State Legislators Visit Together Georgia Members

Legislators and Together Georgia Members visiting the Welding Classroom at Broken Shackle Ranch in Davisboro, GA.

Recently, Rep. Katie Dempsey brought the Georgia State House Appropriations Sub-Committee on Human Relations to four Together Georgia Member Child Caring Institution (CCI) facilities. Over two days, groups of legislators visited a variety of our members from across the state; Youth Villages, Goshen Valley, Twin Cedars’ Georgia Industrial Children’s Home, and Broken Shackle Ranch. These organizations represent the diversity of services Together Georgia Members provide, as well as provide unique opportunities for Georgia’s children to learn and grow in a safe environment.

Accompanied by our lobbyists from Nelson Mullins, the tours were productive. Meaningful conversations took place with excellent questions. Legislators visited Cottages, on-campus schools, horse barns, gymnasiums, welding shops, and more! Joining the legislators were Together Georgia Board President Sally Buchanan of Creative Community Services and Immediate Past President Alison Evans of The Methodist Home, as well as Together Georgia Executive Director Juanita Stedman and Deputy Director Claire Wood.

Together Georgia would like to extend a special thanks to Committee Chairman Rep. Katie Dempsey, Reps. Teri Anulewicz, Robert Dickey, Emory Dunahoo, Wayne Howard, Mary Margaret Oliver, Sen. Lee Anderson, and Amber Mack for joining us. We are grateful to Tanya Anderson (Executive Director, Youth Villages Georgia), Zach Blend (CEO, Goshen Valley), Sheri Cody (CEO, Twin Cedars), and David Cobb (CEO, Broken Shackle Ranch) for their hospitality as well as everything they do in service of Georgia’s Children.