March 2016: LaTroyce Turner-Hayes

In 1995, LaTroyce Turner Hayes came to PCA Athens (formerly Athens Child Abuse Council) as one of the very first Family Support Workers (home visitors) of the newly started Healthy Families program in Athens. After twenty years, "Miss LaTroyce" is now retiring, and she will be dearly missed by her co-workers, families and the Athens-Clarke County community.

This type of work is not for everyone; however, LaTroyce performed her job with such joy she made it look easy for twenty years! During that time, she worked with hundreds of new parents in the Athens community. She supported her mothers as they completed high school (and college) educations, overcame addiction, faced relationship struggles, found their way out of homelessness, and so much more. LaTroyce provided this support while helping mothers better understand how their babies were developing and how to be a loving and positive parent. Countless children in the Athens-Clarke County community have entered school on track due to the teaching, support and love that LaTroyce provided.

However, LaTroyce’s greatest attribute was her ability to make each family feel unique and special – she genuinely loved them. Comments made over the years by some of her families clearly reflect that love: It takes a lot of training, time and work to become a good Family Support Worker; but, it takes a special, one-in-a-million kind of person to be such a beloved one. LaTroyce devoted the twenty years of her life to making a difference in young women’s lives and to generations to come. She will be truly missed. We wish nothing but the best in her retirement.