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Whitney Gilliard’s unwavering commitment shines through Gilliard & Co., a beacon of support for young adults on the precipice of independence. Gilliard & Co. is home to the transformative Independent Living Program (ILP), a haven offering transitional housing for individuals aged 18 transitioning out of foster care. Nestled in Savannah, the ILP nurtures up to 16 young adults, guiding them through self-improvement, underscored by commitments to employment and education.

Whitney Gilliard

Spreading Joy and Positivity

Whitney’s narrative of resilience, having navigated the tumultuous waters of aging out of foster care herself at 21, serves as the bedrock for ILP. Her experiences sculpted a vision where compassion prevails over neglect, ensuring no young adult feels abandoned at this critical juncture.

Working intimately within the system, Whitney has gleaned insights into its complexities, striving tirelessly to streamline the path for those it serves. Her leadership extends beyond executive duties; she is a hands-on case manager at Gilliard & Co., championing a collaborative ethos. Whitney values the diverse tapestry of her team and board, celebrating the strength and representation they bring to the organization, and by extension, to the young adults they serve.

๐ŸŒŸ Welcoming Our New Team Member: Ms. Nicole ๐ŸŒŸWe are thrilled to welcome Ms. Nicole to our team! As our new case manager, she brings a wealth of experience in social services and case management, having previously worked with foster children and their families at Bryan County DFCS and Effingham County DFCS. Ms. Nicole has an impressive background managing caseloads, facilitating placements in foster and group homes, and providing vital reunification services. She is also skilled in supporting the educational, mental, and medical needs of those in her care.In addition to her professional experience, Ms. Nicole holds a Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a major in Education and Sociology and a minor in Child and Family Development from Georgia Southern University. She is well-versed in trauma and brain development, having completed relevant continuing education classes.We are excited to have her on board and look forward to the positive impact she will make in our community!Welcome, Ms. Nicole! ๐ŸŽ‰ ... See MoreSee Less
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Today, our hearts are overflowing with gratitude as we welcome our young lady into our Independent Living Program and getting her settled. This has been a long and challenging journey, but thanks to your incredible support, we have been able to provide her with a safe and welcoming home where she can work towards stability and independence before her 21st birthday. Your generosity has made a world of difference, and she is beyond grateful for everything youโ€™ve contributed. Seeing the joy and relief on her face reminds us why we do what we do.We still have a few more items on our wishlist to ensure her comfort and well-being. If you can help, we are in need of:- A queen box spring- Utensils- A comforter- Shower curtainsEvery little bit helps, and we are immensely thankful for your continued support. Together, we are making a lasting impact on her life and giving her the foundation she needs to build a bright future. Love you guys! โญ๏ธโญ๏ธAmazon Wish List: โญ๏ธโญ๏ธwww.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2KF7IITD9GC3L?ref_=wl_share ... See MoreSee Less
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Whitney’s journey from youth in foster care to the CEO of a nonprofit epitomizes an extraordinary transformation, challenging societal expectations and redefining success. Her sage advice reflects a life of learned wisdom: approaching life with balance, mindfulness, and emotional intelligence.

Gilliard & Co.

Beyond ILP, Gilliard & Co. spearheads initiatives like the Permanency Mentor Program, which offers lifelong mentorship in life skills; the HavINN Trauma Intervention Room, which provides a comforting space for children awaiting placement; and the With Love Project, which captures the spirit of community during the holiday season for children under the care of DFACS. Each program under Gilliard & Co.’s umbrella is a testament to Whitney’s vision of a supportive community for every child and young adult stepping into the future.ย