Hope for Tomorrow

Hope for Tomorrow is our new community clothes closet and food pantry. It is located at 162 West Thigpen under the shelter. Hope for Tomorrow is currently open on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 8-10 am. For more information please call 229-563-3606 or email lanierfamcom@gmail.com

Community Clothes Closet

The Community Clothes Closet will be opened on November 12th and November 15th from 8-10. If you would like to volunteer to help at the Clothes Closet please contact Lanier County Family Connection at 229-563-3606.

Deadline for Christmas for Lanier Kids Applications

Christmas for Lanier Kids applications can be picked up from the Lanier County Department of Family and Children Services now. The deadline to have the applications back in is Friday, November 14th. Because of the increased need, families are reminded that this is to be a supplement to their Christmas. It is not to be considered all of their Christmas. Please contact Family Connection if you would like to volunteer and help with Christmas for Lanier Kids.

Literacy Week

National Literacy Week is September 23-27. In Lanier County we are celebrating the week by having members of the community read to students k-4th grade. We have everyone from Jason Shaw, Georgia State Representative to Ricky Hardy, 11th grade cheerleader. Not only do the kids enjoy the event, but the readers leave with such excitement and joy from the excitement of the kids.

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes

Attention All Men!!! This is your opportunity to show Lakeland you are MAN enough to walk a mile in HER shoes. On Saturday, April 20th we are asking all mean to participate in our WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES EVENT. The event is to raise awareness for Domestic Violence and the effects it has on children. All proceeds raised will benefit Family Connection and Domestice Violence and Child Abuse Prevention. Everyone is invited to the Lanier County High School Football Stadium from 10-12 on the 20th to watch some wonderful men walk around the track in high heel shoes. Please call 229-482-3476 to register or get more information.

Davonna Livingston Coming to Lakeland

On Thursday, February 21st, Davonna Livingston will be in Lanier County to tell her story of how Domestic Violence affected her life and how her church family was a means of support.  I encourage everyone to attend, but if you are a member of a local church and want to know what you can do to help victims of domestic violence then this presentation is a MUST SEE!

Ms. Livingston lives in Portland, Oregon, but was born in Lakeland and lived in Lanier County until she and her mother escaped their abusive situation in 1980. She has written a book that chronicles her family’s experiences with abuse, as well as how it affected the lives of several women she interviewed who are now incarcerated in prisons all over the country, including Georgia. Along with being a writer, she is also the founder of a nonprofit called Changing Perceptions that works with victims of abuse, as well as educating the public about abuse.

Ms. Livingston will have her books and will be available to autograph books after the presentation. Lanier County Community Partnership for Protecting Children and Lanier County Family Connection looks forward to seeing each of you Thursday, February 21st from 6-8 at Southside Baptist Church. For information on this event please email lanierfamcom@gmail.com or call 563-3606.