Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is an idea in psychology proposed by American Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper “A Theory of Human Motivation” in the journal Psychological Review. A pyramid typically represents this hierarchy. In this guide, there are three levels: basic needs, psychosocial needs and self-care.  

Finding a job, obtaining health insurance and health care, contributing money to a savings account, and moving into a safer neighborhood are all examples of actions motivated by the security and safety needs. The safety and physiological levels of Maslow’s hierarchy make up what is often referred to as the basic needs. In this resource guide, it is labeled as ‘basic needs’. Participation in professional activities, academic accomplishments, athletic or team participation, and personal hobbies can all play a role in fulfilling esteem needs. People who are able to satisfy the esteem needs by achieving good self-esteem and the recognition of others tend to feel confident in their abilities. The esteem and social levels make up what is known as the psychological needs of Maslow’s hierarchy. In this resource guide, it is labeled as ‘psychosocial needs’.At the very peak of Maslow’s hierarchy are the self-actualization needs and can be described as “the full use and exploitation of talents, capabilities, potentialities, etc”. In this resource guide, it is labeled as ‘self-care’.

Social Determinants of Health

Social determinants of health (SDOH) are the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. SDOH contribute to wide health disparities and inequities. For example, people who don’t have access to grocery stores with healthy foods are less likely to have good nutrition. That raises their risk of health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity — and even lowers life expectancy relative to people who do have access to healthy foods. Just promoting healthy choices won’t eliminate these and other health disparities. Instead, public health organizations and their partners in sectors like education, transportation, and housing need to take action to improve the conditions in people’s environments.

Healthy People 2030, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.



Strengthening Families and The Protective Factors Framework

Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) is a national, non-profit policy organization that connects community action, public system reform, and policy change to create a fair and just society in which all children and families thrive. CSSP works to achieve a racially, economically, and socially just society in which all children and families thrive by translating ideas into action, promoting public policies grounded in equity, supporting strong and inclusive communities, and advocating with and for all children and families marginalized by public policies and institutional practices.

Strengthening Families™ is a research-informed framework and approach to preventing child abuse and neglect. Developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy, this approach focuses on family and community strengths and Protective Factors rather than risk factors. Protective Factors are what helps children and families thrive despite whatever risk factors they might face.


Adverse Childhood Experiences

Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years).ACEs are linked to chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance use problems in adulthood. ACEs can also negatively impact education, job opportunities, and earning potential. However, ACEs can be prevented. ACEs and associated social determinants of health, such as living in under-resourced or racially segregated neighborhoods, frequently moving, and experiencing food insecurity, can cause toxic stress (extended or prolonged stress). Toxic stress from ACEs can change brain development and affect such things as attention, decision-making, learning, and response to stress.


Basic Needs

In all emergencies, dial 911.

Local Law Enforcement Agencies

Lyons Police Department (912) 526-3638

Toombs County Office of the Sheriff 912) 526-6778

Vidalia Police Department (912) 537-4123

Report Suspected Child Abuse

If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, the Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) encourages you to make a report to the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS).  In order to make a report to DFCS, Call Centralized Intake at 1-855-422-4453. A report can be made 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Domestic Violence

The Refuge Domestic Violence Shelter 912-538-9936 or 1-866-8REFUGE


The Refuge works with domestic violence victims and their children and sexual assault victims. The hotline is a 24 hour crisis line. 

Child Abuse Survivors

The Sunshine House Regional Children’s Advocacy Center 478-237-7801

Facebook (Meta): The Sunshine House Regional Children’s Advocacy Center | www.thesunshinehousecac.com

A non-profit, child-friendly facility that works on a multidisciplinary team with other agencies in the community to support child abuse investigations. Services are free. Serves Emanuel, Jefferson, Candler, and Washington.

American Red Cross Toombs – Montgomery (912)526-3150redcross.org


Department of Juvenile Justice (912)526-8829

Protects and serves the citizens of GA by holding young offenders accountable for their actions through the delivery of services and sanctions in appropriate settings and by supporting youth in their communities to become productive and law-abiding citizens. 


Georgia Crisis and Access Line 1-800-715-4225 |  mygcal.com

The GA Crisis and Access Line can provide assistance to anyone who is in a crisis situation, within an hour of your call, in home or school settings. Help is available 24/7 for problems with mental health, drugs, or alcohol. 


