Provider Watch June 21, 2016

Together Georgia welcomes new member, The Ministry Village

The  Ministry Village was incorporated in November 2005 after envisioning a village of community outreach services similar to those provided on the grounds of First Baptist  Church of Leesburg, Florida.  A Board of Directors was formed to implement the vision.  Upon completion of his Masters degree in Counseling, Chet Fowler was brought on-board as the Executive Director.  The counseling center was the first aspect of the Ministry Village to be developed utilizing donated space within First Baptist Loganville.  Other areas were added based upon the observed need.  A Foster Care support center was added, which offered supervised visitation, foster parent support, school supplies and a huge Christmas party for foster children.

In 2009, the Ministry Village received a grant from the Georgia Baptist Healthcare Ministry Foundation to construct a building to house all of the services that are offered.  At the completion of the building, the counseling center moved in with five counselors.  A Play Therapy Center, and supervised visitation were given space.  A Child’s Voice child advocacy center moved in and began doing forensic interviews for sexually-abused children.  A portion of the building remained unfinished at construction for future expansion.  Growth occurred quickly and funding was obtained through grants and donations to complete the 5,000 square foot building in February 2012.

The counseling center has grown from one counselor to twelve counselors since 2006.  The Child Advocacy Center has grown from seeing children once a week to five days a week, and had to move to a larger facility located in Social Circle.  The Ministry Village will eventually supply a Family Advocate to work with families that come through the Child Advocacy Center.
New programs are being developed continually which include Project Jumpstart, a program to help people become self-sufficient by removing barriers through counseling, mentoring and accountability.  Housing is available for a limited number of candidates each year that show great promise to become financially independent.

Together Georgia is pleased to welcome The Village Ministry as our newest member. 

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The Georgia Conference on Children and Families  - November 2-4, 2016