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Southwest Georgia Community Action Council, Inc.

Decatur County Neighborhood Service Center

The Organization

As a result of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, Southwest Georgia Community Action Council, Inc. was charted in September of 1965 as a 501 (c) (3) private, non-profit Corporation to develop and administer programs designed to provide families opportunities to obtain and maintain economically disadvantaged population is also a vital role of the Agency.

Commonly called a Community Action Agency (CAA), SWGACAC is empowered to receive Federal, State, local, and private funds to provide services. The agency presently serves a total of eighteen (18) counties including: Baker, Calhoun, Colquitt, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Lee, Marion, Miller, Mitchell, Schley, Seminole, Sumter, Terrell, Thomas, Webster, and Worth.

Input is solicited from all segments of the community in the identification of needs, the development of services to meet these needs, the mobilization of resources, and the development of program priorities.

A Board of Directors comprised of representatives from the public, private, and low-income sectors of the community employs an Executive Director who is responsible for the administration and supervision of all Agency programs.

Major Services

Transportation: a service designed to provide transportation for persons sixty (60) years and older to social service agencies, medical appointments, drug stores, grocery stores, recreation facilities, etc. Low-income persons of any age in need of assistance in securing necessity services such as work related training or medical appointments may also utilize the service. Funded by Community Services Block Grant.

Commodity Distribution: A service that entails transportation, client identification, and actual disbursement of USDA surplus commodity food items to clients. Funded through the Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR).

Housing & Energy: Programs designed to provide housing repairs with a focus on energy conservation, safety, and accessibility. These goals are achieved by preventing infiltration of elements through measures such as window replacement, weather-stripping, insulation, sealing, and other minor repairs. Based on funding availability, other programs assist with repairs of deteriorating housing conditions, including major renovation of homes.

Liheap (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): A program whereby low- income eligible individuals may receive assistance once each winter to offset the cost of their winter heating bill. Priority is given to homebound and those age 65 and above.

Crisis Intervention: Services designed to provide assistance in the payment of utility bills, procurement of emergency food, and provisions of emergency shelter in situations that prevent cut-offs, minimize malnutrition, and circumvent in the incidence of eviction.

Summer Camp: A recreational and character building project for high risk boys and girls ages 8-11. An arena for indoor and outdoor activities is provided. A variety of activities, with a focus on good citizenship, is provided. Anti-drug information and activities are also incorporated into the schedule of activities. Funded primarily through local donations.

Work Experience Placement: A project that places TANF recipients in work experience at established businesses to help them learn essential job retention skills, gain valuable work experience, and ultimately secure gainful employment.

Family Pride Parenting Program: In an effort to reduce the incidences of child abuse and maintain the family unit, training is provided in parenting essentials ranging from methods of discipline and esteem building to realistic behavior expectations.

Informal Child Care Health And Safety Training: State-required training is provided for persons who receive payment from DFCS for child care services provided in their home for DFCS clients.

Our mission is to administer to the needs of the community by helping citizens attain and maintain self-sufficiency.

After school programs for at risk youth from 2:45 pm until 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday. This program is for Head Start 3 year olds - 8th graders.

Michelle Barwick, Community Services Manager

1732 Bethel Road   P.O. Box 7149   Bainbridge, GA 39817
Phone - 229-246-3119   Fax - 229-246-3189
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