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PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE: Make MLK Day a day on, not off

Ellen Gerstein

Ellen Gerstein

By Ellen Gerstein

Did you know that Gwinnett County is home to one of the largest population of veterans military families in the country? Did you know that it is estimated that there are 3,600 homeless veterans in Gwinnett?

Veteran military families are one of the new focus areas for the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services. With the assistance of one of our federal resources, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), during the past year we have been focused on identifying needs and resources for this population. We established a Gwinnett VetCorps Committee that has been meeting the third Friday of each month to discuss issues and concerns related to Gwinnett’s Veteran Military Families. Priority has been placed on setting up housing, health resources, and starting a veteran military family resource center in Lawrenceville. If you are interested in joining our Gwinnett VetCorps efforts, or would like for information, please contact our Gwinnett Helpline Director, Suzy Bus, at 770-995-3339 or suzy@gwinnettcoalition.org.

As a way to honor our veteran military families, raise awareness for their needs and continue to partner with local nonprofits, we are dedicating our first joint venture with Volunteer Gwinnett, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Jan. 20 to Gwinnett’s veterans and their families. We need your help.

Volunteers are needed for three service projects that include:

Georgia SPCA: Walking dogs, cleaning kennels, pet laundry, etc.

StreetWise Georgia: organizing food pantry, clothing closet and other administrative tasks.

Wishes For Me: Cleaning disabled adults houses, reading, board games, general repairs, etc.

Nothing can take place in the nonprofit world without wonderful supporters. Thanks also goes to our generous sponsors: Allstate – Joe Saini Agency, Home Depot and Movement Mortgage. For more information on these organizations and projects, please contact Suzy Bus at 770-995-3339, or register at www.volunteergwinnett.net (click on Volunteer Events).

The Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services also would like to take this opportunity to thank the thousands of volunteers who tirelessly devote thousands of hours each year to improving our community. We are celebrating the end of our five-year strategic plan that accomplished numerous outcomes addressing the health and human service needs of Gwinnett residents. A community that comes together really can improve its surroundings. I could not begin the name everyone that has contributed to these efforts due to space limitations and fear that I would leave someone out. But you know who you are and again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Also while working to complete our last five-year plan, hundreds of Gwinnett’s concerned citizens came together during the past several years, to create our new five-year strategic plan. For the next five years, thousands of Gwinnett’s movers and shakers, faith-based groups, nonprofit agencies, businesses, government entities and residents will focus on continuing to strengthen our community in six areas of basic needs, safety, health and wellness, education, community engagement and economic stability. Check out our website or more information on how you can get involved at www.gwinnettcoalition.org. or email me at Ellen@gwinnettcoalition.org.

You are making a difference and can continue to do so!

People Helping People is a publication of the Gwinnett Coalition for Health & Human Services.

For more information contact Ellen Gerstein - ellen@gwinnettcoalition.org or at 770-995-3339.