JEFFERSON - During their January meeting, the Jackson EMC (JEMC) Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $84,196 in grants, including $82,960 to organizations and $1,236 to individuals. Among the grants awarded were $33,000 to four agencies that provide programs or services to the residents of Hall and Lumpkin Counties:
*15,000 to Challenged Child & Friends, a Gainesville non-profit organization providing educational, therapeutic, nursing and family support services to children with disabilities, to support the Early Intervention Program that provides special needs children with classroom instruction, individualized therapy and nursing services.
*7,500 to Good Samaritan Ministries in Buford to help fund the residential inmate recovery program, which provides inmates three months of self-study, classes and work therapy, followed by nine months of employment either inside or outside the ministry, to help them become productive members of society by working on drug and alcohol issues.
*7,500 to L.A.M.P. Ministries in Gainesville for its Community Youth Outreach program, three-month sessions that combine group counseling and community activities to provide high risk youths with a positive alternative to gangs and other delinquent behavior.
*3,000 to the American Red Cross