During the past 30 years, the Dalton Organization of Churches United for People (DOC-UP) has provided more than $3 million in assistance to Whitfield County residents who needed temporary help paying for rent, utilities or prescription drugs.
"Last year alone, we helped 719 households, 1,500 people or more," said DOC-UP Executive Director Heather Donahue. "We estimate that over the last 30 years we have handled about 36,000 cases."
On Thursday, DOC-UP will celebrate its 30th anniversary with an open house at its headquarters at 114 S. Hamilton St. from 12:30 to 3 p.m. with refreshments. Donahue says it is an opportunity to thank all of those who have supported its work over the years and to introduce DOC-UP to new people.
"We would love to have a great turnout by the community," she said.
DOC-UP was formed in 1987 by several downtown Dalton churches.
"They believed they could do more together than separately. And they also did not want to support dependence as could happen if someone went from church to church to church seeking assistance. But coming together to support DOC-UP, they realized they could pool their resources and monitor repeat visits," Donahue said.
Today, DOC-UP is supported by 25 churches and six Sunday ...