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CRA Service Awards

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Community Residential Alternative (CRA) Department presents Service Awards. 

(L – R):  5 Years – Debbie Shelton,  3 Years – Millie Lee, Patsy Shelton, Vivian Merritt, and 10 Years – Katrina Taylor.

ANCOR Recognition

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(L-R) Shirley B. Brooks, Executive Director, Katina Hall, CA Community Connector, and Miranda Melton, CA Co-Manager. 

Congratulations to Katina Hall! She received a national recognition from (ANCOR) American Network of Community Options and Resources. 

ANCOR is a national trade association representing more than 1,400 private providers of community living and employment supports and services. ANCOR advocates for the crucial role providers play in enhancing and supporting the lives of people with disabilities and their families.

Annually, ANCOR recognizes (DSPs) Direct Support Professionals for the work they do.

People First Visit Chamber

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Some members of People First of Fitzgerald stopped by to visit the ladies at   

Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Co. Chamber of Commerce.

Long Road Home 2018

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The Long Road Home celebration was held on June 21. This was the 19th anniversary of the Olmstead decision by the U.S. Supreme Court – the end of the “Long Road Home” for Americans with mental illness and developmental disabilities.

The Long Road Home began with two Georgia women, Lois Curtis and Elaine Wilson, who were involuntarily admitted to the psychiatric unit in a state-run regional hospital. They filed suit for release under the Americans with Disability Act and won.

During the celebration, Community Bank was named 2018 “Friend of The Jessamine Place”. Award was presented to Shane Sapp. Other special guests included Fitzgerald High School JROTC, Senator Tyler Harper, State Representative Clay Pirkle, (JP Founder) Philip Jay and Cheri Mitchell, National Chair of the Long Road Home from Atlanta, Georgia. Also, Charles with his Host Home Provider, Dorothy told about his own experience of being released from the state hospital in Thomasville and Dorothy talked about Charles being a part of her family during the good times and challenging times.

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Faithful Service Awards

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State of Georgia – Faithful Service Awards

Mrs. Brooks presented the awards to Pam Snipes, Miranda Melton, and Janice Lawson. Congratulations Ladies!


June Employees of the Month

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Congratulations on a job well done!

SABE Conference 2018

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Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) Conference 2018 

People First of Fitzgerald attended the SABE 2018 Conference held in Birmingham, AL, June 7 – 9. 

Congratulations Pam!

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Please join us in Congratulating Pam Snipes for earning her certification as a Developmental Disability Nurse, presented by the Developmental Disability Nursing Association (DDNA). This certification is granted to nurses who meets the competency criteria and has longevity in the field of serving people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities.

Wild Hog Festival

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Wild Hog Festival


The 28th Annual Ocmulgee Wild Hog Festival was held on May 12 in Abbeville, GA.  Participants were able to relax in the shade on the grass and enjoy all kinds of good music and other entertainment including bands, and singing.  

Billy was excited about getting an opportunity to take a picture with Miss Georgia!

Early Voting

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Charles taking advantage of early voting.