It’s Elementary. Voice4Nations’ School Supply Drive Benefits Families in Need

IMG_4701Voice4Nations, the non-profit outreach of virtual phone and live answering service company, VoiceNation, recently held its 3rd Annual School Supply Drive to help local children in need obtain the necessary, and often expensive, supplies for the new school year.

The new school year can be challenging for families who don’t have the resources to purchase necessary school supplies. Voice4Nations collected an estimated $400 worth of school supplies, ranging from binders, notebooks and markers to calculators, flash drives and backpacks and more, during their School Supply Drive held in July.

In addition to significant supply donations made by Voice4Nations staff, Snap Fitness in Ellenwood and the Mall of Georgia Wal-Mart made donations.

Voice4Nations delivered the donations on August 4, 2015 to Good News at Noon in Gainesville and Ivy Creek Elementary School in Buford to help families in need of assistance.

“We wish to extend our appreciation to everyone who contributed to the Voice4Nations School Supply Drive which helped dozens of families obtain the essential tools needed for school,” explained Jay Reeder, founder of Voice4Nations.

About Voice4Nations

Voice4Nations, the non-profit outreach of VoiceNation, acts as a voice for the nations – a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves, like the 50 percent of all children who live in poverty.  Voice4Nations’ goal is to create awareness, encourage people to make a difference, and connect them with successful organizations where they can make a contribution directly funding the need.

Voice4Nations addresses three key initiatives: bullying prevention, the global water crisis, and homelessness. To learn more visit http://voice4nations.org

Georgia CALLS Sponsors SAFFT 5K Event on July 11th

Mark Mobley, Executive Director, Georgia CALLS
Mark Mobley, Executive Director, Georgia CALLS

Georgia CALLS, the Georgia Center For Abundant Living Life Skills, a unique 501(c)3 non-profit helping high-risk, returning citizens make a successful transition from incarceration back into society as business entrepreneurs, is a proud sponsor of “Color Outside the Lines 5K” to benefit foster and adoptive children and families in crisis.

The Color Outside the Lines 5K will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 8 a.m. at Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming, GA. It is presented by Supporting Adoption & Foster Families Together (SAFFT), a 501(c)3 non-profit that protects children, rebuilds families and empowers caregivers.

The event is for all ages. Participants will enjoy an exciting, timed 5K in a safely designed course inside the fairgrounds, complete with music and color throws. There will be an after party, with awards presented for first, second and third place for each age group as well as a giant paint throw to round out the event.

Georgia CALLS will have an informational tent on-site with giveaways so attendees can learn more about how their program is transforming mindsets, growing leaders and building entrepreneurs, one life at a time.  Community awareness surrounding this reentry initiative is a key component to building better communities and creating safer neighborhoods.

“Georgia CALLS and SAFFT are similar in mission, in that we provide resources and support to help and empower those who need it and to make a difference in people’s lives,” said Mark Mobley, Executive Director of Georgia CALLS. “We believe that supporting our fellow non-profits is essential and are honored to sponsor this important event.”

“We are honored and humbled that Georgia CALLS is our Title Sponsor this year. We love and believe deeply in their mission and we consider them one of our strongest partners. We look forward to hosting their team and the hundreds of runners on July 11th to support our mission to protect children, rebuild families, and empower caregivers in our community,” said Ashley Anderson, Executive Director of SAFFT.

More than 400 runners participated in last year’s 5K. Every runner receives a shirt, a swag bag and a color packet for the after party. To learn more about the event, sign-up, and watch last year’s outrageous recap video visit safft.org/color.

About SAFFT

Supporting Adoption & Foster Families Together (SAFFT), is a non-profit organization with a mission to protect children, rebuild families, and empower caregivers. Through years of working with hundreds of children and families, SAFFT discovered that families in crisis are part of a generational cycle passed down to children causing decades of family abuse, addiction, child neglect, homelessness, unemployment, and severe poverty. Since early 2009, SAFFT has successfully developed and implemented multiple programs of support at the ground level in Forsyth County Georgia and supports neighboring counties including Cherokee, Dawson, Hall, Gwinnett, and Fulton. The SAFFT model includes a supervised visitation center, scholarship programs for foster & adopted children, a resource closet, foster and adoptive gatherings including ongoing parent night out events, a domestic violence visitation and exchange program for victims, parenting classes, and a Christian mentoring program. SAFFT’s leadership strongly believes change begins with the entire community including the families in crisis, the children in foster and adoptive care, caregivers supporting the children, and organizations charged with protecting and serving the children and families. To learn more about SAFFT, visit www.safft.org.

