The luncheon was held at the Blythe Avenue Family Support Center, where board members were also given a tour of the facilities and the partners at the center.
In addition, one Head Start/Pre-K classroom sang and acted out a song using the CHOOSY Initiative materials, which promotes healthy eating options through choices and fun with exercise.
During the luncheon, James Anderson, chief executive officer, honored the board of directors.
“Being a nonprofit organization, you are an integral part of what we do,” Anderson said. “We appreciate the fact you take time out of your busy schedule to come out and be a part of what we are doing at Family Resource Agency.”
He continued, “As a board member, you are a part of the outcomes that our families experience, the improvement in the children’s learning abilities, their success in school, and the ladies who need a place to go when they have no other place to turn. You are all part of this network, this organization called Family Resource Agency. And again, we thank you for that.”
Anderson concluded by saying the agency has two mottos for the programs that describe how we interact with the community.
“We Build Great Children,” Anderson said, referring to the agency’s Early Head Start, Head Start, and Pre-K program. “Furthermore, ‘We Give Hope’” he added, referencing the Family Violence Program.
David Carroll, outgoing president, honored Maureen Cook as the 2013 Board Member of the Year.
Carroll said, “Maureen has been involved with the board since 2006, and she has held just about every office and served on every committee there is. You can always count on her to volunteer and to go above and beyond when needed.”
Shane Griffith, newly elected president for 2014, presented Carroll with a gavel plaque, citing his dedication and service to Family Resource Agency. This was the second time that Carroll served as board president.
Family Resource Agency oversees three programs: Tennessee Head Start/Early Head Start/Pre-k program, which covers Bradley, Polk, Meigs, and McMinn counties; Family Violence program, which covers Bradley and Polk counties; and the Georgia Head Start/Early Head Start/Pre-K program, which covers six counties in northwest Georgia.
The 2014 board members are Shane Griffith (president), Lee University; David Carroll (president-elect), McKee Foods Corp.; Maureen Cook (secretary/treasurer), former Head Start parent; Lisa Childers, SkyRidge Medical Center; Cele Curtis, Cleveland State Community College; Onieka Himschoot, Head Start parent; Donna Hitchcock, Head Start parent; Ann McElrath, Lee University; Thomas Medley, Head Start parent; Art Rhodes, Church of God Benefits Board, Inc.; and Jorge Sandoval, Lee University.
Funding for the agency is received through federal, state, and local grants as well as United Way funding.
For more information about Family Resource Agency or any of its programs, please call 479-9339.