Southern Hometown Pharmacy is Open for Business in Pooler and Pembroke

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(POOLER, PEMBROKE) Locally owned and operated Southern Hometown Pharmacy is pleased to announce the opening of two locations under new management at 1557 Pooler Parkway in Pooler and at 546 West Bacon St. in Pembroke.

Southern Hometown Pharmacy Pooler location.

Southern Hometown Pharmacy Pembroke location.

“When folks walk in our door, we do everything we can to make them feel like home,” said Melissa Etheridge, one of the managing partners. “Our desire is to return to the days when pharmacists knew their patients, their lifestyles and the best way to assist them beyond the family doctor.”

Etheridge said she and co-managing partner Tracey Leavitt strive to facilitate patients’ pharmaceutical needs on a personal level.

“When customers walk through the door, they will immediately know they are not in a cold, nondescript, big chain store,” Leavitt said. “They will be welcomed by the warm and friendly décor, plush chairs in waiting areas and attractive merchandise displays.”

But what the partners hope customers will appreciate most is the dedication of Southern Hometown Pharmacy’s staff to ensuring they feel at home and are well-served.

“Our pharmacy patients become like family,” Leavitt said. “With the bigger corporations, you’re just a number. Here we recognize customers and establish a relationship.”

In addition to prescriptions, Southern Hometown Pharmacy offers pet medications and over-the-counter healthcare products, including pharmacist-formulated CBD products. They also have a selection of household supplies and children’s toys.

The company also specializes in supplying the pharmaceutical and medical supply needs of people with work-related health issues, as well as coordinating patient needs with home care providers. Southern Hometown Pharmacy is certified to process U.S. Department of Labor prescription claims for all three of its medical compensation programs: Black Lung, Energy and FICA.

Both locations offer drive-through service, free delivery and easy prescription transfers and plan to provide flu shots and immunizations in the fall.

For more information, visit https://southernhometownpharmacy.com/

ABOUT SOUTHERN HOMETOWN PHARMACY
Southern Hometown Pharmacy serves the pharmaceutical healthcare needs of the greater Savannah area. Offering locally owned and operated stores in Pooler, Ga., and Pembroke, Ga., Southern Hometown Pharmacy provides caring, personal attention to patients, along with delivery options and convenient, drive-through service. Stop by Southern Hometown Pharmacy in Pooler at 1557 Pooler Pkwy, Ste 400 Pooler, GA 31322; or call (912) 988-3005. Visit the Pembroke location at 546 W Bacon St Pembroke, GA 31321; or call (912) 653-1000. For more information, visit online at https://southernhometownpharmacy.com/

Park Place Outreach Receives Donation of Face Masks from Satchel

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Services receives donation of 100 face masks through Satchel’s buy-one-give-one face mask program. The masks will be distributed and required for all youth in Park Place Outreach’s residential and nonresidential programs.

Satchel Team with masks to be donated.

“The safety of our youth and staff is our top priority, and we are so grateful to have such an amazing partnership with Satchel,” said Park Place Outreach Executive Director Julie Wade.

For every mask purchased through Satchel, a mask will be donated to a nonprofit organization in need.

Satchel was founded in 2006 by Savannah College of Art and Design graduate, Elizabeth Seeger. Satchel operates as a studio and store in partnership with Port City Sewing Factory which customizes and produces accessories and handbags in Savannah, Georgia.

Satchel has two locations in the Savannah area, one in the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport and the other in downtown Savannah at 4 E. Liberty St. For more information on Satchel and the buy-one-give-one mask program, please visit https://shopsatchel.com/.

ABOUT PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY SHELTER:
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, 514 E. Henry St., provides support for troubled children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. Opened in 1984, the shelter, open 24 hours a day, offers youth, between the ages of 11 and 17, a safe and loving environment. Homeless, abused or runaway teenagers can self-admit themselves into this shelter. The organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter is an equal opportunity provider and employer. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, the Park Place Outreach Shelter has helped more than 6,500 individuals. For more information, please visit http://parkplaceyes.org or find us on Facebook at ParkPlaceOutreachInc, Instagram and Twitter @outreachpark.

