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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.

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We are so thankful for this information! Please pick up your kiddos and be safe today!Based on the most recent information received this morning from the National Weather Service, severe weather is expected to arrive in our area this afternoon and continue into the evening hours. Main threats include rain and extreme wind gusts that could be as strong as 60mph at or around normal dismissal times creating serious concern for school bus travel on our roadways. There is also a potential for tornadoes to develop with this system. In the interest of safety for both our students and staff, the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System will operate on an early release day today and students will be dismissed early. All afterschool activities are canceled including athletic activities, 21st Century Community Centers, and the YMCA After School programs.Schools will dismiss on the following schedule today to include bus riders, car riders and student walkers. This information can also be found on line at the District’s website. 11:30 am for all High Schools, PLUS Godley K-8/Wings ES/Building Bridges MS and CGCA at Jenkins HS11:40 am Building Bridges HS for all Middle Schools (except Mercer)12:15 pm Mercer MS, Ellis, Garrison, IOH, Georgetown, Hesse, and New Hampstead K-81:15 pm all Elementary Schools PLUS Rice Creek K8 and Coastal GA Comp on Cynthia StreetWe apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our families, but the district prioritizes safety for both students and staff. Families who have additional questions should contact their school. We thank you for your support of Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools. ... 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.