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 and suggested Atlanta Mission’s The Shepherd’s Inn.

He came to our emergency shelter, successfully completed our job attainment program, and received valuable job preparation help from the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency, where he developed a resume and interview skills. For the past two years, he has been working diligently at his full time job with a nationwide facilities management company at a large site here in Atlanta, while also preparing to launch his own cleaning company.

Glenn’s dream came true this spring when his company, Stevenson Janitorial Services, celebrated its grand opening. Glenn’s homelessness has ended, as he has stable housing in the heart of Atlanta, and his future is filled with more big dreams. While he is already an employer with a couple of employees, he dreams of continuing to grow his company and serving other Atlanta businesses through his services. A sincere, “thank you!” from Glenn to all who helped bridge the gap between his homelessness and a bright new future.