Quinn House is only full-service group
home in Gwinnett
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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga., Sept. 19, 2008 -- The Quinn House is a non-profit
corporation established to offer an alternative to the homeless
and needy on a non-discriminating basis. We are the only full-service
group homes in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Our goal is to help people
restore or develop a real relationship with God, and return to a
productive lifestyle with a renewed sense of self-worth and self-respect.
Our founders, John and Carrol Quinn, began this mission some 25
years ago. The ministry flourished and soon outgrew their home in
Snellville. Stark Hudson became aware of the valuable work they
were doing in the community, and offered them the use of a home
in downtown Lawrenceville. A few years later, Mr. Hudson generously
gave John and Carrol title to the property at 120 South Perry Street
In 1989 the ministry was designated as a tax exempt charity. Under
the careful stewardship of resources, and the watchful eyes of the
Quinns, the ministry grew to include a men's shelter, women's shelter,
a licensed food bank, a senior food box program, along with a community
outreach providing food, clothing, furniture and other needs to
residents of Gwinnett and other counties in Georgia, all at no charge.
The Quinn House is a licensed food bank, helping to stock 15 different
food pantries in both North and East Central Georgia. We send vans
out every day to collect food items from several different donators
including Kraft Foods, Inc., Kroger Stores, Publix Supermarkets
and Pepperidge Farms. These food items are brought back to our Food
Ministry location in Lawrenceville. The food we need to take care
of our residents and staff is put aside and then the abundance left
over is distributed.
We prepare up to 20 or 30 boxes per week for the needy in the area
and provide food boxes for over 60 seniors at the end of every month.
Food boxes including several kinds of canned vegetables and meats,
dry goods including rice, stuffing and macaroni and cheese, baked
goods and bread, lunch and breakfast meats, dairy and cheese products
and frozen entrees. Toiletries and paper products are some of the
special items that we like to include in these food boxes.
The thrift store serves as a clothes closet and appliance and furniture
bank, and provides income that helps in the operating expenses of
our outreach ministry in this area. We also work with local social
service agencies to provide for needy individuals and families that
Some other outreach projects include our Christmas Gift Program,
Easter Basket Program, and our Back to School Book Bag Drive. The
Christmas drive involves many different families, groups, and businesses
in the area. We arrange for children, families and senior citizens
in our area to receive Christmas gifts thanks to our many local
sponsors for these groups. Last year alone over 350 children were
provided Christmas gifts through this outreach program. Also many
underprivileged adults and senior citizens experienced a more joyous
The two founders of Quinn House, Carrol and John Quinn, are both
deceased. Their legacy is the Quinn, which is governed by a seven-member
non-profit board of directors, of which Gene Brinkley is the chairman.
Little good news coming out of national financial
Editor and Publisher
SEPT. 19, 2008 -- We're no expert. But here's our take on the current
economic conditions in this country.
The worsening financial crisis on Wall Street comes as more people
are getting concerned about not only the financial market problems,
but concerns about the overall economy. The housing market has been
the initial culprit, causing problems at banks. The pressures are
Far be it for us, from our perch in Gwinnett, to think we could
have an answer to all these continuing problems. Yet we've seen
very little to make us more confident in what will be happening
in the next few months. Remember, most of the time we are optimistic
on issues, sometimes to our detriment. Yet as one worried banker
told us recently, "With most of the previous dips in the economy,
we've come out of slower times relatively quickly. I don't see us
getting out of this round of problems any time soon."
With the housing inventory sitting there looking builders in the
eye, with fewer people willing to risk putting down money for a
new home, and with layoffs coming at one industry after another,
it's cause for all of us to pause.
You know the cause, as we do. It's called nothing but simple "greed."
Too many people have sought to make a bundle, with many of them
succeeding, from either shoddy construction, or questionable business
practices, or cooking the books to put families in homes that they
could not afford. The common factor behind all this is nothing more
than simple greed.
Interestingly, we've been through this before. Remember the savings
and loan scandal of the 1980s? Did we learn from this? Apparently
not. The crisis came from the industry overextending itself, under
little regulation, and wound up costing America nearly $50 billion.
(At the time, that seemed like a lot of money. Little did we know
what a failing company like AIG would cost, now set at $85 billion.
But it could cost more.)
What happened in the 1980s was that the sleepy savings and loan
associations had become less conservative, no longer merely lending
money for local homes and collecting from that loan. Now they were
into "bundling" loans together, selling them to a third
party, and taking those proceeds and making another loan
far too unregulated.
After the savings and loans associations failed, the American way
of doing business soon was being extended to the mortgage brokers.
Here they were making loans, but then also bundling them and laying
off those risks on others. Their prime goal was to get someone to
sign on for a loan, make their fat commission, sell off the loan,
and start all over again to make another fee. They no longer worried
if the person could actually afford to pay off the loan. They merely
wanted to make another loan and sell it off, too!
