Jonesboro, Ga. (September 7, 2017) – The Heritage Community Foundation presented a $3,400 grant to Amy Murray, the Executive Director for The Joseph Sams School in Fayetteville, Georgia on Thursday, September 7, 2017. The grant will be used to support the school’s internationally recognized success with the MOVE program by providing funds to purchase a Rifton Large Dynamic Pacer. This equipment, also known as a “gait-trainer” is a wheeled device that supports a person who is unable to walk independently.
“The Joseph Sams School’s dedication to the education and life-skills development of children with physical, emotional and intellectual challenges is highly regarded by experts in this field,” said Mark Dose, Executive Director of the Heritage Community Foundation. “Their excellent work in helping children with unique physical needs gain more mobility and independence using the MOVE program model has been held out as a ‘Best Practice Standard’ by similar organizations from the west coast to the east coast of the United States and also noted in countries around the world. They are one of 30 model sites for the MOVE program world-wide. The Heritage Community Foundation is pleased and proud to partner with the school to purchase this equipment that will support and expand their capability to help their students.”
The Joseph Sams School was founded in 1984 and is the only fully-accredited school in the state of Georgia that provides educational and therapeutic services for children from birth through 22 years of age who have mild to severe disabilities. In addition to special education services, the students also have access to speech therapy, music therapy, art classes, life-skills and community-based instruction.
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.” Heritage Bank absorbs all of the operating costs of the foundation, so 100% of the funds raised go directly to meet community needs.
In addition to the support from Heritage Bank, a number of other local businesses support the HCF through their partnership in the HCF Community IMPACT Club. These businesses include Harding Plumbing, Brent Scarbrough & Co., C & C Fence Co., Heritage Cadillac, Lincoln Insurance, Paragon Alarm Systems, Central Station Monitoring, The Dockery Group, Waldrop & Trite, LLC.,, JR Davis Tools, Griffin Insurance, New South Package and Emmett J. Arnold Law, P.C., and David Curry.
For more information on how to apply for a grant with Heritage Community Foundation, to make a donation or volunteer, please visit www.heritagecommunityfoundation.org. You may also contact Mark Dose, Heritage Community Foundation Executive Director, at 770-478-8881.
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”.