DJJ Cares: Muscogee Thanksgiving Luncheon DJJ Staff  at:  11/27/2013  

DJJ CARES: MUSCOGEE THANKSGIVING LUNCHEON



On Monday, the staff from the Muscogee MSC, Muscogee Intake, and Muscogee CSO provided a Thanksgiving luncheon for the homeless and less fortunate members of the local community. Lunch was provided entirely through donations from generous staff. Over fifty meals were provided to those in need.






The Department of Juvenile Justice wishes everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving.


 



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     Muscogee YDC: Helping Hounds Across Georgia DJJ Staff  at:  11/26/2013  

MUSCOGEE YDC: HELPING HOUNDS ACROSS GEORGIA



Recently, the Muscogee Youth Development Campus concluded its second twelve week session of its Helping Hounds Across Georgia collaboration with the Harris County Humane Society. Using dogs that were abandoned at the shelter or simply found in the street, volunteers from the Harris County Humane Society come to the Muscogee YDC each Friday to teach DJJ youth in the art of training undisciplined dogs. Without intervention, the dogs brought to the facility would not have as long a life expectancy, so the work done by the DJJ youth is of vital importance.




In addition to the direct visits to the Muscogee YDC by the Harris County Humane Society, DJJ youth who meet the criteria to participate have supervised visits to the kennels to insure sanitation, exercise, and training. The ultimate goal for each dog involved in Hounds Across Georgia is being adoption ready by the end of the twelve week session.



The Harris County Humane Society has a responsibility to keep stray dogs off of the streets and to protect the community from disease and potential injury. With its participation with Hounds Across Georgia, the Muscogee YDC is proud to help out the local community and to help save the lives of these great animals.



Special thanks to the Helping Hounds Across Georgia team and Program Coordinator SSP II Patrick Valentine. For more information on the Harris County Humane Society, visit them at http://www.humanesocietyofharriscounty.org .


 



 



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     DJJ Cares: Dodge County CSO Thanksgiving Surprise DJJ Staff  at:  11/26/2013  

DJJ CARES: DODGE COUNTY CSO THANKSGIVING SURPRISE



For most Americans, Thanksgiving is a time of reflection and support for our families and the community at large. At the Department of Juvenile Justice, employees take the spirit of Thanksgiving to heart by going above and beyond the call of duty to those most of need of help.


An example of this DJJ spirit took place this week in the Dodge County Court Services Office. During a recent home visit of a youth current under the supervision of the court by Pulaski County JPPS Jeff Lowery and Community Supervision Specialist Jessie Mincey, the need for help and support was more than evident; a routine safety plan compliance of the home turned up missing window panes and not much in the way of food in the family refrigerator. While the family was attempting to make the best of their current circumstances, it was obvious that the family was having some issues and this weighed on the hearts of both of the DJJ supervisors.


Instead of accepting the family’s holiday plight as a given, the DJJ supervisors decided to take fate and help into their own hands. Utilizing a local contact, Mr. Mincey was able to obtain a couple of windows for the home to replace the missing panes and by which the stepfather of the family was able gratefully to install once received.


 



In addition, these supervisors decided that Thanksgiving is not quite the same without a meal to share with one’s family. Reaching out to the mother to see what plans the family had for Thanksgiving (and making sure that they would be at home), Mr. Lowery and Mr. Mincey delivered a full stock of food including turkey and all the stuffings. The surprised mother was very appreciative of the good deed, but for the DJJ supervisors, it was the least that they could do to help out a family that is working hard to better themselves. This betterment includes the work of the youth who has all A’s in alternative school and should complete his offender counseling program next month.


The Department of Juvenile Justice wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and reminds everyone to keep an eye out for those in your community who may need your help during this holiday season.


 



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     TOOMBS COUNTY SERVICE LEARNING PROJECT: AMERICAN RED CROSS DJJ Staff  at:  11/26/2013  

TOOMBS COUNTY SERVICE LEARNING PROJECT: AMERICAN RED CROSS



Last month, several DJJ youth from Toombs County learned about emergency response planning by participating in a Service Learning Project sponsored by the American Red Cross. The scenario presented the youth had real world implications: what would be the emergency response be if the local Plant Hatch nuclear plant experienced a meltdown disaster?



Held at the Toombs County Middle School where the American Red Cross houses individuals during real emergencies, the DJJ youth helped arrange many of the stations of the model emergency center. After creating the post decontamination sign-in station, DJJ volunteers also helped to create both a medical room and shelter room for potential victims. A temporary cafeteria also was created where youth prepared snacks for the would-be participants.


 




Representatives from FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, were on hand to ensure proper design of the American Red Cross emergency center and to require a redo on the stations if set up improperly. FEMA also drafted volunteers from the local community to enact possible scenarios during the test emergency.






Due in part to the hard work of the DJJ youth, the American Red Cross passed all of their mandatory qualifications for the event. Congratulations to all who participated in this important simulation.


To learn more about the American Red Cross, visit them on the web at http://www.redcross.org . To learn more about FEMA, click on http://www.fema.gov .


 



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     Coweta Court Services Office HITS: CORRAL Outing DJJ Staff  at:  11/26/2013  

COWETA COURT SERVICES OFFICE HITS: CORRAL OUTING



Earlier this month, youth from the Coweta Court Services Office HITS (High Intensity Team Supervision) program got to spend an afternoon around the barnyard as part of a service learning project with Coweta CORRAL. The Coweta CORRAL, the Coweta Organization for Riding, Rehabilitation and Learning, operates programs involving horses that benefit the public and/or serve individuals with special needs, including but not limited to equine assisted activities and therapies.


HITS members who attended the service learning project helped to clear limbs and bushes from the land around CORRAL as well as cleaning out horse stalls and replacing the hay for each horse. JPPS III Samantha McVey, who led the Coweta HITS outing, said that everyone had an enjoyable time while working hard and learning about life around a stable.


For more information about CORRAL, visit them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/CORRALTRC .


 



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