Altamaha Administrative Office:
111 Medical Arts Drive, P.O. Box 1550
Reidsville, Georgia 30453
t: 912.557.6687 f: 912.557.3004
Waycross Administrative Office:
2100 Riverside Avenue, P.O. Box 1965
Waycross, Georgia 31502
t: 912.285.6083 f: 912.285.6288
Mr. Carlos Nelson, Executive Board Chairman
Mrs. Ophelia Kennedy Gaines, Executive Director
Concerted Services, Inc. (CSI) is a private nonprofit Community Action Agency originally established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight American’s War on Poverty. CSI started doing business under the umbrella of Slash Pine Area Planning and Development Commission in 1965 and was incorporated October 7, 1968 as a private non-profit charitable organization. It changed its name July 25, 1984 from Slash Pine Community Action Agency, Inc. to Concerted Services, Inc.
CSI began operating in 8 southeast Georgia counties and has expanded to 28 (18%) of the 159 Georgia counties. In addition to expanding the service delivery area, the agency’s annual budget has grown from $300,000 in 1965 to approximately $33,417,314 million in 2010 and from 75 employees to over 400.
The Executive Board is the governing body of Concerted Services, Inc. and is responsible for the planning, coordinating, making policies, evaluating and administration of the agency’s business. The Board has the power to receive and administer funds under the Federal, State, or Local assistance programs. The Board delegates the responsibilities of day to day operation of the agency to the Executive Director.
Ms. Ophelia Kennedy Gaines is the 8th Executive Director of Concerted Services, Inc. Ms. Gaines has more than 35 years of non-profit management experience and understands the importance community action plays in local communities and helping individuals obtain self-sufficiency. She holds a Master of Social Work, summa cum Laude, from Savannah State University, and a Bachelor of Arts: Sociology, Magna cum Laude, from Albany State College. She is a past adjunct professor for Georgia Southern University and is past adjunct professor in the Masters of Social Work Department of Savannah State University.
Economic Opportunity Act of 1964
Following President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and President Lyndon Johnson’s expansion of policies initiated by the Kennedy Administration, Congress passed the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. The goal of this act was to “mobilize the human and financial resources of the Nation to combat poverty in the United States,” By introducing an array of social policies, President Johnson intended to “eliminate the paradox of poverty in the midst of the plenty in this Nation by opening to everyone the opportunity for education and training, the opportunity to work, and the opportunity to live in decency and dignity.” The programs of the Economic Opportunity Act included, but were not limited to, the Job Corps, Head Start, Adult Basic Education, Family Planning, Summer Youth Programs, Senior Citizen Centers, Community Health Centers, and Community Action Agencies.