We are very much aware of the challenges of homelessness-reduction in Atlanta. We know homelessness can only be reduced when all steps from A to Z are taken and are leading to self-sustainability. Many shelters, churches and organizations have taken the first important steps by providing food, temporary shelter and temporary housing.Yet, there is more that has to be done. We recognize that personal healing and personal empowerment are fundamental step towards self-sustainability before job training and job placement should be introduced. We also recognize the importance of getting to know and working with the community around us. Our work cannot be fruitful in a community that suffers. How can homelessness be reduced in an environment that induces homelessness? It is imperative that we get to know our community and find solutions to the problems by working together with the people and for the people. Building relationships is key to lift-each other up and to help each other in the process to self-sustainability.
We are working our homeless program and community project in tandem by following the HELP TO BE HELPED principle. Our focus is on repurposing a donated facility into a Community Art Center, the first step of our self-sustainability program. In September of 2016, we started a ‘Planting Seeds of Love with the People and for the People’ as a solution to the food desert and food-insecurity problem in the community of NW Atlanta. In July of 2019 our weekly food project extended to the refugees of the city of Clarkston, GA.