December 20, 2016

2016  A Retrospective Look

Sue Laney end of year retrospective

2016 – A Retrospective Look

Some people enjoy reading these, some don’t.  I happen to be a results-oriented person, so these remembrances help me to feel either good, so-so, or not-so-good about what I have accomplished over a year.  Here at HEARTS, we’re always taking a look at what has been accomplished, what we can celebrate and what needs to be tweaked or even removed.  Here are some of our celebrations for 2016!!

  • Our 5-year Alcohol Prevention Project came to a close and in most areas a huge success!! ‘A big congratulations’ goes to the entire HEARTS staff and the community volunteers who worked diligently in this project.
  • Three community ordinances were passed with numerous presentations made to civic groups, county commissions and city councils across the state.
  • Over 15 community programs were delivered to youth and parents increasing their awareness of the impact underage drinking has on brain development and decision making.
  • Over 20 community positive messaging campaigns promoting an accurate perception of current underage drinking practices and calling youth and parents to action to prevent underage drinking and binge drinking from occurring.
  • Over 1,500,000 people served in eighteen communities across Georgia.
  • Our 1st online LIVE training, which we presented to professionals from the west coast
  • Our 1st full-length parenting program streamed LIVE weekly to families, allowing HEARTS to serve those who did not have the financial resources for traveling to class each session. What a blessing we have in technology and in a local staff member who understands and can support these efforts effectively.
  • Our 1st Program Overview presentation presented to professionals, which allowed qualified decision making and increased skills of program coordinators and facilitators to better screen and prepare program staff.

Some areas where we will make revisions for future services:

  • Increase pricing to cover rising training costs.
  • Develop additional tools to better communicate program and training concepts.
  • Reformat several in-person training formats to online-LIVE instruction and web-based self-paced tutorials.
  • Update the HEARTS website with more visual tools to illustrate services and their impact.

As we prepare to close out our year, we want to say a special thank you to our Board of Directors, our various funding agencies and donors, and dedicated volunteers – all vital members of our HEARTS Family.  Without you all, we would not be able to address this very important mission of strengthening families and those who serve families.  At this time of year, we are reminded how important and necessary having a loving and caring family is to our well-being.

From our HEARTS family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Sue Laney, Chief Executive Officer

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