Spring Cleaning for a Good Cause

A day of service in Tucker for women with developmental disabilities.

Spring cleaning was the focus of a recent service project conducted by employees of Kaiser Permanente's Atlanta office. HealthConnect, the company's electronic medical records department, partnered with DeKalb Community Service Board (CSB) to volunteer for their day of service at a group home for women with developmental disabilities in Tucker.  

The volunteers painted inside, cleaned the carpet and brought new housewares. In addition to raking leaves, cleaning gutters, and removing ivy from trees they also refreshed the sunroom by staining the wood furniture and buying new cushions.

The residential manager at the LaVista Road facility is Janet Hawkins, who said, "This means the world to the ladies! We thank the Kaiser employees for the care and effort they put into the home."

This was the second residence KP employees chose for a volunteer project. Last year, they served at another DeKalb CSB home in Tucker for men.

“Community benefit is important to Kaiser - it's part of our mission," said Carol Butler, KP's Director of Technology. "We chose this venue because we felt our efforts at DeKalb Community Service Board last year made a big difference to the residents of that house. This is a good event to leverage the different skills on our team."

DeKalb CSB a nonprofit public provider of community-based behavioral health care, offering a full range of mental health services, substance abuse treatment and developmental disabilities programs. For DeKalb citizens with developmental disabilities, the agency offers day programs, work activities, supported employment and residential services. The focus is meeting the individual's needs through person-centered planning. Maximizing independence and community inclusion is a priority.

More photos can be seen here.

Sent by Michelle Potter, Community Relations Manager for the DeKalb Community Service Board.

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