ACCA was so excited to host US Congressman Doug Collins this past Tuesday for a tour of ACCA and for him to accompany one of our Meals on Wheels volunteers on a route here in Athens. Congressman Collins represents Georgia in the United States House of Representatives and spend a lot of time in Washington DC. We were honored he and staff member, Joel Katz, took time from their busy schedule to hear and see some of the issues older adults face on a daily basis. Congressman Collins was a joy to be around and all of the clients he visited were excited to have his ear for a short amount of time. If you would like to see pictures from his visit, please follow this LINK and “like” our Facebook page if you haven’t already.
If you are passionate about local, state, and national legistlative issue, please join ACCA at the advocacy training coming up on Thursday, October 16 at 10:00 a.m. at the Athens First Bank and Trust in Downtown Athens. The session will be in the upstairs conference room and will start at 10:00 and will end at 1:30 p.m. with a free lunch included. There is no charge for this event. Please RSVP to KaDee at email@example.com or call 706-549-4850.
ACCA is very pleased to announce the promotion of Erin Beasley to the Director of Operations. Erin joined ACCA over a year and half ago as the part-time RSVP Program Specialist and was soon moved into the position of SSC Director. Erin will be a direct report to Eve and help her with writing new polies, policy review, and program outcome tracking. Erin will continue to supervise the SSC Program, and will also supervise the GeorgiaCares Program. Erin brings a wealth of experience to her new role and we are excited about her new position at the agency.
Please join us in congratulating Erin on her promotion.
Georgia Department of Human Services Commissioner Keith Horton and Deputy Commissioner Renorta Heard spend this morning visiting ACCA. They had an introduction and tour of the agency and were able to see one of our Mobile Food Pantries in action. This mornings mobile food pantry will support 400 members of our community and over 10,000 pounds of food was distributed. Commissioner Horton and Deputy Commissioner Heard then met with several of the clients of the Center for Active Living to hear first hand some of the concerns and issues they face as aging older adults. Check out more photos by visiting us on Facebook HERE.
We hope you have received the newest issue of ACCA’s Connections magazine. It hit the streets about a week ago. There is a lot of god information about GeorgiaCare’s Open Enrollment as well as a synopsis of ACCA’s recent trip to Washington, DC to advocate for funding.
Click on the picture to the left to see the online issue and please give KaDee a call at 706-549-4850 if you would like to be added to our mailing list.
Ruby Mae is a great-grandparent that is raising her 3 great-grandchildern.
ACCA is celebrating Grandparents Day all week by featuring some of our inspiring Grandparents Raising Grandchildren participants on our Facebook Page. Below are some of the quotes from our wonderful grandparents and relative caregivers that will be featured this week.
“The beautiful gift of love that I see and feel when I see their smiling little faces.”
“Enjoy them while you can. Enjoy watching them try new things. Listen to them and help when you can.”
“Whatever our grandchildren are going through in life; we need to let them know that we will be there for them. The door is always open and we want them to get on the right track. We need to teach them to seek God’s kingdom first.”
“I enjoy receiving the love that they give to me, seeing how they come to me for help in any situation, and teaching them to be obedient and have respect for themselves and other adults.”
For more information about the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program, click HERE.