Community fund raises $40,000 for COVID-19 relief

Responding to the loss of jobs and income due to the pandemic, Coastal Georgia residents raised more than $40,000 over the last several months for agencies and programs in Camden County.

Camden Connection, a collaborative of social service organizations, spearheaded the effort and partnered with the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation, which agreed to match every dollar donated.

The mayors of each city in Camden — St. Marys Mayor John Morrissey, Woodbine Mayor Kizzy Knight and Kingsland Mayor Grayson Day — also started a friendly competition among residents of those cities to help drive donations.

“Every dollar donated went directly to an organization that is working to meet the most pressing needs of our community. The fund…

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A Community of Partners

ST. MARYS, GA – As a series of illnesses, costly medical bills and unemployment drove John and Starlette Reeder into a financial abyss and their marriage to the brink of divorce, a telephone call last August changed everything. They were invited to enroll in something called the Pathway of Hope. Watch the video below to experience their heartwarming story of triumph.

AAMCO St. Marys helps a neighbor in need

st-marys-aamcoST. MARYS, GA (January 3, 2016) – The Salvation Army of St Marys would like to recognize AAMCO Transmissions & Total Car Care of St Marys, Georgia as the first “Be a Shield” partner!

As a partner, AAMCO generously donated a vehicle inspection and associated repairs to Debra Duckworth, a Pathway of Hope client. Through Pathway of Hope, Ms. Duckworth and her Case Manager work together to set and meet achievable, realistic goals on her road to sufficiency. Ms. Duckworth is reliant on her vehicle to transport her to her appointments and GED tutoring sessions, so when the vehicle started having mechanical issues, AAMCO owner John Thomas, Shop Manager RJ, and the kind staff at AAMCO jumped in to assist. We appreciate AAMCO’s support in making a difference in our community members’ lives.

Pathway of Hope is part of a larger nationwide initiative to move families from crisis and vulnerability to stability and eventually sufficiency while tracking progress along the way. The mission of Pathway of Hope is: “To provide enhanced services to families that are ready to take action to break the cycle of poverty for their children and generations to come.”

Families with at least one child and a desire to take action may qualify to take part in Pathway of Hope. The program will accept up to 10 qualified families over the next year and work with those families to overcome obstacles, break down barriers, and achieve goals. Each family may face different obstacles, but through dedicated case work, training and support, clients will be able to sustain themselves without assistance.