For the second year in a row, the Gainesville-Hall County Community Service Center is undergoing some major changes.
Also for a second year, those changes include the cancellation of one of its programs. Still, it’s not all bad news for a department that saw more drastic cuts only a year ago.
The Family Preservation Program, which offers in-home counseling for families at risk of child neglect or abuse, will cease operations on Sept. 30, according to Hall County Administrator Randy Knighton. The families currently in the program will be directed to similar local programs.
The Gainesville-Hall County program has been serving about 40 families and 120 children, said Phillippa Lewis Moss, director of the Community Service Center.
Its dissolution comes as local governments continue to reduce costs.
But with that loss comes changes in other programs, including an expansion of service with Meals on Wheels.
The Community Service Center, jointly operated by Gainesville and Hall County,