Keith’s Story of Transformation

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by Keith After a lifetime of guilt, shame, and drug abuse, Keith needed to change. He needed forgiveness. I’ve spent most of my life paralyzed by guilt and shame. I just could never forgive myself. How could anyone else? One day, when I was growing up, my brother and I set a couple of fires. There’s no excuse for what we did. But shortly afterward, child services intervened. Me and my 13 siblings were taken from our home and split…

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The 2017 Atlanta Mission 5K Race Recap

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On the morning of February 18, 2017, Atlanta Mission residents, community members, and volunteers turned out in force for the annual 5K Race to End Homelessness. It was a timely event—just a week earlier, the overnight temperature had dipped below freezing, so sleeping outdoors was especially dangerous. For those people with nowhere to sleep but the streets, the race offered hope: For each registration, Atlanta Mission provided someone a night of shelter, including a warm bed, a hot shower, a…

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When the Vision Catches Fire

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In my hometown, the students that attend local high schools have an annual tradition of throwing toilet paper in the trees of each other’s front yards for a full-week of all out war. The kids love it. The parents hate it. For anybody who has been the victim of this front yard assault, you know how painstakingly annoying cleaning up this mess can be. I had a friend who decided that there might be a quicker way to clean up…

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The 2017 Atlanta Mission 5K Race to End Homelessness

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Over 3,000 participants chose to run in the Atlanta Mission 5K Race to End Homelessness last year, braving the mid-February cold. But for the many homeless individuals on the Atlanta streets, being out in the cold, day and night throughout the winter, is not a choice they freely make. This year, join us at Centennial Olympic Park at 8:15 am on February 18 to help offer these men, women, and children a choice. Each race registration will fund one night…

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Learn what it means to be a Faithful Friend

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It’s surprising how powerful an ongoing friendship with someone you haven’t met can be. The Atlanta Mission’s Faithful Friends program allows monthly donors to help more than 1,000 people of all ages every day, providing shelter and safety, food, educational services, career development and counseling to get residents back on their feet. If you donate now, the Atlanta Mission will help your gift go even further. When you become a monthly contributor, your first monthly gift will be tripled by…

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ATLANTANS RUN IN THE COLD FOR THOSE WHO SLEEP IN THE COLD TO BENEFIT ATLANTA MISSION

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For Immediate Distribution Atlanta Mission and the community of Atlanta take over Downtown Atlanta for the 5K Race to End Homelessness happening February 18, 2017 at 8:15AM. 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…

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Kevin’s Story of Transformation

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The way Kevin sees it, God wanted him at Atlanta Mission . . . someday. It just took almost 40 years to get there. Kevin’s difficult journey began in infancy, when his father left. It got worse when he was about 7, when a babysitter began abusing him and his brother. The abuse continued for years, and when the boys were teens, they both dove into drugs to mask their shame and pain. Kevin continued using and abusing — mostly…

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Important Items to Donate this Winter

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Fall and early winter are the perfect time of year to donate items to local shelters. As the weather becomes colder and holidays approach, the need for services and items that shelters provide increases. If you’re interested in helping serve the population of Atlanta, here are some of the most important items you could donate now. Winter Clothing The need for winter clothing usually piques during winter — especially at the beginning of the season. Not only do regulars need…

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Reasons to Clean Before the Holiday Season Begins

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The holiday season seems to begin earlier and earlier every year. There is so much to do to prepare for whichever holidays you and your family celebrate. However, there is one additional task that you should take the time to do. You should do a quick clean out of unused items. Why? Here are seven reasons (and I’m sure you can think of others, too!) Why You Should Clean • You Will Be Bringing in New Items – Even if…

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Marica’s Story of Transformation

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It’s hard to believe anyone could survive the things Marica has been through . . . physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Beaten and abused, broken and bruised, crushed every which way till her body and soul were almost shattered beyond repair. But today, thanks to your support, Marica now knows the true joy, grace, and good news of Christmas . . . Marica’s story began in early childhood when she was sexually abused, a pattern that continued through her teens. Rather…

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Transformation through Faithful Friendship

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trans·for·ma·tion ˌtran(t)sfərˈmāSH(ə)n/ noun 1. a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance. The most incredible and compelling transformations I’ve ever seen have happened in the lives of other human beings. This kind of transformation often takes place in the context of friendship. Encouragement, trust, vulnerability, and loving moments where hard truths are spoken all combine to become a sort of cocoon, a safe place for life transformation to happen.  Our friend Keith recently shared with us about the transformation that has taken…

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How We Prepare Clients for Life After Homelessness

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Atlanta Mission is dedicated to helping disadvantaged families take back their lives, but we offer so much more than just a safe place to sleep at night. When you donate to Atlanta Mission, you help parents find jobs to support their children. You help young men beat drug and alcohol addiction. You help Atlanta’s youth receive an excellent education. Our impact is long-term and permanent and so much more than just a Band-Aid solution. If you wonder where your money…

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Skip the Yard Sale! Donate Your Items to Atlanta Mission

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You may not use that extra waffle iron anymore, but if you donate it to our Atlanta Mission Thrift Stores, we could turn that old appliance into funds to actually help people. When you clean out your home this year, keep Atlanta Mission at the forefront of your mind and your donations. We need your households goods, outgrown toys and clothing that no longer fits to help fund the work we do to serve the area’s homeless.

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Clay’s Story of Transformation

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by: Clay “The way I see it, serving meals is a ministry to people who are in need.” Thanksgiving might still be a couple months away, but I’m already thinking about it. After all, it’s my job. As one of the head chefs at Atlanta Mission — I oversee the kitchen at The Shepherd’s Inn, our downtown men’s facility — I am responsible for all those ingredients, and for preparing tens of thousands of meals between now and Thanksgiving Day.…

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