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Causes: Mental Health, Residential Mental Health Treatment

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.

Programs: Elks aidmore, inc. Is a private non-profit agency for at-risk adolescents and their families, offering the following programs: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 a week, 365 days each year. 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. Community based alternatives for youth: a non-residential program designed to keep high risk youths in their families and communities. The program wraps services around youth and families, using natural and informal family and community supports. In addition to these services being offered in the conyers office, they are also offered in south georgia through the valdosta office. Therapeutic foster care: thoroughly screened and highly trained foster families are used to meet the specialized needs of foster youth, from ages 4-18, in a family setting. These youths receive the same services available in the residential program, combined with a wrap of services offered through the community based alternatives for youth initiative. The primary source of program revenues for the organization comes from georgia department of human services, georgia department of behavioral health and developmental disabilities and the multi-agency alliance for children. The programs are sponsored by the elks lodges and auxiliaries throughout the state of georgia and are governed by a board of trustees, composed of representatives appointed by the georgia elks lodges.

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Debra43

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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

Tessa N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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?

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Merv G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Elks Aidmore is amazing in their ability to adapt to the ever changing needs of the young people in the community. Most of the changes were dictated by out side forces beyond their control but their focus always was the same. The healing of hearts and improving life skills is not an easy task among the young. Elks Aidmore is the place that will work on even the most difficult of cases to help the young person understand their is a place that does care. I and my wife have volunteered every christmas and thanksgiving to try and bring a little joy to them by letting them use our professional karoke equipment. Of course as an Elk we financially contribute all year long plus do several fund raisers a year at our home lodge but this is only a drop in the bucket for the huge need of the young people that have been all but abandon by the most basic of support groups. I urge you to consider and open your pockets to assist this group of hard working people to reach out and help even the most hard core problem become a success in our society.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Elks Aidmore is an eye opening place. I am amazed at the work and things they can accomplish with these teenagers. We put on a drug awareness program , fed them dinner and spoke with the residence. All of them were very interested in the dog and his ability to sniff out drugs. they asked lots of questions of the police officer. They also thanked us for the meal and the program. At Chrismtas we have a work day and decorate the gym with the residence help. Then on Sunday we have a short program where the residence sing and we give them gifts. They are always so appreciative of what ever they get.
I am very glad I have the opportunity to help these young people.

Miriam Wheeler

Board Member

Rating: 5

Elks Aidmore has been and continues to be a blessing for many children.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I feel strongly about the impact that Elks Aidmore has on the young people they so diligently guide, encourage and care for. The program is broad but at the same time individualized to meet the needs of those in the program. Government regulations have taken away from programs like Elks Aidmore and in turn have done a disservice to those in need. But the program is strong and has withstood the test of time. I'm proud to be a supporter.

Sandra42

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Elks Aidmore is the place to be if you are a troubled young person. The CEO, Abe Wilkinson, is the most caring and knowledgeable person. The services we offer at Aidmore are the best anywhere. As an Elks Auxiliary member for over 30 years I have seen the changes in the young people who have benefitted by being on our beautiful campus. They become contributing citizens of our communities. Elks Aidmore Children's Center deserves all the support that they receive.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Elks Aidmore is one of the most fantastic places I have ever had the privididge to be associated with. It is almost impossible to find an Exective Director and Staff who are 100% dedicated to the clients as the people at Elks Aidmore.
I know this from experience, having been Director of Housing and Care for 1600 clients at an institution for mentally retarded children for sevearl years. I left to try my hand at private business, but I never lost my love to help children. After retiring I moved to a north Georgie county where I now serve on the board of 6 non-profits organizations dealing with children such as.. domestic violence, child abuse, non-custodial visitation, drug taskforce, and the Boy's and Girl's Club Of Gilmer County.
I do not say this to brag, but to show that I am qualified to recommend Elks Aidmore, the Executive Director and Staff for your Greatest Nonprofits.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

How is a nurturing environment defined? Sometimes it comes in the form of a caring counselor or perhaps a direct care staff member that lovingly provides the help and support that these children have perhaps never witnessed before. A person to confide in, or maybe an affirmative "yes you can" to help a troubled child go the extra distance. These children, often through no fault of their own, arrive at Elks Aidmore and are given a beautiful home environment complete with structure and love. Elks Aidmore has a long history of helping children in need and I am pleased to volunteer my services.

Carol97

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with special education children in Michigan and Georgia, and I have been a foster mother working with troubled children in New York. Having said that, I became involved with Aidmore over 10 years ago when my husband became an Elk and I joined the Elk's auxiliary. I have been so impressed with the work that is done with the children at Aidmore and with the patience and love that is shown to each child that enters the program. The success rate for the children they work with is extraordinary and something to be grateful for since each success is another productive citizen for our country.

The love, concern and training they give these children builds up their self worth, which is something that is usually lacking when you have been through all the tribulations that these children have experienced in their lives. I have nothing but complete admiration and thankfulness that I have been given the opportunity to know about this organization and work for them when asked.

I can think of no better organization to receive support to help them to continue to grow and help more children throughout the state of Georgia.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Elks Aidmore Inc, is a most valuable venture to care for the needs of distress and displace children. This is our state of Georgia major project. We have worked very hard as Elk volunteers to promot this facility. Ther have been many success stories with kids who would not have had a change for a bright future. I am so pleased with the work that is done through this organization. SMW

Volunteer

Rating: 5

there is no other facility that does more for the young adults in the state of ga. than elks aidmore.