ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The January storms not only affected the physical appearance of Southwest Georgia, it also put an emotional toll on a number of residents.
After the storms, Aspire Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability provided an on-site clinic inside the American Red Cross Shelter located inside the Albany Civic Center to help those experiencing mental health issues.
"We know that all of Southwest Georgia was impacted by the storms that took place in January and we want to be able to reach out to our community," said Aspire's Corporate Compliance Officer Babs Hall.
And thanks to new funds provided by FEMA and SAMSHA, Aspire Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Services can continue assisting residents in need.
From the first round of funding, Aspire was able to hire 11 new staff members who will continue to assist those impacted by the storms.
"That's helped us get our training going, get our boots on the ground, and we expect to be receiving around $400,000 worth of funds from FEMA to help provide those services through December," Hall said.
Once the community hits the one-year mark following those devastating storms, Aspire hopes to host a big event to mark the progress made by South Georgians.
For more information on the services offered by Aspire, call 229-430-4433.