On the morning of Saturday, June 3rd, DeKalb Community Service Board experienced a devastating fire at one of their Mental Health Residential Program properties. Thankfully, while all of the occupants escaped without serious injury, eleven clients enrolled in the residential program lost their homes.
In response to the Brookhaven Apartment Fire, Brighter DeKalb Foundation launched the Residential Program Fire Relief Fund to aid DeKalb CSB residents affected by the June 3rd fire. We are thankful to the outpouring of support that the community has provided to assist those impacted by the fire. To date, our amazing friends and partners have donated over $2,100, which Brighter DeKalb Foundation has disbursed to DeKalb CSB to support those displaced by the fire. We are happy to announce that we have moved all of the displaced clients into new permanent residential housing. Thank you for all of your support!
The Brighter DeKalb Foundation is still collecting donations to help with the purchasing of household items, clothing, toiletries and other personal items.
Please consider making a donation to support the Residential Program Fire Relief Fund. All donations are tax deductible and 100% of the proceeds collected as part of this fundraiser will go towards assisting those affected by the fire.
Monetary donations can be made payable to the Brighter DeKalb Foundation (Attn: Fire Fund).
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Raising the Bar in Customer Service
DeKalb Community Service Board’s Support Services Department is responsible for operating and maintaining DeKalb CSB facilities and property. This includes maintenance of the agency’s 67 vehicles and oversight of the agency’s 22 locations, including inpatient clinics, outpatient clinics and residential homes.
The Support Services Department is an essential business asset and helps DeKalb CSB maintain a safe working environment for our clients and employees. “Our goal in Support Services is to Raise the Bar in Customer Service,” said Andria S. Daniels, DeKalb CSB Director of Support Services.
Support Services encompasses a number of departments including Facilities, Transportation and Health and Safety.
The Facilities Department manages the day to day operations of DeKalb CSB’s 22 locations. This includes maintenance, repairs, routine facility inspections, vendor management, mail services and more. The department works closely with the Purchasing Team for site equipment purchases and serves as the project lead for all site renovations and capital improvement projects.
The Transportation Department oversees DeKalb CSB’s fleet operations. This includes training for all agency drivers, oversight of preventive maintenance and repairs, and management of vehicle orders, leases and safety equipment. To date DeKalb CSB has 67 vehicles in their fleet.
The Health and Safety Department is responsible for planning, establishing and maintaining a variety of health, safety and environmental programs to assure the highest possible degree of safety for DeKalb CSB clients and employees. The department ensures that federal, state and local laws and regulation are continuously observed. The department also regularly conducts on-site inspections and drills to ensure safe conditions and work practices at all locations.
“The Support Services team has gone above and beyond in all areas of Support Services,” stated Andria. “Together they continue to Raise the Bar in Customer Service.”
DECATUR, Georgia – June 6, 2017 – On the morning of Saturday, June 3, 2017, fire destroyed DeKalb CSB’s residential housing units located at a Brookhaven apartment complex. DeKalb CSB currently leases units in the complex for many clients enrolled in the agency’s Mental Health Residential Program. In all, 11 clients were displaced from their homes and lost all of their belongings as a result of the fire.
In response to the Brookhaven Apartment Fire, Brighter DeKalb Foundation launched the Residential Program Fire Relief Fund to aid DeKalb CSB residents affected by the June 3rd fire.
“Recovery and rebuilding can take some time,” said Dr. Joseph Bona, Chief Executive Officer of DeKalb CSB. “Although temporary housing has been secured for all the displaced clients, this fire completely destroyed all of their belongings—including furniture, clothes and personal items. This Fire Relief Fund will directly assist the victims with their immediate needs as they rebuild their lives and work toward their longer term recovery goals.”
Donations are tax deductible and will be used to purchase clothing, shoes, toiletries, furniture and other necessities. “We appreciate the community’s support as we help these individuals recover a sense of normalcy after the fire.”
Monetary donations can be made payable to the Brighter DeKalb Foundation.
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There are an estimated 43.8 million adults in the U.S. living with mental illness. The most devastating statistic is that 60% of the people with a mental illness will not seek help. The consequences of this can be tragic, especially among men. Men are less likely to seek treatment for their condition and sadly have a suicide rate nearly four times higher than that of women.
“Mental health conditions often go undiagnosed in men,” said Dr. Joseph Bona, Chief Executive Officer of DeKalb CSB. “We all need to do our part to combat the unfitting stigma that is associated with mental illness. Talking to someone about mental health issues and taking steps to address them are signs of tremendous courage and strength.”
DeKalb CSB encourages men to seek help early!
The stigma associated with mental illness can be difficult for some men to overcome. Although, by seeking help before a mental illness has time to progress, can significantly improve the effectiveness of treatment and help individuals get back to living happy and healthy lives.
If you or a loved one are experiencing a mental health issue contact DeKalb CSB Central Access at 404-892-4646 to speak with an Intake Counselor. The intake counselor will schedule an in person assessment at our Winn Way Intake Office and will work with you to identify a convenient location for continued services. All calls and services are confidential and available to individuals with our without insurance.