National Association of Counties recognizes DeKalb County with Achievement Award

Amy Cheribelle

DEKALB COUNTY, GA — DeKalb County’s Senior Center Without Walls: Virtual Village and DeKalb Virtual Career Academy have been acknowledged with Achievement Awards. This award was given by the National Association of Counties or NaCO.

The Achievement Awards aim to respect innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for their residents. NACo acknowledged DeKalb County’s Senior Center Without Walls as it became a model for innovation and excellence in Human Services Category.

The DeKalb County Human Services Department was created in March 2020. The department strives to continue providing essential care intended for DeKalb’s senior population when they are in a time of uncertainty and crisis.

The Human Services Department built the Virtual Village in order to simplify access to information on county services. In addition, they also provide up-to-date information regarding pandemic-related topics with a safe social setting for continued community engagement.

“DeKalb is showing even in a pandemic it is possible to deliver quality human development programs that empower residents to thrive,” Johnson said.

“DeKalb is proud to receive national attention for initiatives that support two of our most important populations: senior citizens and youth,” DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond said. “I am grateful for the hard work and dedication of our DeKalb County employees that made these awards possible,” added Johson.

NACo former President, Gary Moore, said, “Over the past year, county officials and frontline employees have demonstrated bold, inspirational leadership. This year’s Achievement Award winning programs illustrate the innovative ways counties build healthy, safe and vibrant communities across America.”

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