ARO u NDTHETABLE - Exchange Club Family Resource Center
exchange club family resource center
A ro u n d t h e ta b l e
A word from our board president
Two facts cannot be overstated. First, the Rome and Floyd County community has a higher per
household rate of child abuse and neglect than the State of Georgia average. Second, having provided
services in this community for over 22 years to prevent such abuse and neglect, the Center stands poised
to assist our families in need.
Since its inception in 1991, the Exchange Club Family Resource Center has been working with
families to break the vicious cycle of child abuse and neglect in our community. The Center has achieved
great success by educating parents on important matters such as time and financial management and
providing a stable, loving and nurturing environment for their children. In 2013 the Center provided
services to 380 families.
The Center has an experienced and dedicated staff that is willing and able to assist families in our
community that are at risk of or currently experiencing child abuse or neglect. However, breaking the
cycle of abuse and neglect is no easy task, and it is clear that our community needs the Center’s services
now more than ever. It has been and remains an honor for me to collaborate with such gifted and driven
people as I complete my third year as the Center’s Board President.
I extend my deep-felt gratitude to every supporter, donor, and volunteer involved with the Center.
Your past commitments of time, money, and effort have made this agency strong. I hope you will
continue to support the work of this important agency. I assure you the Center will continue to improve
the lives of families in need and, consequently, strengthen our community.
Very truly yours, Jason Sanker
Volume 2, Issue 1
In this issue:
Night at the Movies
Past, Present, Future
More about our Staff
2013 at a Glance
School Supplies & Office Supplies
Paper goods - tissues, paper towels, toilet paper,
Personal Hygiene products/Toiletries
Gift cards or monetary donations
Volunteers: inventory, phone/desk coverage,
14th Annual Night at the movies
As expected, this year’s event was another huge success thanks to all involved. 2014 was an award
winning year, raising $17,000. Thanks to all of you who volunteered and attended as well as our
wonderful sponsors. But the feature presentation at this event was all the wonderful food provided
by area restaurants and the Rome Hospitality Association.
And the Emmy goes to:
The Babcock Agency
Exchange Club of Rome
Brinson, Askew & Berry
Representative Katie Dempsey
Oscar Level Sponsors:
Heritage First Bank
Clear Choice Cleaning Solutions
Golden Globe Sponsors:
Benjamin E. Edwards & Co.
Coosa Valley Credit Union
Judge Gene Richardson
McRae, Stegall, Peek, Harman, Smith & Manning, LLP
River City Bank
Stor-It Mini Warehouses
Past, present, future
Our newsletter, Around the Table, is aptly named as tables—whether board room tables or kitchen tables—are an
integral part of our work at The Exchange Club Family Resource Center. We meet around the conference table with
staff and Board members to plan events, discuss strategies, and address challenges. We gather around the coffee table
and kitchen table with families to strategize, to organize, and to find better paths through difficult situations. In practical
terms, this includes:
Helping a family create their first budget…
Teaching young parents with their first child about what they can expect from each stage of development…and
showing them some ways they can help their child thrive...
Modeling for parents ways to play with and engage their children — without the aid of a television set…
Listening to frustrations and overwhelm — and helping parents identify support systems and things they can do
to cope with strong feelings without lashing out at their children….
Connecting families to positive support people and services so that families can be as strong as they can be...
Fostering strong family connections
In 2013, our staff met around the table with 46 families through our in-home Parent Aide services. Our evidencedbased in-home program connects families and staff together in a mentoring relationship. We meet with families in their
homes weekly for up to 12 months as needed. We offer more than a helping hand and information — we offer the support to put that information into action. In addition to our Parent Aide program, we served other families through our
Supervised Visitation and education programs.
This work would not be possible without the support of our Board and many contributors — corporate and individuals — as well as ongoing support from the Exchange Club of Rome. Together, we form strong partnerships and we
demonstrate that whether we gather round the table, fellowship at the table or lay it all on the table, we accomplish
amazing things by working together.
Tina Bartleson, Executive Director
More about our staff
Tina Bartleson, Executive Director
Master’s Degree – Guidance and Counseling, University of West Ge0rgia
Bachelor’s Degree – Public and Social Services, Kennesaw State
25 years experience working with children and families, 20 years in non-profit management and consultation
Tina believes that families and children have worth and capacity and is proud to be a part of an organization that helps families grow
Kathy Phillips, Director of Administrative Services
Bachelor’s Degree – Christian Education, Tennessee Temple University
26 years experience working with children and families
Kathy loves working with people and helping make families stronger, and being a part of a great team who share the same values.
Amy Knitig, Public Relations & Marketing
Associate’s Degree – Office Education, Odessa Jr. College
3 years experience working with children and families, over 20 years in Corporate America as an Executive Assistant
Amy has a passion and desire to mentor and support single parents based on her own personal experiences.
Kristi Elkins, Parent Aide
Bachelor’s Degree – Human Services, Kennesaw State; Associate’s Degree – Early Childhood Education, Dalton State
15 years experience working with children and families as a Nanny and Early Interventionist previously
Kristi believes families can become stronger and thrive together with the right support & guidance.
Shemika Roberts, Parent Aide (“AA” Certified)
Bachelor’s Degree – Psychology, Shorter University
14 years experience working with children and families including 9 years in a day care previously
Shemika feels like all people have the potential to be wonderful parents but sometimes need help facing the challenges that life throws in
Rita Jones, Parent Aide
Associate’s Degree – Human Services, Georgia Highlands
18 years experience as a Family Support Worker with Healthy Families
Rita loves to help people and receives a lot of joy and fulfillment from serving others. She desires to make a difference in people’s lives.
2013 At A Glance—What A YEAR!
From the beginning...
13th Annual Night at the Movies
Over $16,000 raised for the families of
Rome and Floyd County
Pinwheels and painting in April
for Child Abuse Prevention
“Tee Off Against Child
Abuse” Golf Tournament
Over $10,000 raised for the
families of Rome
and Floyd County
Family Day at
hosting over 70
“Strike Out” Child
Gary Tillman Memorial Clocktower
5K and Health Walk
Over $20,000 raised for the families of
Rome and Floyd County
Over $4,000 raised for
the families of Rome
and Floyd County
...to the very last day and most in between!
5 Professional Court
P O Box 168
Rome, GA 30162-0168
706-252-1177 emergency cell
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Jason Sanker, President
Robin Hice, Vice President
Gail Johnson, Finance
Pat Patton, Secretary
Greg Gaston, Treasurer
Charles Stevens, Personnel
Karen Smith, Program
Stephen Smith, III
upcoming 2014 events
The 3rd Annual “Tee Off
April is National Child Abuse
Against Child Abuse” becomes Prevention Awareness month and we
have many opportunities for you to
the Jim Bishop Memorial “Tee Off
show support for the families of Rome
Against Child Abuse” Golf Tourand Floyd County.
nament this year. The event
Blue Mondays will be
honors the service of Jim Bishop
each Monday in
to the Exchange Club and Family
April (7, 14, 21, 28) —just
Resource Center. The event will
wear blue that day to show
be held on April 25 at Stonebridge
with a shotgun start at 10 am. Lunch is included, as well as a
April 26—Believe in the Blue—
gift bag for all participants and lots of door prizes. Several holes
restaurant event (check out Facebook or
will have special awards including a hole-in-one for $10,000
our website on April 15 for a list of
which is sponsored by the Babcock Agency.
Please call the center at 706-290-0764
April 29— Open House for the Faith
Community of Rome
if you’d like to sign up to play or volunteer!