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Connecting Henry, Inc.

Address: 66 Veterans Drive McDonough, GA 30253
Tel: (770) 288-6230 / Fax: (770) 288-6234
Executive Director:

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Connecting Henry, Inc.


Connecting Henry, Inc. is a department of the Henry County Government as well as a non-profit organization serving as the local branch of the Georgia Family Connection. Since 1998, we have served Henry County residents. Our mission is to identify and connect existing resources in the community by facilitating collaboration amongst local organizations in Henry County while simultaneously providing direct assistance to families and at-risk youth through specialized education and professional development programs.

We envision a community where collaborative partners work together to provide critical resources that ultimately empowers families to become stable and self-sufficient.

Connecting Henry provides direct assistance to children and adolescents through targeted, goal-driven programs while also partnering closely with fellow organizations and community leaders to provide collaborative solutions to local issues. As part of our mission to create stronger support systems within our communities, we host a bi-monthly Collaborative meeting bringing together community partners from nonprofits, faith-based organizations, government, public agencies, civic organizations, and businesses. Throughout the year, we also sponsor conferences and community activities for social uplift, including the Healthy Children’s Conference, Interdiction for the Protection of Children Conference, and the Community Cares Christmas Toy Shop.

Connecting Henry serves all residents in Henry County without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, familial status, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability.

Connecting Henry is 100% grant, contribution, and in-kind supported and we rely on the generous support of others to reach our ambitious goals. Together we can make a difference.

Connecting Henry In the News:



2018 S.W.A.G. Graduating Class

Additional Graduation Pictures - 2018

S.W.A.G. Program


Not everyone who is unsuccessful in school is lazy.
Not everyone who struggles in a classroom has a learning disability.
Every high school dropout has a story.

“The S.W.A.G. Program has helped me get my life back on track ...”

Thank you for your interest in the Connecting Henry S.W.A.G. “Students Working to Achieve Greatness” Program.

The Students Working to Achieve Greatness (S.W.A.G.) Program is designed to assist at-risk, out-of-school, Henry County youth, ages 16 – 24 with the skills, resources, and academics necessary to be successful in the workforce. We offer FREE personalized GED preparation classes and provide Entrepreneurial Skills Training, Leadership Development, Financial Literacy Education, Safe Dating, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Awareness, Comprehensive Counseling, and Job Readiness Training.

“S.W.A.G. gave me hope.”



Before the Orientation Information Session, download (PRINT ON ONE SIDE ONLY) or pick up an application. USING BLUE OR BLACK INK, COMPLETE the application; bring it and the required documentation with you to your orientation appointment. PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT date the documents. Also, the information in the application refers to the participant not the parent.


S.W.A.G. Orientation Information Session Schedule - Registration is required.

Call 770-288-6230 to reserve your seat!

2019 Dates (all dates are from 1:00pm - 3:00pm):

  • September - 12
  • October - 10 & 14
  • November - 14
  • December - 12

2020 Dates (all dates are from 1:00pm - 3:00pm):

  • January - 9 & 23
  • February - 13 & 27
  • March - 12
  • April - 23
  • May - 14
  • June - 11

Please note:

A parent or guardian MUST accompany participants under 18 years of age to the initial Orientation Information Session and a parent is required to sign their application where applicable.


“S.W.A.G. made me feel like I’m not a disappointment.”

This program is funded through the WIOA and administered through the Atlanta Regional Commission.

S.W.A.G. Partners with Southern Crescent Technical College to Offer Job Training

Henry Herald Article: http://www.henryherald.com/news/hope-career-grant-open-to-qualifying-students/article_411b87a6-c314-5e47-9002-1b2cac8347c9.html


S.W.A.G. F.A.Q.s

Q. How do I know if I’m eligible to receive services?
A. S.W.A.G. Program participants must be encumbered by at least one of the following barriers:

  • School dropout
  • Hold a high school diploma or GED and is low-income and is basic skills deficient or an English language learner
  • Juvenile or adult offender
  • Homeless
  • Runaway
  • In foster care
  • Pregnant or parenting
  • Have a disability
  • A low-income person who requires additional assistance to enter or complete an educational program or to secure and hold employment.

Q. Other than completing the application, what else do I have to do?
A. In addition to completing the application, you will be required to register for a mandatory Orientation Information Session. During orientation you will be required to complete assessments, including TABE and Career Scope, to determine your employment skills.

