Legacy Link Area Agency on Aging
Where: New location at 1480 Mundy Mill Road, Jonesboro
How to help: Donations can be sent to Legacy Link, P.O. Box 2534, Gainesville, GA 30503
More info: www.legacylink.org
Legacy Link’s three Gainesville offices are consolidating into one larger, updated office at 1480 Mundy Mill Road in Oakwood.
The Area Agency on Aging previously had an administrative office on Oak Street, a customer service office in the Gainestown business center on E.E. Butler Parkway and a shop in Lakeshore Mall.
Joan Knight, office manager for Legacy Link, said the consolidation will help the nonprofit provide better services and create a sense of identity.
“There are so many people who don’t know we’re out there,” Knight said. “We all have a mother, a grandparent, somebody who could use this. We try to get as much information out to the public as we can that we’re out here and this is what we do.”
Knight said the new location will house all the area offices, a large storage area in the basement and three conference rooms. She said they decided to close the shop, but the new location will offer the insurance counseling it used to provide.
“People get so crazy about their insurance,” Knight said. “They either don’t know what plan to take or they may have a lot of medications. What these counselors do is they get information from people, put it into a computer and come up with the best plan for them. ... That’s a free service we do.”
The Mundy Mill location will house Legacy Link’s District 2 office for
Georgia, according to Knight. The nonprofit offers a wide variety of services beyond the insurance counseling, Knight said, including Meals on Wheels and funding for area senior centers.
The nonprofit not only has assistance for people 65 years and older, but it offers assistance to people with disabilities of all ages.
“We also have an employment program, which is how I got started with Legacy Link, for people who have trouble finding jobs,” Knight said. “We put them in a program where they get paid and have workman’s comp insurance. They train for skills so they can get employed.”
There are also wellness programs, adult day health centers and kinship care for people raising a relative’s child.
The District 2 location serves 13 counties, including Banks, Dawson, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White.
For more information, visit www.legacylink.org.