Liberty County Sheriff Don Martin recently received an award of appreciation from the Georgia Sheriff's Association and Youth Homes representative Sid Roberts, thanking the sheriff for the support he lends to the Georgia Youth Homes.
The Georgia Sheriffs' Youth Homes, Inc. is a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt childcare agency sponsored by the Georgia Sheriffs' Association. The purpose of the Youth Homes is to provide a secure future for Georgia's underprivileged children and to give them love, guidance and discipline. The homes are not reform schools or correctional institutions. They are warm, caring and secure places for children to live.
Martin was grateful for the award but was quick to credit the community and residents of Liberty County.
"It is heartening to know that there are people sincere enough in our community to contribute substantial sums to back up their feelings," he said. "Many of the youth who come to these homes are going through hard times. They struggle with feelings of confusion, worthlessness, sadness and anger. Unaided, they often have difficulty moving from childhood into their adult life."
Martin said the youth homes provide some relief for children going through rough periods in their lives.
"They struggle with feelings of confusion, worthlessness, sadness and anger," he said. "Unaided, they often have difficulty moving from childhood into their adult life."
Martin said the goal and job of Youth Homes is to provide assistance, and extend a helping hand to children at crucial moments.
The Youth Homes currently operates five campuses: the Boys Ranch in Hahira, Cherokee Estate in Dalton, Pineland in LaGrange, Herrington Homestead near Swainsboro and MountainView in Chatsworth.
Martin said the community still can make sure the kids get the help they need.
"Your contribution provides food, clothing, education and a secure place to live," he said. "All contributions are most welcome and most appreciated."