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Jackson EMC Employees Help with Lawn Makeover for Harmony House

Harmony House Child Advocacy Center and Sexual Assault Center, Royston, recently got a fresh, spring look thanks to employees from Jackson EMC’s Neese office. The cooperative’s engineering and operations team completed a landscaping project for the nonprofit organization that included preparing the old landscape, laying sod and revitalizing the flower beds.  

Harmony House’s mission is to provide a central location for using a multidisciplinary team approach to the evaluation, intervention, prevention and treatment of sexual assault victims.  

Lisa Fortson, a Jackson EMC communication coordinator at the Neese office, serves on the board of directors. When the need for an updated front entrance arose, Fortson brought the idea to Kevin Bost, Jackson EMC engineering and operations director at the Neese office. 

“I love all the amazing work Harmony House does – it’s a cause very close to my heart,” Fortson said. “They recently moved to a new facility that needed some landscaping help. I brought the idea back to Kevin, who brought it to Daryll Bond and David Holloway, line foremen. They ran with it and organized everything.” 

Two crews volunteered on the landscaping project over a two-day period. The first group worked on preparing the front lawn and flower beds for sod and new mulch. The second group laid the sod and finished intsalling mulch in the flower beds. When completed, the front of the featured a more welcoming entrance for those seeking Harmony House’s services. 

“I want to say ‘thank you’ to the Jackson EMC employees for their dedication, hard work and generosity,” said Laurie Whitworth, Harmony House chief executive officer/executive director. “We at Harmony House greatly appreciate your work at our new facility to help provide a welcoming and beautiful landscape for our clients. Your support helps to further our mission in providing services to children and their families.” 

One of the seven cooperative principles that all cooperatives follow is “Concern for Community.” These employees from Jackson EMC’s Neese office put this cooperative principal into practice through this project. 

“I was so thrilled with how much everyone cared and worked so hard for the organization I love so much. My coworkers are the absolute best and have the biggest hearts of any group ever,” Fortson said. 

For more information on the Harmony House, see https://harmonyhousecacsac.org/.