Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit with us today. As you well know times are tough and more and more families are losing their homes, especially here in Gwinnett County where many have nowhere to turn or a place to lay their head in a crisis situation.
The need for an emergency crisis intervention residential facility for women and children is real. Rick Badie, columnist for the Atlanta Journal Constitution wrote an article in 2005, which dealt with the countyâ€™s lack of homeless shelters and today in 2014 the situation has not gone away, diminished or changed, instead it is growing and getting worst each day.
According to the Gwinnett helpline website in 2011 there were 26,000 evictions and 23,000 foreclosures. It is very clear to see why so many are saying that evictions and foreclosures are the number one reasons for homelessness in Gwinnett.
During the 2010-2011 school year, the Gwinnett County School system accommodated over 1,655 homeless students.
Even though the shelter resources in Gwinnett are very few and limited in many ways, we are very thankful for what we do have. However, it is clear that our current emergency housing resources are inadequate for serving the needs of Gwinnett County, a county that that ranks one of the largest in Georgia and has one of the fastest growing homeless population in the state.
The current shelter providers that are in place have prerequisites that many folks are just not able to meet when they are experiencing a crisis situation. Others have very limited space and available time in one place to provide shelter for people in need of a place to stay.
One of the major resources for temporary shelter in Gwinnett is the extended stay motels and hotels. These families are placed for a brief period of time from various agency assistance programs, churches, cooperative ministries, businesses and empathetic individuals. The room sometimes may offer a small kitchen, etc. but whether daily, weekly or monthly when rent is due, there are no negotiations, you either pay or get out! Therefore most of these families, who are already in a crisis situation with little or no funds, are basically back to square one. It is almost out of reach or impossible for most to come up with ample funds to pay for the usual required utilities, first monthâ€™s rent and a deposit so that they can move on into a normal living situation. They are caught between a rock and a hard place.
These folks need the â€œHouse of Joyâ€ where they will be able to enroll immediately and obtain a professional yet family style support system. They will be able to save some money that will enable them to meet the required financial obligations to go to the next level and enter into a stable family style living situation in their own apartment or house.
If you would like to be a part of the change you want to see in your community concerning the increasing homeless problem and make a mark that will never be erased, please call me at: 404-513-5683.
Founder and President
Homelessness is a true cancer in society, destroying what is good, healthy and productive. It shortens lives, kills opportunities and eliminates hope.
â€¢ A mother with hungry, cold or ailing children has a magnified sense of desperation, sharpened by a sense of guilt and despair. And a desperate person can be driven to engage in behaviors with even more devastating effects.
â€¢ When people are homeless they will spend most of their time trying to meet their basic needs for food, clothing and shelterâ€”leaving little to no time for seeking a permanent solution to their problem.
â€¢ Women and children are at a greater risk of experiencing homelessness. This is especially true for those women who are the head of their households and have jobs that pay minimum wage.
Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Matthew: 25:40
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"You're Not Alone" Our monthly Support Group and Empowerment Seminars will meet our guest at their point of need with unconditional love, respect and dignity in partnership with the Good Will Career Center on Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth, GA.
"This is your Day!" Our once a month birthday party for children and parents from homeless and at risk families proves that celebrating and acknowledging ones existence through a simple birthday party gives them a feeling of being valued, special, belonging and purposeful. Locations may vary. Call 404-513-5683 for details.
"B and B Project" - Barber and Beauty Day
Our once a month Barber and Beauty Day will provide individuals and families an opportunity to get a hair cut, shave; shampoo and style to boost their self esteem and confidence, thus ultimately motivating them to strive for and accomplish a brighter future for themselves and their love ones.
Call 404-513-5683 for details.