New non-profit Family Patterns Matter forms

A new non-profit has formed in the Newnan-Coweta Community focusing on breaking patterns of family abuse and involving local youth.

Founder and CEO of the new organization, Family Patterns Matter Inc., is Linda Kirkpatrick, formerly of Welcome House.

'Non-profits play an important role in our community. Choosing to send money to a cause usually comes after an event of destruction of such magnitude that many lives are affected,' said Linda Kirkpatrick, founder and CEO of the organization.

'Another choice is a cause that has had a personal impact on your life or someone you love. Hearing a compelling personal story often triggers the giver in us. Unfortunately, society chooses to ignore the difficult or ugly areas that are hidden because we don't want to know about them and we brush them under the rug hoping they will go away.'

'I recently retired from a nonprof it. I left it understanding the importance of a non-profit that can make a difference if why it exists is understood,' Kirkpatrick said. 'After leaving, I did some research by speaking with individuals in the community. I began to speak with individuals in our community about their passions. ' My eyes were opened to many unmet needs and small nonprof its that make a huge difference but have little support.'

Family Patterns Matter, Inc. was started out of the shared passions of individuals in Coweta County, Kirkpatrick said.

'A small group of us joined together with not only passion but great ideas about how we as a small core group can begin to make a difference, no matter how insignificant it may seem, in the lives of those we have chosen to address.'

The executive board of directors includes President Joyce Edmonson, Vice President Amy Jackson, Secretary Twyla Wilson and Treasurer Dr. Bonnie Thomas.

Members of the board include Rachel Doerr, a college student whose focus is on early childhood education; Erin Pope, interested community member; Mandy Morris, a college student whose focus is on 'Not Damaged Goods' addressing older children in foster care deserve a forever family; Lesley Barber, marketing and expertise in working with non-profits; founder/CEO Linda Kirkpatrick, who said she recognizes the unmet needs in Coweta County of preteens and teens.

The sole mission of Family Patterns Matter Inc. is to provide generational interventions that break the destructive patterns of abuse in families so the next generation has an opportunity to thrive, Kirkpatrick said.

FPM aims to provides comprehensive outreach programs and support for participating youth.

'Each ripple is an experience in a child's life that defines who they are. By understanding that perspective, we know positive influence and support entering a child's life at any age can change the dynamics of their future,' Kirkpatrick said.

A Youth Advisory Board aims to bring teen and pre-teen perspectives to the surface by addressing the generational issues such as substance abuse, bullying, physical abuse and how these issues are addressed with peers, Kirkpatrick said.

'Our brand is a pebble being thrown into a pond. Each ripple identifies a need in our youth to become successful in achieving their dreams,' she said.

Contact Familypatternsmatter@ gmail.org for information on how to join the organization in addressing the unmet needs of youth in the local community.

'We are looking for middle school and high school students who would like to be part of the Youth Advisory Board,' said Kirkpatrick.

Those interested may contact Linda Kirkpatrick at lindakirk@charter.net or at familypatternsmatter@gmail. org.



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