Rural south Georgia contains some of the poorest counties in one of the poorer states of the nation. This financial poverty translates into a poverty of resources in a region where the needs are great. We want to create a veritable RYOT of activity developing new resources and providing enhanced effectiveness for existing ones. Therefore, we seek your help to raise the following resources currently missing in our region, in order of priority:
1) Purchase of an emergency shelter for homeless women and children (appr. $250,000). Currently, women who find themselves homeless must decide whether they and their children will live on the street to maintain current jobs, schools and support systems OR travel fifty miles to the nearest emergency shelter.
2) Fund free health care in school and day care settings for children via combination of salaried personnel in a free clinic and delivery of services via telemedicine (appr. $500,000). Currently, many children in our region must travel twenty miles or more to see a primary care doctor. If a parent in poverty is able to manage transportation for such a distance (an open question in many cases), the child must miss much of a school day (and the parent a full day of work) just to make the appointment. In-school telemedicine clinics in some of our schools overcome the transportation barrier but are currently only available to children with insurance. By combining elements of a free clinic with the benefits of telemedicine, we can provide all students and preschool children with easy access to primary care.
3) Purchase a regional nonprofit center (Appr. $250,000). By purchasing a building with sufficient space for numerous local social service nonprofits, we can allow these organizations to redirect money currently spent on rent, utilities and upkeep into programs and services. Over time, the return on investment for our region will allow an expansion of services that is much more challenging under current circumstances.
Help us expand vital resources in resource-poor south central Georgia!