Q. Am I automatically accepted into the program?
A. No. Students are evaluated for enrollment in the program through an assessment and suitability process. At the end of the assessment process; each new applicant is evaluated on class participation, behavior, work ethic, class attendance, TABE assessment, official practice tests and overall progress. Every conversation, every meeting, and attendance at testing is part of our evaluation process.

Q.  What do I need to bring to orientation?

A. If you are under 18, you MUST bring a parent or guardian with you to the initial Orientation Information Session, and they MUST remain with you for the duration of the session. For everyone, in addition to the completed application, you are REQUIRED to bring the following documents with you on the day of orientation:
  • Proof of citizenship: Birth Certificate and signed Social Security Card
  • Identification: (choose 1) Driver’s License, state issued ID, military ID, Passport, or school ID
  • School Records: transcript and withdrawal documents from the last school attended and, if applicable, Individualized Education Plan (IEP)/504
  • Proof of Residency: (choose 1) Mortgage Deed or Statement, Rental Lease, Utility or Tax Bill


  • Male applicants ages 18 and above: Selective Service Letter/Registration Card/Internet Verification (www.sss.gov)
  • Offender: Probation or Court Documents
  • Homeless/Runaway: A written statement from an individual or social service agency providing temporary residence or shelter or applicant/parent Self-Attestation Letter.
  • Foster Youth:  (choose 1) Written statement from social service agency, court contact documentation, verification of payment made on behalf of the foster youth, or Self-Attestation from the foster parent.
  • Job Corps/Youth Challenge: Withdrawal Letter or Certificate of Completion

Q. I don’t live in Henry County, can I still receive services?
A. The Connecting Henry S.W.A.G. Program only serves Henry County residents. WorkSource NextGen Programs are offered in Cherokee, Clayton, Douglas, Fayette, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties. To find a WorkSource NextGen program near you, please visit https://atlantaregional.org/nextgen-workforce-services-for-ages-16-24/

Q. What does the program cost?
A. The program is free to Henry County residents.

Q. What happens if I’m running late or can’t make my Orientation Information Session appointments?
A. Orientation begins promptly. Late arrivals will need to reschedule for the next Orientation Information Session by calling 770-288-6230.

Q. Where do I go for the Orientation Information Sessions?
A. All appointments and testing will occur at Connecting Henry, 66 Veterans Dr., McDonough, GA 30253

Q. May I bring my small child with me to the Orientation Information Sessions?
A. No. Only the applicant and, if under 18, their parent or guardian may attend. Space is limited, and child care is not available.

Q. Is there anything else I should know?
A. Dress appropriately, and behave respectably.


Donate/Wish List

Wish List

  • 2 inch binders
  • White-out Tape
  • Scotch Tape
  • Disposable plates, bowls, utensils, napkins, water cones
  • Personal care items: Deodorant, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Mouth Wash, Combs (Wide toothed & regular), Shampoo, Conditioner
  • MARTA passes
  • Henry County Transit passes
  • Uber Gift Cards
  • Publix Gift Cards
  • Gift Cards for incentives: pizza, fast food, movies, clothing stores, etc.
  • Class Snacks (Individually Wrapped): crackers, protein bars, chips, etc.
  • Water
  • Copy Paper
  • Flash Drives



Support Connecting Henry


Did you know that you donate directly to Connecting Henry via PayPal?


3% of all donations go to administrative costs.



Barbara Coleman 
Executive Director
E-Mail | Phone: (770) 288-6226

James Williams 
S.W.A.G. Program Director
E-Mail | Phone: (770) 288-6227

Janice Jacoby 
S.W.A.G. Finance Manager & Grant Writer
E-Mail | Phone: (770) 288-6220

Heidi Cox
S.W.A.G. Career Advisor & Instructor - Science
E-Mail | Phone: (770) 288-6235

Taylor Welch 
S.W.A.G. Assistant Program Director
E-Mail | Phone: (770) 288-6237

Betty Phanor 
S.W.A.G. Career Advisor & Instructor - Social Studies
E-Mail | Phone: (770) 288-6218

Nanda Shewmangel
S.W.A.G. Career Pathways & Training Coordinator
E-Mail | Phone: (770) 288-6231

Alisa Mann 
S.W.A.G. Career Advisor & Instructor - Math
E-Mail | Phone: (770) 288-623618
José Hernández
S.W.A.G. Driver