The Salvation Army 912-538-8203 | https://salvationarmyusa.org

A multi-service Christian organization providing food, clothing, and support for families in need from Toombs, Montgomery, and Wheeler Counties. 


TLC Children’s Services (CASA) https://tlcchildrensservices.org

Provides community-based advocacy in the courtroom for abused and neglected children.

God’s Storehouse (912)538-1730

God’s Storehouse provides food, clothing, and shelter to those in need. 


Lyons Housing Authority (912)526-8504

Offers housing for low-income families, including senior citizens, and people with handicaps. 


Vidalia Housing Authority (912)537-4885 | https://vidaliahousing.com

Provides safe, affordable housing to low-income residents in a cost effective manner.

Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS)

Services include a variety of financial resources including: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, The Emergency Food Assistance Program, the GA Food Stamp Program, Medicaid, and Childcare. To apply for SNAP, TANF, MA, CAPS, or WIC in English or Spanish, please click the ‘Apply for Benefits’ button. To access a SNAP, TANF, Refugee Cash Assistance or WIC application in another language, please select the appropriate language selection. https://www.gateway.ga.gov/ If you have trouble while using Georgia Gateway, please call the Online Services hotline at 1-877-423-4746. If you have a hearing impairment, call GA Relay at 1-800-255-0135. The services are free.


Southeast Georgia Communities Project, Inc. 

(912) 526-5451; www.segcp.org

SEGCP is a non-profit, community-based organization that serves migrant and seasonal farmers and families that are in need. Services include interpreting, support, food, clothing, and an immigration clinic.

Internet or Cell Phone Bill https://acpbenefit.org/


Electric Bill

Georgia Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)



Water Bill

The Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP)


Psychosocial Needs

Child Support

Division of Child Support Services 1-844-694-2347dcss.dhs.georgia.gov

This is a regional office that helps locate non-custodial parents and assists in obtaining child support payments.



Georgia Department of Labor 912-538-3231Dol.georgia.gov

Provides job search assistance and workshops, helps with filling out unemployment insurance claims, and assists employers in finding qualified employees. Serves Candler, Evans, Jeff Davis, Montgomery, Tattnall, and Toombs.


Goodwill Industries Goodwillsavannah.org

Goodwill is a long-standing non-profit chain with a range of pre-owned clothing, furniture, houseware, and more.

Logisticare 1-888-224-7988

Offers non-emergency transportation to health services for Medicaid recipients state-wide. Call 3 days ahead of time to schedule transportation.

All licensed childcare facilities in the state can be located at https://families.decal.ga.gov/.

Community Hospice  https://www.commhospice.com/

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Provides unique, medical, emotional, and spiritual support to patients (and their families) facing a life-limiting illness in the home or at the hospice house.


Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission

Area Agency on Aging/Aging and Disability Resource  888-367-9913http://www.aginganddisabilityserviceswithheart.org


Opened Doors to the Handicapped 912-538-9499

Builds wheelchair ramps for the disabled or elderly folks within a 30 mile radius in Toombs, Montgomery, and Wheeler Counties. 


Oxley Park Health and Rehab

912-526-6336 | oxleyparkhealth.org

A rehabilitation facility that offers short and long-term care with physicians, pharmacy, and occupational, physical, and speech therapists. 


Serenity Hospice     

Vidalia, GA

912-537-1410 | serenityhospicecares.com

Provide quality care for patients (and their families and loved ones) while enabling them to live with dignity and comfort when facing a life-limiting illness.

Babies Can’t Wait 

Waycross, GA 


BCW serves families of children age birth-3 who have identified significant delays in at least one of the five areas of development. 


Accordia Urgent Care

Vidalia, GA



Walk-ins welcome daily with easy access to care for: Burns, Xrays, Labs, breathing treatments, lacerations/cuts, oxygen, fractures, flu/colds, sports physicals, and other minor emergencies for ages 6 months and up..


Acute Care Clinic

Vidalia, GA


The Acute Care Clinic is an urgent care facility that also serves primary care needs and offers same day appointments. Open 365 days a year. 


East GA Healthcare Center

Vidalia, GA


Helps all people live healthy lives by providing primary and preventive health services, including family planning. Sliding scale pay plan is available with proof of income. 


Southeastern Technical College: Dental Hygiene Clinic

Vidalia, GA; 912-538-3280 | southeasterntech.edu

Provides dental hygiene services and x-rays at a discounted rate for ages 5 and up.  Students perform work under the guidance of instructors and dentists.  Anyone is eligible for services once a year.