About Georgia CALLS

Georgia CALLS, Georgia Center For Abundant Living Life Skills, located in Buford, GA, is a 501(c)3 organization created to ease the transition from incarceration back into a productive, healthy routine in the community. This unique reentry initiative is a pioneering collaboration between non-profit, for profit and government entities working together for the common good of society.

Georgia CALLS, a program in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Transition, Support & Reentry, the Georgia Department of Corrections and Phillips Transitional Center, is transforming mindsets, growing leaders and building entrepreneurs up, one life at a time.

Utilizing a powerful combination of exclusive job/life skills training, paid work experience in the call center, intensive case management services, and optional discipleship classes, participants in the Georgia CALLS program learn to build strong character, explore their own entrepreneurial desires, and in turn give back to their own communities. Georgia CALLS works to make a lasting community impact by cultivating entrepreneurs and mentoring participants to be the CEOs of their lives. For more information about Georgia CALLS, visit http://www.gacalls.org.

 

Mark Mobley Named Executive Director of Georgia CALLS

Mark Mobley, Executive Director
Mark Mobley, Executive Director

Mark Mobley has been appointed Executive Director of Georgia CALLS, the Georgia Center For Abundant Living Life Skills, a unique 501(c)3 non-profit helping high-risk, returning citizens make a successful transition from incarceration back into society as business entrepreneurs.

Georgia CALLS, in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Transition, Support & Reentry, Georgia Department of Corrections and Phillips Transitional Center, is a powerful initiative that aims to dramatically reduce recidivism, boost economic growth, and create safer neighborhoods in Georgia.

Due to Georgia CALLS’ significant growth, Mobley has stepped into the role of Executive Director, while (former Executive Director) Jay Reeder continues to provide vision, direction, and vital involvement from his post as Georgia CALLS Founder and Chairman of the Board, and as CEO of VoiceNation.

For more than a decade, Mobley has been the Senior Pastor for Living Word Worship Center in Jefferson. Over the past 15 months, he has served as a consultant to VoiceNation and has been thoroughly involved in Georgia CALLS since the planning stages of the project. He collaborated with the team during the development and implementation stages, and expanded his availability to take on a more active role with Georgia CALLS as needed. With an extensive background in non-profits, education, and the local government, Mobley’s expertise will help Georgia CALLS grow into its future.

Mobley is a City Councilman for District 4, Jefferson, and a Board Member of Jackson County Habitat for Humanity. His experience includes nearly 15 years as Instructor and President at Free Chapel School of Discipleship and five years as a public high school math teacher. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Georgia. His pastoral studies were completed at Rhema Bible Training Center.

“This is a significant move for our organization. With a lifelong friendship and years of experience working together, I am certain our program participants and the program itself will achieve new heights as Mark pours into both through his new role as Executive Director,” said Reeder.

Mobley resides in Jefferson, GA.

About Georgia CALLS

Georgia CALLS, Georgia Center For Abundant Living Life Skills, located in Buford, GA, is a 501(c)3 organization created to ease the transition from incarceration back into a productive, healthy routine in the community. This unique reentry initiative is a pioneering collaboration between non-profit, for profit and government entities working together for the common good of society.

Georgia CALLS, a program in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Transition, Support & Reentry, the Georgia Department of Corrections and Phillips Transitional Center, is transforming mindsets, growing leaders & building entrepreneurs up, one life at a time.

Utilizing a powerful combination of exclusive job/life skills training, paid work experience in the call center, intensive case management services, and optional discipleship classes, participants in the Georgia CALLS program learn to build strong character, explore their own entrepreneurial desires, and in turn give back to their own communities. Georgia CALLS works to make a last community impact by cultivating entrepreneurs and mentoring participants to be the CEOs of their lives.

For more information about Georgia CALLS, visit http://www.gacalls.org.

 

Georgia CALLS Reentry Program Welcomes 8 New Participants

Georgia CALLS IMG_1716

Georgia CALLS, the Georgia Center For Abundant Living Life Skills, a unique 501(c)3 non-profit helping high-risk, returning citizens make a successful transition from incarceration back into society as business entrepreneurs, recently welcomed eight new participants into their expanding program.

