Transformation Part 2: The Meeting

When Josh, a new counselor, and Charlie, a new resident, met at Atlanta Mission, each was seeking spiritual healing in his own way. Josh was looking to make a real difference in a career he was passionate about, mental health counseling, and felt he had absolutely found a home at Atlanta Mission. Charlie had a different mindset, however. He arrived at The Shepherd’s Inn from North Georgia looking for a change, hoping to quit using drugs during his stay, and then leave…

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Transformation Part 1: The Beginning

In this three-part series, we’ll explore the power of transformation through building strong relationships at Atlanta Mission. This is a story of two men with widely different backgrounds and life circumstances who ended up transforming one another’s lives. Let’s start with how they both found their way to Atlanta Mission.   Josh Josh was drawn to counseling at an early age. As a high school student, his exposure to psychology classes, his desire to help others, and his mother’s role…

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Rooted in Community

by Leize Marie Davis Atlanta Mission’s research shows that an overwhelming majority of the men and women that we serve have no healthy relationships. This means that there is no one in their corner to celebrate successes or support them in crisis. The first objective of our Transformation Model to End Homelessness is to change this. A client who is Rooted in Community: Has reliable and healthy relationships with at least one person or organization. The relationships are founded in…

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Atlanta Mission’s Faithful Friend Donors

Thanks to the generosity of a longtime Atlanta Mission donor, we have the special opportunity for your first monthly gift to be tripled, which means if you sign up to be a monthly donor, or Faithful Friend as we call this loyal group of donors, your gift will triple in impact. One meal will become three, one hot shower will become three hot showers, one night of shelter and safety will in fact provide three. Becoming a Faithful Friend helps…

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Homeless Children and Delayed Speech

It’s a documented fact that homeless children are at great risk for delayed speech. According to a study cited by the National Institutes of Health, 75 percent of homeless children ages 3 and 4 had language development problems. The lack of stability in their living situation and the trauma experienced by homeless women result in these mothers not speaking to their children during their important developmental years as much as women in less stressful circumstances do.  The result is reduced vocabulary,…

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Keith’s Story of Transformation

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

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

Community Cornhole at Atlanta Mission

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

2016 Atlanta Mission 5K

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

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

Atlanta Mission 5K Runners

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

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

group of people at donation box

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

man holding stack of clothes

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

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

Keith, a guest of Atlanta Mission

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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