Family Assistance


The Gateway Center, Inc.

A non-profit organization dedicated to providing services for children in cases of suspected child abuse and to the enrichment of families through provision and support of programs that address issues in our community

Service Area(s): Ben Hill Cordele Crisp Dooly Wilcox

Koinonia Farms

Heart-to-Heart Home Repair: We partner with neighbors of limited financial means to help maintain their homes. Homeowners contribute “sweat equity” by helping with repairs or on a project at Koinonia Farm. Programs for area youth: Activities including creative arts, computers, snacks, sleepovers, field trips, homework help, and outdoor games. Every June, Koinonia Community Outreach Center hosts a summer youth camp. Circle of Friends: Our Thursday morning elders’ gathering is a time to share readings, music, physical exercise, delicious food, classes on health, finances, gardening and more, and to take field trips, as well as to share personal joys and concerns. Peace Action Team: Koinonia, Americus Mennonite Fellowship, and area students, parents, teachers, and neighbors work together to present youth with alternatives to the military despite our county’s severe economic challenges and aggressive military recruitment. Seasonal Employment: Koinonia is usually able to hire a number of neighbors during our annual pecan harvest and bakery seasons. This seasonal employment builds relationships and benefits both Koinonia and the individuals hired.

Service Area(s): Sumter

Kent Hill Youth Development Program, Inc.

Designed to offer help to the youth of Americus academically and socially, through tutoring sessions, social events, individual counseling, educational & social outings. SAT preparations, career awareness, drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, and common courtesies. Educational learning experiences through a week-long summer camp, during which professional football athletes come as role-models and engage in activities with the students on “Super Saturday.” This helps the students who need love and support of an adult role model that may help and inspire them to improve their lives.

Service Area(s): Sumter

TLC Foster Parent Program

Placement: Regularly accept referrals from the DFCS, DJJ, and Mental Health agencies. Open to working with private families but suggest that community assistance be explored before considering out of home placement. Referrals are received by completing the online admission referral packet located on this website.  Upon request, a referral packet can be mailed or faxed but please include a social summary and/or a current (within one year) psychological evaluation. All mailed and faxed referrals should be sent to the Intake Coordinator. Immediate Care: Provide temporary placement for children in crisis situations. Children can stay in this facility for up to 90 days. Housing is available for a total of 16 children, 8 boys and 8 girls. The purpose is to prepare the residents for a permanent placement by providing emotional support and guidance with behavior management.

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