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNITY HEADLINES, June 8, 2020

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AUTISM SPEAKS
(SAVANNAH, GA) The proposed elimination of all state funding to the Matthew Reardon Center for Autism would terminate our organization’s existence and eradicate southeast Georgia’s only comprehensive educational and advocacy support programs for children and families affected by autism. 3 ways that you can help them maximize their outreach and prevent future closure. https://matthewreardon.org/take-action/?mc_cid=2438a26437&mc_eid=105a951b19

LIVING IN SAVANNAH

(ISLE OF HOPE) New Real Estate Video on best places to live in the Savannah area.


PARK PLACE OUTREACH RECEIVES FACE MASKS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Services has received a donation of 100 face masks through Satchel’s buy-one-give-one face mask program. The masks will be distributed and required for all youth in Park Place Outreach’s residential and nonresidential programs.
http://parkplaceyes.org Facebook: ParkPlaceOutreachInc, Instagram/Twitter: @outreachpark

NATIONAL PROGRAM SELECTS REACH TEAM MEMBER TO CREATE SAFER WALKING CONDITIONS IN SAVANNAH

(SAVANNAH, GA) America Walks, a national advocacy organization working to empower walkable communities, has selected Armand Turner of Healthy Savannah and the REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) Team for a Walking College Fellowship as part of the 2020 program.

CARRIAGE TRADE PUBLIC RELATIONS® WELCOMES MYANDI PETERSON

(SAVANNAH, GA) Carriage Trade Public Relations is pleased to announce that Myandi Peterson has rejoined the company as its Director of Communications. She is looking forward to putting her 16 years of public relations and marketing expertise to use. https://carriagetradepr.com/carriage-trade-public-relations-team-members/

SUNDAY STRETCHES WITH THE STARS

(SAVANNAH, GA) On Sunday, June 14, Armand Turner, assistant director, physical activity, of Savannah’s REACH team, has been invited to be the guest “stretcher” at Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church’s online service. Rev. Billy Hester has been asking special guests to virtually visit during COVID and lead a morning “Stretch” right before the sermon. Recent guests have included Broadway and TV celebrity Jane Atkinson from House of Cards and Madam Secretary; and Ian Armitage, who plays Young Sheldon. The services are posted on the church website Sundays at 11:15 a.m. http://asburymemorial.org/

PHASE I FOR REOPENING THE STATE’S ECONOMY

(VISIT SAVANNAH) Governor Brian Kemp has announced that, with certain restrictions and following prescribed guidelines, the following businesses are being allowed to reopen as of June 1, 2020:
* Medical and dental practices
* Gyms, rec centers, tattoo parlors, hair salons, barbers
* Restaurants, theaters, private clubs
* Bars and nightclubs

MEET BABY JAZZ

(COASTAL PET RESCUE) Jazz is a black kitten who has a heart of gold, just like her stunning eyes! She is playful and loves to fetch hair ties! She likes to bat at wand toys and strings and loves being with people! She appreciates a good nap and a lap to snuggle on while watching her shows. She has grown up in a foster home so she is used to the sounds and rhythm of people life! You can follow her on Instagram @DeltaFosters and see photos and video of when she was rescued at few days old! #KittenJazz #TheWildWestKittens http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2020-c-034-jazz/ 

SAVANNAH SAFE INITIATIVE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Safe is a commitment to help stop the spread of COVID-19 with cleaning and disinfecting protocols to help ensure the health and safety of everyone in places of business. By taking the pledge, business owners and managers will gain access to a toolkit of printable graphics for display and the business will be listed on the SavannahSafe.com website. https://www.savannahsafe.com/

VIRTUAL CAMP BUDDY

(SAVANNAH, GA) Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the YMCA and the American Medical Association have created new guidelines to aid camps in choosing the safest ways to go about re-opening camps for Summer 2020. Luckily for those planning to attend Camp Buddy this summer, the directors plan to hold camp through a virtual platform to ensure the safety of the children. John Bogardus, president of the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society, believes that this is the best decision for the camp, and will allow campers to socialize and participate in camp activities without putting their health at risk. https://www.wsav.com/news/local-news/camp-buddy-goes-virtual-ymca-develops-safety-plan-for-summer-camps/

GRIND COFFEE ROASTERS

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS) Ian Duncan owner of Grind Coffee Roasters created an outdoor drive through of area businesses in Bluffton, SC to pivot during Covid.


