The purpose of the One Hall initiative is to break the cycle of poverty in Hall County by seeking to understand poverty from the perspective of our most vulnerable citizens. We know this will take a long-term commitment and we must work side-by-side with local churches and public, private and non-profit sectors to tackle the root causes of poverty in a holistic and sustainable manner. We seek to create a community-level goal that is measurable and attainable. We will study existing statistics and work directly with those experiencing poverty to develop strategies that must be understood and addressed at a high level by the community-at-large.

One Hall Arena Meetings


Co-Chairs: Kay Blackstock, Daniel Thompson & Allison Borchert

*Meets fourth Wednesday of each month at 8:00 a.m.

  • January, 23 2019
  • February 27, 2019
  • March 27, 2019
  • April 24, 2019

Location: United Way of Hall County
527 Oak Street
Gainesville, GA


Chair: Merrianne Dyer

*Meets second Thursday of each month at 9:00 a.m.

  • January 10, 2019
    Location: Fair Street International School
    695 Fair Street
    Gainesville, GA 30501
    Topic: Reading by 3rd Grade
  • February 14, 2019
    Location: Boys and Girls Club Teen Center (Tentative)
    1 Positive Place
    Gainesville, GA 30501
    Topic: Graduation Rate – On-Time Graduation for Low Income
  • March 14, 2019
    Location: Mountain Education Charter High School
    2723 Tumbling Creek Road
    Gainesville, GA 30504
    Topic: TBD


Chair: Beth Brown

*Meets third Wednesday of each month at 11:00 a.m.

  • January 16, 2019
  • February 20, 2019
  • March 20, 2019
  • April 17, 2019

Location: United Way of Hall County
527 Oak Street
Gainesville, GA

One Hall Chair: Dr. Sam Johnson

One Hall Arena Advisors:

Wilson Golden
Tom Jones
Angela Middleton
Phillippa Moss
Anne Nixon
LeTrell Simpson