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Highlighting Helping Hands: Lutheran Services of Georgia

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Highlighting Helping Hands:

Micah Bennett Johnson manages the Lutheran Services of Georgia office in Rome.

What is the purpose of your organization?

Lutheran Services of Georgia serves and engages the community by bringing hope, healing and strength to people in need. The Rome office serves NW Georgia with the following programs: Specialized Foster Care, Adoptions, and FACES (providing homes for developmentally disabled adults).  In addition, other locations throughout the state offer Family Intervention Services, Refugee and Immigration Services and Disaster Relief.

How is your organization funded?

Lutheran Services of Georgia is funded through government contracts and grants, private foundation grants and individual contributions.

What do you enjoy most acting as a part of this organization?

I love serving the children in our community and supporting people through the process of opening their home as a foster parent.

What is your organization’s biggest challenge?

Our biggest challenge is our lack of foster homes. There are over 350 foster children from Floyd County in foster care, and there are not enough foster homes to keep these children in their community.

If the organization uses volunteers, in what capacity and is there training available?

In the Foster Care Department, we mainly have volunteers that are approved as unreimbursed babysitters. These volunteers are screened, vetted, and trained through us to provide support to our foster parents and their foster children.

How can our readers help?

To learn how you can provide services to foster children you can contact Laura Fowler at 706-512-7777 or at lfowler@lsga.org. We hold Foster Parent Orientation Sessions on the first Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at our Rome office.

Is there something else you would like to say to our readers?

There are many different ways you can support foster children, from mentoring and tutoring to becoming a foster parent. We encourage everyone to attend an information session to discover how they can support some of the most vulnerable children in Georgia.

THE FACTS:

Director: Micah Bennett Johnson- Program Manager for Rome Office

Answering questions: Laura Fowler – Recruiter for Specialized Foster Care Program     

Locations: 336 Broad St., Ste. 200, Rome and additional locations in Atlanta, Albany, Athens, Savannah and Columbus

In Rome/Floyd: Since2004

Volunteers: Five in Rome

Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Telephone: 706-512-7777

Website: www.lsga.org