It seems like we say this every December, but we can’t believe it’s almost a new year! 2017 was full of lessons—some hard, but all important—and we are beginning 2018 with a renewed sense of optimism about the future of our agency.
Like so many others, we are hoping 2018 will initiate a wave of justice in the world. Much has changed in the past twelve months, not just for our nation and our communities, but across the globe. More than ever, we are witnessing opportunities to be bold in our faith and in our optimism; not because our lives are without struggle or because the systems we live by are working perfectly, but because with hardship and change come growth and perseverance. We are a part of that work, a very crucial part, and so are you. Each of us has a very important role to play, and while it can be easy—particularly in this part of the world—to be convinced that we live in a vacuum, our ideas and choices impact the people around us.
Our greatest hope for this next year is that we will all learn to embrace that reality and put our influence to the best use for the most amount of good.
We hope you enjoy these last two days of 2017 and we wish you a beautiful—and impactful—2018!
Thank you so much to everyone who came out to our first (hopefully annual) health fair last Thursday! It was a great success and we couldn’t have done it without the hard work of everyone on our staff, especially Robin Williams, as well as the following vendors who took valuable time out of their day to participate:
After God’s Heart Ministry
Calhoun CNA School
Calhoun Fire Department
Floyd Medicine Center
Mother Nature’s Eden
We spent the morning giving tours of our facility and training center, connecting with students from Calhoun CNA school, enjoying conversation with all our vendors, doing giveaways, and maybe even getting a massage (or two) from Healing Hands Massage Therapy. We also received an incredibly generous donation from KVW Services, Inc. which will go towards the Bailey Building grocery store in our new training facility.
It was truly a wonderful event and we hope to see everyone (and more!) back in 2018!
A few photos:
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
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!
Last Tuesday, a team from Shaw Industries stopped by our agency to donate their time and efforts into cleaning up our greenhouse. They spent the morning clearing it out, placing new mulch around the outside, and replacing weeds with wildflowers. They also planted new vegetables in each of the garden beds in the surrounding yard.
We want to extend a big thank you to Josh Berry and his team – Ann Williams, Audrey Hoff, Curtis Christianson, Dana Curtis, Genia Kirby, Jenni Small, Joe Mastin, and Marty Moss – for taking time out of their day to help keep our greenhouse and garden looking beautiful! We appreciate all of your hard work!
Scroll down for more pictures of the project:
It’s Friday again and you know what that means…another installment of our “Meet GCRC” series! Today, we’re proud to introduce you to a woman of many talents, our lovely Quality Compliance Director, Melissa Bagnoche. Melissa is involved in a number of projects and teams both here at GCRC and in a variety of community service organizations. She gives so much of herself and we are grateful for her hard work!
Hello! My name is Melissa Bagnoche and I have worked at George Chambers Resource Center since January 25th, 2011. My background is actually healthcare and I worked as a Radiologic Technologist for 10 years prior to starting my career with George Chambers Resource Center. I left Radiology because of the long commute I was making to Atlanta each work day. I decided to apply for a part-time position as a Receptionist at George Chambers Resource Center while my daughter was in school. I then became full-time as the Administrative Assistant. I am now the Quality Compliance Director. I am the Chair-Person for the Quality Improvement General Committee and also the UM/Peer Review Sub-Committee. I am the Vice-Chair for the Training Sub-Committee and the Policy & Procedures Sub-Committee. I also serve on our Board of Directors. I am a member of the Kiwanis Club of Calhoun and serve with Wendi, our Social Media & Public Relations Specialist, as a representative from George Chambers Resource Center at the Kiwanis Meetings. I honestly feel I have not only found a career that certainly has changed my life, but also a second family in the staff and the wonderful individuals we have the pleasure of serving each day. The individuals we serve literally teach me something new about life each day and inspire me to be a better person.
Outside of work, I live in Adairsville with my husband of 25 years, Shawn. We have one beautiful 10-year old daughter named Madilyne and she is the light of both of our lives. My husband transferred with his company thirteen years ago from Terre Haute, Indiana to Cartersville, Georgia. We bought our home in Adairsville three months after the move. have an amazing family in Indiana and Arizona that I miss dearly, but we have no plans on moving anywhere else. We are home!
If you want to connect with Melissa, you can send her an email here or follow her on Twitter.
Happy Friday! It’s time for another installment in our “Meet GCRC” series and, today, we are proud to introduce you to our fabulous Program Services Director: Brandy McConnell. Brandy is stylish and sweet and we can always count on her to provide some comic relief when work gets too stressful (because, let’s face it, even the best jobs have hard days, too!). Most importantly, Brandy keeps our services in line with the goals we have set for this organization and she ensures they will truly benefit the individuals we support.
Hi, I’m Brandy McConnell, Program Services Director for The George Chambers Resource Center. I have been a part of the GCRC family since August 2002. I began my career as an instructional aide, next as a CNA, and further on down the road I began working with Supportive Employment before splitting duties as a Program Coordinator. Now I have the fun task of overseeing several programs under the Medicaid Waiver and State Funded Programs. I am currently working towards receiving my Bachelor’s degree from Shorter University so that one day I can push my boss out of the way and have a new title as CEO (by the way, I know Mary would find this very funny).
I really enjoy the work I do for GCRC; it is not only is fulfilling, but it also has helped me to be able to work with my son, who was diagnosed with Autism at the age of three. I am proud to say that I am the mother of three teenagers who are my pride and joy. My daughter Shasta is a junior, my son Ashton is an eighth grader, and my son Dorian is a freshman. I would love to bore you with interesting things, such as my hobbies, but I really don’t have any to give you; however, I will say I am a true southerner who loves to sip her sweet tea and watching countless hours of one of football, one of my favorite past times.
If you’d like to get connected with Brandy, you can send her an email here. Thanks for reading! We hope you all have a great weekend!