Monday, February 26, 2007

2/26 NAMI meeting with speaker on depression

Today , February 26, Liz Bell-Willis will adress the monthly meeting of NAMI-Central Ga. on "Depression." In any given year 13 to 14 million Americans suffer from clinical depression. It is the leading cause of disability among women. Ms. Bell-Willis is a registered nurse with 21 years of experience in psychiatric nursing. The meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. at the New Hope Center at 100 Story Road, Warner Robins The public is invited to come and ask questions. For more information or directions call 328-0508.

4/19-4/20 Conference on Summer Learning

GAIC and the Center for Summer Learning are pleased to announce that Atlanta will host the Center for Summer Learning's National Conference, Celebrate Summer as a Season for Learning, April 19-20, 2007. Bringing together school administrators, program providers, policy makers and researchers, this is the only national conference that brings the issue of summer learning to the forefront. We encourage you and your colleagues to attend this year!

The Only National Conference Focused on Summer Learning

Celebrate Summer as a Season for Learning is a two-day conference that will challenge you to plan, support and advocate for high-quality summer programming in your community and nationwide. In Georgia, most young people have 9-10 weeks of "idle time" on their hands with little supervision and lack high-quality, engaging opportunities that help them to stay on track and succeed making this conference helpful to local efforts.

Focus on Summer Learning from Georgia's Experts

The following engaging sessions will be led by Georgia experts from the education and youth development fields.

Integrating Parent Involvement into Summer Learning for Successful Child and Youth Development
Dr. Lisa Malice and Donna Kosicki, Georgia PTA

Public/Private Summer Learning Partnerships: Lessons Learned from a Pilot Program
Fred and Martha Downer Assaf, Pace Academy, Atlanta, Georgia; Carl Ackerman, Punahou School, Honolulu, HI; Beth Casey, Middle Grades Partnership, Baltimore, MD

Summer Extravaganza Teaching and Learning Camp (TLC): Summer Learning in Hotlanta
Dr. Mindy DiSalvo and Donna Whiting, DeKalb County School System

Summer Learning and Workforce Development: Effectively Reaching our Older Youth
Parky Rogers and Dr. Barbara Hill, Junior Achievement of Georgia

Time and Learning Opportunities in the 21st Century
Jill Riemer, Pat Willis, and Laura Dobbs, Georgia Afterschool Investment Council

Register Now!

Register now at Conference registration is $325/person through March 1. After that, registration is $350/person. Groups of four or more receive a 10% registration discount. For more information about the Center and the conference, visit or call Jennifer Brady, the Center's director of training and management assistance, at 410-516-6230.

Rachel E. Wellborn, MSW
Communications and Project Manager
Georgia Afterschool Investment Council
formerly the Georgia Partnership for Youth Investment
100 Edgewood Avenue, NE - 3rd Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303
404-527-8831 (office)
404-527-7353 (fax)

Georgia Crisis & Access Line

In July 2006, the Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) introduced the
Georgia Crisis & Access Line, a new statewide hotline designed to streamline
24/7 access to mental health, developmental disabilities, substance abuse
and behavioral healthcare crisis services. Georgia DHR awarded the service
to Atlanta-based Behavioral Health Link (BHL), a division of Integrated
Health Resources, LLC.

The goal of the Georgia Crisis & Access Line is to promote friendly and easy
access to services throughout the state's 159 counties. 1-800-715-GCAL is
available day or night in time of crisis and to assist with routine access
to services.

1-800-715-GCAL (4225) is staffed by trained and caring professionals who are
available around the clock. The confidential service is free to the public.
There is also a provider and resource database online at to help
with information about service options.

Georgia Crisis & Access Line

A crisis has no schedule. Help is available 24/7 for problems with mental
health, drugs, or alcohol.

Call 1-800-715-4225
or visit us online at

Houston Co Community Outreach Service Center Women and Children's Homeless Shelter

Good News! The official opening date for the Community Outreach Service Center Women and Children's Shelter has now been set. We will begin admitting clients on Thursday, February 22, 2007. All women admitted into the shelter must have been Houston County residents at the time they became homeless, they must have 2 forms of identification (one of which must be a picture I.D.) and they must meet the HUD definition of homeless (i.e. sleeping in place(s) not meant for human habitation, currently living in a shelter or transitional housing, within one week of eviction, leaving a short-stay facility such as detox center, crisis center, jail, etc. or is being discharged from such a facility and has been a resident there for more than 30 consecutive days and no subsequent residences have been identified.)

As an emergency facility, clients must understand that housing is generally limited to a period of thirty (30) days and during such time all clients must seek employment unless there is a physician's statement indicating an inability to do so. Clients will be assessed a nominal fee for their stay.

Please share this information with as many agencies and service providers in the Houston County area as possible. Also, we are in dire need of female resident assistants for nights and weekends. If anyone knows of any responsible, trustworthy candidates who might be interested in this position please ask them to contact us during the hours of 10am - 2pm at (478) 922-3195 or leave a message on our voicemail.

Thank you.

Tachunta A. Thomas

Interim Director

Community Outreach Service Center, Inc.

"A Haven for the Homeless"

(478) 922-3195

Friday, February 02, 2007

2/27 Crib Matching Program

Programs/Agencies that work with families of infants are
invited to participate in the Georgia Department of
Human Resources, Division of Public Health’s…


The Division of Public Health will match 3 cribs for every 5 purchased.
Come and learn more about:

    · Participation in the Crib Matching Program
    · SIDS/infant sleep safety (e.g. bed sharing)
    · The latest recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics on SIDS and Infant sleep safety

Training is a requirement for participation in this initiative. This session is one way to fulfill that requirement

We look forward to seeing you on:

February 27, 2007
9:00 a.m.- 12:00 pm
Location: DHR Middle Georgia Training Center
4885 Riverside Drive, Suite 300 (3rd floor of the Riverside Corporate Center)
Macon, GA 31210