NEGA Difference Maker March 2014

This month's North East Georgia Direct DIFFERENCE MAKER comes from Stephens County. Shepherds Hill Academy has been reshaping the lives of troubled teenagers since August 2001.  Founded by Trace and Beth Embry, SHA has garnered a sterling reputation with numbers that confirm the culmination of their beliefs, the activities they encourage and the standards they uphold are extremely effective in transforming the lives of at risk teens.  "We really felt like God led us here to work with teens." says Beth Embry. "We started with 1 kid." she later explained. Since then they have grown exponentially. With 23 students currently enroll ...

NEGA Difference Maker February 2014

Northeast Georgia Direct Difference Maker February 2014
This Month’s Northeast Georgia Direct Difference Maker comes from Bowman. Nestled in the heart of the Bowman City Square is Coffee Junction. The proprietors of this respectable establishment are Jack and Sara Schatz, and they are this month’s NEGA Direct’s Difference Maker. Jack and Sara have been catalysts for the arts by offering the citizens of Bowman and surrounding areas an opportunity to express themselves through song, spoken word, and picture. They accredit Bruce and Amy Neese for inspiring them with the initial vision for the open mic night.  However, when the Neese’s moved on to other things, it w ...

NEGA Difference Maker Jan 2014

This month's NORTH EAST GEORGIA DIRECT DIFFERENCE MAKER comes from Elbert county. Safe House Ministries does a great deal of good for the city of Elberton and the surrounding counties by sheltering displaced families and providing goods for those in need. Don and Sue Beitzel have work tirelessly year round for over 20 years serving those who have fallen on tough times. However it is not only their resilience that is astounding. I'm most amazed by the sincerity in which they serve with. Safe House truly cares about this community, and have shown they do by their diligent devotion and their constant commitment to serve. For that I believe they are ever so deserving of this mention. Safe House ...


There has been a lot of talk especially within the last decade of America losing its way. Venturing far from the values and principles our country was founded on with ever changing perception of what we view right balanced and fair. People speak of times when things were good, as if it were because of successful legislation and tax relief. I think times were good because people were good to each other. Our country is strongest when were united about things we care about. Our country was its strongest when people cared about where they lived, and who they elected, and who taught their kids. We can't be scared to help each other. That's how we'll grow, together. I hear the numbers and I see th ...

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