OUR MAIN GOALS ARE… FAMILY SELF SUFFICIENCY & DECENTRALIZE POVERTY OUR MISSION IS …. To provide opportunities that build strong families and individuals through education, cultural and social awareness. While increasing economic stability, in a cohesive and diverse community. West Georgia Star is a Non-profit Company that offers residential services to the residents of LaGrange Housing Authority, as well as the surrounding community, that promote self-sufficiency. West Georgia Star wants to prepare our community to lead responsible and fulfilling lives by providing mentoring, education, and living support within a safe, structured environment — whether in one of our training facilities, in the community, or in their own homes. We take great pride in providing excellent curriculums that make everlasting, positive changes in the lives of those we serve. Our platforms are designed to equip our community with the vision, motivation, life skills, education, and self-discipline necessary to lead a successful life. West Georgia Star applies a strengths-based, person-centered approach to services and engages family, as permitted and appropriate, throughout the family self-sufficiency training process. The program operates 10 hours per day, 5 days a week, and on the weekend as needed. All services listed are provided by West Georgia Star or a contractual partnership with an existing agency. The main goals of West Georgia Star is Family Self Sufficiency and to Decentralize Poverty. To help families get good jobs and earn enough money so they do not need public assistance.
Health & Nutrition
The goal of the WGS Resident Services Program is to make sure that our residents are not only self-sufficient, but are also healthy. The program offers health and nutritional workshops to ensure that residents are gaining the proper knowledge on how to be healthy. The workshops will discuss healthy eating habits; provide facts on common diseases and illnesses that affect our population, and strategies to monitor your health. The program will also incorporate fitness classes into the workshops. Attending workshops can also count toward your monthly community service hours. If interested in the health and nutrition workshops, please contact the WGS Resident Services Program for dates, times, and locations.
Adult Educational Services
The WGS Resident Services program is working with West Georgia Technical College to get residents enrolled in the GED adult education program. West Georgia Star offers transportation services to registration sessions, and morning and afternoon classes for residents. The WGS staff will also assist with any tutoring that residents enrolled in the classes may need. If you are interested in registering for GED classes, please contact WGS Family Self Sufficiency Coordinator Ms. West at 706-616-3733 or email at email@example.com.
A part of becoming self-sufficient is being able to maintain gainful employment. The task of obtaining gainful employment begins at the application process. The WGS Resident Services Program career development workshops will help residents complete the steps to gainful employment. The workshops will focus on how to apply for jobs and complete online applications; how to create a resume and cover letter; dressing for success; interview techniques and mock interviews; and how to retain a job after obtaining a position. Residents may earn community service hours for participating in career development workshops. For more information on career development workshops, please contact the WGS Family Self Sufficiency Coordinator Ms. West at 706-616-3733 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Transportation Services The WGS Residents Services Program offers transportation to Housing Authority residents Monday - Friday from 5:15am – 6pm, by appointment only (at least 3 days prior notice). Transportation services include: Doctor’s appointments College Classes Job Training Job Fairs Transportation to employment (locally Local Schools Groceries Stores Other services at WGS staff discretion For more information on transportation services please contact the WGS Resident Transportation Service at (706) 616-3545
Each month on the 2nd Wednesday West Georgia Star's Resident Services Program host a food bank that serves the LaGrange Housing Authority community as well as the outside community. The food bank is provided commodities through Feeding the Valley out of Columbus, Georgia. Food Bank applications can be completed on the day of the food bank for the following month, and can be completed in the offices of the housing authority up until the Wednesday before the food bank. Clients are served on a first come first serve basis, and those who have completed applications before the deadline are served first. You may complete an application on the day of the food bank for services that day, but if you choose this route, you will not be served until all previously turned in applications have been completed. The food bank is set up at the Benjamin Harvey Hill Homes from 9:00am – 11:00am and at Lucy Morgan Homes from 1:00pm-3:00pm. The WGS Resident Services Program also allows residents to volunteer at the food bank in order to gain community service hours.