Weekly Update November 11, 2016

Message from Ron

What a past week we have all witnessed.  There was a presidential election that had an outcome that truly reflects the many divides that remain in our country.  For some the election was a welcomed relief and for others a scary reversal of many of the seeds of hope that were planted during the Obama presidency.  No matter your position or feelings it will be imperative, if we are to thrive as a nation, for every one of us to determine how best we can serve our fellow human beings better in the days ahead. 

On a less somber note this past week also was the implementation of the three day GCCF conference in Augusta.  What a full three days it was with 42 breakout sessions (not including the pre-conference bonus sessions), two luncheons, great keynote speakers, two plenary sessions, a refreshing networking reception and over 50 exhibitors.  I was especially struck by the amount of networking and fellow-shipping that seemed to be occurring each day and evening. 

I hope if you attended you will take the time to complete the on-line survey so the planning committee can use your feedback to make the 2017 conference even more successful.  I want to thank our many sponsors; with out your support the conference would not be possible.  Much appreciation goes out to the planning committee for all your efforts and insight in ensuring this year’s conference really did ‘put purpose into practice’.  In addition a huge ‘thank you’ needs to be extended to Carolyn for all her tireless attention to even the smallest of details.  Her efforts always make GCCF one of the best statewide conferences in Georgia!  Look forward to working with all of you on the 2017 GCCF conference.      


Provider Watch November 9, 2016 - Private Provider meeting scheduled in Region 9 with DFCS Director, Bobby Cagle 11/29/16
Welfare Watch November 3, 2016 - 2016 GCCF Award Recipients recognized

Daily Update November 10, 2016  - Recruitment Flyer 
Daily Update November 2, 2016 - Deal announces Leadership Changes
Daily Update November 1, 2016 -  Reese named as judge

Together Georgia Provider Alliance in collaboration with The University of Georgia J. W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development offers the following training.  By the nature of their work, child welfare professionals are at particular risk for developing secondary traumatic stress symptoms. This session examines the causes of secondary trauma, its effects on staff, treatment methods for working with clients to address their trauma responses, and more. 

Mission vs. Margin

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 10:00am - 2:00pm  
Program Description: Leaders and decision makers often walk a fine line between implementing their agency’s mission and the need to sustain a successful business model. Too much focus on one or the other often results in frustrated or burned out staff and administrators. In this session, participants will explore how to achieve and or maintain a critical balance that keeps the doors open and the mission alive!
Goals/Learning Outcomes:
- Identify the things that deflate the energy of both management and staff as they engage in the agencies mission and/or margin
- Explore reengagement and revitalization methods for both staff and administrators
- Identify successful models for achieving both mission and margin
Presenter: Terence Johnson and David Meyers, Fanning Institute for Leadership Development
Location: Carrie Steele-Pitts Home, Inc. - 667 Fairburn Road, NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30331
Cost for training and lunch: $85 (TG members receive complimentary registration--email office@gahsc.org to request code.)  link to registration 
CEUs applied for  - 3.5 hours LCSW, LPC, LMFT
Contact office@gahsc.org


Child Welfare Training Collaborative
Trauma 101: Understanding Child Trauma and Child Traumatic Stress - multiple dates - click here to view calendar

Georgia Center for Nonprofits, Nonprofit University, Development Institute


November 17 10am - Family Preservation/Mental Health Provider Chapter - 270 Carpenter Dr. Ste 400,              Sandy Springs 30328 - Theo Carter is invited to discuss areas of interest with DJJ
December 6 - Board Meeting 10:00a.m. followed by TG Leadership Meeting at noon - UMCH, 
500 S.
     Columbia Dr., Decatur 30030 - details will be forthcoming
January 18, 2017 - Together Georgia Day at the Capitol
April 25 & 26, 2017 -  Annual Executive Retreat, WinShape

Member Calendar - http://togetherga.net/index.php/events/list-by-month/month.calendar/2016/06/27/-


YouthToday Grants - click here to see available grants on website 
Grant Station Insider  - Volume XV | Issue 24 | June 16, 2016


2016 Georgia Conference on Children and Families (Please provide evaluation on the session that you attended.)

Archived:  TG Salary Survey:  The 2016 survey is now closed.  Click here to view results


Please note Together Georgia has a Job Bank to which TG members may post notices on the website at www.togetherga.net.   The system is new and members will need to log in with user name and password that was previously provided to member agency directors. (User name is the first initial and last name of agency director; password, if forgotten may be reset - reset will go to the agency director's inbox. )


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Happy Veteran's Day!

Today we celebrate the veterans and active duty military that compose our Goshen Valley staff and alumni. We are proud of our 7 alumni and 5 staff who have served, or are serving, our country.

One of our greatest honors is to watch young men and women who leave our care allow God to turn their difficult circumstances into fuel for a purposeful life that positively impacts our world. Today we celebrate!


Kevin Armour

US Marine Corps, Lance Corporal (2009-2013)
1812 Tank Crewman
Operation Enduring Freedom
Kuwait, Afghanistan

Kevin was at Goshen Valley from 2006-2008



Shawn Chapman, Active

US Marine Corps, Private First Class
0811 Artillery Cannonier

Shawn was at Goshen Valley from 2009-2010 and 2014-2016



Chase Chitwood, Active 

US Marine Corps, E-3 Lance Corporal
3531 Motor Transportation Operator

Chase was at Goshen Valley for 8 years, from 2008-2015



Wade Godfrey, Active

US Navy, Petty Officer 
3rd Rated Master at Arms

Wade was at Goshen Valley from 2007-2010 and 2014-2015



Geoffrey Laney, Active 

US Marine Corps, Lance Corporal
1142 Mechanical Engineer

Geoff was at Goshen Valley for 6 years, from 2010-2015



John Metcalf, Active

US Army National Guard, 2nd Lieutenant 

John was at Goshen Valley from 2008-2010



Matthew Moring, Active 

US Marine Corps, Private First Class
0311 Infantryman

Matt was at Goshen Valley from 2008-2011


Today Goshen Valley is a vocational ministry to 4 veterans and 1 active National Guard Sergeant. We are so thankful that they have continued a lifetime of service from the armed forces to human services in foster care.


Chris Copeland

US Air Force, Staff Sergeant E5
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Chris has worked at Goshen Valley with his wife Lorissa since 2014 in the area of Facilities Director, respite parent and as a foster parent.


Spencer Doyle

US Marine Corps, E-5 Sergeant
Gulf War - Kuwait

Spencer has worked at Goshen Valley with his wife Keren since 2014 as a foster parent, facilities staff and respite parent.


Paul Drennan

US Marines, Military Police
Desert Shield/Desert Storm
1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade

Paul has worked at Goshen Valley since 2010 as a full-time respite parent with his wife Tanya and currently as Director of Placement Services.


Mike Lind

US Marines, Infantry Sergeant 
Combined Arms Team
Front line invasion force for Operation Iraqi Freedom

Mike has worked at Goshen Valley with his wife Tina since 2015 as a respite parent.


Josh Voyes, Active

 US Army National Guard, Sergeant
2011 to present
Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Josh has worked at Goshen Valley since 2013 as a house father in the Covenant House. He and his wife Julie are expecting their first child in March!

We are honored to work beside and with so many dedicated servants! Today we celebrate their sacrifice. If you would like to give in honor of one of our staff or alumni, you can use the link below. 

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