News , Special Events and happenings in Bartow County Ga

The next Bartow Collaborative meeting will be Friday, March 27th at the First Presbyterian
Church in Cartersville. Networking will begin at 8:15 am followed by the meeting at 8:30 am
in Fellowship Hall. We will have Program Spotlights and you’ll hear about several new
projects in our community…details to follow next week.
Family Promise of Bartow will meet Thursday, March 19th at Sam Jones United
Methodist Church Fellowship Hall @ 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Pat Eberlein
Bartow Teen Maze will meet Monday, March 23rd @ Georgia Highlands Student Center
@ 1:30pm (time change – please note). For more information, contact Tina Grubbs @
Bartow Give A Kid A Chance will meet Friday, March 27th at First Presbyterian Church –
Cornerstone Room at 10:30am. For more information, contact Tina Grubbs @
The Goodwill Career Center
The Career Center will host a Job Fair this Thursday, March 12th from 10:00 am until
12:30 pm. Employers on site will include Little Lambs Learning Center, Alorica, Inc.,
Advance Auto Parts, Expert Personnel Solutions and more. Volunteers will be on hand to
assist candidates with their resume and online application. For more information, contact
James Benham, The March Career Center calendar can be
downloaded from the collaborative website @ – Weekly Update
March 9th.
(new) The Alzheimer’s Association
The Annual Caregiver Conference will be held April 30, 2015 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm at
the Clarence Brown Conference Center in Cartersville. The Alzheimer’s Association
Caregiver Conference / ADRC Cross-Training Conference is open to both family and
professional caregivers as well as students and community members. The event will feature
a full day of education focused on care strategies and awareness. Exhibitors will be on hand
with a wealth of information on community resources. Registration is free to Family
Caregivers, Professional/Other: $25 Groups of 10 or more, $20/person, Student: $15. The
deadline for sponsorship – March 16; for exhibitors – March 31; and for registration – April
15. To download copy of the flier or registration form, visit – Weekly
Update March 9th. For more information, contact Rebekah Davis @ 800-272-3900 or
Mid-Day Café – Wednesday March 18th, 2015 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Little Rome
Restaurant – 1201 North 3rd Avenue Jasper.
(new) NWGA Center for Independent Living
Each state has both an Independent Living program and an Assistive Technology Act
Program. These two programs are joining forces to learn from you about what is working
well and what else needs to be done for people with disabilities in Georgia. Come to learn
about independent living and assistive technology services available to you and share
information on what you believe to be critical issues facing Georgians with disabilities.
Tools to Independence: A Town Hall Meeting will be held Thursday, March 19th from
10:30am – 2:30pm at the Goodwill of North Georgia, Large Conference Room, 154 Hicks
Drive in Rome. Lunch will be provided. To register, visit:
For questions, contact Shelly Simmons at
(new) Change in Motion
Be Successful will be held on Saturday, March 21 at the Goodwill Career Center in
Cartersville. The event is geared specifically towards black high school students, but is
open for anyone to attend. Students will hear powerful words and advice on building a
successful future from community leaders and HR Managers. Topics covered will be about
choices, dress 4 successes, social media and scholarships. At the end of the workshop,
students will be able to take home FREE interview clothes!! For more information, contact
James Benham @ (770) 276-7036 or
Soul Sista’s Run, Inc and Department of Public Health
Ladies 1st Health & Wellness Fair will be held Saturday, March 28th, 2015 from 9:00 a.m.
to 2:00 p.m.@ House of Liberty Church, 10 Womack Drive in Cartersville. Screenings and
educational displays are included. Free HPV Cancer Prevention Classes. Free
Transportation: Call 404-590-3492. For more information, contact
(new) Georgia Highands Campus Student Center
Lisa Williams, founder and director of Living Water for Girls, will be speaking on Sex
Trafficking, violence and exploitation of young women April 2nd at Georgia Highlands
Cartersville Campus Student Center beginning at 3:30. The event is free with a reception
immediately following. Living Water for Girls is a residential, educational, and therapeutic
safe refuge for young American girls who have been brutalized by street life, prostitution,
human sex trafficking, and exploitation. For more information, contact Alexandra MacMurdo
@ (678) 946-1015 or To download a flier, visit – Weekly Update March 9.
