"Yes, our homeless
are Americans too..."
In these tough economic times, lots of people - including the homeless veteran at left - can use all the help they can get.
For those in need, consider the following options:
The Real Life Center
in Tyrone, at 382 Senoia Road (phone 770-631-9334, or by web, "reallifecenter.org"). They offer loans or emergency money to those in need; the program helps meet "the critical financial needs of families in areas such as rent, utilities and other emergencies." You’ll have to make an application one week and funds will be available the next week. These funds are intended as “once in a lifetime gifts.” The Center also offers counseling, a food pantry, and "networking" assistance.
The local Salvation Army
(for Fulton County residents only) offers services to the destitute or homeless. The contact number for “Chris,” in charge of the program, is (404) 728-6704, or (678) 483-4735 (cell). The address is 400 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta, and the web contact is "Chris_priest@uss.Salvationarmy.org."
The Calvary Refuge Center
, in Clayton County at 4265 Thurmond Road, Forest Park, GA 30297, offers both a "transitional program" and an emergency shelter program."
The Emergency Night Shelter
Program provides safe and secure lodging for those in need of immediate shelter, but who are not qualified to participate in the transitional program. This program, which can accommodate a total of 59 guests, consists of dorm-style sleeping and bathroom facilities for men, women, and children.
The primary purpose of the transitional housing program
is to provide temporary shelter for those families wishing to move beyond their current situation, but who are without the means to do so. "Our goal is to assist them in transitioning into the working community." Families who qualify may live in the transitional housing facility for up to a year in their own private quarters. Each room is similar to a motel room with a private bath. Transitional residents are required to plan and prepare their own meals and will receive necessary financial counseling and job skill training to assist them in reaching their goals, and rehabilitating them into the community.
A contact number for the homeless in Griffin - after 4:00 p.m. - is (770) 227-2336. Also consider the Metro Atlanta Task Force For The Homeless
hotline, (404) 447-3698, or by webc, "www.homelesstaskforce.org." The Task Force's "toll-free, statewide Hotline is a fully computerized, constantly operating service linking more than 10,000 callers and their households each year with shelter, food, clothing, permanent housing, employment services and other support."
And finally, you might consider A Better Way Ministries
, with phone numbers: (770) 599-8111, or (770) 631-6202. According to their website, they are "Changing the World, One Life at a Time... A Better Way Ministries, Inc
. is a place of refuge for men ages 17 - 55 with drug and alcohol addictions and other life controlling issues. While in our program these individuals will learn how to look to Christ for the answers they so desperately need." Notes: This information was gleaned by our "favorite office volunteer named Rosemary..." (Thank you Rosemary.)