Rae’s Story of Transformation

Rae found Hope at Atlanta Mission

For 14 years, Rae knew darkness well. Suffering with severe brain trauma, an incurable disease, depression, poverty, and homelessness, there was little light in her world. But it wasn’t always that way. Growing up in New York City, she was raised in a Christian home and enjoyed a comfortable life. She attended St. John’s University, earned a degree in psychology, and worked for 10 years at a local hospital. But in 2001, disaster struck. First, Rae suffered a tragic brain…

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Atlanta Mission CEO Helps to Heal Workplace Culture

Atlanta Mission is Best Christian Workplaces Certified as of 2017

Best Christian Workplace Institute recently featured Atlanta Mission’s CEO, Jim Reese, in their blog about creating a healthy work culture. The Great Recession of 2008 did a number on the Atlanta Mission’s finances. Painful right-sizing of staff followed. Jim said, “We had to stabilize our people and find a much more consistent way to treat, coach and develop our staff.” Last year, thanks to the loyalty, trust, communication, unity, shared-focus and excellence that now drive a thriving new service model,…

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The Braves Spread the Love on Valentine’s Day

The Atlanta Braves Mascot, Blooper, at Atlanta Mission

Valentine’s Day was extra special this year for the women and children we serve at The Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children, the campus for our front door services. The Atlanta Braves organization stopped by to serve lunch, give out Braves swag, clean the entire building, and spend time with the women and children. “We are truly feeling the love of the community today,” one client said. One of the special guests they brought with them was Blooper, the Braves…

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Creating Community and Learning New Skills in Atlanta Mission’s Woodshop

The Potter’s House, Atlanta Mission’s men’s shelter in northeast Georgia, is buzzing with excitement on a seemingly-normal Wednesday afternoon. This is because the woodshop is open tonight. In this place, clients can make projects they are proud of and learn valuable skills. In years past, the woodshop at The Potter’s House was used as a place for clients to learn carpentry skills and create beautiful items to sell or give to the community. It closed because of a lack of…

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December Miracles

Christmas Prime Rib

December at Atlanta Mission is truly the most wonderful time of the year, the rooms are packed, the gifts are wrapped, and for many this is the first Christmas they have spent in a safe place. For our staff this is a time where their faith is stretched. For Ms. Pat, who runs all of Atlanta Mission food service, more individuals in our shelters means there are more mouths to feed. Christmas came around this year and there were no…

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News Release: Atlanta Mission 5K Race to End Homelessness, presented by Aetna

Kara and Ryan at the 2017 Atlanta Mission 5K Race to End Homelessness

News Release Media Contact: 
Rachel Reynolds, PR/Communications Associate (321) 795-7137 Rachel.reynolds@atlantamission.org For Immediate Distribution ATLANTA MISSION RUNS IN THE COLD FOR THOSE WHO SLEEP IN THE COLD PRESENTED BY AETNA Atlanta Mission will take over Downtown Atlanta for its annual 5K Race to End Homelessness presented by Aetna. On February 17, 2018, AT 8:30AM at Pemberton Place, thousands of men, women and children will take to the streets of downtown Atlanta to run a race in the cold for those…

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16 Blankets for 16 Homeless Babies

Homeless mother and child at Atlanta Mission with donated blanket and hat

At Atlanta Mission, we’ve learned that God blesses us in unexpected ways, and at unanticipated times. This Christmas season, God provided a connection between a senior group in Alpharetta and homeless mothers with babies that we serve. We serve between 80-100 children whose mothers are experiencing homelessness each day. Many of these children have undergone trauma as a result of their precarious and uncertain living conditions. They have moved multiple times, and may find it hard to trust people. Children…

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Merry Christmas from Atlanta Mission!

