We all know that Maury County is a great place to live for many reasons. We have unique businesses and restaurants, historic sites, and outdoor recreational options. But what really makes it such a great place is the people, especially those who find meaningful ways to give back to the community. Growing Up Maury is committed to sharing more about some of those people in our new Change Makers column. This month we would like to introduce you to Nicolas Abdallah.
Nicolas Abdallah and his wife Jaryn moved to Columbia in 2008. They are the proud parents to 3 kids, all preschool aged and younger. Nicolas works as the Maury County Juvenile Court Administrator. In this role he has overhauled the court’s community service program and seeks out community partners to create programs that serve at-risk youth. One example is the Compass Mentoring Program. He also volunteers as a Sunday School teacher at Grace Park Church in Spring Hill. Nicolas was voted Valedictorian of the 2017 Leadership Maury class and was recognized as a “Shining Light” by the Community Action Board. We chose Nicolas as our first Change Maker for his dedication to improving the lives of at-risk youth in our community.
Both of the founders of this magazine have the honor of volunteering for Nicolas on different Foster Care Review Boards. The boards act as an extension of the Juvenile Court to ensure that the needs of youth in foster care are being met. Amy Davis, another volunteer who works with Nicolas, said, “Columbia and Maury County are blessed to have Nic in the community! He is a leader who sees those who are often overlooked or under-served. He goes above and beyond his role as Director of Juvenile Services and runs an online community that meets the tangible needs in our area. He exemplifies compassion and fights for justice, especially for populations who find themselves marginalized.”
The online community Davis refers to is called Maury Rising. It is a small group of likeminded people who pitch in to meet needs in the community. Many of these needs are referred to Nicolas by the Community Action Board and have included diapers, baby food, transportation, furniture, and housing.
Judge Douglas Chapman, Juvenile Court Judge, said that Nicolas “is a champion of children, and dedicated to making the lives of the children of Maury County better. Nicolas wears lots of hats in his roles with the court, and excels at all of them. He is solution oriented, not problem focused. His work with the Foster Care Review Board, Community Action Board, and Compass program are making a huge difference in people’s lives now and will pay even bigger dividends down the road.”
Thank you, Nicolas, for being a Change Maker in Maury County and beyond.
Who would you like for us to honor as a Change Maker? Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with all your contact information and a little bit of information about your nominee. Submissions must be made in writing to one of the email addresses by August 14, 2018.