Since 1986, serving...
Athens-Clarke, Jackson, Oconee, Madison & Oglethorpe Counties
Thank You, United Way of Northeast Georgia... and Rubielen Norris!
PCAA wishes to express congratulations and a big “Thank You” to United Way of Northeast Georgia’s Rubielen Norris
In a recent article in OnlineAthens regarding the retirement of the President of the United Way of Northeast Georgia, Chris Starrs wrote that “Rubielen Norris’ fingerprints can be found all over northeast Georgia.”
That is certainly true at PCAA.
Rubielen has been a fervent supporter of our efforts to help create strong families and great childhoods throughout the Athens community. She has provided leadership for the efforts which have resulted in funding for our programs for over 20 years, and we are grateful for all that Rubielen and the UWNEGA volunteers, donors and board have done for PCAA.
Thank you, Rubielen, and congratulations…job well done!
_____________UGA's Kappa Deltas Continue to Support PCAA and the Children and Families of Athens
Kappa Delta Sorority 5K Chairperson, Olivia Anne Carlson
The 2015 Annual Shamrock 5K run hosted by The University of Georgia Kappa Delta Sorority held March 1 was a great success despite some unfortunate chilly (and damp!) weather. Kappa Delta donated more than $27,000 from the proceeds from the race and a Waffle House Dinner. .
Kappa Delta has been a long-time and much-appreciated supporter of PCAA and our work with families in the Athens area community. PCAA appreciates the leadership of the chair of the 2015 event, Olivia Carlson, and the enthusiasm and effort of each of the Kappa Deltas who planned, worked at and ran in the 5K. Also, a big "thank you" goes out to the runners, sponsors and contributors to these events.
To learn more about future Kappa Delta fundraising events, keep an eye on their Facebook page...and ours!
PCAA Healthy Families Program Earns National Accreditation
Prevent Child Abuse Athens is pleased to announce that Healthy Families Athens has recently received national accreditation.
The purpose of accreditation is to ensure that the Healthy Families America name, and programs using that name, represent a deep and abiding commitment to delivering the highest quality services possible to families and children. As the Healthy Families America initiative continues to grow and expand, accreditation helps assure that Healthy Families Athens will continue to be regarded by the interested public as a quality program, representing a given set of principles.
Since 1997, Prevent Child Abuse America has implemented an application process allowing community-based programs to use the Healthy Families name through a formal affiliation with the Healthy Families America initiative.The accreditation process is based upon a stringent set of 12 critical elements grounded in over 30 years of research.The process includes:
* A lengthy self-study which is assessed by a national peer review team
* A site visit by a national peer review team that includes meeting with program staff, supervisors, board members and client families
* Ongoing technical assistance
Completion of accreditation reflects a commitment to implementing twelve critical Healthy Families elements, and this commitment is validated when a program successfully completes the process.Healthy Families accreditation is public recognition by Prevent Child Abuse America that a home visitation program is following best practice standards.Accredited programs maintain use of the Healthy Families name and logo and affiliation with Healthy Families America (The Healthy Families America name is a trademark of Prevent Child Abuse America, who is the sole grantee of the right to use the name).
This accreditation further validates the outstanding work by the PCCA Program Director, Jennifer Henderson and Clinical Supervisor Grace Arthur as well as the entire Healthy team of LeTroyce Turner, Wanda Whitehead, Monica Cruz, Ivey Deas, Lilis Deals, Cathey Abernathy, Adrian Watwood and Erica Chastain.
Congratulations to PCAA's Healthy Families staff.
Prevent Child Abuse America and PCA Athens have a new logo!
Looking for a Meaningful Holiday Gift Idea?
Consider the 2015 Holiday Benevolence Fair
Tired of buying sweaters for uncles who will never wear them? Do you need something to bring a sparkle to your sister’s eye? Then please join us for the annual Benevolence Market, which will be held this year on December 6th at First Presbyterian Church of Athens, 185 E. Hancock Ave, from Noon to 2:30 in the Fellowship Hall.
The Benevolence Market offers an alternative holiday giving experience where shoppers buy symbolic gifts. No sweaters here, but you can purchase food and shelter for a homeless cat from the Athens Area Humane Society or a box of nails from the Athens Area Habitat for Humanity and help a family make a new start in their own home. Whatever your passion, more than 30 local agencies will be represented. The Benevolence Market offers excellent holiday shopping as well as supports local efforts to make Northeast Georgia a better, more welcoming place.
The Benevolence Market is supported by local congregations and is an ecumenical effort. Live music and a light lunch (donations in support of FPC’s youth mission projects gladly accepted!) will be provided. Questions? Please contact Carla Wilson Buss, email@example.com. Thanks for your support!
How YOU Can Help
Prevent Child Abuse
Be a nurturing parent...Have realistic expectations of what your child can and cannot do. Learn communication skills and positive discipline techniques.
Help a friend...neighbor or relative struggling with parenting responsibilities.
Help yourself...When the pressures of parenting build, take a time out. Take a deep breath. Turn on some music. Know who to call for help.
Never shake a baby... Learn what to do if your baby won’t stop crying.
If you see child abuse in a public place...start a positive conversation with the parent. Acknowledge how difficult children can be, offer assistance, and avoid negative remarks/looks which could make matters worse.
Monitor your child’s TV and video viewing... Violent programs teach that aggression is a good way to handle frustration and solve problems.
Advocate...for services for children and families at schools, libraries, churches, etc.
Report... suspected abuse or neglect.
Financially support PCAA.
My hands are small - I don't mean to spill my milk
My legs are short - Please slow down so I can keep up with you
Don't slap my hand when I touch something bright and pretty - I don't understand
Please look at me when I talk to you - It lets me know you're really listening
My feelings are tender - Don't nag me all day - Let me make mistakes without feeling stupid
Don't expect the bed I made or the picture I draw to be perfect - Just love me for trying
Remember I am a child not a small adult - Sometimes I don't understand what you are saying
I love you so much - Please love me just for being me - Not for the things I can do
The 24th Annual Starry Starry Night held on February 28 at the Athens Country Club was a great success and PCAA especially appreciates our generous benefactors:
"Partners in Prevention"
PCAA would be unable to provide the programs, services and activities to area children and families without community contributions. We owe a big “thank you” to all individuals and businesses that gave to PCAA…we hope that we can include you on that list in the future!
Long time sponsors include:
Great Start Georgia!
PCAA is pleased to serve as the community partner for the Great Start Georgia (GSG) collaboration supporting children and families in Georgia and the Athens area. We also appreciate the many local funders who support us and the local service providers who work with us.Here's to a Great Start for all Georgia's children! For more information call 1-855-707-8277 (GSG Information & Referral Center) or visit www.GreatStartGeorgia.org.
Thank You, Cotton Patch Quilters
For more than 30 years, the Cotton Patch Quilters of Athens Cotton Patch Quilters have been dedicated to pursuing the wonderful fabric art form passed down from generation to generation. An important part of their mission has been to support the work of some area non-profits, and over the years, PCAA has been fortunate enough to be the recipients of many beautiful quilts.