This Christmas season, thank you for remembering those without homes in our city. Your partnership means so much to the staff, clients, and volunteers at Atlanta Mission. In the midst of the holiday rush, we hope you experience the hope, love, and joy that comes from knowing Christ. Please let us know if we can be in prayer for you or your family. Merry Christmas! Don’t be afraid! Look! I bring good news to you— wonderful, joyous news for all…

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Gigi’s Story of Transformation

gigi-and-ari-at-atlanta-mission

When my baby daughter Aria and I were homeless, I didn’t think we’d ever have a happy Christmas. Christmas doesn’t mean much when you don’t have a safe place to live. And I was so afraid that my daughter would have as miserable a childhood as I did. Thanks to Atlanta Mission, that’s not going to happen now. But it’s been a long, difficult journey. Growing up, my family was horribly dysfunctional — including sexual abuse, rape, and addiction. It…

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Breaking Barriers with Google Translate: José and Able’s Story

José and Able at Atlanta Mission, Using Google Translate to Communicate

Open and honest communication is a critical element in a healthy relationship. Christ calls us to dwell in community with one another, and community is built on close relationships. Psalm 133:1 reminds us of this: “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” But how can you build a trusting relationship or live in community with someone if you don’t speak the same language? The Barriers of Homelessness and Communication José came to Georgia from Puerto Rico…

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Harry’s Story of Transformation

Harry, a client, at Atlanta Mission

“I had it all, but I lost it all.” That’s how Harry summarizes the disastrous events that brought him to Atlanta Mission. He had everything a man could want — family, home, career and more. But when his wife of more than 20 years left him, it all came crashing down. Harry was overwhelmed with sadness and “completely lost.” To ease that pain, he used cocaine heavily — only to lose the last thing that was keeping him going, his…

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“If Your Identity is Broken, Your Life is Broken”

by Leize Marie Davis Many early mornings at The Shepherd’s Inn, I have been visited by Paul. He comes in beaming and asking how he can pray for me. Throughout the conversation, he begins to recite the litany of his past wrongs and wounds: in and out of jail, abused as a child, drugs, life on the streets, etc. It breaks my heart that not only is his identity anchored in past abuse and mistakes. I wonder if he sees…

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Pray Without Ceasing

Praying Hands

Our guests and staff face obstacles and hardships every day as they pursue transformation and fresh starts. We would appreciate your prayers and will share our requests periodically here on the blog. Today, the following prayer requests are for the staff and guests at The Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children. The Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children provides a variety of services, including childcare, showers, laundry, lunch, MARTA cards for medical appointments, medical care, life-skills classes, recreational opportunities, access to My Sister’s…

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Atlanta Mission Prepares for Irma

Atlanta Mission Prepares for Irma

Facing weather like Irma can be scary, even with shelter and preparations. Imagine though, that you have no walls to protect you, maybe just a tent or a cardboard box. A tropical storm becomes a life or death situation for someone experiencing homelessness. That’s why this morning, Atlanta Mission staff went out and helped countless individuals find a safe place to stay. That’s why at lunch, Atlanta Mission volunteers braved the elements to come serve meals to those who would otherwise be…

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Macey’s Story of Transformation

Macey and her children at atlanta mission

After years of abuse, poverty, and dysfunction, Macey and her children had run out of options. Desperate to avoid the streets, they came to Atlanta Mission… “I’ve struggled for a long time,” Macey admits. “Bad jobs, abusive boyfriends, moving around a lot. It’s been one thing after another.” In many ways, these struggles are a continuation of her childhood. Macey came from a broken home, and instability has characterized much her life. This constant chaos has made it nearly impossible…

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Homeless Moms and Children Build Relationships through Cub Scouts

Young Boys involved in Cub Scouts at Atlanta Mission

Do you remember camping as a kid? Building a fire, making s’mores, telling ghost stories, and staring at the stars? Perhaps you have taken your children camping, and have seen the joy on their faces as they experience the great outdoors. Many of the children that we serve have never had experiences like these. They may have spent nights sleeping on the street or in cars out of necessity, but many have never camped out for fun. They may not…

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See People and Love them Well

Collage created by a woman at Atlanta Mission

By Denise Briscoe Today I reached my 300th guest. What does that mean? That means I have had the amazing privilege to get to know 300 beautifully made women, and sometimes their children, one on one while building a relationship with them. I have worked with Atlanta Mission at The Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children for three and a half years now. I have been a staff ambassador for two of those years to women experiencing homelessness. As…

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