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ELKS AIDMORE INC

Rating: 5 stars   28 reviews 721

Nonprofit Issues:

Mental Health

Address:

2394 Morrison Rd Sw Conyers GA 30094 USA

Mission:

Building programs is our business. Rebuilding lives is our passion.

Results:

Elks Aidmore has provided services to Georgia’s at-risk youth, like foster children, for over 75 years through a wide range of programs. Starting in the 1930’s, Elks Aidmore provided services through clinics for youth who suffered from physical disabilities. This work led to the creation of the Elks Aidmore Hospital in Atlanta, which served the population until 1976. In 1977, Elks Aidmore changed its mission to focus on foster care. For the most part, Elks Aidmore has been self-sustaining and has received little assistance from public or corporate organizations. Since 2007, half of GA’s providers have closed their doors, but Elks Aidmore is fully committed to providing services to children that are in foster care. Four years ago, Elks Aidmore’s board made a major decision to reduce services, while researching foster care needs in Georgia. The outcome of the reorganization was to expand services beyond residential care for young ladies. This decision was made to meet the need generated by the country’s economic recession and the growing population of youth and families that need specialized services. The vision was the beginning of Elks Aidmore’s expansion, which included creating a transitional plan, hiring staff, and completing state applications to expand in target service areas. Current services are focused on providing youth and families with the necessary skills and resources to help heal their hearts, restore their hopes and rebuild their lives. These services include: - Residential: 141 acre campus based program 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 per year, serving youth between the ages of 12-21. - Transitional Living: Campus-based and community-based apartment living for youth transitioning from foster care to independence; support services are provided during the transition period. The program is designed to meet the merging and independent needs of young adults between the ages of 18 and 21. - Therapeutic Foster Care: Thoroughly screened and highly trained foster families are used to meet the specialized needs of foster youth, from ages 4 to 21, in a family setting. Youth in Therapeutic Foster Care receive the same services available in the residential programs, combined with a “wrap” of services offered through the Community Based Alternatives for Youth initiative. - Community Based Alternatives for Youth: A “non-residential” program designed to keep high risk youth from ages 4 to 18 in their families and communities. The program “wraps” services around youth and families, using natural and informal family and community supports. Elks Aidmore’s work is important because Elks Aidmore works to rebuild lives that have been impacted by various degrees of abuse and neglect with a goal of reducing the homeless and incarceration cycle for former foster children. In 2012, over 220,000 hours of services were provided to youth under these various programs. Since 1977, Elks Aidmore has provided over 16 million service hours to Georgia families. Elks Aidmore is a founding member of Multi-Agency Alliance for Children (MAAC), and its CEO serves as the board president. MAAC is a collaboration of 7 agencies (Creative Community Services; Devereux Georgia; Elks Aidmore; CHRIS Kids; Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries; Hillside; and, Twin Cedars) that work together to provide placements and wrap-around supports to children that are in foster care who require a higher level of care. All of the member agencies are engaged in “best practices” for children.

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Reviews for ELKS AIDMORE INC

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Elks Aidmore accepted my granddaughter into their residential program when I desperately needed help with her because she was totally out of control. She has mental illness and is seriously emotionally disturbed. Aidmore has helped her in many ways, including improved communication skills, anger management, coping skills & independent life skills. The Aidmore staff really cares & is very supportive of their kids. They provided counseling, group therapy, medical, medications & dental as well as a safe, secure home away from home. They take the children on numerous outings and provide activities on campus as well. It would be a very good place to go when a child is in a crisis situation and has trouble being placed in a foster home. Aidmore helps when there is no one else to help you. I give their program high marks for what they have accomplished for Georgia's kids and what they can do for our kids in the future.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Elks Aux. & Elks Lodge do a lot of comunity svce, gives people a chance to know & keep friends in town.sponsor little league teams, support achildrens home in Conyers,Ga.have Halloween party for all children in town,have a swimming pool for families to use.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered my time and services with Elks Aidmore for more than eights years now. They truly have a remarkable program. The services they provide are top-notch and you will not find a more caring staff. Aidmore is an asset to the children and families they serve in Georgia.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Aidmore is more than just a home for children that need help. Its the security and foundation for these children to grow and develope the potential for the people they will become.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Elks Aidmore has been helping children for over 80 years. Our goals have changed over the years depending on the needs of our children. Our programs now include Residential, Transitional Living, Community Based Alternatives for Youth and Therapeudic Foster Care. The Residential is the most challenging due to shortcomings in funding. We have some of the most "difficult" kids who require the most attention that can be provided.
With this being said, we are "proud" of our programs and will continue to help "Kids" in what ever way we can.
Jim Pilgrim

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I went to high school with girls who lived at Elks Aidmore. Many if which became my friends and shared a few things with me about their experience. They were all there for various reasons, but the one thing that was consistent with each girl was that they felt like they had a home there and that if they needed anything, a staff member was always there to listen and give a helping hand. They were surrounded by others that had similar situations and some even felt for the first time in their lives they had a big family to turn to.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Elks Aidmore Center provides a safe home for the youth in the state of Georgia who suffered from neglect and abuse in a parental environment. My husband who is an Elk and I as an Auxiliary member have been supporters since its inception. Our Auxiliary has sponsored several young women over the years at Christmas and special events. Two young women that particularly touched our hearts came in with a chip on their shoulder that was a challenge to remove. And as we requested them to be our Christmas child each year, recognizing birthdays and seeking them out at each visit, the chip was gone and they began to look forward to seeing us. Each completed high school with one joining the military and the other completing graduate studies, have made their way into a life that was only a dream. Aidmore and it's supporters have made many dreams come true, sending productive young adults to serve our country in their chosen vocation. What greater reward than this?

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Carol Gregg wrote

I have been going to Aidmore for 10 years representing the Elks. We go in the Spring to help the girls plant flower and cleaned up the yards and we take gifts at the Christmas Party. It is interesting to talk with the Girls and to follow up with them the next time we see them.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Elks Aidmore is a home away from home for children who need help and a safe place to grow (physically, emotionally, spiritually, etc.). The staff at Aidmore does a wonderful job in all areas mentioned. Aidmore is "the Village" that helps young people be the best they can be.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Many years ago I attended a Christmas decorating party and had the blessing of meeting a beautiful young girl who had been removed from her home because of abuse. Her story touched my heart so that I have never missed another Christmas party since. That was 19 years ago. Since then the young people who have crossed my path at the Children's Center have continued to be a blessing in my life. The work done by the staff is truly fantastic. It has truly been an exciting experience to watch the improvements in these young people's lives through the dedication of all the people associated with the center.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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