LIVE OAK PUBLIC LIBRARIES – JOIN THE ADVENTURE

(SAVANNAH, GA) This summer, the library is coming to you with great reading resources, activities, and programs online. Virtual programming is available for all ages. Connect with resources for books, ebooks, comics, magazines, and news. Enjoy Library Online programs with storytimes, crafts, and special performers. Check out librarians’ reading recommendations, engage with weekly challenges on social media and join online book discussions and virtual book groups. Everyone can join the adventure. Take a journey and share your story! https://liveoakpl.org/events

ENMARKET OPENS PROTOTYPE STORE OF FUTURE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket customers can get a glimpse of the future, now that the completely rebuilt Enmarket at 4318 Ogeechee Road in Savannah is open for business. The relaunched store is the prototype for future new builds for the rapidly expanding Savannah-based chain of convenience stores,  food service establishments, and car washes.
https://carriagetradepr.com/enmarket-opens-newly-rebuilt-store-prototype-future-construction/


HEALTHY SAVANNAH RECOGNIZED FOR IMPACT ON HEALTH POLICIES THAT SAVE LIVES

(SAVANNAH, GA) Healthy Savannah is pleased to announce it has received the 2020 Karl E. Peace Leadership Award. The community coalition that advocates healthy policies was recognized for its leadership in expanding the impact of public health by the Gamma Theta Chapter of Delta Omega at Georgia Southern University.
https://healthysavannah.org/


LILLY MORGAN SELECTED TO INTERNSHIP WITH CARRIAGE TRADE PUBLIC RELATIONS

(SAVANNAH, GA) Please join us in welcoming our new intern, Lilly Morgan, to Carriage Trade Public Relations. Watch the video below to learn a little bit about Lilly and how she will be helping us this summer!


WEBINAR TOMORROW ON REPUTATION MARKETING, POST COVID, 3 STRATEGIES  – JUNE 9, 2PM

(SAVANNAH, GA) The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center is hosting a live webinar on Tuesday, June 9 at 2 p.m. Marjorie Young, CEO of Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc., will present three powerful reputation marketing strategies to help companies increase visibility, credibility, and positive word of mouth in the community and online. For more information call SBDC at 912-651-3200. RSVP here: https://www.georgiasbdc.org/tuesdays-at-two-with-the-expert/
Marjorie Young Carriage

SAVANNAH COMMUNITY HEADLINES *LIVE* THIS MORNING AT 9AM

(SAVANNAH, GA) Join us for an online, interactive conversation about Savannah each Monday morning at 9:00am on Facebook. Join on this link:  https://www.facebook.com/CarriageTradePublicRelations/videos/2792427090985714/

National Organization Selects REACH Team Member to Create Safer Walking Conditions in Savannah

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National Organization Selects REACH Team Member to Create Safer Walking Conditions in Savannah
Armand Turner of Healthy Savannah and the REACH team to participate in America Walks communities training program.

(SAVANNAH, GA) America Walks, a national advocacy organization working to empower communities to create safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and move, has selected Armand Turner of Healthy Savannah and the REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) Team for a Walking College Fellowship as part of the 2020 program.

The fellowship will enable Turner and other advocates from around the country to participate in a training program designed to strengthen local efforts to make communities more walkable and livable.

“I believe the Walking College fellowship, combined with Tide to Town and other great projects being powered by REACH, can help me bridge the gap that prohibits people from walking and biking on area bike lanes and trails,” said Turner, who serves as assistant director, physical activity, with the REACH team.

Locally, the REACH team of Project HOPE (Healthy Opportunities Powering Equity) is dedicated to closing the gap in health disparities among various populations in Savannah and Chatham County. Many of those disparities are rooted in barriers to physical activity. The effort is supported by the YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Healthy Savannah through grant funding awarded through the Centers for Disease Control’s REACH program.

The Tide to Town project will consist of nearly 30 miles of protected walking and bicycling trails throughout Savannah. The urban trail system will address an urgent public safety issue and will be designed with the entire community in mind. Currently, Georgia ranks as the sixth most dangerous state for people walking, and Savannah is one of the most dangerous cities within the state for crashes between drivers and people walking or bicycling.

