Fayette FACTOR gets money to help Covid-affected families

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Representatives from the United Way presented FACTOR with award grant on December 16, 2020. Pictured (L-R): Brandon Sherman, Chair of the Fayette United Way Advisory Council and the Vice President of Ameris Bank; Linda Jones, United Way’s Regional Manager for the Southern Crescent Region; Sheryl Taylor, United Way’s Director of Development for Clayton, Coweta & Fayette Counties; Lisa Stanley, Resource Development and Compliance Specialist for FACTOR; Dawn Oparah, the Executive Director for FACTOR; and Sam Sweat, Board Chair for FACTOR and Director of Special Projects for Fayette County Public Schools (retired Deputy Superintendent, Fayette County Schools). Photo/Submitted.
Representatives from the United Way presented FACTOR with award grant on December 16, 2020. Pictured (L-R): Brandon Sherman, Chair of the Fayette United Way Advisory Council and the Vice President of Ameris Bank; Linda Jones, United Way’s Regional Manager for the Southern Crescent Region; Sheryl Taylor, United Way’s Director of Development for Clayton, Coweta & Fayette Counties; Lisa Stanley, Resource Development and Compliance Specialist for FACTOR; Dawn Oparah, the Executive Director for FACTOR; and Sam Sweat, Board Chair for FACTOR and Director of Special Projects for Fayette County Public Schools (retired Deputy Superintendent, Fayette County Schools). Photo/Submitted.

Fayette FACTOR (Fayette Alliance Connecting Together Our Resources), Inc. received a grant award of $28,000 through United Way of Greater Atlanta and Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta for Covid-19 response focused on education, food insecurity, housing and mental health.

“One of the things I cherish most about living in my beloved Fayette County, is that when our fellow residents are struggling, that we as a community always step up to fill in the gaps to support children and families in need,” said Dawn Oparah, Executive Director for Fayette FACTOR.

“Covid has impacted families in ways that have been devastating to some, through loss of employment, reduced salaries and lost businesses. So many of our families, before Covid, were doing fine economically and never expected to be in the situation where they were in jeopardy of losing their homes and can’t pay their basic bills. We really want to match and leverage the funds we have received from the United Way to help as many families as possible to have a sustainable way of staying in their homes. Our prayer is that those who have been blessed to have, would be a blessing to others by giving. I am especially grateful and confident that we continue to live in a community with a heart to support our neighbors who need our help. Thank you in advance for being a bridge over troubled waters.”

This grant — announced Dec. 18 — will primarily serve those who have been impacted by Covid through job loss, job reduction and have exhausted savings, therefore having a hard time making ends meet. It will help families with housing stabilization services through FACTOR’s program, “Operation Help our Children and Families Stay in their Homes,” by allocating funds to assist with rent/mortgages, and utilities.

The goal is to help families avoid evictions, utility cut-offs, and homelessness. FACTOR will assist families with housing insecurities through a partnership with Fayette County Public Schools.

Families need to contact their School Social Workers. Identified families will be pre-screened through a comprehensive application process. FACTOR will also be working in collaboration with Real Life Center and Fayette Samaritans. The grant program will be administered through FACTOR and all payments of help will be paid directly to landlords and utility companies.

To complement this grant from the United Way, FACTOR is seeking matching funding from our community via donations from individuals, businesses, as well as faith and civic organizations to support this program. With matching gifts, FACTOR will be able to double our impact in the community. Please contact us or visit fayettefactor.org to donate today. FACTOR is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax deductible and will be acknowledged.

About Fayette FACTOR

Since November 2000, Fayette FACTOR has been serving Fayette County, focused on the goal of bringing all areas of the community together to build a safe and healthy Fayette County for all its residents. FACTOR is part of the Georgia Family Connection Partnership. Georgia Family Connection is the only statewide network in the country dedicated to the health and well-being of families and communities. They empower communities in 159 counties to craft local solutions based on local decisions. Each county has a collaborative.