(Extensions of Remarks - April 09, 2019)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E436]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []



                           HON. DOUG COLLINS

                               of georgia

                    in the house of representatives

                         Tuesday, April 9, 2019

  Mr. COLLINS of Georgia. Madam Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to 
Bill McGahan, founder of Georgia Works!, for the life changing impact 
he has made on countless men in the greater Atlanta area.
  Bill McGahan founded Georgia Works! in 2013 based off his fundamental 
belief that every life has value, and virtually every person can be 
given the tools and habits to make their lives better. With the 
ultimate goal of achieving self-sufficiency, Georgia Works! strives to 
end homelessness, criminal recidivism and dependency among chronically 
homeless men in Atlanta through programs that ensure personal 
development in good habits, work ethic and character.
  By helping participants gain stable employment and housing, Georgia 
Works! offers homeless men a second chance at life. Through personal 
support, case management, and workforce training, as well as AA/NA 
classes, GED classes, support in obtaining a driver's license, help 
setting up a bank account, and life skill preparation courses, the 
program works to set them up for long term success.
  Thanks to Bill McGahan's leadership, Georgia Works! has graduated 
more than 600 men. Even more impressive is the fact that the program 
has accomplished this major milestone without accepting a single dime 
of government funding.
  While Georgia Works! is among his most prominent accomplishments, 
Bill McGahan's love for and dedication to his community stretches far 
and wide. Bill has been involved in many organizations and non-profit 
boards including: The State of Georgia Housing Trust Fund for the 
Homeless Commission; Atlanta Area Co-Chair of the Steering Committee 
for the Governor's Office of Transition, Support and Reentry; From 
Houses to Homes; Atlanta Academy; The Howard School, The Paces Civic 
Association; and The National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction.
  As we celebrate Second Chance Month, I'm incredibly proud to 
recognize Bill McGahan for his dedication to providing men with an 
opportunity for a second chance. On behalf of the people of Georgia, I 
commend him for his service and I thank him for his steadfast 
commitment to bettering our communities.