Congratulations to Gilgal Graduate Yesenia B.!
Read about Yesenia in our June newsletter.
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Merry Christmas from the Women of Gilgal!
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- December 2011 Newsletter
Donella Cranford (r) and Women After God's Own Heart (WAGOH) invited the women of Gilgal to their Christmas Brunch. What a lovely affair.
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Meet Gilgal Moms that have been reunited with their children. Learn about how GSU Nursing Students are impacting lives at Gilgal. Read about what Gilgal residents are grateful for.
November 2011 Newsletter
Emory Goizueta Board Fellows Program
Gilgal, Inc. has been selected by Emory’s Goizueta Business School as one of their non-profit partners for the 2011-2012 Emory Goizueta Board Fellows Program. Two Emory Goizueta MBA students will serve on Gilgal’s Board of Directors as nonvoting board members for the six months.
The two Emory Goizueta MBA students selected to serve on Gilgal’s Board are Jennifer McNeil and Chervickia Thomas.
Jennifer McNeil graduated from Emory University with a double major in Psychology and Art History. After Emory, Jennifer attended the University of Michigan Law School where she earned her Juris Doctorate degree. Jennifer currently serves on the executive student board of the newly founded Emory Marketing Analytics Center and will graduate with her MBA in 2012. Jennifer brings considerable expertise in Law and Business Consulting to Gilgal’s Board.
Chervickia Thomas graduated from Howard University with her BBA in Finance and is originally from Atlanta. Chervickia will graduate in 2012 with her MBA in Finance. Chervickia brings a considerable amount of experience in Finance and Management Consulting to Gilgal’s Board.
By partnering with non-profits, The Goizueta Board Fellows Program offers their MBA students networking events and high quality training opportunities. The program allows students firsthand experience in understanding how business skills can be applied to the non-profit sector by working on projects that lead to sustainable impact with the partner organizations.
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October 2011 Newsletter
Meet several of the wonderful volunteers and our our new Gilgal Living editor, Courtney Cater.
Reminding us that we can….
Just recently, a resident and I were at the Home Depot picking up a few items, light bulbs, mop heads, and a couple of kitchen faucets. A very kind Home Depot employee named “Ace” assisted us with our selection of the faucets. Afterwards, he commented “you do know that you can install these faucets?” I had never even considered that I might be capable. He opened the package and began to explain to us how to do it and reminded us again that we could. When we returned to Gilgal, Yesenia and Sara, got under the kitchen sink, followed his instructions and installed our new faucet. (They didn’t want me to get dirty, so, I was invited to watch them.) There were cheers and applause when water flowed from our new faucet. Woo hoo! Thanks to “Ace” from the Cascade Home Depot for saving us a bill from the plumber and for the priceless feeling that comes with a job well done! Maybe you have skills that you would like to share with Gilgal. Call me at 404-305-8007. Val Cater, Executive Director
GILGAL AWARDED “CHALLENGE GRANT”
An anonymous donor has awarded a “challenge grant” to Gilgal, Inc., a Christ-centered recovery program for homeless, addicted women throughout metro Atlanta. The donor agreed to match any contributions made to Gilgal, dollar for dollar, up to $7500, from now until September 29th, 2011.
“Helping Gilgal by making a donation during this challenge will doubly bless our women” says Val Cater, Founder and Executive Director of Gilgal. “We hope the community helps us respond to this challenge grant because homelessness and addiction are serious problems in metro Atlanta. The women we serve have few options and need community support. So far we have raised $3800 toward our $7500 goal.”
Contributions of money, donated items and food, acts of service and prayers are welcomed and appreciated.
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2011 has been a busy year for the staff, Volunteers, and residents of Gilgal. For a review, please click on the report below:
2011 Mid Year Report
July 4th Cookout at Gilgal
Submitted by: Board Member, Ms. Charlie M. H. Wilson
While the Country celebrated its’ freedom with fireworks, food, family and friends so did the women of Gilgal.
Gilgal may not have had the crowd of Peachtree Street or Macys for the festivities, but there was no shortage of food or friends and family. We were not without fireworks either; all you had to do was look at the ladies to see their hearts swell with fireworks of joy and love that exploded in every direction. One of our Board Members, “Chef” Charles and his assistant Ryan (his son) sweated from the soaring heat of the day grilling sausages, hotdogs and burgers.