“The REACH Grant has provided a tremendous opportunity for me to work with many underserved populations in Chatham County and begin to address the barriers to physical activity that they face on a daily basis,” Turner said. “This fellowship will help augment that work.”

While participating in the Walking College, Turner will complete a six-module distance-learning program which will culminate in the creation of an independent study project focused in Chatham County. He will also engage with America Walks’ national network.

“We are thrilled to welcome Armand as a member of the Walking College,” said Emilie Bahr, Walking College manager with America Walks, “This year’s application process was our most competitive to date, with more than 140 applicants vying for just 25 slots. The fellows selected this year represent a diversity of experiences and backgrounds and Armand will serve as a vital member of our 2020 class. We look forward to helping Armand develop his skills and are excited to see the yields of his efforts in bringing positive change to Chatham County at a time when the importance of safe, accessible walking opportunities has arguably never been more pronounced.”

The curriculum of the Walking College aims to expand the capacity of local advocates to be effective community change agents. Fellows will participate in learning about topics such as the science behind the benefits of walking, evaluation of built environments, as well as communication skills and building relationships with stakeholders and decision makers.

ABOUT REACH SAVANNAH
In September of 2018, The YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Healthy Savannah were awarded a five-year, $3.4 million dollar Racial and Ethnic Approach to Community Health (REACH) grant from the Center for Disease Control. Through this funding, the Savannah / Chatham County REACH team works to close the gaps in health disparities among priority populations in Savannah and Chatham County in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, and community – clinical linkages. The local project is called HOPE, Healthy Opportunities Powering Equity. Working with over 20 community partners and organizations, the REACH team works to provide equal and consistent access to ensure the health and wellness of our community through policy, systems, and environmental change. www.ymcaofcoastalga.org www.healthysavannah.org

ABOUT AMERICA WALKS
America Walks, a nonprofit national organization, is leading the way in empowering communities to create safe, accessible, and enjoyable walking conditions for all. We provide a voice for walking and walkable communities with federal agencies, provide strategy support, training and technical assistance to statewide, regional, and local organizations, and serve as the convener of the national Every Body Walk! Collaborative. Together, America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative boast 700 allied organizations who across the nation are working to increase walking and support walkable communities for all members. More at www.americawalks.org.

REACH CONTACT
Armand Turner
Physical Activity Program Manager for the REACH Grant / Healthy Savannah & YMCA
Armand.turner@ymcaofcoastalga.org
219-801-1477

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.
912.844.9990
www.carriagetradepr.com
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

Enmarket Opens Newly Rebuilt Store, Prototype for Future Construction

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket customers can get a glimpse of the future, now that the completely rebuilt Enmarket at 4318 Ogeechee Road in Savannah is open for business. The relaunched store is the prototype for future new builds for the rapidly expanding Savannah-based chain of convenience stores/food service establishments.

“This particular store is right next to the new headquarters, which is one of the reasons it was the perfect location for our new prototype,” said Brett Giesick, president of Enmarket. “We wanted a clean, modern design that accommodates the multiple roles of an Enmarket store – a fueling station, a deep convenience inventory, appealing and healthy prepared food options, and a modern, state-of-the-art carwash.”

New Enmarket Prototype Store in Savannah

Newly rebuilt Enmarket prototype store in Savannah.

“The store offers full foodservice at The Eatery, with breakfast, lunch and dinner options, along with Mooz frozen yogurt and Enmarket’s Bean-to-Cup Coffee. The fueling options include gasoline, diesel and ethanol-free gas, and customers can save as much as 10 cents a gallon on all grades when they use their enPay card,” Giesick added.

The site was already in use as an Enmarket when the chain’s headquarters was constructed next door. The original store was razed to make way for construction of the modern replacement. Now that it’s back open after a soft opening on March 24, the new 5,893-square-foot store has a workforce of 25 employees, about double the previous number.

The store is the latest step in the development of an Enmarket campus at the intersection of Chatham Parkway and Ogeechee Road. It joins a 22,000-square-foot office structure that houses the three-state convenience chain’s headquarters, along with a second building of equal size to be used a flex space and room for future expansion. Two out-parcel lots on the compound are earmarked for future development, sale or lease.