In the long run, these machinations caught up with the industry,
as those buying and re-buying those loans got hit hard in the housing
There's no telling how long this recession will last. It may take
more governmental intervention. And you can bet your booty that
the individual taxpayer will be the one who ends up with being stuck
with part of this bail-out.
The begging question is have we seen the worst, or is this the
beginning of more bad news? It's not a pretty picture. We need some
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metering of electricity already going on in California
Editor, the Forum:
This concept of "net-metering" (GwinnettForum,
Sept. 16) is not new to the United States (though the approach
focus may be different). California has been doing net metering
for at least three years (learn
Why the talking heads from the left and the right promote their
particular agenda (develop alternative sources/drill here, drill
now) without realizing both are needed, we'll never know. The only
truism is neither of these alternatives will give short term help.
Promote good old American "can-do-ism" from the little
guy (who has developed most everything the corporate world lives
on today) through home grown solutions (solar, wind, geothermal,
etc.). Giving people incentive to do so through a concept like net
metering would go a good ways to rebuilding the concept of government
by the people and for the people.
Take it a step further and give people the ability to develop small
energy sources and sell excess generated power to the grid is even
better. Very small businesses generate much of the job growth in
our country; why should this be any different? Keep government regulation
to a minimum and allow yet another field to prosper.
-- John Burris, Duluth
the moose are in disguise
The latest funny from Bill McLemore:
College hosts political prognosticator on Sept. 25
Emory University political scientist Alan Abramowitz hopes to extend
his winning streak for predicting the winner of the presidential
popular vote when he visits Georgia Perimeter College on Thursday,
Sept. 25. The event, to be held in Cole Auditorium on the Clarkston
Campus at 11 a.m., is free and open to the public.
Abramowitz's "time for change" forecasting model has
allowed him to correctly predict the outcome of the presidential
popular vote since 1988. The state of the economy, presidential
approval ratings and the number of terms a party has been in power
are the three key factors Abramowitz uses in his model.
The time-for-change factor plays a critical role in the model:
Abramowitz says: "A candidate from the president's party running
in a second- or later-term election suffers a penalty of more than
four percentage points compared with a candidate running in a first-term
election. Regardless of the popularity of the president or the state
of the economy, it is simply much more difficult for the president's
party to retain its hold on the White House."
Bob King, GPC political science professor and director of the Clarkston
Campus Honors program, says that "Nevertheless, the nomination
of Sarah Palin for the vice presidential slot on the Republican
ticket, and the continuing battle to win the American public, make
the race interesting to the end."
The event is hosted by the GPC Clarkston Campus History and Politics
Club, and the Honors Program. For more information, call Bob King
Tommy's Treasure Chest
Sale set in Lilburn Sept. 27
The annual Tommy's Treasure Chest Sale will be held from 8 .m.
until 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 27 at 4805 Lawrenceville Highway,
Lilburn. The sale features gently used household items, furniture,
clothing, even baked goods, chili, and a raffle.
Prizes will include handmade quilts, movie rentals, restaurant
gift certificates, gift baskets and gym memberships.
Tommy Peterson's Heroes Like Me is a non-profit organization dedicated
to the memory of Tommy Peterson, a young boy who lost his brave
battle with brain cancer in 2006. Tommy's parents established Heroes
Like Me through the AFLAC Cancer and Blood Disorder Service at Children's
Healthcare of Atlanta as a way to help and pay tribute to children
who enter Children's Hospital battling cancer.
Heroes Like Me established 'Tommy's Treasure Chest' which will
allow each child, on admission to the hospital, to choose toys and
games not readily available in hospitals. The organization also
provides new-release movies and bedside activity kits to the Child
Life Department. September has been designated Children's Cancer
Volunteers, donations of gently used household items, toys, clothes,
or cash donations are welcome. All proceeds will go for a great
cause - to help children who are going through cancer treatment.
For more information, contact Robin Peterson email@example.com.
To learn more about Tommy's story, visit www.tommypeterson.com.
to be highlight Sept. 27 in Lawrenceville
In anticipation of Hispanic Heritage month, Gwinnett County will
be celebrating in full swing on Saturday, September 27 at 630 Collins
Hill Road in Lawrenceville.
