100+ Women Who Care Support GRG Program

“I had heard about this Grandparents program through one of the counselors at Pathways and so they put me in touch with ACCA and it has truly been a lifesaver for me and my family,” stated Ruby Mae Smith, a program member of the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program at Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA).  Ms. Smith was excited to meet and personally thank the two representatives from the newly formed 100+ Women Who Care Athens when they presented a donation check to the program on Thursday, June 18, 2015.   Smith went on to say, “I have three of my great-grandchildren living with me and this program and the support that I have received from it is something else… one of my biggest challenges comes in the summer months when I am having to buy food for all of us and this program supplements that through their summer food program. I don’t know what I would do without it.”

Sherry Clouser, organizer of the 100+ Women Who Care Athens and Kathleen (Katie) Smith, ACCA Board of Directors and member of 100+ Women Who Care Athens presented checks totaling $1,400 to Paige Powell, Program Director for the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program.  “We are so honored to receive such a substantial gift and it will greatly impact our program,” stated Paige Powell, Program Director for the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program.

ACCA’s Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program allows grandparent or relative caregivers to have the social support services needed while facing new challenges. The social network that is created while attending support groups, events, and other activities, allows the relative caregivers to vent frustrations, relieve stress, and gain support from fellow peers who understand the challenges and issues faced while raising a grandchild.

As noted by Ms. Smith, not only does Grandparents Raising Grandchildren offer supportive services, it also can offer supplemental food, case management, health screenings and counseling, parenting education, and support groups for both the relative caregivers and the grandchildren.  100+ Women Who Care Athens chose this program through their selection process and it is the second donation made through the Athens chapter.

100+ Women Who Care Athens is part of the 100 Women Who Care Alliance started in Jackson, Michigan in 2006 by a woman named Karen Dunigan.  The aim of her first meeting was to have 100 women give $100 each quarter for a local charity to have a large impact within their community.  The idea has quickly spread and there are now over 275 chapters across the country. Sherry Clouser, the local organizer heard about the alliance through a high school friend’s social media post.  Clouser read up on the idea and decided this was a concept that could be beneficial to the Athens community.  “I’m really involved in my church and giving here and there to different organizations, but this chapter of 100+ Women Who Care Athens really allows us to come together as a group and have a larger impact to organizations,” stated Clouser.  Their first official meeting was in March of this year and their first gift was to the Girl Scouts of Northeast Georgia’s Be a Friend First program.

The group comes together to hear 3 “pitches” at each quarterly meeting and then vote on which organization they will support.  Katie Smith “pitched” the Grandparents Raising Grandparents program at ACCA because “I love the idea that this program impacts multiple generations within one family.  It can benefit the grandparents, parents, children, and relative caregivers… sometimes even the great-grandparents.  This gift truly makes a wide range of impact across generations,” stated Smith.

If you have questions about Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, please give us a call at 706-549-4850 or visit our website at www.accaging.org.  For more information about the 100+ Women Who Care Athens, check out the website at www.100womenathens.org or email the local chapter at 100womenathens@gmail.com

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Congratulations Keith!!

Keith Adams receives the Presidents Award from Janet Payne and the Georgia Council of Community Ombudsmen.

ACCA is so excited and proud to announce that Keith Adams was presented the annual Presidents award at the Spring Long-Term Care Ombudsman (LTCO) Training Conference held this week in Macon.  This award is a peer award, presented by a Community Ombudsman to a fellow Community Ombudsman through the Georgia Council of Community Ombudsmen. The award is presented to an ombudsman to acknowledge a positive impact professionally and/or personally on the Georgia Ombudsman Program and/or on the person giving the award.  Keith was awarded the President’s Award by Janet Payne, the 2014 winner and LTCO Coordinator from the Southern Crescent area of Georgia.

Keith joined the ACCA Long-Term Care Ombudsman team in December 2013.  Before joining this program, he worked as the coordinator for ACCA’s Winder Adult Day Health facility.  “Keith has been a member of the ACCA staff for almost 12 years and we are so excited he has been recognized with the prestigious award.  He is a dedicated employee and always gives 100% so it is no surprise that he would be recognized at the state level,” stated Nita Norris, ACCA Personnel Director.

ACCA’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program advocates for the rights of nursing home and personal care home residents, provides educational opportunities, and investigates and resolves complaints in long-term care facilities.  It can help caregivers and family find a facility that is right for your loved one. The singular focus is to protect the rights of residents in long-term care facility. For a copy of these rights or to find out more about this program, please contact ACCA’s LTCO office at 706-549-4850 or click HERE.

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It’s Getting Hot!!

It’s getting hot, hot, HOT and the ACCA Meals on Wheels program needs your help.   We are in need of fans to be donated to our clients to help keep them cool and healthy this summer.  Fans alone will not prevent heat related emergencies, but when paired with the daily contact with our volunteers, we can be sure that our clients are staying as cool as possible and that they will get medical treatment if necessary.

There are a few different ways that you can donate to this cause:

  • You can also donate fans that you may have in your home that you are no longer using.  We ask that these fans be in good working order.
  • Monetary donation for ACCA to purchase the fans.
  • You can purchase the fans yourself and bring them to ACCA.

If you have any questions or would like to donate, please contact Jessica Craft or Morgan O’Kelley at 706-549-4850.  For other items needed by our Meals on Wheels program and other programs at ACCA, check out our wish list HERE.

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THe Prep Visits ACCA – THANK YOU!!

Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA) has been blessed and excited to have over 30 student athletes from St. Joseph’s Preparatory School’s football program volunteering from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm each day this week. Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The Prep, as it is known, is an independent, Jesuit Catholic, college-preparatory high school for boys.  The school encourages and promotes volunteerism and community service among its students.  From its website, “St. Joseph’s Preparatory School encourages its students to discover through serious and prayerful reflection not only a strong sense of their own self-worth but also a clear responsibility to share their gifts working with, and for, their fellow human beings.”  To read the whole article and see more pictures, CLICK HERE.

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