In our most recent quarter, Jesse's House served 17 at-risk girls from 6 different counties. We served primarily Forsyth (35%) and Hall (41%). The majority of these girls were removed from their homes by DFCS (88%) due to abuse and neglect. However, the numbers and statistics are not why we do what we do. We do it to be there for the youth we serve, to make a difference in their lives. Recently, we served a young lady whose situation seemed bleak. Her mother had passed away a few years ago and her father was not in the picture. At the time she entered care, there were no family members willing to take care of her anymore and no real prospective for a permanent placement. We were there to help her navigate through the grief process, feelings of abandonment and loss of hope. We were there to care for her when she acted out angrily and defiantly. We were there to facilitate visitations with siblings, tutoring to bring her grades up, and doctors appointments to keep her healthy. We were there to have staff vs. resident Wii Dance Offs to lift her spirits (as well as win some hot cheetos!). We were there to drive her to visits with a possible placement with a family friend who discovered she was in DFCS custody. We were there as she moved on to this permanent home. And we were there when she called a couple weeks later to tell us she was doing great and that she missed us, despite what she had said in anger while living here! We do what we do to be there through the ups and the downs. We do what we do to be there, even if for just a brief moment in their lives, even if years down the road they do not remember our names or our faces. We do not typically get phone calls or updates of residents that have moved on from their chapter at Jesse's House, but what a reward when we do!
We are very grateful for the generous donation from the Subaru Share the Love event! Thank you, Troncalli Subaru, for choosing Jesse's House as one of the local charities to support!
Big Thank You to the Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce for donating us a booth at the Business Showcase! With your donation, we were able to share our mission and current needs with the Forsyth County business community!
Solicitor General, Donna Gopaul, visited Jesse's House with others from her office! We were very excited to share about our mission and the positive impact Jesse's House has on the community. Solicitor General, Ms. Gopaul, identified ways that her office could support us! It was a pleasure having your group tour our facility! We are grateful for the support of our community!
A BIG Thank you to all who dined out on February 27th and to the participating restaurants! The Jeanne Marie Educational Fund provides our girls with awesome opportunities for educational outings! In February, our girls were able to explore the Bodies Exhibit at Atlantic Station. Last year, they got up close and personal with Wild Encounters (lemur and aldabra tortoise) at Zoo Atlanta and enjoyed the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra!
Don't forget on February 27th to Dine out for Jesse's House! We have lots of great restaurants to choose from! Click here for the complete list.
Run for Shelter 5k and Fun Run, October 6, 2013
Piney Grove Middle School is proud to partner with Jesse’s House, Forsyth County’s emergency children’s shelter, to establish the Jeanne Marie Fund for Jesse’s House. This fund will provide education and other enrichment opportunities for the girls cared for at Jesse’s House, including trips to the Georgia Aquarium, outings to see plays and musical events, museum visits and more. It will also support internship opportunities for the girls, providing for transportation, clothing and other needs associated with internship work. Jeanne Marie Cowdrey was a beloved member of the Piney Grove staff, welcoming everyone who walked through the school’s front doors for many years. Jeanne Marie was also a founding board member of Jesse’s House. Dedicating more than 16 years to its mission, she’s been called “the heartbeat of Jesse’s House.” Jeanne Marie lost a courageous battle to cancer in September 2012 and creating this fund is Piney Grove’s way of celebrating and honoring her memory by supporting an organization about which she was deeply passionate. Jesse’s House provides emergency care, serving as an “extended family” for young women in crisis. From basic care, housing and nutrition to tutoring to specialized individual and group counseling, the goal of Jesse’s House is to provide healing and increase each girl’s opportunities for future success. The Jeanne Marie Fund for Jesse’s House will support opportunities for greater enrich-ment and achievement. For more information, visit www.JessesHouse.org. These restaurant partners are generously donating a portion of their proceeds from all sales 5pm-9pm (except where noted as Lunch Only) on Monday, February 25. Enjoy a meal out with family and friends and help ENRICH A LIFE by contributing toward the Jeanne Marie Fund for Jesse’s House.