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Facing Hope Premiere

From left, Juliana Osvald Breithaupt (99C, 06G), Laurie Hattaway Chandler (95C) and Paul Carter at the premiere for the "Facing Hope" magazine. Photo by student Jennifer Fortnash.

A local collaboration inspired by the national Facing Project provided seven Berry English and communication majors with the unique opportunity to gain valuable writing experience while also getting a first-person look at the difficulties faced by those who are poor, homeless or have other needs being addressed by community nonprofits.

Rome’s Facing Hope initiative brought together students, faculty and administrators from three area colleges – Berry, Georgia Highlands and Georgia Northwestern Technical College – and 23 nonprofits, including the Free Clinic of Rome, William S. Davies Homeless Shelter and the Rome chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

“All of these nonprofits have one thing in common: giving hope to the people of Floyd County,” explained Laurie Hattaway Chandler (95C), director of Berry’s Bonner Center for Community Engagement and a Facing Hope coordinator along with project lead Juliana Osvald Breithaupt (99C, 06G) of Georgia Highlands and Paul Carter of Georgia Northwestern.

Students and mentors from each of the participating institutions were paired with social workers and clients from the various nonprofits with the goal of developing personal narratives that would help to put a face on those being served.

“Service and engagement have always been priorities for our three institutions,” Breithaupt stated. “This was the perfect opportunity for us to come together and support the work of our local nonprofits. At the same time, we gave our students the opportunity to witness firsthand the challenging issues people face in their everyday lives and how these organizations play a significant role in the viability and sustainability of our community.”

When completed, the articles were compiled in a print magazine and shared online. The students walked away with a publishing credit and a greater understanding of the world around them.

“This project really opened my eyes to another point-of-view,” said Matt Pulford (14C), a Gate of Opportunity Scholar who graduated in May. “It has changed the way I view the unfortunate; it gave people a face for me.”

 By Maxine Donnelly, philanthropic communications student writer

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