Marketwash+

Enmarket’s new Marketwash+

“One of the many features we are excited about at the new store is the new car wash. It’s our first Marketwash+, which is an 80-foot tunnel wash. It’ll stand up to anything Savannah and the surrounding region’s pollen season can throw at our cars and, best of all, it does a fantastic job in about half the time of most car washes,” said Giesick. “That includes free vacuums for customer use. We know it will be popular with customers, so we are adding membership wash opportunities that start at $19.99 a month.”

West Construction served as the general contractor for all phases of the compound’s construction.

ABOUT ENMARKET
Enmarket is Savannah’s largest convenience store chain, employing more than 1,300 people and operating 125 convenience stores, 14 quick-serve restaurants, and a fast casual restaurant as the49th largest convenience store operator in the country. Founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, the retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store News in 2018. The company is committed to giving back to the community through many charitable contributions and volunteer efforts, offering fresh food, healthy snacks, and competitively priced quality fuel as part of its mission to enrich life. www.enmarket.com

CONTACT
Matt Clements
Vice President of Marketing
Enmarket
MClements@enmarket.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.
912.844.9990
www.carriagetradepr.com
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

Healthy Savannah Recognized for Impact on Health Policies that Save Lives

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Healthy Savannah receives Karl E. Peace Leadership Award for Public Health Initiatives

(SAVANNAH, GA) Healthy Savannah is pleased to announce it has received the 2020 Karl E. Peace Leadership Award. The award recognizes “leadership in expanding the impact of public health among their peers and/or in the state of Georgia,” and is given annually by the Gamma Theta Chapter of Delta Omega at Georgia Southern University (GSU).

“It is extremely exciting and a joyful feeling to see the work we’ve done be recognized,” said Lillian Grant-Baptiste, vice chair. “We are seeing some serious improvements in health outcomes in our community from cardiovascular issues, particularly among minority populations. Childhood obesity has also vastly decreased.”

The coalition was founded by former Mayor Dr. Otis Johnson in 2007 and brought together leaders from all sectors of the community to advocate healthy policies and build a collaborative environment. One of the first issues the coalition tackled led to the passage of Savannah’s SmokeFree Ordinance, adopted by the city in 2010.

At that time, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) reported that Chatham County had the highest death rate in the Coastal Health District due to heart attacks and heart disease. In the following seven years after the passage of the Smoke-Free Air Ordinance, those numbers plummeted from a yearly total of 284 to 178, with the rate falling from 106.8 to 61.3. The DPH now reports Chatham County now has the second-lowest rate in the Coastal Health District.

“Healthy Savannah has been at the forefront of major policy changes that encourage healthy, active living,” said Dr. Randy McCall, chair. “We also worked with the support of elected officials and many community partners for the passage of Complete Streets in 2015 and advocated for the city’s New Zoning Ordinance, passed in 2019.”

McCall expects the new Zoning Ordinance to be instrumental in improving health outcomes by allowing some neighborhoods to have more stores and restaurants within walking distance, thus providing greater access to people living there.

One of Healthy Savannah’s most notable accomplishments may have been the founding of the coalition itself. Grant-Baptiste said it might not have been created at all except for Johnson’s determination to make Savannah a healthier place for all after recuperating, himself, from a heart attack.

“He took an obstacle and turned it into an opportunity.”

Turning obstacles into opportunities might also describe the life of GSU alumnus Karl E. Peace, who established the first school of public health in the University System of Georgia.

Peace enrolled at GSU in 1959 with a loan of $532. After completing his bachelor’s degree in chemistry while supporting his mother and siblings, he earned a master’s degree in mathematics from Clemson University and later, a Ph.D. in biostatistics from the Medical College of Virginia. He returned to GSU to create a biostatics center in 2000, and in 2004, his endowment to honor his late wife led to the creation of the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH).

Each year, the Gamma Theta Chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health selects a JPHCOPH alumni, faculty member, community member, or community organization who has expanded the impact of public health among their peers and/or in the state of Georgia to receive this leadership award.

