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Lizzie Winner

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Congratulations 2019 Lizzie Winners!


The “Lizzie Award” – “Above and Beyond” was developed in the loving memory of the late Lizzie Quarterman, who was an outstanding employee of The Jessamine Place. As a Direct Support Professional and Team Leader, she demonstrated “the extra mile” approach to supporting people served by the agency.

The Jessamine Place is very proud to announce the agency’s first place recipient for this prestigious award is Vanessa King. She received a $100 gift card along with beautiful plague commemorating her recognition. Also pictured are runner-ups, Vantina Manley and Casandra Carver. Both ladies were awarded certificates and gift cards. 

A direct support professional is a person who assists and advocates for individuals with a disability to lead a self-directed life while becoming full members of their community. DSPs encourage positive attitudes and behaviors that enhance community inclusion. A DSP engages in meaningful and rewarding work while helping fulfill dreams.

January EOM

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January - Employees of the Month


Thank You for a job well done!

January ROM

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January Right of the Month


Right to choose how and with whom you spend your time. 

Christmas Caroling

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Old-Time Tradition Shared with the Community


On Monday – December 20, participants enjoyed going around to local businesses and singing Christmas Carols. This old-time tradition seemed to be appreciated by all. It ended with going back to The Jessamine Place and sharing Christmas cookies and hot chocolate.

Holiday Celebration

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Masquerade Party for Holiday Celebration


On Thursday – December 12, the Masquerade theme for this year’s holiday celebration was a huge success. Those in attendance enjoyed top-notch decorations, good food, a fashion & talent show, and the crowning of 2019 King & Queen (Deondra and Charles).

Christmas Parade

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Ben Hill County Annual Christmas Parade


On Thursday – December 5, the agency participated in the annual Christmas parade hosted by the Ben Hill County  Chamber of Commerce.

Mayor’s Motorcade

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2019 Mayor's Motorcade

Mayor Motorcade

On Tuesday, December 3, in support of the Mayor’s Motorcade, staff from the Jessamine Place and People First presented both gifts and a check in support of individuals who are still housed in Central Georgia State Hospital in Milledgeville. Annually, the agency supports this great cause. 

December ROM

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December Right of the Month


Right to Socialize. To have visitors and see your friends.

Giving Back

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People First Annual Canned Food Drive


People First of Fitzgerald sponsors an annual can food drive for the Christian Kitchen. Donations are accepted throughout the year at the People First regular monthly meetings. Each year, in November, a drop off station is set up at The Jessamine Place hoping to encourage visitors to support such a wonderful cause. On November 27, the Christian Kitchen received the donations collected by People Fitzgerald and The Jessamine Place.

Volunteer Opportunity​

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Christmas Backpacks - Volunteer Opportunity


CHRISTMAS BACKPACKS is a great outreach ministry that is making a difference in the lives of children living in poverty.  Over 300 backpacks were collected and volunteers worked together seamlessly, repackaging the backpacks, to make sure appropriate items were included.

For more information about this outreach, please visit: