Solving Homelessness Together

July Network Meeting Notes

Thursday, July 20, 2017 NETWORK Meeting Notes:



Street Beats are available today and are pink through the end of July.

Enrichment Services Program has a new Commercial Driving License (CDL) training scholarship program.  Call 706-649-7600 Ext 4027 or Ext 4028 for more information.

South Atlantic Center for Veterans Education and Training is sponsoring a Military Discharge Upgrade Workshop in August. Please contact NOW for more information on how to prepare your supporting evidence package.

GA-505 (Muscogee/Russell counties) Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Grant Application Workshop August 1 at 10:30am at United Way.

Enrichment Services Program Head Start Program enrollment please call 706-887-5024 or 706-223-3822.  Saturday, July 22 Early Head Start is taking walk-ins with supporting documents. Call 706-649-1600 for appointments.

Seneca Pregnancy Center works with family after birth for up to 24 months.  They assist with many needs; parenting, life skills, supplies etc.

Muscogee County Emergency Food and Shelter program received half the program funds. Salvation Army will have $20,000 for rental assistance, St Anne’s Outreach will have $5,000 for utilities (accepting case manager and agency referrals only) and the Urban League $6,000 rent and $1,200 utilities (veterans and elderly priority).

Operation Hope: Free credit and money management workshops the last Thursday of the each month. Call 404-405-1570 for more information.

ADA Celebration July 22 11-3pm at Access to Independence 1315 Delauney Ave, Suite 201 Columbus GA

MercyMed informational forum on addiction support, mental health and concerns for family members to be held on July 24 6-7pm at 3702 2nd Avenue Columbus GA

Hands and Feet of Jesus Ministry is at Open Door the last Saturday of every month at 2pm to pass out cold drinks, hygiene kits, boots, socks etc.

There is a Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters meeting July 24th at 5:30-7:00pm at the Columbus Regional Hospital Conference Center.

The University of Georgia Extension Office is offering 8 week food nutrition course for parents with children.

The Veterans Administration is hosting a Veteran Stand Down in Montgomery September 7-8.  Please have veterans experiencing homelessness call 1-800-214-8387 ext. 2549 to make free travel arrangements.   


American Red Cross of West Central Georgia      

6501 Veterans Parkway Suite #3B Columbus GA 31909



Ms. Alicia Studds and Alex Balkcum shared the work of the American Red Cross and addressed questions on the behalf of their Director, Adelaide Kirk.

·         Blood has to be voluntarily given.  If blood is paid for then it can only be used for testing/research.

·         The American Red Cross provides services to the Armed Forces.  They take emergency messages, making sure that all the information is verified before being sent over to Command.  Command decides whether a solider can go home.

·         Volunteers make up to 96% of the staff in this area.  The Red Cross relies heavily on volunteers and puts them in leadership roles.

·         Preparedness, Health and Safety classes are available for CPR, lifeguard, and babysitting.  The Health and Safety classes are the only program that has a charge.

·         Disaster Services.  The region for the American Red Cross West Central Georgia includes 20 counties.  The Red Cross provides disaster services throughout the year. During the recent Hurricane Matthew they had four shelters in the region and housed approximately 900 people.   The biggest challenge is keeping an adequate supply of trained volunteers. They continue to need volunteers for sheltering, feeding and fire calls.  When they go on a fire call/disaster 90% of the people assisted have no insurance.  The Red Cross meets the immediate need of the disaster victim by providing a credit card for lodging if they cannot be in the home and other immediate needs. The dollar amount depends on the number of people and types of needs.  They work hard to impress upon clients to use the amount wisely by accessing community services whenever possible.  They provide contact information from the Red Cross resource book for clothing and other needed items. Value Inn, on Victory Drive, gives disaster victims a special weekly rate if they are informed about the situation. The first follow up is within 24 hours.  They follow up with individuals until the individual feels they no longer need services or American Red Cross utilizes all their resources and can no longer help.  Additionally, the Red Cross gives referrals for birth certificates, social security cards, and identification. They have mental health counselors for staff volunteers and the families they help.  Everyone takes a psychological help course to recognized signs in people that might need additional help.

The Disaster Services program provides talks to children (3rd-5th grade) about fire safety and tornados (Pillowcase Presentation).   The program likes to teach this age because they are good learners and will pester the parents to create a disaster plan. The program installed 4,000 smoke detectors in Muscogee County alone as a part of the fire safety program. 

 The Red Cross provided some reminders to those present.

·         You only have two minutes OR LESS to get out of the house when there is a fire.

·         Be prepared. In case of disaster pick a meeting place to meet up with family members.

·         The biggest danger is smoke inhalation.  Once you get out of a fire STAY OUT.

·         Smoke alarms need to be replaced every 10 years.  Batteries need to be checked two times a year.




4:00 pm Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sexual Assault Support Center


Elizabeth Dillard
Homeless Resource Network
2221 Second Avenue
PO BOX 811
Columbus GA 31902
Fax- 706.571-0707