The ladies showed off their culinary skills with potato salad, green salad, baked beans and coleslaw. Oh, let us not forget the scrumptious pies like potato, pumpkin and of course the million dollar pie. Um, Um Good! Excitement was in the air, as Board Members played a very competitive game of cards with residents. There was the junk talking, bragging, and shrills of delight when someone barely made their books. A couple of times the game was so intense that Board Member, Kyara stood to slam her cards down with more of that “Slam” sound. You card players know how we do it.
Then there was the word game going on with a couple of the ladies and Ryan, one would say a word and the other had to say a word to coincide with it. Then there was the conversation over who fed the cat and what she was fed. The laughter filled my soul and the camaraderie was awesome. We must do it again!
Yes, I tell you 4th of July at Gilgal was the place to be. We wish to thank Charles for not only cooking but also providing the food and to the ladies “THANK YOU” for your delicious delights.
So the next time you want to celebrate (any occasion and if you at a loss for one, please feel free to create one), offer to volunteer or if you are interested in financially supporting Gilgal we invite you to come on out for a visit. The ladies will be delighted to receive you and provide a tour of their residence. Arrangements be made by contacting Ms. Val Cater at 404-305-8007.
Yes, the 4th of July was a blast and huge success! See photos below...
Staff and Residents of Gilgal join the Women's Ministry of First Baptist Church of Atlanta to attend the final season of the Atlanta Passion Play!
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Gilgal Family Day - Lynn Ranew, PH.D., LCSW, LMFT, discussed Family Dynamics and Addiction.
Gilgal Staff, Residents and Volunteers Participate in IMPACT Fulton Industrial September 19, 2009
Gilgal joined with CKS Packaging, other ministries and agencies at IMPACT Fulton Industrial. The event featured an opportunity to experience the love of Christ through live music, entertainment, testimonies, prayer, hearing the Gospel, free clothing and food. Despite the overcast and rainy day, over 530 households
were given bags of groceries and toiletries.
Residents of Gilgal Take Part in Art Therapy Project
Azizi Blissett of ZFusion took the women of Gilgal through an art therapy workshop entitled "Healing the Broken Spirit" Click here for more exciting details!
Friends & Family Day - Saturday, April 11th, 2009
We are happy to report another sucessful Family Day! Thanks to all who attended to support their loved ones on this very difficult journey.
Helping Trauma Survivors Thrive in Recovery
Friday, April 24, 2009 - 8:45am to 12 noon
This is a workshop to equip you in helping people who are recovering from any type of trauma. You will be blessed to hear the wisdom of Terry Freeman who has extensive exprience in counseling trauma survivors. It will be held at our offices on the southside of Atlanta. Directions will be given when you RSVP.
To secure your spot be sure to send a check of $30 per person to:
Gilgal Inc., P.O. Box 150777, Atlanta, GA 30315
Attn: Delbra Thomas, Program Director
Presenter: Terry Freeman, MS, MAC, LPC, Freeman Counseling and Consulting, LLC
Continuing Ed. Credits (3.0 hours) approved by:
Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (#2052-09)
National Association of Social Workers
GILGAL 4-YEAR ANNIVERSARY! - Saturday, May 9, 2009
On May 9, 2005 Gilgal Inc. was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization. We are so blessed to look at the lives that have been changed through this ministry since! We watch and wait in anticipation of what the Lord will continue to do in our midst!
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! - Sunday, May 10th, 2009
Happy Mother's Day to all the Mom's who work so hard and deserve a day set aside just for them!
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Welcome to new Board Members!
Gilgal Now a Non-Smoking Facility
The Women of Gilgal complete an 8 week smoking cessation class. They are taking "healthy hearts" seriously. Gilgal is a non smoking facility.
Happy Valentines Day!
Healthy Heart Month
The residents of Gilgal participated in daily 1/2 hour workouts.
Nursing students from Georgia State University educated our residents on high blood pressure, ways to lower our pressure, and signs of a heart attack. Thank you!
Friends & Family Day
Thanks to over 70 family members who attended to support their loved ones on this very difficult journey.
Fly By Theatre
Thanks to Fly by Theatre for inviting the residents of Gilgal to attend Gods, Goddesses, Prophets. What an enjoyable event!
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From the Board of Directors, Volunteers, Staff and Residents of Gilgal!!
Best Wishes for the New Year!
