2014 Community Partners
The Guest House, Inc. – Community Partners
- The University of North Georgia has students in Service Learning and Internships here throughout the year from their schools of Social Sciences, Nursing and Physical Therapy. We have 8 -10 senior nursing students here each semester performing service learning.
- Brenau University Schools of Nursing and Occupational Therapy rotate students here for field placements and group study every semester. On October 14th we were given a Staff in-service on Disaster Management in the morning and the same students led an art activity for patients in the afternoon as part of their senior year of studies.
- Citizens of Georgia Power – The Volunteer Arm of GA Power Company, driven exclusively by GA Power Employees, spend time here every year completing service projects. They also present us with a check every December – proceeds of fundraising events held throughout the year.
- First Baptist Church Hearts & Hands Women’s Ministry, First United Methodist Church, Grace Episcopal Church and Gainesville First Presbyterian Church all have regular volunteers here. They send funds quarterly which are collected throughout the year at Mission Events and fundraisers. Each church donates household supplies annually through product drives.
- The Hall County Optimist Club, The Lion’s Club, Master Gardeners and 15 to 18 individual volunteers come here monthly to lend their time and talents.
- Centennial Elementary School brings 4th and 5th classes here each semester for holiday celebrations and Poetry Readings.
- We are designated as a United Way of Hall County Partner Agency.
- The North Georgia Food Bank brings assorted paper products, cleaning supplies and household goods monthly.
- We have teamed with a local grocery store – J and J Foods – to have other items delivered here by bulk ordering.
- We are funded in part by an Alzheimer’s grant which is administered by Legacy Link – our Area Agency on Aging.
- Regular deep house cleaning and window washing is provided by Adventures in Missions groups as they prepare to travel overseas.
- Our service providers… Caterer – Oakwood Occasions, Lawn Service – Southern Seasons, HVAC – Tim Martin Heating & Air, Security – Electronic Sales Co. and Web Designer – John Nicholson Web Design …all contribute by supplying their services at cost.
- In June of 2014 we received a grant to cover the cost of blood sugar testing supplies from The NEGA Community Foundation. We also receive an annual annuity through this fund.
- Kevin Tharpe – Elder Law Attorney directs his clients who have one to two hour consults with him to pay The Guest House instead of his practice.
- Carla Abshire, Board Member began making handmade jewelry last year and has now devoted the entire business to profit for The Guest House. Her work can be seen on our Facebook page at The Guest House Gems.
- The Gainesville Police Department regularly donates Bingo Prizes and Household supplies, as does HallCo Community Credit Union.
- Lanier Technical College donates their Auditorium twice per year for Law Enforcement and Caregiver Training sessions on dementia care and safety.
- The North Georgia Senior Provider Network regularly sends members here with personal care supplies. Griswold Home Care, Southern Companions and Helping Hands Home Care are regular contributors.
- We are a Northeast Georgia Court Approved Site for community service work and we usually have at least two workers here each quarter. Currently, we have one student and one adult working for 40 and 100 hours as directed.
- We have worked this year with The Alzheimer’s Association to provide two Free Training sessions, which will be annual events. The Spring Training is for Law Enforcement and the Fall Training is for Caregivers – both Family and Paid. Interested Community Members are also welcome. Hope Assisted Living and Memory Care in Dacula, GA is a Training Sponsor.
- Annually, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company employees have a Work Day here and handle large maintenance, organizing and cleaning projects.
- We received a Grant for $6,000.00 from The Jackson EMC Foundation this year for patient care scholarships
- The Hall County Senior Provider Network has contributed funds to help with patient scholarships.
- Environmental Compliance Consultants LLC has contributed commodities for our Food Pantry and Household Care goods.
- TerryTorry Marketing Company has contributed Bingo Prizes, Holiday gifts and household supplies throughout the year.
- Mrs. Gretta Carter purchases new 300 piece puzzles every few months and delivers them with a smile.
- The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has granted us $5,000.00 to help restore supplies for our 400 square foot Hobby and Woodworking Shop. Volunteers Julia and Richard Padgham, owners of Padgham Custom Homes, will be building the shop. We are working now with the City of Gainesville on necessary permitting.
- We have partnered this year with Hall County 911 Operator Chastity Brock to develop an easy to use, one-page form that families of any patient who is prone to wander from any location can submit to 911 Dispatch to immediately identify them and pinpoint their home and possible locations. The project enlists neighbors, churches, families and friends to be immediately alerted should the patient be missing.
- We have a MOU with The North Georgia Food Bank for bimonthly deliveries of paper products, household cleaning supplies and personal toiletries.
- The Gainesville Hall County Newcomers Club does an annual supply drive for us.
- We have received generous Christmas donations from The James D. and Diane S. Magnus Foundation and First Presbyterian Church.
- Tapestry Hospice Community Relations Manager James Jones brings us personal care supplies every month and Treats for every holiday.
- We have received a $5,000.00 Grant from The Thanks Mom and Dad Fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta to help fund our 2015 Professional Music Therapy Program.
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