Warner Robins, Ga. – The Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) Office of Institutional Effectiveness (IE) and its staff decided this holiday season it would give back to the community instead of a traditional gift exchange among staff members. The staff purchased gifts for children who are residents of or receive services from two of central Georgia’s charitable organizations, The Methodist Home for Children and Youth in Macon and the Rainbow House Children’s Resource Center (Rainbow House CRC) in Warner Robins.
“The Christmas gifts will benefit the boys and girls in residential care,” said Brittany Grier, the marketing coordinator for the Methodist Home. “Many of the children have not experienced a true Christmas celebration and will be overjoyed to find items that they specifically wanted on Christmas morning. The support shown by CGTC will prove to our boys and girls that they are loved.”
The Methodist Home for Children and Youth serves children and youth ages 8-18 in residential care. The Department of Family and Children Services typically places the children. The Home can serve up to 80 children in Macon and 140 children across South Georgia. Services are both residential and therapeutic, along with a variety that benefits community needs.
Gifts presented to the Rainbow House gave some of Houston County’s youngest and smallest residents a special Christmas.
“The gifts will benefit participants in the Healthy Families Houston County program. It is an evidence-based home visiting program that services families with children ages, 0-4,” said Tanya Zellner, executive director of Rainbow House CRC.
Rainbow House CRC devotes its efforts to reduce the occurrence of child abuse and to assist its victims throughout Houston County; Rainbow House coordinates community efforts in child abuse education, advocacy, treatment, family support, prevention, and training. The house itself is a child-friendly facility where children feel more comfortable talking about their situation.
Photo 1: (From Left to Right) Elizabeth Eader, director of Campus Life at The Methodist Home, Ruby Holmes, project manager at CGTC, and Brittany Grier, marketing coordinator at The Methodist Home, set gifts donated by CGTC’s Institutional Effectiveness staff next to a Christmas tree at the Methodist Home for Children and Youth.
Photo 2: (From Left to Right) Dr. Tiffany Spivey, special projects case manager at CGTC, Ruby Holmes, project manager at CGTC, and Tanya Zellner, the executive director at Rainbow House CRC, gather next to a Christmas tree and gifts donated by CGTC’s Institutional Effectiveness staff.