September 28, 2013

Citizen of the Week: Lyn Dewsnap

The Daily Citizen

— Lyn Dewsnap’s dedication and energy devoted to helping other people conquer their addictions is amazing, those who know her say.

Dewsnap retired as a family counselor from Highland Rivers and as a counselor for the Conasauga Drug Court. Highland Rivers treats individuals with mental health or addiction issues. The Conasauga Drug Court is an alternative sentencing program for people who have felony drug-related charges and want to work to turn their lives around under a supervision and rehabilitation program rather than in prison.

“After retiring from Drug Court, she agreed to help organize an alumni group for current and past participants of Drug Court,” said friend Ginger Ratcliff, who has known the Dalton resident for several years. “She attends their monthly meeting, often serving breakfast that she has prepared for their meetings. You should try her amazing breakfast casserole.”

Dewsnap also volunteers with several groups each week at the women’s recovery center through Providence Ministries. The center helps women overcoming addiction.

“She is frequently baking goodies for the girls, and what an interest she takes in their welfare,” Dewsnap said. “She makes it a point to attend each and every graduation and makes sure that each girl has a personalized graduation card.”

Ratcliff said volunteering is Dewsnap’s way of “making life a little better for someone who needs it.”

“She does so much, and she does it from the heart, expecting nothing in return,” Ratcliff said.

For helping make the world a little brighter, The Daily Citizen names Lyn Dewsnap Citizen of the Week.