5 Ways You Can Help Those Experiencing Homeless in the Summer Heat

woman facing homelessness in the summer heat

The blacktop on Atlanta’s summer streets can reach 175 degrees. Now imagine that blacktop is your home. For someone living on the streets of Atlanta this summer, heat strokes, exhaustion, dehydration, violence, and serious illness are just some of the threats you face. It isn’t easy. There are many ways you can help those experiencing homelessness in the summer heat. Here are 5 things you can keep in your car this summer as you come across those experiencing homelessness: Water…

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Ikea’s Story of Transformation

Ikea at Atlanta Mission's Women's and Children's Shelter, My Sister's House

“I came to know God through hardship. And my faith grew in suffering.” That’s how Ikea describes her spiritual journey, and there’s no doubt that God has carried her through many trials. “My mom and brother and I fled domestic violence in Florida, but life didn’t get much better in Georgia,” she explained. “We had a lot of issues. My mom was verbally abusive and our relationship was toxic.” Such a tumultuous childhood carried over into adulthood. Ikea struggled to…

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“Here, I Have Time to Breathe”

Sarah and Emma Reading

Sarah was finally at a good place in her life. She’d won a custody of her daughter after being separated for almost two years. The hard part was supposed to be over. She was only supposed to be focused on being a good mom and provider. Then, her car broke down. Sarah had already spent her savings in the fight to have her daughter, so, she couldn’t pay for the repairs. Not having transportation meant that she had to quit…

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Hopeless to Hopeful


Jacqueline was exhausted when she arrived at Atlanta Mission. For five years she experienced homelessness, bouncing from motels to staying with friends, sometimes sleeping in the airport or in her car. She worked at a local university for 14 years, she was a fixture there, she thought she had earned her job security. Then her department was eliminated. She was sure she could get another job, she could prove that she was hardworking and committed. She lived off her retirement…

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Music Breaks Down Walls at Atlanta Mission’s Men’s Shelter

Men Practicing at the Atlanta Mission Men's Shelter Guitar Class

It takes a great deal of coordination and work for Atlanta Mission to function effectively, including staff who love our clients, volunteers to take care of them by cooking meals and cleaning the facilities, and donors who make each of these things possible. This past year we invited donors who have been on campus to take a tour of our facilities and really see what they are supporting. One of the men who decided to do this is Tom McGuire.…

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Atlanta Mission – The Basics of Ending Homelessness

Atlanta Mission, Ending Homelessness

Atlanta is prospering in many ways. Job are arriving. Neighborhoods are revitalizing. Culture is thriving. Yet, poverty is also on the rise with more men, women, and children sleeping on our streets each night. The bonds of poverty are merciless, binding families with financial strain, emotional pain, and deep loneliness. In spite of the prosperity here, there are still many people facing homelessness, with no friends or family to turn to. These are our neighbors- hungry, hurting, and hopeless- struggling…

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Barnell’s Story of Transformation

Barnell at Atlanta Mission

The robber pointed a gun at me and said, “Your car or your life.” Easy choice, right? At the time, I thought I was just saving my own skin. I didn’t realize God would use this crime to give me a different choice — one that saved my soul. It happened like this: After the man stole my car, my life fell apart. I lost my job because I couldn’t get to work. I had no income, and pretty soon…

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The Power of Friendship

Brittany and Amber at Atlanta Mission

Those experiencing homelessness come to us first for emergency services. It is through offering these services that we can begin to build the transformative relationships that lead our clients to Christ and to choose help. 365 days a year, our emergency shelters are open to provide relief from the elements, warm food, and a safe environment to stay. Many of our clients come to us in relational poverty, meaning they have no family or friends to turn to for help.…

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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


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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