Heritage Community Foundation Presents Grant to A Friend’s House

Jonesboro, Ga. (August 8, 2016) – The Heritage Community Foundation presented a grant to Gary Wright (Executive Director at A Friend’s House) and Nan Jenkins (Director of Development at A Friend’s House) on July 26, 2016. The $5,000 grant will be used by A Friend’s House to go towards the purchase and installation of new security cameras with audio capabilities. A Friend’s House has used security cameras since their facility opened as a means to protect not only their residents, but to protect staff members as well.  It became necessary a year ago that they add an audio component to their security system as an additional resource for their safety. When ordered by the courts, it is imperative that staff members be able to monitor conversations between the children and their parent(s), family members, etc. According to Ms. Jenkins, it is much better to have something concrete to refer to than a he said/she said situation.  The cameras, as well as the monitors/DVRs, will have to be upgraded in order to accommodate the sound features. This grant will allow all of this important work to be done immediately.

A Friend’s House is a home for children in crisis.  The doors opened on October 27, 1998 and 1,960 children have been welcomed since then.  A Friend’s House operates as a home for children in the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services.  Residents stay for an unspecified length of time while the best course of action is determined based on a child’s assessment needs. A Friend’s House is dedicated to meeting the emotional and physical needs of children in crisis.  Services such as counseling, medical treatment, academic assistance, and recreational opportunities are available for the children.

For more information on how to apply for a grant with Heritage Community Foundation, make a donation or volunteer, please visit www.heritagecommunityfoundation.org. You may also contact Rocky Davis, Executive Director, at 770-478-8881.

Heritage Community Foundation (HCF) is a 501c3 organization which provides funding to local nonprofit organizations in Clayton, Henry and Fayette counties. HCF is designed to support Heritage Bank’s first mission, “Committed to those we serve.” The bank absorbs all of the operating costs of the foundation, so 100% of the funds raised go directly to meet community needs.

Heritage Bank, a state chartered commercial bank, has been serving metro Atlanta’s Southern Crescent since 1955. The independent community bank has six full-service offices, features a well-rounded offering of commercial and consumer products, and is an active, involved member of the community it serves. The company’s stock is traded under the symbol “CCFH”.

Photo Front left to right:  Gary Wright, Executive Director, A Friend’s House; Sheri Dockweiler; Stacy Hammons; Nan Jenkins, Director of Development, A Friend’s House

Back left to right:  Rocky Davis; Pam Cisneros; Jenny Smith