During the month of November, South Hall Rotarian’s conducted a hygiene drive for the Accountability Court program. Members of the club brought in toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, shampoo & conditioner to pass along to those who are new to the program.
In a recent meeting, Hall County Treatment Services Director Jessi Emmett shared with the South Hall Rotary about the extreme need to be able to provide new participants such basic training and availability to things as basic as hygiene products.
“Participants often come into the court programs with nothing to their name and no jobs. Providing them basics hygiene items is key to helping them be able to begin the process through treatment and recovery” stated Emmett.
Rotarian’s collected a car load of hygiene and cleaning items that it presented to Emmett at the beginning of November. Club President Amanda Groover stated that they hope is to be able resupply the group throughout the year when needed.
“We want these participants to be able to take care of themselves, be presentable for jobs, and gain self-esteem so that they can become responsible and productive members of society. If giving someone a toothbrush is the first step then Rotary is here to meet that need” shared Groover.
In addition to collecting hygiene items for the Accountability Court programs, the club also brought in toilet paper to donate to a local homeless mission. Toilet paper has always been one of the most sought after and used items in the homeless population. However, with paper shortages this year, it has become even more difficult.
The homeless problem in Hall County has only gotten worse over the past year and there are so few organizations that work with this part of the population. South Hall Rotary teamed up with The Way, one of the few organizations that has a facility to serve the homeless in the area.
During the last county in Hall County, a report put the local homeless population at 149 people – up sharply from 61 people in 2015. About 62% of them had found some kind of shelter on the night of the count. The population only continues to grow as a lack of available affordable housing is present in the area.
“The homeless population is definitely something that I’m passionate about supporting because they all have stories, families, and faces but no solutions and I want to be a part of that solution” reinforced Groover.
For more information on how you can help the Accountability Court Program, you can contact the Friends of Recovery organization that supports these programs with fundraisers and events. To work with the homeless population in the community, reach out to the Hall County United Way.