Stanley Health Clinic


Provides out-patient health services to patients 15 years of age and older.


Tots to Teens


Facebook (Meta): https://www.facebook.com/totstoteensmedicalcenter


Vidalia Children’s Center


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Vidalia Pediatric Clinic


Facebook (Meta): https://www.facebook.com/VidaliaPediatricClinic

First Choice Georgia Pregnancy Clinic


Free, confidential services in a loving environment to women in unplanned pregnancy situations.  Services include free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, abortion information, counseling, and material assistance. 


Toombs County Health Department 


Family Planning Services and WIC nutrition program.

Recovery from Substance Use Disorder

Alcoholics Anonymous & Al-Anon

1707 Manning St. 

Vidalia, GA 30474


Celebrate Recovery 

First Baptist Church Vidalia  912-537-4196

Celebrate Recovery is a program designed to help those struggling with hurts, hang-ups, and habits by showing them the loving power of Jesus Christ through the recovery process. 


Narcotics Anonymous

Vidalia Presbyterian Church. All meetings are open. 


Residential, Women

Voice of Grace Dream Center 


The Dream Center Vidalia is an intense nine-month discipleship program designed to help chemically addicted adult women with mild adjustment problems. 


Residential, Youth 

Blount Youth Home


Provides intensive therapeutic services for at-risk male youth 10-18 years old, including drug recovery and treatment services through structured daily treatment and 24 hour supervision. 



Leigh-Anne White & Company


Treats individuals, couples and families using evidence based techniques for abuse, trauma, anger, ADHD, depression, anxiety, grief/loss and various other emotional/behavioral concerns.  Accept most private insurances, Wellcare, and Amerigroup.


Toombs Counseling Center 

Pineland Behavioral Health/Developmental Disabilities
912-597-9316 | Pinelandcsb.org
Helps children, adolescents, adults and seniors who have mental illness, developmental disabilities and addiction challenges to live more full and productive lives. Offers discounts through a sliding fee scale for the uninsured.

Self Care

Action Pact

Facebook (Meta): https://www.facebook.com/ConcertedServicesInc

Provides a variety of services like advocacy, elderly care, youth education, weatherization, energy assistance, Meals-on-Wheels, etc. A full list of services is online. 


Kiwanis Club

Facebook (Meta): https://www.facebook.com/kiwanisclubofvidalia

Serving children, one child and one community at a time by chartering the Key Club at Vidalia Heritage and Vidalia High School and sponsoring Boy Scout Troop 933, Cub Scout Pack 933, and the Vidalia Onion Run.


Lion’s Club

PO Box 297

Vidalia, GA 30474

Provides assistance to needy families and individuals with vision issues. Awards scholarships to seniors annually and provides support to charitable organizations. 


Quint Shrine Club

Facebook (Meta): facebook.com/quint.shrineclub

Supports children’s hospitals to improve pediatric advanced care and outcome for young, burn victims. Contact for participation in parades and festivals. 


Rotary Club of Vidalia 

Facebook (Meta): https://www.facebook.com/VidaliaGeorgiaRotaract

The Rotary Club is a service group whose goal is to bring professionals together to discuss issues facing the community to form life-long, meaningful friendships. 


University of GA Cooperative Extension Service (4-H)


This is an outreach of the University of GA that offers resources in areas of agriculture, family and consumer sciences, and 4H and youth development.

Altama Museum of Art and History

Vidalia, GA; FB: Altama Museum of Art and History

Boys and Girls Club

https://bgctc.info/ | 912-538-8899

Offers quality and affordable after-school and summer programs to working or school-attending families. Children (ages 5-18) are offered informal educational and recreational opportunities, after school snacks and meals and transportation. 


Boy Scouts 

Troop 933 


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Meetings held at the Kiwanis Boy Scout Hut at Ed Smith Sports Complex. 


Troop 936

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Serves boys ages 11 and up. The CSA provides a program for young boys in grades 1-5 that builds character, trains them in responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. 


Cub Scouts


Pack 173

The CSA provides a program for young boys in grades 1-5 that builds character, trains them in responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. 


Pack 933

The CSA provides a program for young boys in grades 1-5 that builds character, trains them in responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.


Lyons City Gym

Lyons, GA


Utilized by the Lyons Recreation Dept. during basketball season. For use, contact the Lyons Rec. Department. 


