As the night\’s freezing weather started to creep in Saturday night, several of Atlanta\’s homeless could be seen huddled up across the city trying to keep warm.(2/16/2013)
Originally posted on Kim's Random Thoughts:
For the past five years, I have been attending the graduation ceremony of the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency. It used to be called Samaritan House, when my beautiful friend Dr. Green was leading the organization. I was invited years ago to attend the graduation to help understand the goals of the organization for a potential partnership, but found myself drawn to the people there. The ceremony is very simple. The “graduates” who are homeless men and women go through classes and once they are completed, a ceremony takes place. They are held once a month and family and friends are invited to attend. Many of the volunteers are there as well to cheer them on. The ceremony is held every fourth Friday of the month and there are usually about 20-30 participants.
The thing I love most about attending the ceremony is that the graduates are so thankful for the chance to make a new start. Many of them have been down on their luck and this program gives them an opportunity to learn a job skill and form relationships that will give them the support they need to stay on track. I love their enthusiasm and winning attitude.
Originally posted on UK Homelessness Film:
Sometimes, what’s on the outside can count.
In the decades since returning home from service, U.S. Army veteran Jim Wolf has faced poverty, homelessness and alcoholism. But with a bit of physical transformation, he finally found a way to turn things around.