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  • Elks Aidmore Celebrates 80 Years

    For the past 80 years, the Georgia Elks have provided services to children and families in Georgia.  Originally developed as The Crippled Children’s League of Georgia in 1938, Elks Aidmore provided clinic-based outpatient services to physically handicapped children and young adults. The Elks Aidmore Hospital was built in Atlanta in 1954 providing rehabilitative services for the physically handicapped population. In 1977, the hospital was closed and the Georgia Elks opened Georgia Elks Aidmore Children’s Center in Conyers, Georgia. The campus and administrative offices are located on 141 rolling acres 25 miles east of Atlanta.

    Over the past 25 years, Elks Aidmore has reached several milestones.  Elks Aidmore has been accredited by the Council on Accreditation since 1995.  The Council on Accreditation (COA) represents a “stamp of approval”, indicating that the agency meets the highest recognized national standards of professional performance.

    Elks Aidmore was a co-founder of the Multi-Agency Alliance for Children (MAAC) in 1995, a multi-agency collaborative that provides a seamless continuum of services for children, youth and families.  MAAC has been recognized at the state and national levels for its innovation and was the second collaborative in the nation to receive accreditation through COA.  In November 2014, MAAC was recognized by Voices for Children as an outstanding advocate for children and youth. Abe Wilkinson, the Chief Executive Officer for Elks Aidmore, has served as MAAC Treasurer (2007-2009) and MAAC President (1997-2003; 2009-2013), and Chairman of the Performance and Quality Improvement Committee since its inception.

    In 2010, the Board of Trustees established a Transition Committee and adopted a Business Plan for Transition. The Transition Plan included strategies for moving from a single-service entity to a multi-service organization providing residential, as well as non-residential, services to youth and families. The primary focus of the Transition Plan was the institution of a therapeutic foster care program. The Therapeutic Foster Care program has grown at a pace far exceeding original projections. In addition to the Conyers location, Elks Aidmore now has offices in Dalton, Savannah and Valdosta.

    Current Elks Aidmore programs include residential treatment, preparation for independent living, independent living, therapeutic foster care and an array of community-based wrap-around services serving both males and females.

    Residential: 141 acre campus in Conyers, Georgia offering safe housing; education; GED and vocational training; individual, group and family therapy; health and wellness classes; life skills development; job skills development; and, a preparation for independent living curriculum. The center operates 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days each year, serving youth between the ages of 12 through 21.

    Independent/Transitional Living: Offers campus-based and community-based apartment living for youth transitioning from foster care to independent living; support services are provided during the transition period. The program is designed to meet the emerging and independent needs of young adults between the ages of 18 and 21.
    Therapeutic Foster Care: Thoroughly screened and highly trained foster parents are recruited to meet the specialized needs of foster youth, from ages 0 to 18, in a family setting. Youth in Therapeutic Foster Care receive the same services available in the residential program, combined with a “wrap” of community-based services.

    Elks Aidmore services reach over 175 children, youth and their families each day. At the end of this fiscal year (June 30), the agency will have provided over 1.4 million hours in services to nearly 300 children, youth and families.
    Elks Aidmore has developed and maintained a strong reputation in the field of child welfare.  The Georgia Elks Association was recognized by Georgia First Lady Mary Perdue in 2005 as a “Champion for Children” for the work they do through Elks Aidmore.  Elks Aidmore was awarded the Agency of the Year Award by the Georgia Association of Homes and Services for Children in 2006.  The agency has received recognitions for Outstanding Administrator, Outstanding Board Service, Child Care Worker of the Year and Supervisor of the Year.

    The agency has been outcome-oriented since the inception of its Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI) process in 1995.  The agency consistently meets or exceeds identified performance-based outcome measures. Performance-Based Contracts, which went into effect in July, 2010, have provided an additional measurement of the agency’s success.

    Thanks to the many individuals, for their countless hours and tireless efforts, that laid the foundation for this amazing program. Thanks to all of you who continue to serve on the Board, raise money in your local areas, and individually donate your time, talents and financial support. Because of you, we DO make a difference in the lives of Georgia’s children through “healing hearts, restoring hopes, and rebuilding lives.”