Sharon Maloney, manager of Latino Outreach for Quality Care for
Children, says that Hispanic Heritage Month is a great opportunity
"to educate the general public of the different Latin American
countries. This free event is for everyone, not only Hispanics and
The festivities will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m.
in the Wal-Mart shopping center parking lot. There will be carnival
games, entertainment by Carlito the Clown, giveaways and raffle
The event is sponsored by Quality Care for Children, Wal-Mart and
others, with support from the Gwinnett Multicultural Advisory Committee
and the Norcross Human Services Center. For more information on
the Hispanic Heritage Celebration event, contact Sharon Maloney
In addition, a self-guided tour sponsored by the Multicultural Advisory
Committee will be on display at the Gwinnett Justice Administration
Center from September 26 to October 31. The exhibit will showcase
Latin American countries with the latest geographical, economical,
political, currency and population information plus displays of
Latin American pottery, exotic fruits, vegetables, clothing and
For more information about the Hispanic Heritage month event festivities,
call the Norcross Human Services Center at 770-638-5661.
Medical opens imaging center in Hamilton Mill area
Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) recently opened a new, state-of-the-art
imaging center in Hamilton Mill. The opening is part of Project
PATH - GMC's vision to plan, advance and transform healthcare in
the community. This new facility will advance the level of care
offered to residents in north Gwinnett.
Dr. Val Phillips, Gwinnett Medical Center radiologist, says "This
facility's equipment provides the highest quality images, but unlike
other free-standing imaging centers, a board certified radiologist
is on staff at times to ensure clinical excellence."
An on-site board-certified radiologist directly linked to the hospital
and will facilitate when necessary, second opinions and detailed
health analysis in a quick and convenient manner. The all-digital
imaging center provides the highest level of technology to serve
patients and is staffed with specialty-certified technologists.
The scope of services include MRI, CT, diagnostic X-ray, mammography
screening, bone density screening, ultrasound, EKG and lab.
GMC's expansion into north Gwinnett results from a physician survey
reflecting a growing need for outpatient-imaging services. Currently,
residents of this area are forced to travel north or south no less
than 20 miles to have an imaging exam. For the residents of Hamilton
Mill and the surrounding area, this can be a difficult task, especially
during peak traffic hours.
For more information on the GMC Imaging Center - Hamilton Mill,
please call 678-442-5000. The office is 2078 Teron Trace, Suite.
County votes for improvements
for Rhodes Jordan Park
Gwinnett County commissioners have approved a $360,000 contract
with Foresite Group, Inc., to design future improvements to Rhodes
Jordan Park. Funding for a portion of the planned improvements is
budgeted in the 2005 SPLOST program for parks and recreation.
The park's enhanced features would include three new lighted soccer
fields and a paved trail around the 22-acre lake at Rhodes Jordan
Park, which were included in an update to the park's master plan
earlier this year. The plan also calls for a new building at the
tennis center, new restrooms and a plaza near a playground, a new
pavilion, road and parking improvements plus badminton courts, horseshoe
pits and new outdoor basketball courts.
The County has leased the park from the City of Lawrenceville since
1991 and the two governments have worked together since then to
expand and improve the park. Board Chairman Charles Bannister pointed
to the popularity of the existing community center/gymnasium and
outdoor aquatics facility as examples of the successful partnership.
The updated master plan for the 162-acre park is available online
The park is located at 100 East Crogan Street in Lawrenceville.
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Ever wonder about
Putnam County Anti-Tick Association?
A former New York banker, Benjamin Weeks Hunt became known for
his contributions to the dairy industry and livestock improvement
in Putnam County and middle Georgia.
Hunt was born in 1847 to prosperous New York Quakers. He was educated
at Mount Kisco Academy in New York. In 1876, shortly after his marriage
to Louise Prudden, a member of a prominent Eatonton, Ga., family,
Hunt decided to make his home in Putnam County.
Hunt brought the first registered Jersey cows to Georgia. Unfortunately,
half of this original herd died from splenic fever. Also called
tick, Southern, and Texas fever, the disease caused the value and
production abilities of cattle to drop by as much as 40 percent.
Believing the Piedmont region's climate to be ideal for livestock,
Hunt began to investigate causes of and cures for the disease. Hunt
was the first to immunize cattle successfully against the fever.
Furthermore, he organized Putnam
County's Anti-Tick Association and lobbied, against strong opposition,
for a state tick eradication law.
In his effort to improve livestock Hunt also investigated the cause
of bovine osteoporosis. After collaborating with veterinarians at
the University of Kentucky, Hunt determined that a dietary insufficiency
in the region's alluvial soil was the culprit and could be adjusted
for by treating animals with supplements of phosphate of lime and
Hunt also was the force behind the first cotton mill in Eatonton,
the Eatonton Public Library and the Middle Georgia Railroad. He
drew on his financial experience to help establish the Middle Georgia
Bank, which was the first lender to make loans against agricultural
commodities other than cotton.
Hunt's contributions won him admiration and gratitude. In 1922
he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Georgia.
He died at his home in Eatonton in 1934.
Some people don't fit
the mold of needing prodding
"I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In
fact, if anything, I am the prod."
-- Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
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