Happy 2017!

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Now that what many viewed as a tumultuous 2016 has passed, we are looking to the new year with equal parts excitement and hope. It’s easy to get bogged down in what seems like the never-ending cycle of tragedy and loss, but there is always light in the darkness.

And how do we know that? Because we woke up this morning.

The sheer fact that you are alive today means that this moment has a purpose. Such an idea requires diligence and intentionality if it’s to be lived effectively—if we are to really embrace today for the gift that it is—and that can be a challenge. We rush from one thing to the next—checking tasks off our work, family, and social calendars—because in many ways it’s what we’re required to do. But how we schedule our lives determines how we live our lives.

Is it cliche to ask that in 2017 we learn how to live slowly? Perhaps.

But cliches ring true because they are rooted in truth.

Living slowly in 2017 is not asking you to stop being busy; it’s asking you to stop filling your lives with things that zap your energy, to stop saying yes to things when you should be saying no, and to cease the endless striving for more. There will always be tasks that require sacrifice and effort on our part, and they won’t always be enjoyable…but it’s time to ask ourselves: Are they beneficial? Are they useful? Are they meaningful? These are the things we want to spend our time doing in 2017.

There is important work to be done. There will always be important work to be done. But let’s get busy doing what matters, not running a race that doesn’t belong to us.

Cheers to you—and to all of us—this new year. May our days and our lives spark a new hope in our world.

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Grand Opening and Open House!

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Last Tuesday, we hosted the ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration for our brand new employment training center. It was a perfect day! We hosted visitors from all across the community and the state, including GA House Rep. John Meadows and Calhoun Mayor Jimmy Palmer, and celebrated with music, food, and even a fun little photo booth.

It’s been a long road to get here, and we couldn’t have done it without the support of the people in our community. If you’d like to learn more about the grand opening, as well as the training facility itself, please check out our mentions in the Calhoun Times below:

Groundbreaking made on George Chambers Resource Center

George Chambers to host grand opening for facility that will train adults with disabilities

George Chambers holds grand opening for recent expansion

 

 

Weekly Wrap-Up // 02

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Happy Friday! Today we’re hosting another weekly wrap-up, where periodically we share our favorite posts, articles, videos, and stories from around the web. We want to focus on the positive things that people are doing to impact their communities – whether that’s supported employment, equality for those with disabilities, giving, or speaking out for the voiceless in our society – and leave you ready for the weekend with a smile on your face. Which shouldn’t be too hard considering it’s Friday and the weekend is supposed to be GORGEOUS.

Mock CVS Store Helps Adults With Developmental Disabilities Train for Jobs

Much like our training center will do upon its completion, this store gives adults with developmental disabilities the chance to learn hands-on skills that will prepare them for working lives and greater independence. Right on!

March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month! 

Learn more about what this month means and why it’s so important.

5th-Graders Ditch Recess for Sign Language Club So They Can Chat With Deaf Classmate

Somebody take these kids out for ice cream, STAT.

Chick-Fil-A Has the Answer to Our Communication Problem

Chick-Fil-A has just introduced cell phone coops, cardboard boxes created for families to put their cell phones aside during meal time. And (BONUS!) if they complete the challenge, theyget free Ice Dreams. (Okay, tell the kids learning sign language they need to go to Chick-Fil-A.)

Did you like our post this week? Share it with your friends on social media using #GCRCWeeklyWrapUp! You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram @GCRCOfficial and Like us on Facebook, too. Have a great weekend!

Christmas Ball at Sage Mountain Inn

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Happy Monday friends!

On Saturday, we hosted our first ever GCRC Christmas Ball at the Sage Cottage & Mountain Inn in Adairsville. What a beautiful venue! And it was all decked out for Christmas, so we spent quite a bit of time taking photos in front of the trees and marveling over the decorations.

Close to seventy people attended the event and everyone enjoyed an evening of food, dancing, and, most importantly, lots + lots of laughs. We also sent each attendee home with a special customized ornament to commemorate the night.

We’d like to extend a special thanks to the folks at Sage Cottage for hosting us and for making our event such a special one! We appreciate all your hard work. We also want to say thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with us! We hope you had as much fun as we did.

More pictures below:

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From the Web: Our Favorites

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The internet is a never-ending source of entertainment and amusement. It’s also a pretty great place for inspiration and encouragement, if you’re looking in the right places. So, to get your week started off right, we’ve gathered up a few of our favorite links from around the internet for your viewing pleasure. Grab your coffee and let’s get to it!

#TargetDoesItAgain: Target’s latest Halloween ad features a little girl with disabilities. Hooray for our favorite place to lose all our money!

Wanderlust: These two amazing women both have physical disabilities, but that hasn’t stopped them from traveling the world!

United Airlines Makes a Mistake…And Does Something About It: A man with cerebral palsy was left without the aisle chair he needed to access the airplane restroom. So he had to crawl there. Thankfully, United Airlines took steps to right their wrong.

Cart Fit for a Princess: A grocery store in Colorado ordered an extra-large, forward-facing cart for a little girl with cerebral palsy, and now other stores are joining in.

What are some of your favorites?

Come Join Us at Our Picnic in the Park!

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If you’re a woman looking for ways to help support your community, and have a fun night out while doing it, then you’re invited to our Picnic in the Park fundraiser on Saturday, September 26th!

As you know, our mission is to help those with disabilities lead fulfilled, independent lives where they can share in community and make a positive impact on the world. Picnic in the Park will help us continue to do the work we’ve been doing so well for over 40 years. Support from the people who partner with our organization has been crucial to our success, so we hope you’ll join us!

Local author Amber Lanier Nagle will be speaking at the event, and there will be music, games, and giveaways to enjoy. Tickets are only $5 and every ticket number will be entered into one of the giveaways. The fundraiser is a potluck-style event and attendees are asked to bring a quilt or blanket to sit on, as well as their favorite side dish.

We want this to feel less like a fundraiser and more like a get-together among friends. It’s important for us to continually stay connected with the people who help us do what we do. And since Picnic in the Park is a fundraiser hosted specifically for women, it is the first of its kind for us. We love hosting events for families and so many wonderful organizations in our area support us every year. But this time we want to give the women in our community a chance to take a break, enjoy an evening out, and connect with each other.

Picnic in the Park will be held from 5-7 p.m. on September 26th at the Black and Yellow Playground behind George Chambers, which is located at 1000 Highway 53 Spur in Calhoun. Tickets are available now and can be purchased by calling 404-273-8114.

For more information, please Like us on Facebook! You can also follow us on Twitter + Instagram @GCRCOfficial.

We hope to see you in September!

Gordon County Chamber Breakfast

A few weeks ago, our agency hosted the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Booster Breakfast. We were honored to be there and speak on behalf of the people we support on a daily basis. And the most amazing part of the event was that, by sharing our mission and, most importantly, our passion for helping individuals with disabilities lead independent lives, our community received an intimate glimpse into what this work is all about. And why it’s so incredibly important.

Mary introduced our speaker and GCRC’s Program Services Coordinator, Brandy. Having their leadership has made so much difference for our agency. It’s not an easy thing to stand up in front of a crowd and speak period, much less tell those people why – in so many words – our culture still has a lot of work to do when it comes to embracing individuals with developmental disabilities. But Mary and Brandy did it with grace and class. And it made people take notice.

Or, it could have been this rocking performance:

Either way, we are truly grateful for the opportunity to connect with our community and we look forward to all the ways – big and small – in which we can help improve the lives of those we support.

Thank you to the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce for allowing us to host this year’s Booster Breakfast. And thank you for all you do in this community!