Emma’s Story

Emma is one of our Community Living Assistants. Below she shares her story of what a day in her life looks like at Atlanta Mission.

A day here at My Sister’s House is always different. Whether it’s one day handling disputes between clients or other days just playing outside with the kids. My favorite part of the day is right before dinner. All the kids are outside playing and you can’t help but go outside and join them. While the kids are here, I always try to have some fun with them. Whether it’s playing a quick game of hide and seek on the weekend or just stopping in their rooms to see what they learned at school that day. I love being able to spend time with the kids.

I’ve seen a lot of mothers come into the shelter and move out. It is so amazing to see a hard working mom just trying to get back on her feet for her kids. Don’t get me wrong, it’s amazing seeing all the ladies move out into their own places or finally get that job they’ve been waiting for. But watching the mothers work, not only at their jobs, but then come back and care for their kids, that’s something else. I’ve loved connecting with the mothers even to a point where we stay in contact after they leave. I love that they feel they can open up to us after they come back from a long day of work. I sometimes forget that, I may get to go home and talk about my day with my roommates or friends, but right now, a lot of these ladies don’t have that outlet. So when they come in at the end of the day, that’s what they’re looking for and we get to be that for them.

God has done such amazing things for so many women here. I’ve seen His love carry from mother to child and those children then influence the older women. That’s the power of God. That He can use any life, at any stage, and use it to show His love to others. The worst thing we can do is underestimate our God.

Volunteer Appreciation

The month of April has brought some amazing volunteer groups through our shelter campuses. The time and effort given by our volunteers is truly invaluable and is a gift to those experiencing homelessness. Here’s a few highlights:

  • Mt. Paran Church came out to host a service day at My Sister’s House and a night of worship at The Shepherd’s Inn.
  • Buckhead Church had over 140 volunteers across four of our campuses for their annual Singles Ministry’s Do.Justice event. The volunteers helped with cleaning, organizing, painting, meal services, and lots of other tasks that could not be done without their help.
  • The UGA School of Pharmacy brought seven of our clients from The Potter’s House to the UGA campus and blessed them with an entirely free physical health assessment, along with some critical medical care.

We are beyond grateful for those who invest their time supporting the men, women and children in our programs.  We could not continue our goal of ending homelessness in Atlanta without your partnership!

Wednesday Wins

Wednesday Wins

It’s that time of the week to tell of just a few of the many beautiful things happening at Atlanta Mission!

-This Thursday we have both men’s and women’s graduations! This is a time of great celebration and just a small glimpse of what God has been doing in the hearts and minds of those in our programs.
-We heard an incredible story about a client named Jeremy at our Jefferson campus. Ever since he entered our program, he excelled with each new phase. Through his time with us, he decided he also wanted to pursue a GED. After months of fear and doubt, thinking he wasn’t smart enough, he put worked incredibly hard, overcame the uncertainty and achieved his GED! He has now entered our MIT program and is one of the very many men we get to see God working absolute miracles within.
-Another cool story is about one of the women who came to us from St. Croix. Tabitha has been at MSH, also working on her GED. She successfully went through our program, and not only obtained employment 3 months ago with a great salary, but also just got approved for housing!

Thank you for your support and interest in the lives of those who the world deems unworthy. It is incredible to see how lives are changed through God’s intervention and divine mercy, and we are so thankful to be able to share these stories with you.

Wednesday Wins

We’ve decided to start a weekly series on Wednesday’s that shares some of the daily blessings, or what we like to call them “wins”, that happen around each of our campuses. Just to name a few:

  • Two lawn mowers were donated to our Potters House facility which will be a tremendous help in landscaping the 550 acres. These will provide our men the tools to continue cultivating a beautiful home and welcoming environment during their treatment.
  • One of our clients, Elaine, received employment for the first time in her life and has moved out of My Sister’s House after graduating from our year long program.
  • Spring Cleaning happened this past week at the Shepherd’s Inn, where the men had goals of getting rid of useless items, painting a few of the rooms, and making room for more beds. These goals were not only met, but exceeded in the unifying spirit that the workload created and the joy that the shelter guests received in “having the ability to give back to the place that’s given them more than they could ever ask”.

These are just a few of the many, many miracles that God bestowed on Atlanta Mission in the past week. We hope that this new series brings you as much joy as it does us, and that you would continue joining with us in celebrating all that God is doing.

Denise’s Story

Today Denise – one of our Ambassadors is sharing about her journey at Atlanta Mission. Denise has been crucial in building relationships with the ladies at our Day Shelter. 

Blessed Assurance is one of those songs that will never grow old because it has such depth. Some of the lyrics go like this:

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! Oh what a foretaste of glory divine!

