What She Understood

Maya Angelou Blog Post

“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” – Maya Angelou

Words are our most powerful weapon. With words, we can build up and strengthen; we can tear down and destroy. This is not a new idea. But it is, perhaps, an idea overlooked. How often do we actually speak with intention? How much do our words represent the goodness of our souls, rather than our fleeting emotions? What are we giving back when we open our mouths or put pen to paper? In a digital age where smart phones have overtaken the cultural landscape and shifted our perception of communication, we ask ourselves: How can this be a positive thing? It certainly isn’t going away. So what can we do to ensure healthy, meaningful connections are formed in light of this change? We don’t fight it. We use it.

We use it to share a Tweet that, in just 140 characters, brings encouragement to someone in the form of a joke, a good news article, or an uplifting blog post. We use it to send smiling photos and heart emojis and Snapchats with our best friends singing our favorite songs. We use it to tell others that they are valuable just the way they are…and they haven’t been forgotten. We become fierce with our love and our words. We just do it differently these days.

Maya Angelou understood the power of words. As a world-renowned poet, author, civil-rights activist, and former U.S. Poet Laureate, she used them to transcend the division we create amongst ourselves and bring about an awareness of shared values and beliefs. She once declared, “By demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends”.ย We’re all people. The deaf, the blind, the hearing, the disabled, the black, the white, the heartbroken, the optimist, the thinker, the feeler. Each of us is evidence of something greater, handcrafted to represent one part of a whole body. So there is inherent value in our differences because they all work together. Or at least they can if we let them.

Angelou leaves behind a legacy of advocacy through words. And while she certainly fought for equality and justice in other ways, her greatest gift was sharing the simple truth that we are all equipped with a powerful weapon.

And it’s up to us how we want to use it.

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“The Time of Your Life”: GCRC Prom 2014

On Saturday night, GCRC hosted its 2nd annual prom at the Calhoun Convention Center. This year’s theme was “The Time of Your Life” and it was such a treat to see everyone dressed up in their gowns and suits, dancing and laughing, and having a blast together.

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Tammie looking lovely in her gown!

Each year, we crown a prom king and queen, and we also recognize each individual for his or her contribution to the agency with awards honoring character excellence. We handed out certificates for traits like “Gentle”, “Courageous”, “Funny”, and “Compassionate” and a number of others. We want our individuals to know how much we cherish them and, most importantly, that they each have something important to contribute to our organization and the world.

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Our beautiful centerpieces!

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Our CEO, Mary, and our Social Media & PR Specialist, Wendi

We enjoyed a lovely dinner of grilled chicken, mashed potatoes, and buttered rolls with lots of dessert options! Red velvet cake was a big hit.

We want to thank everyone who came out to celebrate our prom this year, and we hope you’ll come back again in 2015!

P.S. More photos to come!

Come Have “The Time of Your Life” With Us!

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Most high school students get to attend prom at least once in their lives. They spend weeks planning what they’ll wear, where they’ll have dinner, and what kind of flowers to buy. They get all dressed up in gowns and tuxedos and, years later, they can look back on that night and reminisce, hopefully about all the fun they had together.

For many of our individuals, prom was never a reality. But, now, GCRC is proud to host an annual prom so everyone can have the opportunity to feel beautiful (or handsome) and celebrate a night of fun and laughter, food and dancing! This Saturday, May 17th, we’ll be hosting our annual GCRC prom and our theme is “The Time of Your Life”. We had a wonderful time last year and the votes are being tallied for Homecoming Queen and King as I’m typing these words. We’re also excited that we’ll be announcing awards for every individual from GCRC! We invite you to come join us as we celebrate one another and the progress we’ve made as an agency this year.

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Tickets are just $8.50 per person and will go towards your dinner (which is sure to be delicious!). Doors open at 5 p.m. and close at 9 p.m. For more information, please call our office at 706-629-2987.

We hope to see you there!

Photos from GCRC prom 2013

An Introduction

Change QuoteHello and welcome to our brand new GCRC website and blog! We’re excited to share this space with you after so many months of planning and development. As it goes with most projects, there is always a little bit of chaos that precedes big changes. And while a new website and blog might not seem like a big change to some, it is to us because this is a place where you’re invited to an intimate look at what we do here at GCRC.

This is a place where you’ll gain a deeper understanding of our individuals and with deeper understanding comes a stirring for action. Our hope for these individuals, and for ALL people, is for them to find a place within a community where they will not be driven away by fear, ignorance, or condemnation, but will, instead, be embraced as the unique and talented people they are. This new site is a step in that direction. Let us know what you think of the new site by Liking our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @GCRCOfficial! And thank you, THANK YOU, for following along on our journey.