Our ultimate goal for everyone who walks through our door is for them to achieve stable employment, permanent housing, and become rooted in the community.
Bishop is one of many individuals who has received hope and love after walking through Atlanta Mission’s doors. He grew up in a large family, surrounded by love, trust, and support. Tragically, one of his family members broke that trust when they molested him as a young child.
This trauma affected every area of his life. As he grew up, he began to rely on alcohol to help him forget the trauma of his past. Depression and alcohol use eventually took over his life. He lost his family, his job, and his hope for the future. He found himself homeless and alone, and one day, he decided to end it all.
Just as Bishop was about to jump in front of a train, he felt someone pull him back. The man who rescued Bishop referred him to Atlanta Mission.
THE TRANSFORMATION MODEL
We provide personalized services through our Transformation Model in the areas below.
STAGE 1: CHOOSE HELP
The majority of our clients come to us in relational poverty, meaning they have no one to trust or to turn to for help. We believe trusted relationships are the key to restoration, redemption, and sustainable change for everyone.
2018 CHOOSE HELP
Bishop arrived as a broken man at The Shepherd’s Inn, our downtown men’s campus. Before arriving, he had nowhere to sleep, no close friends to rely on, and no hope for a better life. Although he didn’t expect things to improve, they slowly did. He volunteered in the kitchen every day at 4:30 AM, where he began to make friends. He slept in a clean, safe bed and ate warm meals. Most importantly, he began to build trusting relationships with staff, volunteers, and other clients.
STAGE 2: MAKE PROGRESS
2018 MAKE PROGRESS
Eventually, Bishop chose to enter our Make Progress Services. He met with his team to determine how to address the unique issues that led to his homelessness. He began attending life skills classes and Bible studies and began to grow his relationship with Christ. Bishop became connected to Dominion City Church (DCC) and started attending each Sunday. He got involved in their community and was baptized there.
A dedicated team surrounded Bishop with support, love, and encouragement. His counselor, helped him work through his emotional needs, and his advocate connected him with outside resources to help end his homelessness. After 6 months of receiving Make Progress Services, Bishop became a new man. He gained hope for the future. He is united with a community that believes in him and supports him. He earns a sustainable income and recently found housing.
STAGE 3: SUSTAIN & GROW
Bishop now lives in an apartment and returns weekly to volunteer at Atlanta Mission. Staff, volunteers, donors, and partners united around Bishop to help end his homelessness. His physical, emotional, and spiritual needs were met, and he now has friends to support him. He reunited with his family, and he plans to bring them back to Atlanta Mission to volunteer. He is rooted in his church community at DCC, and he volunteers there during the week. His ultimate goal is to create a ministry to help women and children facing homelessness.