ATLANTA, GEORGIA – Nominated by the administration at John Hope—Charles Walter Hill Elementary School, along with nine other partner agencies from within nine Atlanta Public School clusters, the Martin Luther King Sr. Community Resources Collaborative received a plaque from Atlanta Public Schools for “School-Based Partner of the Year” for the Grady Cluster of APS schools. According to Kenita T. Williams, Partnerships Manager, from within the Office of Partnerships and Development with APS, “…awardees were selected from a pool of nominees based on the following criteria: nature of support provided, the goals and outcomes of the partnership and how the partnership has contributed to student achievement.” The award was presented on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at the Woodruff Performing Arts Center during APS’s Annual Employee Recognition Celebration.
About the Collaborative – The Martin Luther King Sr. Community Resources Collaborative, also known as the Collaborative, is a community-based agency that opened its doors in 2013 and is named after Martin Luther King Sr., who was affectionately called “Daddy King,” from within the community. The Collaborative earned its non-profit 501(c)3 status in 2015 and is comprised of Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Casey Family Programs, Operation Hope, Georgia Division of Family and Children Services and WorkSource Atlanta. In keeping with its namesake’s tradition of community enrichment and empowerment, the Collaborative houses all of its agencies under one roof and collectively offers vital wrap-around resources and social-service programs to residents in the Old Fourth Ward, King Historic District and surrounding areas. The five key target service areas of the Collaborative are: Children and Family Services, Educational Achievement, Workforce Readiness, Housing Education Services and Family Economic Success.
“I am excited to report that our Collaborative had an amazing 2016 year in service to the community and I am honored to lead this great organization! We are humbled and grateful for the support that we receive daily from our partnering agencies, sponsors and the community as a whole. It is our commitment and goal to expand and strengthen our current resources and services, while continuously providing and exceeding client expectations and offering superior customer service,” stated the Collaborative’s Executive Director, Detria Russell.