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03/01/04

New Facility for DFACS, Other Agencies

The Chatham County Department of Family and Children Services (DFACS) help children and families in need, and now its own needs are being met in a big way. The department moved into a brand new facility this morning on Wheaton Street. Not only is the building bigger than their old space, all of their equipment has been updated to help not only the case workers, but their clients as well.

The organization, along with other social service agencies, is starting off the new month in a $13 million state-of-the-art building, and workers couldn't be more happy. "I think our families and children will be so much better served in this building, because we'll be able to better engage them, we'll be able to have educational workshops for our families," said DFACS director Charlotte Rehmert.

The new building offers more resources to case workers and clients. From electronic tablets case workers can take into the field to a foster care home ec room to the state-of-the-art security system and a new computer learning center, the new facility has it all. "For those who do come here, I think they'll see a big difference in terms of not just the services we provide, but I think the boost in morale of the staff is going to be felt, too," said social services worker Sharon Carson.

The five-story facility is a luxury for employees, compared to what the DFACS offices used to call home. The building was so old, it couldn't handle wiring for updated technology. With very little space, all the social service agencies were moved to different locations. Now, everyone's under one roof.

"There was always this gap of what we were able to provide," said family and independence worker Susan Bragg. "Now, we'll actually be working with others. We won't play phone tag, we'll meet them at the door."

It's a new lease on life not only for DFACS employees, but their clients too. DFACS officials plan on having an open house for the community later this spring.

Reported by: Melanie Ruberti, mruberti@wtoc.com

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