A man comes to the doors of Atlanta Mission homeless, with no where else to turn. Watch this compelling narrative about how lives are being transformed every day at Atlanta Mission.
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.
I am a women, I have a family, I have hopes and dreams, and…I am homeless. This is my situation, but not my identity.
Transformation happens in many forms! Listen to Desmond’s speech about how God transformed his life.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
- 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.
FAQ and Day of Information
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.
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.
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
For all other information visit www.atlantamission.org/race
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!
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.
We are so thankful for all of you who were a part of the Be Rich campaign through Buckhead Church. Because of you so many more homeless women and children will be served at the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children. Watch the video to see how the money will be used!
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.
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.
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.
What does a Birthday mean to you?
A birthday is a special day in each person’s life filled with lots of happiness and fun. Many people celebrate their birthday for a whole day, week, or month. For their birthdays they have parties surrounded by family and friends. The parties are full of games, laughter, and lots of yummy cake.
For the children at My Sister’s House, birthdays could be a day of sadness. A day where they are reminded of the situation in life they are in. Thanks to Carolyn Patterson and her group, ATL Moms Making a Difference, all of the children at My Sister’s House get the opportunity each month to have that special day.
ATL Moms Making a Difference has started coming out once a month to throw a Birthday Bash for all of the children that had birthdays during that specific month. These birthday bashes are top notch. We have had an ice cream truck, Superman & Elsa, water balloons, and lots and lots of cake! The children and their mothers have started to look forward to these celebrations each month.
The special part of ATL Moms Making a Difference is that when the mothers come out to volunteer they bring their children. This is a fantastic way for our mothers to see a positive example of healthy relationships between a mother and a child. Plus all of the children love to play together!
A motto that the group has is “I can’t fix the world’s problems. But I will do what I can to make a difference where I can.” They certainly make a difference every month with the mothers and children at My Sister’s House.
Information about the group
ATL Moms making a difference is an organization connecting moms and families with volunteer opportunities in the greater Metro Atlanta area.
On FB and Instagram @ATLmomsmakingadifference