“As a charter member of the chapter and a long time partner with Healthy Savannah, I nominated them because they represent the true meaning of leadership in public health,” said Nandi A. Marshall, DrPH, associate professor of Public Health, Georgia Southern University – Armstrong Campus. “They have worked tirelessly in the Savannah and Chatham County area to improve health outcomes and work with the communities that they serve. The Healthy Savannah team, board, and partners always stand ready to address inequities through system changes and by providing needed services to the community.”

Due to COVID-19, the actual award presentation is being rescheduled to a later date.

“We’ve come a long way but have a long way to go,” said Grant-Baptiste. “We have so much more work to do, which we will do with enthusiasm and passion. When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion. When we unite there’s a lot we can accomplish.”

ABOUT HEALTHY SAVANNAH
Healthy Savannah, a 501©3 public charity is a public/private coalition of over 150 businesses, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, schools, neighborhood organizations, and healthcare and government agencies, It began as an initiative of City of Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson, formed in 2007. Healthy Savannah leads and supports a culture of health in the Savannah area by creating an environment that makes a healthy choice the easy choice; building a collaborative network that identifies and shares resources; collecting and disseminating information, promoting best practices and implementing innovative programs, and advocating for effective policies. Since its inception, this innovative, cross-sector collaboration has vastly benefited the community as evidenced by numerous multi-agency projects, grants and policy initiatives that have emerged from the initiative to create and sustain a Healthy Savannah. For more information, visit www.healthysavannah.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young, CEO
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912-844-9990

WillPower Ties Founder, Former National AMBUCS President to Receive President’s Award at 2020 Night of Champions

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Will Howell, a Darien-based entrepreneur, and Kevin Sheehan, who heads an organization dedicated to improving the lives of differently abled people, will receive the President’s Award when the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society holds its 11th annual Night of Champions later this year.

The event was originally scheduled for April 2 but was postponed due to the coronavirus crisis. A new date has not been determined.

Howell, 20, hasn’t allowed cerebral palsy to stand in the way of founding WillPower Ties, a recently launched internet-based firm that markets a line of ties, bowties and even doggie bowties.

Sheehan has been the national president of AMBUCS, an organization famous for the adaptive tricycles – Amtrykes – it provides to give mobility to children who otherwise could never experience pedaling a wheeled vehicle.

“Our Night of Champions is a wonderful event that allows us to salute employers and employees who demonstrate, every day, the value of inclusive work spaces,” said event chairman Tom Kenkel. “To add to that, each year we present our President’s Award. This year, we are privileged to honor two outstanding men whose efforts have directly impacted the quality of life for so many families in our area.”

In Howell’s case, as his school years neared an end, he and his family began to search for a meaningful business he could help to manage. Inspired by John’s Crazy Socks, an internet company founded by a young New Yorker with Down syndrome, the family came up with the idea for a line of designer ties. Howell, working with his father, fulfills orders and writes personal thank-you notes to his customers.

Sheehan is the assistant office manager of the family-based Dan J. Sheehan Co., a Savannah firm founded in 1924 to specialize in tile, paint, stucco and stone work.

He grew up in Savannah, playing and later coaching in AMBUC Stadium without ever thinking much about the name. When he was working a booth at a Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce business expo, he noticed a nearby booth with a “funny-looking” three-wheel bicycle and was told AMBUCS provides the special adaptive equipment to differently abled children.

When Sheehan saw the face of a young girl as she received one of those trikes, he was hooked and has been an AMBUCs member since 1999.

Over the past 21 years, Sheehan has been Savannah chapter president 13 times, including his current tenure, and served in various state and regional leadership positions before becoming the national president-elect, president and immediate past president over 2016 to 2019. In addition to adaptive tricycles, Sheehan and AMBUCS also sponsor adaptive bowling sessions for people who wouldn’t be able to experience the sport without assistance.

Sheehan attends Sacred Heart Catholic Church and enjoys spending time with his 10 nieces and nephews and three grand-nieces. He has also been on the LDSS board for nine years.

Sheehan and Howell met when Sheehan was in Darien to attend a football game between McIntosh Academy and Benedictine Military School. On a trip to the concession stand, Sheehan saw the Howell family and noticed Will had difficulty walking. He approached the Howells and offered to give Will the chance to ride a bike of his own. Now, Will uses his Amtryke to ride to the post office and mail his WillPower Ties orders. WillPower Ties donates a portion of each sale to AMBUCS.

