Founder Gail HurstIn the mid 70’s, Gail Hurst was deeply moved by an atrocious story of child abuse that happened in Tennessee. A young girl died as the result of the abuse. The story touched Gail’s heart as the young girl pictured reminded her of one of her own daughters, who happened to be the same age of the child.  Gail thought surely something could be done to protect children.  The results of her actions would have been impossible to foretell. The history of PACT is truly a testament to the idea that one person can make a difference.  Gail “got the ball rolling” and was not afraid to ask her friends and neighbors for help.  The final result of her initial work is Parents & Children Together Family Resource Center.  PACT was founded in 1978 and was one of the first comprehensive child abuse prevention agencies in the Southeast.

Naomi Griffith, long-time friend of Gail’s and previous Executive Director of PACT, wrote a beautiful history of PACT. Her work can be accessed through the link below. Please take a moment to read Naomi Griffith’s “Evolution of An Agency”.



2014 Gail Hurst Service Award recipent                2014 Gail Hurst Scholarship Recipent

          Jim Hurst & Family                                                       

             Hurst Family                                                                                     


About The Gail Hurst Scholarship:

PACT awards a scholarship once a year in April to be presented at the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon in May. Download Gail Hurst Scholaship Application