Weekly Wrap-Up // 02

WEEKLYWRAPUP

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!Β 

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.)

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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!

“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!

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.