Frye Law - September 2019

THE Defender

SEPTEMBER 2019

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TWO ORGANIZATIONS THAT TEACH A VALUABLE LESSON:

Winston Churchill famously said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Anybody who has had the opportunity to give aid to others knows the value that any kind of donation can offer. Whether it’s a few extra dollars, blankets and clothing items, the ability to pursue an education, or a home to live in, the recipients in need of such gifts will be forever grateful for the generosity. As a kid, I watched as my mom worked multiple jobs to ensure that I had a roof over my head and good food on the table every night, and that experience taught me that if you have the means to help others, you should find a way to do so. A nonprofit I discovered several years ago is the Center for Family Resources (CFR), a Cobb County-based organization that works exclusively to serve local families and individuals who are either homeless or in danger of becoming homeless. CFR’s overall mission is to provide tailored, long-term supportive services — housing programs, life skills classes on budgeting and parenting, a job lab to help with career coaching, an on-site food pantry, and many others — to ensure that once clients exit their program, they will have all the necessary skills, tools, and resources to be self-sufficient. After seeing the immensely beneficial help that CFR provides our community through supporting their efforts, I was asked to join them as a member on their board of directors — an offer I gratefully accepted. Since then, I’ve been able to celebrate CFR’s wins with them as they’ve provided 483 homes and nearly 62,000 pounds of food to those in the community. They’ve also fed over 1,500 children from their food pantry, helped 10 people pass their GED examinations, and offered 583 individuals emergency rental assistance. It’s truly an honor to play a role in CFR’s amazing endeavors. Frye Law Group also backs efforts that support our clients. We support the Cobb County Accountability Courts. The Accountability Courts are aided by the county and state and offer those who have had run-ins with the legal system opportunities to work through their underlying issues in order to overcome them. Accountability Courts’ mission closely aligns with that of Frye Law Group’s: We believe that everyone deserves a second chance. Just last month, Frye Law was the title sponsor for a golf tournament, wherein all proceeds were donated to the Accountability Courts foundation, which helps the courts go further than the government funds. Every team in the tournament had four players that competed in a “best ball” scramble. While it was my first time ever playing golf, our team ended up winning! I have to give credit to the three fantastic and seasoned players on my team, but I will say that I did sink a putt

or two to help clinch the victory. Of course, the real victory of the day was the $22,000 we were able to raise to help sustain the Accountability Courts! It was a great occasion, and everyone had a lot of fun. In many of my past cases, I’ve helped my clients apply to an accountability court so they can participate in positive programs: drug treatment, mental health, parental and family dependency, and Veterans Affairs. These courts work to prevent individuals from becoming repeat offenders, and all the clients I’ve directed to any accountability court sing its praises. What impresses me about both CFR and Accountability Courts are the miracles they are able to work with a small amount of money. The difference they make in our community members’ lives is substantial, and I’m so thankful for their work. If you want more information about either of these organizations, you can go to TheCFR.org and CobbCounty.org and search Accountability Courts. You can always reach out to me here at the office as well!

–Kim Keheley Frye

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