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Habitat for Humanity

706-436-0741, Darlene Nixon w

Hart County Habitat for Humanity builds simple

but adequate houses for Hart County “partner”

families who need help to obtain decent housing.

Each partner family is carefully selected based on

three criteria: need for adequate housing, ability

to pay for a Habitat house, and willingness to earn

“sweat equity.” The partner family purchases the

house through a 20-year, no-interest loan to repay

the actual building costs.

Partner families are selected without consider-

ation of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

Preference is given to applicants who have dem-

onstrated stability and have lived in Hart County

for at least three years. Volunteers are needed for

construction and behind-the-scenes support.

Harmony House Child

Advocacy Center: 706-245-8700

After hours: 706-680-4723

LaurieWhitworth, Exe. Director

Harmony House is a 24/7 Crisis Center respond-

ing to child abuse including severe physical and

all sexual abuse as well as adult victims of sexual

assault. Child Advocacy Centers offer unique

ways of serving abused children through a com-

prehensive approach to services for victims

and their families. Child Advocacy Centers are

designed with professionals and volunteers re-

sponding to the needs of their communities. Har-

mony house serves the Northern Judicial Circuit,

which includes Elbert, Franklin, Hart, Madison,

and Oglethorpe Counties.

Harmony House also provides services to adult

victims of sexual assault in the Northern Judicial


We are here to provide the coordination of in-

vestigation and intervention services by bringing

together professionals and agencies in a multidis-

ciplinary team approach in order to create a child-

focused approach to child abuse cases. Our goal

is to ensure that victims of abuse are not further

victimized by the very system designed to protect


Harmony House works under the direction of

Law Enforcement, Department of Family and Chil-

dren Services and The District Attorney’s Office, in

all cases. There is no fee for utilizing the services

of Harmony House to the alleged victim or his/her

non-offending caregiver.

Victims of Sexual Assault are encouraged to call

for help and services. Someone can be reached at

the listed numbers at any hour. Concerned com-

munity members and non-offending caregivers

who suspect child abuse are also encouraged to

call for more information on steps needed to pro-

tect children.

Hart Co. No Kill Rescue

Judy Partain, president, 706-436-3776.

Hart County donations may be mailed to Hart

County No Kill Rescue, P.O. Box 45, Hartwell, Ga.


Hart Co. Humane Society

Donna Madkiff, president, 706-376-1769

A volunteer group dedicated to promoting a

brighter future for the companion animals of Hart

County, through adoptions of homeless animals,

spaying and neutering pets for families in need of

assistance, and helping families care for and keep

their pets.

We receive no assistance from government

agencies, and depend on membership dues,

donations, and fund raising to support our pro-

grams. A 501(c)(3) organization, and all contribu-

tions are tax deductible. Learn more by visiting

Membership dues of $25 and

contributions can be sent to us via PayPal by vis-


or mailed to P.O. Box 1062,

Hartwell, Ga. 30643.

Hart Helpers

Jackie Summerville Pres., 770-313-6837

An organization that supports Hart Life Preg-

nancy Care Center. If you like to crochet, knit, or

sew, come join our group. We provide Hart Life

pregnancy center with baby blankets, quilts,

handmade burps, hats, and outfits. Purchased

items such as diapers and wipes are also given to

Hart Life. New members are always welcome. Our

meetings are held the first Wed. of each month at

Faith Lutheran Church, 691 Benson St., Hartwell

from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Hart Interdenominational Ministry

Rev. Eddie Simmons, Chair, 706-377-4666

Hart Interdenominational Ministry (H.I.M.) is a

collaboration of churches and social agencies in

Hart County that connects people in need with

appropriate help, support and education to ad-

dress their personal, social and economic problems.

Emergency financial assistance is provided as

funds allow for utility bills, life-sustaining prescrip-

tion medication, rent, or an unexpected expense

that would have an adverse effect on earnings.

Non-financial assistance may include home or ap-

pliance repair, GED exam fee, transportation for

medical appointments or job interviews, financial

counseling, or other services deemed necessary

for daily living.

Participating churches refer those in need of

emergency assistance to H.I.M. The applicant calls

H.I.M. at 706-371-3582 to arrange an appointment.

