Every community has a wide range of needs and Cobb County is no exception. Improving the lives of everyone in a community is a daunting and complex challenge. We partner with a range of organizations and causes to further our mission to improve the well-being of children and families in Cobb County. We focus on our three primary initiative areas of mental health, literacy and civic engagement in order to make the largest impact on our community.
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Organizations in Cobb have a long history of collaborating, sharing information and creating new programs and mechanisms to improve the quality of life for residents of our county.
- The first formal collaboration was accomplished through the Cobb Community Council (CCC) starting in the 1970's. The CCC met monthly to share information about programs and coordinate resources.
- Incorporated in 1989, the Cobb Human Services Coalition (CHSC) expanded the work of the Cobb Housing Coalition and provided a comprehensive approach to working with those experiencing and at risk of becoming homeless. Working with dozens of human service organizations and volunteers, the CHSC produced a comprehensive human service plan. Projects resulting from this plan include:
- Health Clinic at MUST Ministries,
- Affordable child care resources; such as: Sheltering Arms and Georgia Pre-K
- An affordable housing list and The Pocket Key Resource Guide
- Client database utilizing technology to manage and facilitate sharing client information
- Quality training for case managers and volunteers
- In 1992, several housing organizations formed the Cobb Housing Coalition to address the emerging homeless population. A collaboration of 5 partners: Cobb County Emergency Aid Association (now The Center for Family Resources), Division of Family and Children Services, Travelers Aid, MUST Ministries, and the Salvation Army received a demonstration grant to provide housing for homeless families.
- In 1993, The Cobb Community Collaborative began meeting informally and received its nonprofit status in 1997. Its purpose was to provide a broad-based focal point through which nonprofits, businesses, education organizations, government agencies, faith-based groups, and concerned citizens can collaborate to meet community needs. The work of the Collaborative is accomplished through several teams and committees.