‘RECENT SIGHTING’: Governor Nathan Deal was recently seen touring improvements at this Georgia juvenile justice facility escorted by DJJ Commissioner Avery D. Niles and Associate School Superintendent Audrey Armistad.
Improving the quality of education in Georgia and increasing the state’s graduation rate are among Governor Deal’s highest priorities in office.
Implementing Juvenile Justice Reforms also top his list.
The Governor is seen here discussing both topics with Commissioner Niles and Superintendent Armistad to improve the chances for rehabilitation and reentry to help change future prospects for former juvenile offenders in Georgia.
The picture is currently number two in the photo-rotation on the Governor’s Office website at http://gov.georgia.gov/.
Special thanks to Director Ben Harvill of the Office of Health Services for story support on this article....
The 2016 new year is now upon us and for the staff of the Department of Juvenile Justice's Office of Health Services (OHS), resolutions include serving others...both literaly and figuratively...at Open Hand Atlanta. Meeting at the Open Hand Atlanta headquarters this past Tuesday, OHS staff members helped prepare packed lunches and dinners for the meals-on-wheels service that helps to deliver healthy food options to local neighbors who may not have the access or capability to prepare meals for themselves.
OHS Staff who helped volunteer included Stephanie Vera, Lauren Gean, Nicholas Woods, Alika Turner, Deshawn Henderson, Andrea Stroud, and Director Ben Harvill
Open Hand Atlanta’s main intention is to help people prevent or better manage chronic disease through nutritious home delivered meals. As part of this service, Open Hand Atlanta also provides nutrition education as a means to reinforce the connection between informed food choices and improved quality of life. Open Hand Atlanta has been providing meals, market baskets and nutrition supplements for thousands of Atlanta citizens for over twenty-seven years. The organization recently reached a milestone with the delivery of its twenty-fifth million meal.
OHS Staff on the food assembly line
The OHS Volunteer Team built camraderie and a sense of civic pride while working extremely hard, packing over 1,400 healthy meals for their community in need. This adds up to over 700 cups of sweet potatoes, 350 pounds of brussel sprouts, and 1,400 fillets of fish delivered. They also delivered plenty of happiness in each tray they packed and served..
The OHS Team plans to continue volunteering and hopes to inspire others at the Department of Juvenile Justice to do likewise. To volunteer for Open Hand Atlanta, contact them via the web at http://openhandatlanta.volunteerhub.com/events/index or call 404-872-6947. To learn more about Open Hand Atlanta in general, visit them at www.projectopenhand.org .
The January 2016 edition of H.I.T.S. Inside Edition, the Official Newsletter of the Department of Juvenile Justice's High Intensity Team Supervision is now online. In this month's newsletter, learn more about the new Director of Operations Catina Martin-Fenner, community service in Clarke County, and a heartfelt letter of gratitude to the staff.
To download the latest version of H.I.T.S. Inside Edition, click HERE.
The January 2016 edition of The DJJ Healthy Way, the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice's Office of Nutrition and Food Services Newsletter, is now available for viewing. In this month's newsletter, learn about healthy activities one can do at work, Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities, and a spotlight on food trends.
To download the latest version of The DJJ Healthy Way Newsletter, click HERE. To learn more about food services at our facilities, visit http://www.djjnewsandviews.org/gpaschoolnutrition.
The holidays may be over but the generosity of employees of the Department of Juvenile Justice continues year wide. As part of DJJ's Operation Hope for the Holidays Toy Drive, toys were collected from facilities across the state to make special memories for deserving families.
In Jeff Davis and Appling Counties, the holiday donations made a real and important difference for one local family. During a routine shopping trip, JPPS Jan Stone of the Jeff Davis Community Services Office met and developed a relationship with a young mother with five kids ranging from four months to eight years old. Naturally, the holidays can be stressful and expensive for many families, much less a young mother working at a local restaurant to support herself and her family.
Thankfully, the generous spirit of the Department of Juvenile Justice staff was able to help out and give this family the holiday that they deserve. Using the toys gathered by the Central Office staff, the employees of the Jeff Davis and Appling Community Services Offices were able to provide a tree-full amount of toys and gifts to all of the children of the young mother.
Both the Department of Juvenile Justice and the grateful mother would like to thank everyone from DJJ Central Office, the Jeff Davis Community Services Office, and the Appling Community Services Office for their support. Special thanks to JPPS Stone, Appling CSO Program Manager Chad Kent, and Operation Hope for the Holidays Director Latera Davis.