November 21, 2016
Fulton County Department of Youth and Aging Services Memorandum of Understanding
Non-Profit Bestowed Three-Pronged Target Area Grant Award
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – In partnership with Fulton County Department of Youth and Aging Services and John Hope—Charles Walter Hill Elementary School, the Martin Luther King Sr. Community Resources Collaborative signed a memorandum of understanding to provide services to increase third-grade reading scores in the target areas of technology, academic mentoring and tutoring, as well as, parent/caregiver training support and engagement.
According to Felecia Church, Senior Public Affairs Officer in the Office of Communications for Fulton County Government, “this agreement includes an expenditure of $43,100. The funds will target students with third grade reading deficiencies and a high rate of mobility from community to community. Hope Hill Elementary—a Title I Classified school—student mobility rate is 41.2% compared to the average rate of 17.5% for the State of Georgia.”
“The resources provided via the partnership with the Fulton County Department of Aging and Youth Services and the MLK Collaborative will be invaluable to our students. Providing all 3rd graders with a laptop and parents with training, will allow us to expose students to a plethora of opportunities beyond the school day,” said Hope Hill Elementary school principal, Maureen Wheeler.
About the Collaborative – The Martin Luther King Sr. Community Resources Collaborative, also known as the Collaborative, is a community-based agency that opened its doors in 2013 and is named after Martin Luther King Sr., who was affectionately called “Daddy King,” from within the community. The Collaborative earned its non-profit 501(c)3 status in 2015 and is comprised of Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Casey Family Programs, Operation Hope, Georgia Division of Family and Children Services and WorkSource Atlanta. In keeping with its namesake’s tradition of community enrichment and empowerment, the Collaborative houses all of its agencies under one roof and collectively offers vital wrap-around resources and social-service programs to residents in the Old Fourth Ward, King Historic District and surrounding areas. The five key target service areas of the Collaborative are: Children and Family Services, Educational Achievement, Workforce Readiness, Housing Education Services and Family Economic Success.
“I am excited to report that our Collaborative had an amazing 2016 year in service to the community and I am honored to lead this great organization! We are humbled and grateful for the support that we receive daily from our partnering agencies, sponsors and the community as a whole. It is our commitment and goal to expand and strengthen our current resources and services, while continuously providing and exceeding client expectations and offering superior customer service,” stated the Collaborative’s Executive Director, Detria Russell.