Lyons Recreation Department

Lyons, GA


Facebook (Meta): https://www.facebook.com/partinpark

Offers seasonal sports to youth in our area for a small fee. 


Nelle Brown Memorial Library – Lyons

Lyons, GA


Serves everyone with free books and internet access. 


Partin Park 

Lyons, GA


Home of Lyons Recreation Dept. that offers seasonal sports to the community. Pavilions/buildings for event rental. Self-guided recreation opportunities.


Vidalia Onion Museum

100 Vidalia Sweet Onion Museum

Vidalia, GA


Facebook (Meta): https://www.facebook.com/VisitVidaliaGA

Provides guests with an interactive history of the Vidalia Onion. A fun way to escape the hot summer boredom. 


Ohoopee Regional Library System

Serves everyone.


Vidalia Women’s Club

PO Box 976

Vidalia, GA

One of the area’s oldest service clubs and open to women over 18. Publishes a cookbook and sponsors the Arts and Crafts Show at the Vidalia Onion Festival.

Grief Share

First Baptist Church of Vidalia 

912-537-4196 | www.fbcvidalia.org

GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences.

J.D. Dickerson Primary School

Vidalia, GA

Facebook (Meta): https://www.facebook.com/JDDickersonPrimary

Serves primary grades (P-K to 1) in Vidalia-City Schools. J.D. Primaria ESCUELA PRIMARIA Dickerson sirve grados primarios (pre-kindergarten, kindergarten y primer grado) en escuelas Vidalia-City.


JR Trippe Middle School

Vidalia, GA


6, 7, 8 in Vidalia-City Schools. J.R. Trippe sirve grados 6, 7, 8 en las escuelas Vidalia-City. Además de académicos, clubes, atletismo y el transporte también están incluidos.


Lyons Primary School

Lyons, GA


Serves Pre-K -2nd Grade students living in Toombs County. Sirve Pre-K -2º Grado Los estudiantes que viven en el condado de Toombs. 


Lyons Upper Elementary School


Serves 3rd-5th grade students in Toombs County.


Robert Toombs Christian Academy

Lyons, GA

912-526-8938 | rtcacrusaders.org

Facebook (Meta): https://www.facebook.com/RobertToombsChristianAcademy

Provides Christian education from preschool aged to 12th grade. RTCA offers a wide range of extracurricular activities, like clubs and sports. 


Sally D. Meadows Elementary School

Vidalia, GA

912-537-4755 | http://meadows.ga.vce.schoolinsites.com

Facebook (Meta): https://www.facebook.com/sallydmeadows


Southeastern Early College and Career Academy (SECCA)

Vidalia, GA


Organized as a charter school/regional career academy for high school students, SECCA is an educational partnership between four Georgia school systems (Montgomery County Schools, Toombs County Schools, Treutlen County Schools, and Vidalia City Schools) and Southeastern Technical College (STC). 


Southeastern Technical College

Vidalia, GA

(912)538-3205 | southeasterntech.edu

Offers academic programs to prepare students for a trade. Works with local high schools and SECCA to provide dual enrollment optons for students. Auditorium that is available to rent. 


Toombs Central Elementary School

Lyons, GA

912-565-7781 | http://www.toombscountyschools.org/toombs-central-elementary.html

Serves Pre-K-5th grade in southern Toombs County. 


Toombs County High School

 Lyons, GA

912-526-4287 | http://www.toombscountyschools.org/toombs-county-high.html

Serves 9-12th grade students in Toombs County.


Toombs County Middle School

Lyons, GA

912-526-8363 | http://www.toombscountyschools.org/toombs-county-middle.html

Serves 6-8th grade students in Toombs County.


Toombs County Schools’ Preschool Intervention Program

Lyons, GA

912-526-3141 | www.toombscountyschools.org

Contact: Sabrina Woodruff

Designed to serve three, four, and five-year old children who have special education needs. Services may be school based or community based. Referrals may be made by parents, agencies, doctors, daycare centers, and schools. Free service through Toombs County Schools. 


Vidalia Heritage Academy 

Vidalia, GA

912-537-6679 | www.vidaliaheritageacademy.com

Provide students K-12 the development of character and academic excellence from a Christian perspective in a Christian environment.


Vidalia High School

Vidalia, GA

912-537-7931 | http://www.vidalia-city.k12.ga.us

VHS serves 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th in Vidalia-City Schools.

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