Deputies respond to Downing-Clark disturbance, arrest 20

Jan 6, 2010 Full story: Calhoun Times 54

At approximately 10:20 p.m., Monday night, Jan. 4, Gordon County deputy sheriffs responded to the report of a disturbance at the Downing - Clark Center Inc., a juvenile resident treatment facility, located at 1773 Trimble Hollow Road in unincorporated Gordon County.

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candice rudy

Stevenson, AL

#41 May 25, 2011
I was at downing clark when I was there it was not good I didn't get into to much trouble but one day I got tired of one girl that kept messing with me I got into a fight with kenya and I busted her head open I felt so bad I cryed I didn't want to hurt her but things happen and u learn from ur mistakes the day I left I was so happy now I have a family and children now but it was nasty when I was there there was nothing good about that place it was not organized
Sunrise11

AOL

#42 May 26, 2011
Hey! For all of you that do not know the latest; Downing Clark Hope Center is the new name and they have a new mission. You see they were telling the truth about everything and the State of Georgia has given Ms. Cindy and Ms. Kelly their license back to carry on their wonderful work. This is about the girls and the help they need. Every past employee that wanted out-good you are out but to those of us that REALLY CARED--I will go back as soon as they call! I really miss the girls.

Since: Jun 09

Winder, GA

#43 Jul 15, 2011
Leah Jordan wrote:
As bad as I want to say I agree with every comment posted, I don't. Downing Clark was a facility for girls with behavioral issues, and a home for many. I am a resident here currently, and I will be until my last 30 days here are up. During my year here, I have met some pretty amazing people, I got close with them, and I slowly started to heal. To me, at first, Downing Clark was my only other option to getting my life back on track, slowly but surely. I'm willing to understand everyone's point of view on this situation, but I want to make sure that who ever else reads this hears my voice, and whoever feels the same way.
The riot was a horrible and unfortunate incident, but at first, this place kept going and pushing through, and I'm proud to say that I was apart of that experience. Many people think Cindy is a horrible person, but I encourage everyone to try to relate to where she and Kelly are coming from as well. Ever since this place opened in 2004, Cindy and Kelly have poured their heart in this place. Many people recognize their efforts, and they are very much appreciated. Yes, they have made mistakes along the way, but what human trying to run a facility with 50 something girls at a time doesn't? Before you get online and decide to demean Cindy, put yourself in her shoes, and I'd like to see for one day you try to put on your shoulders what she has on hers. She never broke, and she still hasn't yet. So I have to disagree, that makes her perfect for this job.
From the things and comparisons that I have experienced for the year that I have been here, I think there is someone more at blame than anyone here. Cindy and Kelly hired a man named Mr. Joseph to "run" the things around here, and when that decision was made, everything went downhill from there. I can't say myself that I have never blamed Cindy or Kelly for what is going on, but me having to be here for the next 30 days watching the girls here leave one by one, is a very depressing experience. I think that this has kind of opened my eyes a little bit, and I believe that Downing Clark was to us what we wanted to make it, and nothing different. I am going to appreciate that the fact when this place was going downhill, Cindy nor Kelly never gave up. Things were actually getting better for a lot of the girls here, and a number of us here now strongly disagree with whats happening. I don't think that whatever anyone ever wants to tell me about this place and the "evil Cindy", I can never look at it the same way that the people that decided to get on here and bash on Cindy or anyone else for the matter. All the comments are plain insecurity, and I wish whoever decided to write anything, might try to put their selves in our position right now. I hope you guys find happiness in what you wrote, "voicing that opinion of yours eh?"
Well here I am, voicing OUR opinions, knowing that this means nothing but feeling the need to do so anyway.
=] for the people that wrote that about Mrs. Melinda, just remember, that your unemployed right now and she is still here, so uh boost of ego for ya?
Well stated and though I am unfamiliar with this situation, I believe you have voiced your opinion beautifully. Go in peace dear.
Ashlee Hester

