How Volunteering Can Help Save a Life

Save a life through volunteering

There are close to 7,000 homeless people in Atlanta and Atlanta Mission is dedicated to helping those men, women and children. Of these 7,000 friends, neighbors and family members, less than half find somewhere to sleep at night. These are sad statistics to wake up to each day, but together, we can make a difference. If you’ve ever thought the time you spend volunteering with Atlanta Mission wasn’t appreciated, that it didn’t alter at least one person’s life in a…

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Hope Begins With A Meal

In Atlanta Mission kitchens every day meals are being served and hope is being restored. You can provide hope today. Just $2.67 provides a meal for a homeless neighbor in need www.atlantamission.org/donate. 

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Kim & Clyde’s Story of Transformation

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Up from the Ashes “Mommy and Daddy are the paper,” said 9-year-old Tyshaun, “but I’m the glue. I’m going to hold this family together.” Tyshaun was just 9 years old when she and her mom and sister had to sleep on the streets. “It was scary,” she remembers. Tyshaun’s father, Clyde, had just gone to jail for forgery. Her mother, Kim, had just been released, after serving time for writing bad checks. Both parents struggled with alcoholism, and the family…

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The Light: August 2016

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Up from the Ashes

“Mommy and Daddy are the paper,” said 9-year-old Tyshaun, “but I’m the glue. I’m going to hold this family together.”

Tyshaun was just 9 years old when she and her mom and sister had to sleep on the streets.

“It was scary,” she remembers.

Tyshaun’s father, Clyde, had just gone to jail for forgery. Her mother, Kim, had just been released, after serving time for writing bad checks. Both parents struggled with alcoholism, and the family had lost their home.

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Back to School

Atlanta Mission Kids Head Back to School

It’s that time of year again! Groggy teenagers are having the sheets pulled off of them as their alarms sound to no avail. The combination of coffee and carpool lines have been reintroduced into many of your lives. Meanwhile, at Atlanta Mission, our kids are literally jumping with excitement as they head back to school. For some of them, this is the first time they’ve gone to school while living in a safe and secure environment. No more couch surfing.…

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7 Tips for Engaging Homelessness While Throwing a Poké Ball

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You’ve left your house, smartphone in hand, and are exploring new areas in search of that rare pocket monster. Perhaps you are out of incense and Poké Balls and are walking through the city in search of a PokéStop oasis. Along the way, you encounter things you wouldn’t normally see, which is part of the fun of the app. In my case last week, it was a bird chewing on a worm…it was a special moment. In your journeys downtown,…

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Larry’s Story of Transformation

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In the Valley of Dry Bones “It was God’s way of getting my attention. Had I recovered quickly, I would’ve gone back to the streets and my self-destructive ways.” — By Larry I lived on the streets for about 16 years . . . that is, if you can call it “living.” Mostly, I was just wandering from place to place, looking for drugs and booze, a bite to eat, and a place to sleep in peace. I saw people…

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From Homeless to Entrepreneur: Glenn’s Story

The journey from growing up in Illinois, to homeless in Atlanta, to owning his own company has not come easy. But for Glenn Stevenson, an Atlanta Mission alumni, attaining a job and his own place to live was not a big enough dream. Glenn arrived at the bus station in Atlanta in 2013 with two bags and no place to go. When his housing fell through, he wasn’t sure what to do or where to go, but someone saw him…

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Give Hope. Give Monthly.

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At Atlanta Mission we are Ending Homelessness, one friend at a time. One of the most significant gifts we receive is the faithful support from our Monthly Donors. The gifts of our Faithful Friends provide consistent support for food, shelter, educational services, job attainment, counseling, and much more! The Perks Automatic Monthly Donations Simplify your giving by linking your bank account or credit card. End Homelessness Join others in funding everything a person needs to find a fresh start. See Your Impact Get…

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A Name and a Handshake

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She was standing there, quietly sobbing when I walked past her. I attempted to ignore that uncomfortable, gnawing, helpless feeling I get  when I pass someone holding a “Hungry, please help” sign. I had excuses. After all, I was running late to a meeting and about to miss my train. Yet, God tapped me on the shoulder and I knew I had to go back.  I walked up to the girl, a weary teenager. “My name is Bonnie, what’s yours?”…

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Shaquella’s Story of Transformation

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A Hard Life I was basically homeless for 20 years, moving from the streets to a relative’s couch to a friend’s floor. I’ve never stayed in any one place for long. I think I’ve stayed in over a hundred places over the years, in all sorts of conditions. I’ve had to sleep outdoors in extreme heat, and in the bitter cold. This journey started when I was growing up in Memphis. My dad was never in the picture, and my…

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New Wheels

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Last night was a special night. One of our smallest donors, Clay, got to meet some of our smallest residents. Why this is so special is because Clay donated his bike to Atlanta Mission a while back. Last night when he and his parents were visiting the shelter for graduation he saw some of the kids riding it. Last night they were able to meet each other. Their lives could not be more different but that did not matter. God continues…

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Called Out of Darkness to Serve Others with Love

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Veronica arrived at Atlanta Mission two years ago, needing hope and a fresh start for her family. She shared her story of transformation with us last year.  She now wanted to share an update about all that God is doing in her life.  After graduating from Atlanta Mission’s My Sister’s House one year ago, staff members challenged Veronica to take part in a year-long ministry training program at My Sister’s House. Though initially resistant, Veronica prayed, and God led her to…

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Emily’s Story of Transformation

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“I Was on the Brink of Death” It wasn’t all that long ago that I didn’t care if I lived or died. I grew up in a difficult home, with lots of dysfunction. Later, I turned to alcohol and cocaine to cope with the pain . . . and I remained addicted for decades. When I started doing crack in 2004, things really spiraled downhill. I ended up homeless, living under a bridge. I never felt safe. It’s dangerous for…

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