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Hometown Heroes

We are highlighting four locals who have impacted our community in big ways

Article by Bailey Hall and Michelle W. Parnell

Photography by Provided

Originally published in Evans City Lifestyle

Hannah Meagher, Co-Chair

Columbia Judicial Circuit Domestic Violence Task Force

“The purpose of the Columbia Judicial Circuit Domestic Violence Task Force is to serve as a coordinated community response team,” explains task force co-chair Hannah Meagher. “Members of the task force include representatives from law enforcement, DFACS, the District Attorney’s office, the Board of Education, and several other groups. We work together to plan coordinated responses to domestic violence and collaborate on ways we can prevent domestic violence, neglect, and battery. We also provide education and community awareness concerning domestic violence in addition to promoting batterer accountability, in hopes to decrease the numbers of domestic violence happening in our area.”

For more information on how to get involved, email Hannah at hannah@safehomesdv.org or visit the task force’s Facebook page.

Susan Swanson, Director

Augusta Care Pregnancy Center

Susan Swanson serves as the director and is truly the heart of the Augusta Care Pregnancy Center. She spends countless hours connecting pregnant women with resources to help them and their babies live healthy, safe lives. “We direct a lot of resources to helping homeless mothers and children and pregnant mothers,” shares Susan. “We offer parenting classes and a class on healthy relationships, because so many of our clients grew up in troubled homes and don’t know what a healthy relationship looks like.” ACPC also offers pregnancy testing, counseling, Bible study, and support for women in a variety of areas.

For information on supporting or volunteering at one of the pregnancy center’s two locations, visit www.augustacpc.org or call (706) 724-3733.

Rosanne Grubbs, Executive Director

The Hale Foundation

For over thirty years, the Hale Foundation has provided a safe and healthy place for men to recover from alcohol and drug addiction. The year-long residential program, which uses education, the 12-step program, and a network of support to assist men in recovery, is self-supporting through community contributions, donations, and program fees. “Many of the guys come to us with nothing left. They are broken and desperate,” explains Executive Director Rosanne Grubbs. “Here, the men form a sober network inside the Hale Foundation, as well 12-step meetings as in the community. So, when they are discharged after a year and go back out into the community, they feel comfortable because they see people they know.”

For more information on the Hale Foundation, visit www.thehalefoundation.com or call 706-722-3060.

John Howard, Head of School

Logos Classical Academy 

“I’m responsible for making sure we function in a way that keeps our objective of glorifying God and educating children with an academically excellent, classical word view and focused on students getting knowledge, understanding, and wisdom,” says John Howard. When John and his wife were homeschooling their oldest son, they noticed he wasn’t being challenged. They enrolled him in a classical Christian school co-op. “His education took off. Instead of being extrinsically motivated, he became intrinsically motivated,” he shares. John then became interested in classical Christian education and has worked at various schools since. He has been the Head of School at Logos Classical Academy since they opened in 2019. 

Logos Classical Academy is located inside Warren Baptist Church at 3203 Washington Road. For more information please visit logosclassicalacademy.org. 

  • John Howard
  • Rosanne Grubbs
  • Susan Swanson
  • Hannah Meagher