Monday, April 29, 2013
Did you know that Publix grocery stories, libraries and QuikTrip stations in Gwinnett County are designated as "Safe Place" locations? These are designated places for children in danger to go seek help.
Wellspring Living is an Atlanta-area agency that runs three restorative homes to provide therapy, counseling, life skills training, education and a fresh start for young women and girls who have been sexually abused or trafficked. They have helped 72 girls 12 to 17 since 2008. Wellspring’s website scrolls two facts that are shocking and motivating at the same time: "Ninety percent of runaways end up in the sex trade within 72 hours." "Seven years is the average life expectancy of a girl in forced prostitution." We must do all we can to prevent runaways. We must communicate safe options for middle school and high school kids and their parents for those times when the kids feel overwhelmed in their interactions with parents, school, and …
Friday, November 23, 2012
The holidays are a good time to remember local charities that may need your help. Today we spotlight the Gwinnett Children's Shelter.
Although this charity is not located in Lilburn, it assists children throughout Gwinnett County and other areas of of northeast Georgia. Located in Buford, the children's shelter runs every day and serves more than 150 youth annually. Females ages 12 to 18 and males ages 12 to 21 can receive help here. Services include: runaway and homeless youth, guardian placement, children in protective custody and a transitional living program for young men. Family counseling, parent classes, educational services and enrichment activities also are availble. -- If you are a teen in crisis, text SAFE to 69866 and your current location for immediate help from the shelter. -- Current needs of the shelter include: school supplies, bedroom and bathroom …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Enter a drawing to throw out the first pitch at a Gwinnett Braves game and help benefit the Gwinnett Children's Shelter.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Judy Putnam
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Here's your chance to throw the first pitch in an upcoming Gwinnett Braves Game. The 17 Gwinnett County Chick-fil-A restaurants, including the one in Lilburn, are holding a Spirit Night on Wednesday, April 18, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. All who attend will be entered into a drawing to win the honor of throwing the first pitch of the May 12 Gwinnett Braves game. Spirit Night is being held to benefit the Gwinnett Children's Shelter (GCS) and a percentage of sales will go to GCS, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The drawing winner will be escorted on to the field in a Chick-fil-A vehicle by the "Eat Mor Chikin" cows and will throw out the first pitch . Tickets for the May 12 game can be purchased here, and a portion of each ticket sold …