The Georgia Industrial Children’s Home (GICH) is a residential program designed to serve male residents between the ages of 11-21. Youth must be admitted prior to turning 18, but may stay until they are 21 in order to complete an educational plan.
About Our Campus
The GICH campus is situated on approximately 200 acres in Suburban Bibb County. In partnership with local running and biking clubs, we maintain over seven miles of cultivated trails to provide our residents with ample outdoor opportunities. We also partner with local schools to provide a site for high school and college cross country meets. GICH offers a low ropes course, climbing tower, and zip line under the supervision of a certified instructor. GICH recently revitalized the 92 existing pecan trees on campus in order to cultivate and harvest annual crops. Youth who are referred to GICH reside in one of five cottages located on the campus. Each cottage has been renovated within the last five years.
What We Do
GICH works with youth who have emotional and/or behavioral disorders and are considered to be at a higher level of need (Maximum Watchful Oversight). Youth reside in one of five cottages on our campus offering a structured yet home-like environment where youth can excel. A dedicated Educational Coordinator ensures that each resident is able to meet optimum potential within their assigned educational setting. An assigned Independent Living Coach works with residents to assess individual skill levels and to develop tailored service plans for skills acquisition. Counseling is provided by one of two local Community Mental Health Centers by licensed therapists. These services are provided on campus according to individualized service plans for each resident.
The goal of GICH is to support and guide youth in their learning process to make positive choices and replace negative, defeating behaviors with positive, affirming behaviors. As a team, we constantly refine and sculpt the program and systems, embracing change as the conduit to becoming the best program possible. We strive to broaden the horizons of our residents opening doors to potential career paths and having life and learning experiences they would not likely have otherwise.
Established in 1897, GICH has been continuously caring for children since 1899. In the early years of operation, this campus was a home to orphans, who needed to learn a skill in order to succeed in life. When GICH joined Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services, Inc. in 2009, this offered our campus the opportunity to bring an entire network of resources together on behalf of our residents. Our mission today is not that different from the vision that Reverend Mumford had when he first founded GICH. We work with our youth to teach skills that are critical to success in life.
As part of Twin Cedars, GICH is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA).
GICH has numerous volunteers and interns from the community including Mercer University, Wesleyan College, and Middle Georgia State College who continuously give of their time to enhance our program. In 2011, a GICH volunteer was selected as the Kiwanis Volunteer of the Year for Middle Georgia.
Our Independent Living Coach Received the P.R.E.P. Best RBWO Partner Award, presented by GA-P.R.E.P. for exemplary work with our youth.
Referrals & Donations
Referrals are accepted from the Department of Family and Children Services and the Department of Juvenile Justice.