16 Blankets for 16 Homeless Babies

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 who have experienced homelessness often exhibit speech and developmental delays, are behind in reading and math skills, lack impulse control, and can be hyper and aggressive.

These children need extra love, care, and support. The main goal of the staff and volunteers at Atlanta Mission is to provide these to the children and their mothers in a supportive and Christ-centered environment. One of the critical needs we provide is a sense of security and safety for moms and their children. A blanket is one of the basic ways this need is met.

We were in need of blankets for babies when we heard from Linda, who is a part of a group of ten women, ranging in age from 68 through 103, in Alpharetta that meets every week to crochet and knit blankets for those in need. “I specifically wanted to find an organization that took care of needy and/or homeless babies, and/or unwed mothers,” said Linda. She let us know that she had 16 baby blankets and hats to donate. Amazingly, we had exactly 16 babies at that time in our care.

The love and care that these women put into the blankets and hats is truly felt by the mothers and children that received them.“They are beautiful, and give comfort to my daughter,” one of the women who received one said.

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

“It’s humbling to think that women we don’t know and may never meet care about us.”

We are so grateful to volunteers like Linda and this caring group of women. We can only continue to love and serve these women and their children with the help of faithful volunteers and donors. This cold winter, the moms and children in our care are warm and secure because of these blankets and the love they convey.

See People and Love them Well

By Denise Briscoe

Denise, an ambassador at Atlanta MissionToday 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 I think of all the individuals I have had to opportunity to sit with and talk to, I am overwhelmed with a full heart.

God has blessed me to get to see some very talented ladies. I’ve sat in a room with a woman that was born to be on a stage singing her heart. I could sit and listen to her sing and hang onto every word of the gospel song that came out of her mouth. Collage created by a woman at Atlanta MissionI’ve listened to an amazing singer/songwriter/guitarist and seen her heart for people. I know she is going out into her community with her music to bring hope to all those around her. I’ve been given the opportunity to lead different classes that turned into a mix of Spoken Word, poems, and true words coming from the heart about whatever topic we were learning that day. I could see the wheels turning in creativity as women used art to express themselves, whether that be with painting, coloring, or drawing.

Why am I telling you this? Because all too often it’s easier to just not look at a person for who they really are. We are always so quick to judge someone because of the situation we think we “know” they are in. When we look at the “messy” in people’s lives, we don’t really want to touch that. When that happens though, we miss out on their beauty.

I want to challenge you today. I want you to go out into the world and look at people for who they really are. Don’t just look at the woman on the street as just another “homeless person”. Look at each one as the amazing person that God created them to be. See people and love them well.