Summer 2018 Update

Fostering Youth into Adulthood

These past few months have been life changing for us as a program. Thank you so much to all of those who have helped to make this program what is today. Just take a look at some of our recent events:

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Run Dahlonega
Kappa Delta raised $28,000 for Northern Star as part of their Sorority’s “Run Dahlonega” fundraiser. We chose to donate $5K of the proceeds to our local Habitat For Humanity in appreciation for all they have done for us and to support them after the loss of their space in the True Value fire. We plan to use our portion of the proceeds to build a much needed community room and Office Space for our residents and staff.

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Landscaping Day
Thank you to an amazing volunteer, Talitha, for organizing the “Make Northern Star Beautiful” landscaping day on June 9th. The rain held off and allowed residents, staff, board members, and 20 additional volunteers to make the campus clean and colorful! Thank you to Chick-fil-A for donating breakfast and to True Value for the beautiful flowers and mulch. We are looking forward to Round 2 in early October.

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Lumpkin Youth Leadership

This year, Lumpkin County’s Youth Leadership Counsel chose Northern Star as their beneficiary. They planned, publicized and carried out fundraisers to raise over $500 for the program! Northern Star is so grateful for all the thought, time and heart that is standing behind that big check!

What’s New With Our Youth?

Currently we have 2 males and 6 females living on campus. 2 of those are private placements and we would love additional business or individual sponsors in order for those youth to continue in the Life Skills Program. Every month they receive sponsorship is another month they gain independent living skills and continue on the path to becoming a successful adult.

  • We’ve officially helped our first program participant to earn her Driver’s License!
  • One of our program participants received her GED!
  • All of our participants are either currently employed in the community or are taking summer classes!

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We Currently Need:

VOLUNTEERS

  • Tutor, one on one, a couple evenings per week for the next month or two for GED Math.
  • Help with transportation. We are down a staff member due to an injury. If there is a day of the week you are available please let us know
  • A routine maintenance worker to make minor repairs a few days per month

DONATIONS

  • Families/Groups/Businesses who would like to sponsor significant events and celebrations
  • Gift Cards to be used as incentives for our participants (Most improved, Most ambitious, etc.)
  • Household items such as: Cleaning supplies, Kitchen trash bags, Laundry detergent, Dishwasher detergent, Dish soap, Hand soap, Paper towels, etc.

PLEASE SEND DONATIONS TO
PO BOX 1781 DAHLONEGA, GA 30533

Please email staff for donation pick up or drop off at northernstarga@yahoo.com.

**If you are interested in planning a fun summer or fall outing, celebrating a youth’s birthday, or planning and cooking a meal with one of the houses, the participants would really enjoy some of those activities!

Keeping Northern Star Cool

From no AC to all new central air throughout!! Thank you so much to Linder Heating and Air Conditioning for all the time and dedication donated to equip one of the Northern Star houses with air conditioning.  Countless hours spent on searching for the best equipment deals, running all the new lines and installing the new unit.  I can’t forget to mention the quick fix that was made when another dedicated volunteer (thank you T.S. for finishing the new subfloor) fell through the vent in the floor taking out all the duct work with him; the ducts were fixed right away thanks to Linder Heating and Air! Tommy has such a passionate heart for supporting Northern Star and its mission. Tommy, we appreciate all the time you have donated to help keep residents cool this summer!  If you are looking for a fair, hardworking, Christian man to take care of your heating and air needs, give this new, local company a try!

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Spring Yard Sale Success

So much time, dedication and energy was spent to ensure Northern Star’s spring yard sale was a huge success…and that it was!

Thank you to Vicki Jarrett, Annette Bassett, Beverly Bond, Susan Lancaster, Ms. Judy, Ms. Gail, Laura Bowers, all the donors, shoppers and everyone else who contributed to set up and take down of the sale each day.  Amazing team work among volunteers helped raise $2200 for Northern Star!!  I cannot thank the volunteers and community enough for making the yard sale so successful.  Northern Star will continue to have a Spring and Fall annual yard sale each year so please keep on donating items to and shopping our sales!

University of North Georgia gives back

University of North Georgia…where do I start??

So many organizations have dedicated time, donations, décor, labor and support throughout the past year to get Northern Star ready to open it’s doors.

It all started with several volunteers from various fraternities and sororities at Side-by-Side 2016.  Many groups and/or individuals have come back to help work or collect donations throughout the past year after learning about the mission of Northern Star.  I know I have personally seen representatives from Kappa Delta, Phi Mu, Alpha Gamma Delta, Pi Kappa Alpha, and Pi Kappa Phi on the property giving their time and energy.  Thank you UNG Greek Life!

Two special UNG groups have collected donations to help Northern Star stock up on hygiene items and gently used clothing for incoming participants.  UNG Serves collected all types of everyday essentials for each participant, enough to last them a few months.  Lewis Hall 400’s donated several bags of gently used clothing for the participants as well.  Northern Star now has a nicely stocked clothes closet full of wonderful attire to get these ladies started in their workforce and college journeys.

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Most recently, Habitat for Humanity college students alone with Mr. Bob and Mr. Larry have spent a couple Saturdays wrapping up many projects at the property.  From base boards and painting to cleaning and installing shower walls, this group is always ready and willing to take on any project no matter how large or small.

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BCM served with several members of Habitat the last weekend of March to help get the houses in move in ready condition.  One group of ladies helped wash, sort and stock dishes for all four kitchens while another group distributed and hung the beautiful canvases that Kappa Delta Sorority painted for Northern Star.  The guys helped get furniture in place and several other small projects.  “Things” got painted and houses cleaned leaving the houses almost ready for the first week of April when Northern Star’s contract goes into effect!

 

 

Northern Star appreciates this college town and all of the organizations from the college that support local nonprofits!

Dahlonega Country Day makes a “change”

Local Daycare, Dahlonega Country Day, staff, parents and children had a great time supporting Northern Star during the month of February.  All classes participated in a competition to see which class could collect the most change to help Northern Star make a “change” in the lives of young ladies aging out of foster care.  We appreciate the director and staff sharing the mission of Northern Star with parents and their children, getting them excited to raise over $500 in change (picture was taken before an absent jar of change was added to the total)!!  DCD you rock; thank you for your continued support!

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Life Teen Hidden Lake Volunteers

Northern Star has become great friends with Lumpkin County’s fairly new organization Life Teen Hidden Lake.  The interns, leaders and participants have come at different times throughout the past year to help with various projects on the property starting with a huge workday last March.  The hearts of these young interns are amazing; after serving youth all week they still have more to give through community service on Saturdays.  We have been blessed to have these hard workers continue to make Northern Star beautiful.  Life Teen keep up the remarkable ministry!

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Refinished Floors!

Mr. West from West Carpet and Flooring came to visit Northern Star’s campus early this year.  He paid attention to the condition of the original hardwood flooring in the first house on campus.  That house had been smoked in for decades and the floor had been well worn and scratched.  Mr. West contacted Northern Star in February to let us know he was sending out a refinisher to strip and finish all the hardwood in the first house.  What an amazing transformation! No more smoke smell, scratches or worn spots; a beautiful, shiny new finish makes this house look remarkable!

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Thank you Mr. West!