2013-06-27 / News

CCLC reports on June meeting

By: Barbara Sublet

The Concerned Citizens of Lincoln County met at the library on June 20 at 6:30 p.m. President Al Bean opened the meeting, Vice President Linda Burns welcomed members and guests.

Emma Smith board member of DFCS and Carrie Parker, manager of the Lincoln County Food Pantry, were in attendance. John Kennedy gave the invocation and Al led the Pledge of Allegiance. President Bean introduced the guest speaker, Mary Beth Lukich, director of DFCS since 2001 and oversees four counties, and Vivian Kelly, a supervisor for DFCS for five years.

Mary Beth stated all counties in Georgia have a DFCS office. Lincoln County’s office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office oversees social services for adults and childcare such as foster, abuse, custodial care in both adult and children. Many of the services are based on the income of the applicant. Help is available to pay for Medicare supplement part B and the part A.

Vivian stated Medicaid is the bigger of the systems that is helped by DFCS. A few of the items are aging, disability, relief for family caregivers, medical equipment, prescription drugs, some help with personal items, problems in nursing homes, light housekeeping assistance, etc.

Childcare is a big concern in all counties. If you know of a case of abuse, phone 706-541-3777 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or other times, 1-805- 422-4453.

DFCS can always use volunteers in different areas. If you have questions on aging call 706-210-2018 or 888-922-4464.

Many questions were asked and discussed by the audience and Mary Beth and Vivian. This was a very informative meeting. The CCLC thanked our guest speakers for taking their busy time to come and explain the DFCS system.

Code red is an alert system being established in Lincoln County. It is simple to add your name to the code red. Call the EMS phone number and give your name and address. You will get a call letting you know your name is now in the system.

When a storm alert was issued on June 17 for part of Lincoln County, the system worked, people were called. The more citizens in the system, the more Lincoln County is covered. To make the call is free.

The meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be held July 18.

TJ and Friends will be one of the guest speakers. TJ and Friends help with cancer patients.

The CCLC tires to help citizens of Lincoln County in all areas that affect their lives in some way. If you have any suggestions, please come to our meetings and help us to make Lincoln County a great place to live.

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