United Way of Central Georgia assumes operational responsibility of Family Counseling Center 
 
Effective immediately, United Way of Central Georgia will assume management and operational responsibility for Family Counseling Center of Central Georgia. The relationship dates to 1957 when United Way of Central Georgia and the Junior League started FCC. Over the years, Family Counseling Center of Central Georgia grew as its own 501c3 offering professional counseling services in Central Georgia including crime victim counseling, individual, marital, and family counseling, adoption and custody evaluations, family in transition services, and more. As demand for services continued to grow, like most nonprofits, the funding did not grow along with the need and growth. At the announcing of Frank Mack’s (current FCC Executive Director) retirement, FCC’s Board of Trustees engaged an outside consultant, and their recommendation as to the best course of action was to merge with United Way.
“We don’t typically run other nonprofits, we fund other nonprofits. But there’s a reason that Family Counseling is one of the largest recipients of United Way funds. We feel that this is an agency that the community cannot afford to lose,” said George McCanless, President and CEO of United Way of Central Georgia. “Our board did not take this step lightly, but after careful analysis, they agreed this was the best path forward to FCC. This is not a permanent solution. We are looking at this as a temporary solution where we are going to step in and hopefully solidify the resources and needs of Family Counseling Center. It will remain a separate 501c3 and our hope is in a few years to be able to spin it back off so that it can operate totally independent of United Way.”
United Way of Central Georgia will assist with the leadership change from Frank Mack, who tirelessly served FCC for 14.5 years, upon his retirement on December 31st. The new Executive Director, Patty Gibbs (pictured left), will begin her role in January. Gibbs is currently the Director of Development at Ronald McDonald House Charities and is very active in the community. Gibbs will be only the 6th Director of Family Counseling Center in its 62 years.
 
“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to work with United Way, and we certainly appreciate their support,” Gibbs said. “ And also the support of the District Attorney’s office." 
United Way of Central Georgia is a leading funder of health and human service organizations that have a measurable impact in fourteen Central Georgia counties and impact the lives of one in four local people annually. The annual campaign supports 43 programs along with 29 program partners. United Way initiatives include READ UNITED, MISSION UNITED, PINK PROMISE UNITED, RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities), Familywize, FIRST STEPS, myfreetaxes.com, Volunteer UNITED, and Parents as Teachers. United Way of Central Georgia also funds a free, confidential seven-days a week, 24-hours a day information and referral line serving all of Central Georgia. Dial 2-1-1 to find or give help. For more information about what United Way of Central Georgia is doing in the community, visit www.unitedwaycg.org.