PALS - Partnering Ambassadors for Life and Service

Partnering Ambassadors for Life and Service (PALS) was founded in 2007 by Women To The World President and Founder, Doris Aldrich, for the purpose of bringing light and hope to the lives of suffering women and children within the United States.

With the help of local volunteers in Athens, Georgia, a fresh approach to equipping adult women for stable employment is now being realized. In genuine pursuit of a life of dignity, self-worth, and independence, many women have responded to this unique educational opportunity.

PALS has provided an effective educational opportunity unlike any other. The dream is now being realized by many unemployed mothers, or those desiring career training and advancement.

Through Computer Education, GED certification, job placement and skill application training, adult women face the future with fresh hope.

In partnership with the Athens' Housing Authority in Athens, Georgia, PALS teachers, mentors, and life-skills counselors are transforming even more lives by offering the PALS creative Christian-based curriculum to those seeking freedom from poverty, dependency, and abuse.

Women to the World is uniquely qualified to lead the charge that eradicates roadblocks to personal development, such as domestic violence, spousal abandonment, previous drug abuse, and joblessness.

Women to the World has been effective in relief, development, and rescue programs around the world since 1985. (See The PALS Program is resting upon the same solid foundation of effective helps through developmental programs that train and educate for practical self-sustaining workforce goals, reaching suffering women and children throughout the developing world.

The PALS Institute
of Athens, Georgia

  • GED Certification and Testing
  • Literacy
  • ESL English as a Second Language
  • Computer Skills Training
  • Resume Building
  • Life-skill Mentoring
  • Personal Spiritual Support

Child Care Provided


For information please call 706 548-0000

PALS Programs are provided at NO COST

This unique developmental program, designed for disenfranchised adult women and their families, is offered in Athens, Georgia at NO COST to the recipient. This is a program capable of duplication throughout the United States.

Please contact or call (706) 548-0000 for information regarding starting a PALS Program in your community.


(Athens, Georgia)
Any Adult Female in Need of PALS Program Services (Ages 16-68)
PALS Business Skills and GED Training Program, with Completion Certificate
Please contact Women to the World (706) 548-0000 for class schedule information
PALS NEW LOCATION: Rocksprings Community Center, 250 Rocksprings Court
All applications, registrations, and orientations are completed at the Women to the World Administrative Office: 485 Huntington Road, Suite 190, Athens, Georgia.

Mentors offer on-going support as students advance at their own pace.

Enrollees are asked to commit to the program, and to faithfully make every effort to attend the weekly scheduled classes.
Students are assigned a personal mentor and work at their own pace until job placement or GED testing is secured.
GED and College scholarships are available through Women to the World and PALS.

For class schedule information, please contact Women to the World (706) 548-0000 or email

Special Local PALS Partners Include:

Athens Housing Authority (Rocksprings Community Center)
Bright Beginnings Preschool, Bianca Taylor
Nancy Travis Foundation
Fairway Outdoor Advertising
Dalton Carpet One, Athens
StudioFlux Productions
Fox Pizza
Pinnacle Bank
Athens Food Bank
Athens Library Financial Systems
Athens-Clarke Literacy Council
Athens Digital Systems, Inc.
Chaplewood United Methodist Church
Jackson EMC Roundup (Grant 2009)
Walmart Athens (Grants Awarded 2007-2008)
Tuckston Methodist Church, Athens
Living Word Baptist Church, Bogart
F. Neal Pylant, DMD
Athens Micro Computers, Inc.
Oconee State Bank
Advanced Carpet Cleaning
Mark Sorrow Photographer
Junior League of Athens
Panera Bread
Schlotzsky's Deli of Athens
AFB&T, Athens First Bank & Trust

Women to the World honors The Fresh Market on Alps Road for their years of support to the education of women in the Athens, Georgia area. Thank you!

Key PALS Classroom Leadership includes:

Doris Aldrich
Sue Alewine
Sarah Singleton
Fran Brown
Bob Synk
Tom Elliot
Jacquelyn Houston
Suzann Welch
Bettie Pittman
Sylvia Ayeiko
Natasha Patel
Rita Finch
Charlotte Swinke

We celebrate our well-qualified mentors:

Doris Aldrich, Founder and Director
Stan Aldrich
Sandra Appleby, Meal and Student Co-ordinator
Dr. Nicholas and Jane Bath
Maggie Carr
Ethel Collins, Nutritional Consultant
Tom Elliott
Barbara Gerry
Dr. Jack and Jacquie Houston
Tracey Lewis
Kristen Miller
John Moak
James Pinion
Joan Rhoden
and a host of special speakers and volunteers

PALS Advisory Team

Doris Aldrich, Founding Director
Robert E. Lewis, Chairman
Bob Bitowft (Mentor)
Emily Blalock
Fran Brown
Cynthia Collins
Carla Colquett
Kate Crenshaw
Kim Duan
Tara Davenport
Tom Elliott
Angie Fuller, Masada Water
Hilda Fletcher

Barbara Johnson
Gip and Cathy Marchette
Alex Mazeika
Pat Parks
Ray and Ellen Silvers
Jessye Rogers (mentor)
Tracy Howe
Bobbie Dorey
Sandra Sue Appleby (mentor)
David Matthews-Morgan
Kandy Duke
Rev. Fred Guthrie
Tim Grizzell
Nelson and Dell Hitchock

A host of local volunteers generously serve this program as mentors, donors, and teachers from the Athens Community.

Like to help? Here's how...

There are no fees charged to the students enrolled in the PALS program, eliminating one of the biggest roadblocks facing these young men and women who so desperately need hope and need someone to care.

We rely on your generous support to sponsor our students. The cost per student is $160.00 State of Georgia GED testing fee.
There are other expenses, such as study materials and miscellaneous items such as copy machines.
If you would like to contribute, please CLICK HERE.

Become a Teacher/Mentor

Volunteering your time and expertise can be one of the most rewarding ways to help others in need. Please consider becoming a PALS program Class Leader or Mentor.

Our volunteer contact form is HERE.

Mentors to GED preparation students are needed to help tutor students in language arts and mathematics. Computer skills program needs mentors to help the students learn and practice basic computer skills using such programs as MS Word and Excel, as well as basic email and internet programs.


NOTE: PALS, PARTNERING AMBASSADORS FOR LIFE AND SERVICE, is a Tax-Exempt, volunteer community service program, founded by Doris Aldrich, for the purpose of bringing light and hope to the lives of suffering women and children within the United States. Women to the World, Inc. is the parent organization of Partnering Ambassadors of Life and Service. Women to the World operates vocational and training institutes in Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Africa, Kenya, Africa and the U.S. Past project locations include Turkey, Peru, Ukraine, Pakistan, Honduras, and FIW (Fellowship of International Women), based in Chicago. U.S. offices of Women to the World are located in Athens, Georgia, with offices in Europe, Central Asia and Africa, since 1985.

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