubs; Positive Place Downey, Positive Place Teen Center and the Joseph F. Walters Club. They also have clubs also located in Hall County Schools: WSE, Tadmore, CWE, Lula and Friendship Elementary. Please refer to website for more information www.boysgirlsclubs.com
Boys & Girls Club of Lanier's after school program services are for kids K thru 12th grade. They offer tutoring, 4.5 hours per week by certified school teachers and programs that focus on Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles and Good Character and Leadership activities. They also offer sports fitness and recreation. 
Membership to the following Club locations are at no cost: Gainesville City School students -Positive Place Downey, and Positive Place Teen Center. There is also no cost for Lyman Hall students that attend the Joseph F. Walters Club, however, this is on a first come first serve basis. 
Contact Information:
Steven Mickens- CEO smickens@bgclanier.org  
Joyce Wilson- CDO jwilson@bgclanier.org
Wanda Newton DO wnewton@bgclanier.org
Rape Response serves victims/survivors of sexual abuse/assault, ages 13 and older, as well as their loved ones who may also be impacted by an assault. Rape Response serves survivors of any type of sexual abuse/assault, no matter how long ago it happened. Some reach out immediately for options and support while others have waited years to tell anyone. Rape Response Advocates are ready to listen whenever you are ready to seek support. It’s never too late to get help.
All services provided by Rape Response are free and confidential. The service area includes Dawson, Habersham, Hall, Forsyth, Lumpkin and White Counties in Georgia.
24 Hour Crisis Line
Rape Response trained advocates are ready to listen and provide assistance. Call the crisis line at (770) 503-7273 for help and support.
Counseling & Support Groups
Counseling and support groups are available for survivors of sexual assault.
Medical Accompaniment
Trained volunteer and staff advocates provide medical accompaniment and support at Northeast Georgia Medical Center-Gainesville during forensic medical exams.
Crisis Intervention
Advocates provide crisis intervention for survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones including:
  • Phone or face-to-face crisis intervention and support; support is provided regardless of when the assault occurred or if the crime was reported to law enforcement
  • Referral resources specific to the needs and wants of the survivor
  • Referral to public health department for aftercare examination and screenings for sexually transmitted infections
  • Assistance filing Victims’ Compensation forms
  • Judicial Accompaniment & Support
  • Legal accompaniment throughout the judicial process including accompaniment to law enforcement interviews and in the courtroom.
Professional Training
Training is provided to medical, legal, law enforcement and other agencies involved with survivors of sexual assault. Topics covered in these trainings may include: the impact of trauma, trauma informed investigations and Rape Response services. Rape Response is happy to provide speakers for local organizations in an effort to raise awareness and provide education about sexual assault.
Education & Community Awareness
Let’s Talk education programs are provided to middle, high school and college students, as well as their parents, in our six county service area. Advocates also participate in various community awareness events, sharing information on sexual assault and services provided Rape Response.
Healthy Relationships Classes
Rape Responses offer healthy relationship classes to youth who are middle and high school age. If you are interested please email Phoenix Garland phoenix@raperesponse.com.
Training in the Community
Rape Response also does other training for community members! Feel free to check out the website - https://www.raperesponse.com/education/education/

They also offer FREE counseling and support groups to sexual assault survivors in their service area. https://www.raperesponse.com/get-help/counseling-support-groups/ 

For more information:
Angel Jackson, angel@raperesponse.com, 770-503-7273
Jen Tarnowski, Jen@raperesponse.com, 770-503-7273

**Rape Response is hiring a Licensed Therapist (LCSW, LPC or LMFT) to provide individual and group therapy services for survivors of sexual trauma. The therapist will also provide leadership for our counseling program, supervising Master’s level counseling interns.
Information and application instructions for this position can be found on our website. I have also attached a job description to this email. 
News from NAMI:
Registration For NAMI Homefront Online Quarter 1, 2021 Classes Is Now Open!

Have you seen the new Jobs & Job Training Newsletter from One Hall? If not, check your junk mail or contact Maria Calkins. This new newsletter is a fantastic tool to share with your clients to help with finding jobs, find out more about job training opportunities and read about some general job related inforamtion...all in one easy to navigate newsletter!
Ninth District Opportunity is now assisting people older and younger than 65 with their Energy Assistance Program. For assistance, call 1-855-636-3108. If the client has a disconnect notice, it is very important that they leave that information in their voice message.
One Hall United Against Poverty is meeting via Zoom. Please contact Teigha Snowden to get involved.
One Hall Education:
2nd Thursday at 9 am
One Hall Mental & Behavioral Health:
3rd Wed at 8:30 am
One Hall Financial Stability:
3rd Wednesday at 2 pm
One Hall Health:
4th Wednesday at 8:30 am

Find RESOURCES from our One Hall groups. If you have a resource you would like to share, please add it!
The Compass Center

For assistance, call Wakeitha Cunningham at 770-536-1121.