Jonesboro, GA

#44 Nov 18, 2011
i was one of the first girls at DCC in 2006 and it was the worst place i have been between fights and staff always threating you with shot in your ass if you did one thing wrong and i was on 11 difent medicines when i was there i was like a zombie! then shit they didnt help with the stuff i really need to work on well i was there at all! they ended up making stuff alot worse! if i had away id sue there ass!
whitney parker

Calhoun, GA

#45 Jan 19, 2012
i was also locked up with the girl at 10:20 pm they promise us alot of things but the also say shit that is not true they didn't took that one girl to the hostipal when she was supose to go that don't give a dam thing bout us as long as they get paid thats all they worry bout i agree to everyone they need to shut it down forever........
and they can kiss our ass
LOL

Bronx, NY

#46 Mar 10, 2012
Wow, to see these postings I am not surprised at what has happened at this tx. Program. Cindy was the director of the inpatient unit at the devereux center,GA. Dishonest, safety and trust that has been a problem with staff on a unit. I dont thank that you could find a staff who would say anything positive about Cindy. What I have observe about her behavior is that she is not aware of how her behavior impact others. control is very important to he. Look at self and life could be better.
LOL

Bronx, NY

#47 Mar 10, 2012
What I would also like to know has this place closed?
In Total Awe

Calhoun, GA

#48 Apr 11, 2012
I just found this after these few years. I loved the girls, but hated the way staff was treated. Does anyone remember having to work 17 plus hours without any sleep? How about being threatened by the girls and having no way to solve behavior problems? I think the staff could of been treated much better and given more credit for caring about the girls. I also think part of the problem was over worked staff and under trained. I hope all the girls that were there by now have adjusted and are happy with their own families.
Leslie Gravitt

Snellville, GA

#49 Apr 19, 2012
Daripsy Lopez wrote:
Hi, i was one of the girls who were in the riot who got arrested. that is the worst place you can ever be sent to. they do not report stuff that has to be reported like when i tried to jump off the buildings or when i was suppose to get stiches, they never took me to go get stiches. alot of things happened there and nobody even knows about it. the best thing for all of us is to
SHUT IT DOWN FOR GOOD.
omg daripsy, its leslie i cant believe i found you. i havent seen you since this riot how are you and where are you?
Leslie Gravitt

Snellville, GA

#50 Apr 19, 2012
whitney parker wrote:
i was also locked up with the girl at 10:20 pm they promise us alot of things but the also say shit that is not true they didn't took that one girl to the hostipal when she was supose to go that don't give a dam thing bout us as long as they get paid thats all they worry bout i agree to everyone they need to shut it down forever........
and they can kiss our ass
wow whitney yall all posted something this is crazy. hope all is well with yall. Leslie
Mr Flintstoner

Calhoun, GA

#51 Oct 11, 2012
If DCC is still open, it should be removed from the hill and something put there that would the county some good. so people north & south on I-75 would not have to look at that piece of S#it.

E S staff Devereux

Newark, NJ

#53 Mar 14, 2014
Oh My, I can remember Cindy from the Devereux Center GA, Oh My is all I can say. I am now a licensed Professional. I would never display any of her qualities as a clinical supervision. take this however you like as a reader. Poor thing.
Dark Angel

Kearny, NJ

#54 Jun 17, 2014
Im A Girl Who Witnessed The Riot... The Poor Treatment of cindy downings animals for her... therapy... she had girls bury animals, allowed and even betted on fights... i had a seziure that will always cause permant damage because the doctor... documentedly had me on 15 Medications.... and yes we were all promised calls to our familys we didnt recieve but promises were never kept... i could recieve glass to mutilate from a friend easily as some coworkers liked to be intimate with other staff and flirt with minors.... this place is no good noone knows what really happens there.
Besided Those Of Us Who Were There
marvinstevens

Pittsburgh, PA

#55 Jul 13, 2014

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