Heir of salvation purchase of God, Born of His Spirit washed in His Blood.

This is my story this is my song, praising my savior all the daylong.

I never truly and fully knew what worshiping Christ was like till the day I could sing this song during a worship time next to someone who to the world had nothing, but to them, they had everything in Christ.

Two years is how long I’ve worked at the mission. That’s 17,520 hours, give or take. I’ve had the privilege of not only working at My Sister’s House as a program assistant, but at the Atlanta Day Shelter as an ambassador. That means I’ve had the privilege to talk with hundreds of women. I’ve had the opportunity to be a listening ear for their stories and testimonies.

I’ve talked with women who have been on the run from someone that could potentially kill them. I’ve talked with women who lost everything they’ve ever had, right down to every family member. I’ve talked with women who decided that, just for a moment, they wanted to be able to forget everything that has happened to them, and picked a drug of choice to ease that pain. I’ve talked with girls who had to become women far too early in their lives due to their circumstances.

The thing, though, is that in this mess of life and circumstances, there is something beautiful waiting to rescue these women, and us all— that’s Jesus Christ. At Atlanta Mission, we believe in that restoration. Just like the prayer for restoration in Psalms, it is something that is prayed over the people we get to serve on a daily basis. This is life transformation in its messy loveliness. At the end of the day, we are all in our mess of life and need that healing power of the hand of God. I’ve seen that woman that was on the run, run right into the loving arms of her Father. I’ve seen that woman that lost everything, find wholeness in Christ. I’ve seen that woman go from needing one more hit, to needing just one more worship song. I’ve seen the girl that had to become a woman too young, become a woman of God.

OH Yes, this is *OUR* story, this is our song, praising our savior all the daylong.

 

Easter Week: Transformation Stories Continued

It is Maundy Thursday of Holy Week. During this day Jesus washed his disciples feet. This was a way for Jesus to set an example for his disciples that serving one another was of utmost importance. His act of washing his disciples feet was considered offensive, because their feet would have been so dirty. If Jesus were walking the earth today we know He would be at our shelters washing the feet of everyone who steps through our doors.

Watch Veronica’s story of transformation and see how she met Jesus at Atlanta Mission. We hope you all have an amazing Easter!

Easter Week: Transformation Stories

Transformation is what we are all about at Atlanta Mission and Easter week is a time for all of us to reflect on transformation in our own lives, and transformation in the lives of our friends who stay at our shelters. We are reminded that without Jesus this transformation is not possible. Join us in celebrating these lives that have been transformed at Atlanta Mission.

Jim Reese is Honored With The Kiwanis Golden Rule Award

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The recipient of the 2015 Golden Rule Award, presented by the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta, was Jim Reese, our President and CEO.
The Kiwanis Club of Atlanta presented Jim the Golden Rule Award in recognition of his “demonstration of selfless sacrifice, dedicated service and committed leadership to the Atlanta Community.” This is reflective of the second Object of Kiwanis International which states:
“To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships”
Jim joins a long line of community leaders who have previously received this reward, including Truett Cathy, Bill Bolling, and many more. We are excited and congratulate Jim on how he has led Atlanta Mission for the past 7 years and how he continues to shine a light all around this community.

Become a Monthly Donor and Help End Homelessness

Ending homelessness in Atlanta is no small task. Each day, approximately 1,000 men, women, and children come through our front door seeking help and hope. Meanwhile, a growing group of donors known as “Faithful Friends” are making a consistent impact in each of their lives.

Faithful Friends are donors who provide critically needed support on a monthly basis to help end homelessness, one friend at a time. Committing to give monthly is a powerful way to walk alongside each one of the men, women, and children on their journey.

A monthly gift provides:

  • Shelter & Security
  • Nutritious Meals
  • Educational Services
  • Childcare
  • Career Development
  • Counseling & Discipleship
  • And much more!

Would you commit to providing hope and the chance at a fresh start through an automatic, tax-deductible gift?


To sign up to become a Faithful Friend:

1. Click the button below.
2. Enter the amount you would like to give
3. Select “Yes, automatically repeat this gift every month.”


As a Faithful Friend of Atlanta Mission, you will receive regular email updates about lives transformed because of your donations, and you will see the names and faces of those finding hope after homelessness. To find out more, visit atlantamission.org/monthlydonor.

Together, we can help end homelessness.

Race Day Info!

FAQ and Day of Information
Registration

Online registration will be paused an hour before and during race packet pick-up. If you would like to register for the race during those times, please do so at the designated store.

Online Registration will close at noon on Friday, February 19th. In person registration will be available on race morning between 7 and 8am.

