Goshen Community Care Open House, September 23rd

The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce “After Hours” was held at Goshen Community Care a few weeks ago on Tuesday, September 23rd from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Over 70 people from local business owners to political officials enjoyed appetizers and networking, toured our new space, heard about our new programs and learned about our partnership with WellStar Health Systems, the event sponsor.




The night was such a success and achieved our goal of spreading the news about our new initiative, CHINS, in caring for our broader community through a partnership with the Juvenile Justice Courts and our Independent Living Program (NGNB).

We also talked briefly about the journey of our partnership with WellStar Health Systems. The support they’ve given us over the past three years has been invaluable, including being the title sponsor for the Goshen Valley Classic for the second year. They’ve also given us funding to help launch the Goshen Community Care program and its building, Goshen House.




Thanks to all who attended! We’re so happy that this event was such a success. If you have any questions about the event, contact JoNell Courson at jcourson@goshenvalley.org.

Read about the opening of Goshen Community Care in "Expanded nonprofit helps troubled youth" on The Cherokee Ledger-News.

Press Release:

Goshen Valley Announces Addition of Goshen Community Care

Goshen Community Care will add several programs to aid in the efforts of Goshen Valley

ATLANTA (Sept. 22, 2014) – Goshen Valley announces the addition of Goshen Community Care, with a Cherokee County Chamber "After Hours" event sponsored by WellStar. This is free to attend on Sept. 23, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 200 West Main Street in Canton, Georgia.

The organization currently includes The Goshen Valley Ranch, a nonprofit residential program serving youth in the state foster care system in hopes of leading them to a productive life. Through the Community Care program, Goshen is better able to provide the support and services that many of these youth need which directly benefits the Cherokee County community.

Goshen Community Care houses several different programs and services:

  • CHINS Coordination Services
    • Goshen Valley has partnered with the Cherokee County Juvenile Court to make informed decisions and provide referral services regarding at-risk youth.
  • North Georgia New Beginnings
    • Offers an Independent Living Program for both men and women between the ages of 18 and 21 including apartments for participants and medical coverage. Through the program, participants are equipped with skills to become successful adults, through higher education and employment opportunities.
  • Community Alliance Resource Center
    • The resource center serves as the main location for the Abuse Resource Center (ARC) virtual monitoring program. It also provides a location for group meetings, workshops, and conferences hosted by community partners and local organizations.
  • Complex Trauma Resource Center
    • Individuals who have experienced trauma can seek recovery and healing from clinicians providing trauma assessments.

“Goshen Valley has long relied on the important and caring support of the many community partners that makes Cherokee County a special and safe place to call home,” said Goshen Valley board chair, John Blend. “With the encouragement of the partners, Goshen Valley is pleased to open Goshen Community Care, Cherokee County's Family Care Alliance. Special thanks goes to our friends at WellStar Health System for making this milestone a reality."

The 9th Annual Goshen Valley Classic will be held Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 at the renowned Cherokee Country Club. Proceeds from the golf tournament will benefit Goshen Valley efforts including both the Goshen Valley Ranch and the Community Care programs.

To learn more please visit www.goshenvalley.org.


About Goshen Valley
Goshen Valley is a residence for youth ages 11-21 in the foster care system. The ranch provides a family environment while supporting family reunification, adoption efforts and transition into the community. Home to more than 40 boys, and now home to girls 18-21 through its Georgia New Beginnings Program, Goshen offers a foundation for young people to transform their burdens to blessings by cultivating safety, wellness and purpose. Recently, Goshen Valley received its accreditation from the internationally recognized Council on Accreditation Follow Goshen Valley: Twitter; Facebook. Find out more about the Goshen Valley and its mission at www.goshenvalley.org.


Family Christian’s 22nd Mission Trip to Goshen Valley

We’re excited that Family Christian is joining us on the ranch this week for their 22nd mission trip.

A long-term partner of Goshen Valley, Family Christian was founded as a part of “Zondervan” in 1931 in a farmhouse in Grandville, Michigan. From there, they opened their first bookstore in 1932 and continued to expand, establishing “Family Bookstore” and opening stores out of state. In 1997, they officially renamed their business Family Christian and now have 280 stores in 36 states. In 2013, they became a nonprofit and now give ALL of their earnings to Christian charities like ours.

Family Christian began mission trips in 2010 for employees who have been at the company for more than one year. Employees come from all over the US to do service projects, capital improvements and relationship building, which is one of the best things about our partnership.

Family Christian has, one missionary at a time, significantly shaped the culture of Goshen Valley.

Many Family Christian employees have visited Goshen Valley on mission trips two to five times over the years which have caused them to develop real, long term relationships. They have a huge impact on our young men who learn how to interact with people they don’t know and receive love and praise from people who truly want to support them. Many young men experience profound life-change during the weeks the mission teams visit. Through these trips we have seen relationships result in two adoptions, including their former CEO adopting one of our young men.

Our relationship with Family Christian is a part of our DNA! They support us in countless ways each and everyday.

Family Christian will be at Goshen Valley from September 15th-19th. Visit their website to learn more about them!

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Goshen Valley Classic

2014 Goshen Valley Classic

Join us on Monday, October 13th for the 9th Annual Goshen Valley Classic sponsored by WellStar!  We are set to have another record-breaking year and would love to see you or your team at Cherokee Country Club.

Please visit our website for information and registration.

If you are interested in supporting the Classic through silent auction item donation, please fill out our contact form and let us know if there is something you would like to contribute.


Thank you for being a part of changing the lives of our young people one day at a time!