In addition to the presentation of the President’s Award, the Night of Champions will recognize outstanding employer/employee partners.

Last year’s honorees included Erik Glasford, Effingham Health System; Meghan Mayle, Bubba Gumbo’s Seafood Restaurant; Reginald Horton, The Savannah Bananas; Chris Mayor, DIRTT Environmental Solutions; and Chris Holt, Tybee Island YMCA. Amy Wright, owner of Bitty & Beau’s Coffee, was the recipient of the 2019 President’s Award.

LDSS’s ongoing programs include Camp Buddy for children with Down syndrome, the annual Buddy Walk in Forsyth Park and weekly support meetings held for people with Down syndrome along with their families and friends, as well as educational workshops for children.

ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) supports people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership, support, outreach, education and advocacy. Meetings are held every fourth Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact. LDSS encourages the whole family to attend; children of all ages are welcome. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit ldssga.org

CONTACT
Whitney Lowery
Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society
wlowery@ldssga.org

Pandemic Brings Surge in Demand for Fresh Produce from Farm Truck 912

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Farm Truck 912, the mobile version of the Forsyth Farmers’ Market, has seen a surge in demand during the COVID-19 crisis, with overall sales up by 50 percent in the month of April and a 70 percent increase in SNAP-funded purchases.

Farm Truck 912

This program is supported by the YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Healthy Savannah through grants awarded through the Center for Disease Control’s REACH program to close the gap in health disparities among priority populations in Savannah and Chatham County.

The staff of Farm Truck 912 also has developed a pilot delivery program for older residents who live in four of Savannah’s low-wealth senior housing complexes.

“The truck is still going to all the stops we’ve been going to,” said Jeb Bush, executive director of the Forsyth Farmers’ Market. “In general, stops have been super busy. We had a 50 percent increase in the amount of money spent. Part of that is that new customers have found us, and part is our new delivery service for low-wealth seniors. Several people have said they really feel safe purchasing produce in an outside environment with the Farm Truck.”

Due to the pandemic, new regulations are in place: Only staff members, who wear gloves and masks, are allowed to touch the produce, social distancing is maintained and all surfaces are wiped down with disinfectant between stops.

The mobile farmers’ market operates six days a week on a schedule that takes it throughout Chatham County and across all economic strata.

While the truck sells to the general public, it cuts prices in half for SNAP purchases.

The senior delivery program was driven by needs brought on by COVID-19. Low-wealth households have difficulty accessing delivery services from grocery stores, which generally require home internet access and payment via credit card. Farm Truck 912 work with the resident managers at senior housing complexes, who help spread the word and take orders so recipients can choose their produce for delivery.

“Right now we are calling it a pilot program, but our hope is to prove this is a successful means for reaching particularly vulnerable people,” Bush said.

Another program Farm Truck 912 will launch this month, Veggie RX, works with four health providers — J.C. Lewis Primary Health Care Center, St. Mary’s Clinic, Memorial Health’s children’s clinic and the Chatham County Health Department — to serve low-wealth participants diagnosed at risk for a chronic diet-related disease.

Classes based in the clinics will begin May 14, and as participants leave, they can use their financial incentives to buy the “prescribed” produce at at the 912 Food Farmacy. Those vouchers can be redeemed at the mobile unit or at the Forsyth Farmers’ Market’s Saturday session.

Veggie RX was designed with a large educational component and has been adapted for pandemic safety regulations. Now, many of the class sessions are video-delivered.

ABOUT REACH SAVANNAH:
In September of 2018, The YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Healthy Savannah were awarded a five-year, $3.4 million dollar Racial and Ethnic Approach to Community Health (REACH) grant from the Center for Disease Control. Through this funding, the Savannah / Chatham County REACH team works to close the gaps in health disparities among priority populations in Savannah and Chatham County in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, and community – clinical linkages. Working with over 20 community partners and organizations, the REACH team works to provide equal and consistent access to ensure the health and wellness of our community through policy, systems and environmental change. www.ymcaofcoastalga.org www.healthysavannah.org