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Family and Friends Day
Our residents and guests listened intently as Annice Yarber, M.S.W., Ph.D., spoke on the topic of Letting Go and Letting God.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
The women of Gilgal attended a Breast Cancer Awareness Panel and participated in a Breast Cancer Walk. Many thanks to our panelist: Lynn Schnieder, Lindsey Bradshaw, Marcia Bennett, Joe Ann Bailey, and Beth Goodman.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Our residents participated in a candlelight vigil for those who have lost their lives as a result of domestic violence.
National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month
Learn more info at http://www.recoverymonth.gov/2008/
Family Days at the Atlanta Zoo
The women of Gilgal joined several other Fulton County and City of Atlanta residents for a wonderful day at the Zoo!
A BIG Thank You!
· Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Stone Mountain Chapter: Donation of over 80 pairs of new & gently used shoes!
· Women After God’s Own Heart: Donation of 6 bags of purses, each filled with toiletries!
Gilgal Family Day
presented an opportunity for informative and open discussion on addiction and its impact on the family unit. Mr. Cosby Eskridge, Certified Addiction Counselor and Prevention Specialist of Dekalb County Crisis Center was our speaker.
Gilgal, Inc. receives grant from the Atlanta Development Authority Homeless Opportunity Fund
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Service Project
The Gamma Class students of Kappa Alpha Psi Undergraduate Leadership Institute spent the day at Gilgal on June 11. 47 young men from all over the country descended on the Gilgal property. They painted, blew leaves, mowed lawns, cleared debris, moved furniture and other items and constructed picnic tables. Thank you for choosing Gilgal as the location for your service project!
Reflections: Coffee and Dessert with the Women of Gilgal
Reflections, our first official fundraiser, was a wonderful success! Spoken word, poetry, other arts. Our residents were overwhelmed with the love and support they received as they stood on stage and risked baring themselves by speaking openly about their journey. Our invited guest, Kay Flowers (EMCEE), Didymus Swann (Rose in a Cesspool), Sheila Jackson (The Forest), Hillary Roy (Journey's of Love Voices of the Heart), Traneisa Caldwell (They Said You Wouldn’t Make It), Kyara Smith (His Eye is on the Sparrow), Theresa Howard (Original Dance) and Rev. Tricia McClendon (Phenomenal Woman) were excellent and tremendous encouragements to our residents. Azizi Blissett shared her creative collages entitled The Redefinition of Me. The silent auction was fun and the desserts were plenteous and delicious. We could not have done it without the support of our sponsors, Chi Gamma Gamma Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Gourmet Services, Inc. (Ray McClendon). Thanks also to the many friends of Gilgal that provided items for the silent auction.
The residents of Gilgal were treated to a wonderful spa pampering session by Latarsha Williams and Love & Compassion of Christ Outreach Ministry. Latarsha and her friends made our residents feel like royalty with their pampering. This was followed by a southern style dinner prepared by Asia Thomas and her friends. What a treat! What a day!
Gilgal Family Day
Dr. Kareem Jordan, Clinical Director of Westcare, spoke to the group of 59 friends and family members who attended the Gilgal Family Day. Recognizing that addiction has an impact on our families and community, Dr. Jordan talked with family members about their role in the healthy recovery of their loved ones.
Impact Fulton Industrial
The residents of Gilgal joined forces with several other Christian organizations at Impact Fulton Industrial on May 3. I Impact Fulton/Maximum Impact is much more than a worship service. As its name implies it is a community impact event. Food, clothing and hygiene supplies are given to the impoverished and representatives from a multitude of social service organizations are present to offer assistance in getting one's life back on track.
Impact Fulton/Maximum Impact serves as one of the many examples of proof that God, through his disciples in Christ, can help you overcome daily life-issues. The residents and staff of Gilgal were blessed to be a part of this event. Learn more about it here
Volunteer Wedding Shower
Lynn Moorman and Andy Schneider have been regular volunteers with Gilgal. Lynn is a member of CREW Atlanta (Commercial Real Estate Women of Atlanta) and has organized many volunteer opportunities with CREW and Gilgal. On May 3, dozens of friends joined Lynn and Andy to celebrate their upcoming nuptials (in Chicago on July 5) at a wedding shower. In lieu of gifts, Lynn and Andy asked that their friends make a contribution to Gilgal. Thank you Lynn and Andy (and all of your beautiful friends) for your generous donation!
April 26, 2008. Volunteer to Change the World was the theme of National Volunteer Appreciation Week. Gilgal recognized its volunteers with a program and luncheon celebrating their involvement. Maybe you can volunteer your time to prepare a meal, answer phones or teach a craft. If so, please contact us to express your interest.