Everyone Has A Role In Our Community


Everyone Has A Role In Our Community
Serving the Community - Val Jacobson, Jan Coleman, Margy Lohman, Melissa Johnson and Amy Sanford

3/19/2017 ~ by Pickens County Family Connection Board of Trustees

On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, Pickens Family Connection Collaborative hosted over 50 participants from local and state agencies assembled to learn more about Prevent Child Abuse Pickens, Family Preservation Services and Ferst Foundation.

Founded in 1994, Executive Director Margy Lohman has cared for over 2,000 children in Pickens County by educating parents in order to avoid neglect and abuse. PCAP visits any Pickens County newborn at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital through Footsteps for Families and a home visitation program called Parents as Teachers geared to help families break the cycle of neglect and abuse.

PCAP currently serves 80 families and 115 children ages 4 and under. They work closely with government agencies and other local nonprofits to accomplish their mission “to prevent child abuse and neglect before it starts”.

Amy Sanford of Family Preservation Services, spoke about how the relationship with PCAP has impacted the work of her organization. Family Preservation Services are short-term, family-focused services designed to assist families in crisis by improving parenting and family functioning while keeping children safe.

Val Jacobson, a seventeen year board veteran of PCAP, said “everyone has a role in the community.” Working together will make a difference and evoke change.

The Pickens County Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy also presented how they are impacting the lives of children in Pickens County. Sue Appleton, Chair of the Community Action Team, is currently delivering books through Ferst Foundation to 600 children ages 5 and under. Their initiative to mail free, age appropriate books to Pickens County children will reach 100,000 books in September! Visit www.ferstfoundation.org to register your child today.

April is Pinwheels for Prevention month. Leadership Pickens Class of 2016-17, sponsored by the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce, will be around the county distributing pinwheels or you can visit the PCAP office located at 1222-C East Church Street in Jasper. Any donation earns a business or individual a pinwheel to proudly display. Learn more about Prevent Child Abuse Pickens by visiting their website at www.pcapickens.org or by calling Ms. Lohman at 706-253-6488.

Our Family Connection collaborative serves as the local decision-making body, bringing community partners together to develop, implement, and evaluate plans that address the serious challenges facing Georgia’s children and families. Our success is our partners’ success – we bring them together, they develop and implement the strategies. Our most important partners are the families whose children are being served.

The next Pickens Family Connection Collaborative meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. April 12, 2017, at the Pickens County Government Offices. To learn more about PFC, contact Jacque Elwarner, Coordinator, at 706-253-2319 or visit our website at www.pickens.gafcp.org. We look forward to seeing you in April!