Volunteers evaluate the need andmake payments

directly to providers. No funds are distributed di-

rectly to applicants. H.I.M. also handles referrals to

social agencies in Hart County that might provide

additional support.

Emergency assistance is available for Hart Coun-

ty residents only. Tax-deductible financial dona-

tions in support of the efforts of Hart Interdenomi-

national Ministry may be sent to H.I.M. at P.O. Box

21, Hartwell, Ga. 30643

Womens Interdenominational Bible Study

National Day of Prayer will be held at noon on

Thursday, May 4th on the Hartwell Courthouse

Lawn. In case of rain, it will be held at First United

Methodist Church. It’s sponsored by the Women’s

Interdenominational Bible Study. This year’s

theme, For your great name’s sake! Hear us!...

Forgive us!...Heal us!... From Daniel 9:19, “O Lord,

listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For

your sake, O my God…” For more information call

Judy Voigt at 706-376-0741

Hart Life Pregnancy Care Center

706-376-1700 (24 hour hotline)

Tammy Frye, Executive Director h

Hart Life is a non-profit ministry that serves wom-

en who are pregnant and/or parents of young

children. All of our services are free and confi-

dential. Services include: pregnancy test, limited

ultrasound, options counseling (explore every op-

tion), parenting classes, sexual integrity programs,

adoption referrals, post-abortion counseling. We

offer Earn While You Learn (EWYL) Curriculum

that covers hundreds of topics from pregnancy

through toddlers. You will earn baby items from

our Baby Boutique by watching parenting DVD’s.

Other programs include “Diverge” annual youth

event, S.T.A.A.R. Club (Hart County High School

Club) and Girl Talk (Hart County Middle School

Club). Our hope is that when you walk through

our doors, you will find a warm, inviting and com-

fortable place and you will leave well informed,

educated and feeling cared about. Please call our

24 hour hotline number to make an appointment

for any of our services at no cost to you.

Hart Partners, Inc.

Patricia Werner, Exc. Director , 706-376-7449

A non-profit organization, created to serve chil-

dren, youth and families of Hart County. Affili-

ated with Communities In Schools of Georgia and

Family Connections of Georgia. Mission is to work

with organizations, schools, local businesses, and

volunteers to provide quality programs for fami-

lies. Reading programs involve many volunteers

from the community. Volunteers are needed in

schools. 30 minutes a week make a big difference

in a child’s life.

Hartwell Helps

HARTWELL HELPS is a source for volunteers in

Hart County. We help member agencies in locat-

ing volunteers willing to assist them in providing

much needed services in Hartwell. We also con-

duct annual events to promote volunteerism in-

cluding the Hartwell Helps Expo the 1st Saturday

in October, two Volunteer Job Fairs in the spring

and fall. as well as a Volunteer Recognition Cele-

bration in April. Please contact Joanne DeWeerth

at 770-925-7202 or fo


more information.

South Forest Station Store


41 S. Forest Ave, Hartwell

Hours: Wed & Sat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Shop for house-

hold items, furniture, linens, jewelry, clothes,

shoes, etc. All proceeds go to victim services. We

take donations of slightly used items as well.



Catrina Hicks-director

H.Y.D.R.A. is a local non-profit youth organiza-

tion located near the recreation department and

senior center. Since 1988, H.Y.D.R.A. has provided

programs that strive to close the gaps in service to

the youth of Hart County. The current programs at

H.Y.D.R.A. are: • Summer Enrichment Camps—Pro-

viding a safe and educational environment for ele-

mentary age children. Each day from 7:45 am-5:15

pm is filledwith crafts, games, breakfast, lunch and

snacks. Each week has a different theme and we

go on several field trips throughout the summer! •

School Break Day Camps—Open on the weekdays

schools are closed for youth to be mentored while

gaining useful and meaningful experiences. • Peer

Tutoring Program—High school students are paid

to tutor high school and middle school students

who are struggling academically. This supervised

program is provided at no cost to the students be-

ing tutored and has proven to be beneficial to the

tutors as well. • Baby Think It Over Program—In an

effort to prevent teen pregnancy, H.Y.D.R.A. offers

life-like infant simulators to teenagers for week-

end parent simulation and training courses.


Community Services