Walk-up registration is available on the day of the race, however, the registration fee will increase from $30 to $35.

Packet Pickup

Thursday, February 18th, 11am – 1:30pm
Fidelity Bank – Powers Ferry
2401 Windy Ridge Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30339

Thursday, February 18th, 4 – 7pm
Big Peach Running Co. Town Brookhaven
705 Town Blvd, Ste. 340
Atlanta, GA 30319

Friday, February 19th, 4 – 7pm
Big Peach Running Co. Midtown
800 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

In order to pick up another participant’s packet, you must bring either a printed copy or email on a mobile device of their registration confirmation.

Parking Info

If you are driving to the race, there are garages listed below. Another travel option is to take MARTA to Philips Arena.

$7 per car at either parking garage:

World of Coca-Cola Garage:
178 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd Atlanta, GA 30313

Georgia Aquarium Parking Garage (two entrances):
357 Luckie Street Atlanta, GA 30313

248 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd Atlanta, GA 30313

$10 per car at the following parking garage:

American Cancer Society Garage:
113 Baker St NW Atlanta, GA 30313

Course Map

5K Course Map

For all other information visit www.atlantamission.org/race 

“Run In The Cold For Those Who Sleep In The Cold”

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Did you know… Atlanta Mission serves over 1,000 of these men, women and children every single day. The downtown men’s shelter alone is a refuge for over 400 men on a daily basis. We hope you will join us this February as donors, volunteers, community members and Atlanta Mission clients run side by side in the race to end homelessness.

Your registration fee and fundraising supports warm shelter and life transformation. In the past year, Atlanta Mission: 

  • Served over 713,967 meals
  • Provided 265,357 bed nights
  • Assisted 264 clients in attaining employment
  • Transformed the lives of 647 men, women, and children as their homelessness was ended

We want you to be a part of this! Register here!

Atlanta Mission 5K Race To End Homelessness

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Have you signed up for the Atlanta Mission 5k Race to End Homelessness?

On February 20, 2016, thousands of men, women and children will take to the streets of downtown Atlanta to run a race in the cold for those who sleep in the cold. The city of Atlanta is home to over 7,000 homeless men, women, and children who face the perilous conditions of winter without a roof over their heads.

Each race registration will provide a night of shelter for someone who would otherwise be sleeping in the cold.

To sign up for the race go to our race Registration page.

Join Us for The Forgotten Carols

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On Sunday, December 6th, 2015, join us for the Christmas musical production, The Forgotten Carols.

The Christmas musical The Forgotten Carols has become a new countrywide tradition. It’s the tale of Constance, a nurse too absorbed in her job to be bothered with Christmas. She’s assigned to John, an aging man believed to have some form of mental illness. What Constance finds, however, is a warm and spunky soul who is far from the “crazy old man” she expected. As John reveals the untold carols of the more “forgotten” characters in the Christmas story to Constance, he breaks through her steely exterior, guiding her to the Christmas carols waiting to be sung within her own heart. See this benefit performance for the Atlanta Mission at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

The Forgotten Carols musical is being made into a movie with production starting in Georgia right after Christmas.  The Atlanta Mission has teamed with the producers of the film to have the only live performance of the story in Georgia. As Atlanta Mission partners with the cast of The Forgotten Carols, this event is an opportunity to give a voice to the forgotten of our city and to provide a hope-filled Christmas for those who desperately need it. With all proceeds going to Atlanta Mission, those who stay with us during the Christmas season will receive nutritious meals, shelter and a warm bed, clothing, job attainment services, counseling, and the opportunity of choosing help to end their homelessness.

EVENT DETAILS

Sunday, December 6, 2015 – 7pm
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Tickets: $25 – $45, plus applicable fees

Purchase tickets via Ticketmaster or at the box office.

Buy Tickets Now

 

 

Don Wilkinson

Recently, the children here at The House (My Sister’s House) returned back to school. The majority of our children have been afforded the opportunity to attend a charter school. One of the requirements is that our children wear uniforms. It became pretty disheartening that a few weeks before school starts there was still a need for school supplies and uniforms. Then here comes God filling our needs and exceeding our expectations. Our prayers were answered and God sent us partners from all over Atlanta. Businesses, churches, organizations and individuals began to show up at our doorstep with school supplies, uniforms, gift cards and donations to ensure that the need was met…talk about a miracle unfolding in front of you.

My name is Don Wilkinson; I am a Husband, Father, Brother, Son and Friend who has been called to serve the women & children of Atlanta Mission as the Manager of Partnerships.

Some days it is surreal to think that God has thought of me enough to trust me as I steward over other people’s generosity. I am in awe of how countless times He shows up in ways we least expect.