(new) Suicide Prevention Action Network
A loss by suicide forever changes lives, but having access to tools that support the journey
can help. Camp SOS gives survivors support to help them travel this journey in a safe
environment. Camp SOS, a family weekend camp for surviving families will be held May 8-
10 at Camp Twin Lakes in Winder. Families are defined by who “Family” is for you.
Attendees range from 6 to 96 years old and can be Mom’s, Dads, Brothers, Sisters, Aunts,
Uncles, Grandparents and friends. Support from trained facilitators and volunteers (many of
whom are survivors themselves) who help campers listen, play, and talk through their
feelings. Camp activities include: Field sports, Arts & crafts, Ropes course, Paddle boats,
canoeing and kayaking, Family activities, Music and much more! Each family has their own
area in a shared/partitioned cabin. Attendance is limited to 30 families. For more
information, contact Sheri McGuinness at 770-354-7616 or To
download the registration information, visit – Weekly Update March
Georgia’s Personal Responsibility Education Program (GA-PREP)
Sex and relationships are an important part of adolescent development and can influence
youth outcomes. In order to make healthy and responsible decisions, young people need
support from the adults in their lives. GA-PREP is presenting Talking to Teens about Sex
Relationships, a series of 2-day trainings designed to help adults become a “Connected
Caregiver”. These trainings have been designed specifically for foster parents, CCI and
CPA caregivers, and case managers. Through funding from the DHS/DFCS PREP
program, these trainings are being offered for FREE for the first 40 registrants. The closest
training is in Metro Atlanta on March 18 – 19, 2015 from 9:30 – 4:30 at the Fulton County
DFCS Northwest Service Center 1249 Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway in Atlanta, Ga. 30318.
To register, visit For questions, contact
Patrice Moss at
Evidence-Based Practices: The Assessment and Screening of Substance Use
Disorders will be held on Saturday, March 14th, 2015 from 9:00 to 4:30 @ Cartersville
Civic Center, 435 West Main Street Cartersville, Ga 6 CE Hours $69. This training will
specifically focus on assessment tools which are used for various populations such as
addiction, criminal justice, adolescent and co-occurring and how those needs differ. This will
include criteria for evaluation, significance of diagnostic and lab reports, stages of
withdrawal, utilizing stages of change and determining severity of patients. For more
information, contact Donna Johnson@ 770-714-7605 or visit
Legal and Ethical Issues In Addiction Treatment will be held on Friday, March 27th,
2015 from 9:00 to 4:30 @ View Point Health Systems 175 Gwinnett Drive Lawrenceville,
Ga. 6 CE Hours $69. This training will provide detailed information on how professionals,
community service workers, peer specialist and case managers can navigate these
complicated legal issues. We will review the differences in HIPAA laws and CFR 42 and the
requirements that must be followed by all professionals. We will also discuss specific issues
around Duty to Warn, ethics and how professionals must respond to ethical challenges in a
growing and ever changing system that now includes electronic treatment issues. The
training will also provide information on requirements and new topics of information
regarding treatment and electronic therapy and support. For more information, contact
Donna Johnson@ 770-714-7605 or visit
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service
A Healthy couple and co-parenting relationship is linked to positive parenting, stable
families, and healthier children. The Healthy Relationship and Marriage Education
Trainings are ideal for professionals who work with youth and adults. Participants will
receive tools and learn strategies to empower individuals with skills they can strengthen
couple and family relationships. Attendees will receive CEU credit for the hours that they
attend. Training dates options include: May 20th in August, August 5th in Augusta,
August 27th in Marietta, September 11th in Savannah, and September 27th in
Lawrenceville. Cost is $65. To learn more or to register, visit and
click on Healthy Relationship Education Training or contact Cindee Swenda @ or 770/528-4084.