Based in Buford, Georgia CALLS is a reentry program in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Transition, Support & Reentry, the Georgia Department of Corrections, and Phillips Transitional Center that helps to curb recidivism and empower returning citizens to make a positive impact in their communities. The organization recently held a Recruiting Fair, which was well attended by their program partners and supporters, including the Department of Labor, numerous parole officers, the Gwinnett county detention center and others.

Eight new participants from Buford, Conyers, Grayson, Lawrenceville, and Norcross GA, who were released from prison within the last six months, have been accepted into the Georgia CALLS program. They have already completed orientation, which included a Key Ceremony where each new participant was presented with a personalized “blank key” that signified a key that would one day unlock their future business. The dedicated new recruits are currently in training and already fielding live calls at Georgia CALLS onsite call center as Customer Service Representatives.

“The Georgia CALLS reentry program gives individuals who are ready to take on a life-changing experience, the on-the-job training and life skills development needed in order to become the CEO of their lives,” explained Mark Mobley, the new Executive Director of the fast-growing Georgia CALLS. “We’ve had a chance to talk with our newest participants about current challenges and hear them dream about their future. They have each illustrated a desire and passion for an obtainable career. And in turn, we’ve made a commitment to each of them to walk side by side and help them accomplish their goals.”

Upon acceptance into the program, one participant stated, “I’m excited about the job/life skills classes the most. If I’m honest with myself, those are the types of classes that will really help someone like me.”

After working just two weeks in the call center, another new participant explained, “I believe the call center is a success because it’s teaching us how to be a people person. We’re learning how to smile on the inside and deal with our emotions better.”

Summer Recruitment Session

Recruitment will continue in June, when approximately 10 program seats will become available. Georgia CALLS accepts referrals of formerly incarcerated and state supervised individuals looking to get their life back on track after incarceration. The program includes life skills training and paid call center employment.

In support of The Georgia Prisoner Reentry Initiative (GA-PRI), Georgia CALLS is intentional with their selection process. Every individual is thoroughly evaluated during intake. Potential participants must meet requirements which include: have been released from prison within the last 12 months; have reliable transportation; is in compliance with all court-mandated requirements and conditions of parole and/or probation; and are available Monday through Friday during regular program and work hours, as well as other criteria.

According to one of Georgia CALLS’ successful reentry program participants, “I’ve been incarcerated for 11 years and there are some habits and ways that I picked up from being incarcerated that I had to break…but I always knew that I wanted an opportunity. Instead of saying it’s a job, it’s more like a program for life and I enjoy it more and more when I come here.”

Within the program, Georgia CALLS provides social services, which includes intensive case management and the implementation of TAP strategies; unrivaled and newly-developed job/life skills training; paid work experience at its inbound call center, created specifically for this initiative; and optional spiritual development to returning citizens who are seeking a life change.

“Places like Georgia CALLS are necessary because it’s an opportunity for a person who doesn’t have it together, really to get it together,” said another Georgia CALLS reentry program participant.

To learn more about the program and download a Referral form, visit

http://www.gacalls.org/join-us/.  Referrals may also be made by calling Georgia CALLS social services team at 678-251-4225.

About Georgia CALLS

Located in Buford, GA, Georgia CALLS, Georgia Center For Abundant Living Life Skills, is a 501(c)3 organization created to ease the transition from incarceration back into a productive, healthy routine in the community. This unique reentry initiative is a pioneering collaboration between non-profit, for profit and government entities working together for the common good of society.

Georgia CALLS, a program in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Transition, Support & Reentry, the Georgia Department of Corrections and Phillips Transitional Center, is transforming mindsets, growing leaders & building entrepreneurs up, one life at a time.

Utilizing a powerful combination of exclusive job/life skills training, paid work experience in the call center, intensive case management services, and optional discipleship classes, participants in the Georgia CALLS program learn to build strong character, explore their own entrepreneurial desires, and in turn give back to their own communities. Georgia CALLS works to make a last community impact by cultivating entrepreneurs and mentoring participants to be the CEOs of their lives.

For more information about Georgia CALLS, visit http://www.gacalls.org.

Reeder Interviewed on Atlanta Business Radio