DCA Com­mis­sioner, fed­eral of­fi­cial vis­its One Door Polk fa­cil­ity

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An in­for­ma­tional tour of One Door Polk was held re­cently and in­cluded high-rank­ing state and fed­eral of­fi­cials.

One Door Polk wel­comed Ap­palachian Re­gional Com­mis­sion (ARC) Fed­eral Co-Chair Tim Thomas and Ge­or­gia’s Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity Af­fairs Com­mis­sioner Christo­pher Nunn. Thomas and Nunn toured the fa­cil­ity along with other state and re­gional stake­hold­ers.

One Door Polk is a multi-ten­ant so­cial ser­vice cen­ter of­fer­ing a full spec­trum of ser­vices. Or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clude Pri­mary Health­care, High­land Rivers Health, Polk Fam­ily Con­nec­tion, Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Ju­ve­nile Jus­tice, Polk/ Har­al­son CASA, Tal­la­toona CAP, Polk/ Har­al­son CHINS, Our House Out­reach, Area Agency on Ag­ing, Right from the Start Med­i­cal As­sis­tance, and Polk Foster Par­ent As­so­ci­a­tion. It is lo­cated in the build­ing pre­vi­ously oc­cu­pied by Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

Nunn ap­plauded City of Cedar­town lead­ers in their for­ward-think­ing plan to re­use the fa­cil­ity, rather than have it stand empty. “It’s ex­cit­ing to see a project like this com­ing to fruition. You de­serve to be proud.”

Last year, ARC (Ap­palachian Re­gional Com­mis­sion) funds helped pur­chase equip­ment and sup­plies for a new Pri­mary Health­care den­tal clinic housed in­side of One Door Polk. This project will ini­tially cre­ate ap­prox­i­mately five new jobs for den­tal pro­fes­sion­als, with ad­di­tional jobs ex­pected.

“The Ap­palachian Re­gional Com­mis­sion is re­ally a grass roots­driven or­ga­ni­za­tion,” Thomas ex­plained. “The projects we are able to as­sist with come about be­cause the peo­ple in the lo­cal com­mu­nity have good ideas. Be­ing able to see some of the projects ARC has helped with as I look around the re­gion is so im­por­tant. We are all about mak­ing our com­mu­nity stronger.”

The Ap­palachian Re­gional Com­mis­sion is a United States fed­er­al­state part­ner­ship that works with the peo­ple of Ap­palachia to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for self-sus­tain­ing eco­nomic devel­op­ment and im­proved qual­ity of life.

/ Con­trib­uted by Aimee Mad­den, City of Cedar­town

Polk Fam­ily Con­nec­tion’s Rhonda Heuer leads vis­i­tors through One Door Polk dur­ing a re­cent tour for the Ap­palachian Re­gional Com­mis­sion (ARC) Fed­eral Co-Chair Tim Thomas and Ge­or­gia’s Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity Af­fairs Com­mis­sioner Christo­pher Nunn.

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