Great Things Going On

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It’s been a fascinating week of exploration and information. In addition to hearing about Grady Hospital’s turnaround, I saw again how the Center for Civic Innovation is increasing civic engagement and the ways in which JF&CS is making hope and opportunity happen.

Here’s a sampling of what I heard.

Since 2008 – when the Woodruff and Marcus Foundations stepped in to save this sagging entity – Grady has undergone an incredible transformation. In the presentation I attended, CEO John Haupert spoke about some of the organization’s most amazing accomplishments to date. In just over 8 years, Grady has become

  • The largest stroke treatment center in the world
  • One of Georgia’s two accredited burn centers
  • The primary trauma center in the region with a new, state of the art facility scheduled to open later this year
  • One of the nation’s largest HIV-positive patient centers

John and the Grady team and supporters aren’t stopping here. They’re also exploring opportunities to expand into communities with care facilities that can support us close to our homes.

The Center for Civic Innovation invests in community leaders and problem solvers. It does this through fellowships and awards, and by hosting discussions connecting these change agents with the people they serve. At CIC’s most recent Mayoral Candidate breakfast, the issue of bridging civilian and business interests to ensure equity was addressed. The organization also asked about the City’s recent sales, and how they’ll impact future investments. It’s through these kinds of questions – and many more – that CIC brings real concerns to the conversation.

If you know about Jewish Family & Career Services (JF&CS), you’re already aware of all the great they do everyday. From crisis and career counseling to adult and development disabilities services, JF&CS supports a wide array of people…as many Jewish as not. During their annual Community of Caring luncheon, I got to see first-hand how they helped:

  • A mom overcome debilitating PTSD that was affecting her toddler’s behavior
  • A college graduate turned caregiver through counseling and career services
  • A man get the much needed dental care he required
  • And more

It’s these important organizations – and so many others – that are doing the heavy lifting in Atlanta. Get to know these City greats and share their stories and services. Their mission and passion is to help more of us. Let’s help them too.

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