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Oct 30 2012

Goodbye fall, and hello winter!

By | October 30th, 2012|Voices|Comments Off on Goodbye fall, and hello winter!

As all you Atlantans have felt in the past few days, Hurricane Sandy has brought some chills and strong winds through our fair city.  And with the last week of October upon us, it is evident that winter is on her way!  As the weather changes and we see more and more women and children [...]

Oct 23 2012

Fall is here!

By | October 23rd, 2012|Voices|Comments Off on Fall is here!

Fall is one of the best seasons around- pumpkins, halloween, apple picking- all of the fun things that everyone loves about fall are upon us!  And we are so grateful that our volunteers have brought some of those things to the Gateway Center - thanks to one of our tutors (pictured above), the kids in [...]

Oct 18 2012

a good excuse to go out to eat…

By | October 18th, 2012|Voices|Comments Off on a good excuse to go out to eat…

Our executive Director shared a story with me this week that I think is just too wonderful not to share- he was at the KFC in the West End, picking up dinner for his mother in law when a man in line approached him- here is the story in his words: “A man walked up [...]

Oct 2 2012

Give Your Sole!

By | October 2nd, 2012|Voices|Comments Off on Give Your Sole!

The Gateway Center is proud to partner with Give Your Sole for this Sunday's Allstate 13.1 marathon!  Our Back on My Feet team will be running parts of the marathon and we have been lucky to be connected to the national charity Give Your Sole.  They will be collecting shoes (some folks will be giving [...]

Oct 1 2012

Home is where the GIFT is…

By | October 1st, 2012|Events|Comments Off on Home is where the GIFT is…

Fall is in the air and we are thrilled to be gearing up for this year's GIFT campaign.  The Gateway Center raised over $70,000 in 2010 through the campaign, and we are hoping for even more positive results this year! Read about our past success here: http://awards.prweekus.com/home-where-gift And get excited to get involved this November!  Details to come!

Sep 28 2012

Steps to success!

By | September 28th, 2012|Voices|Comments Off on Steps to success!

The journey to ending homelessness can be a long one- but there are many small (and sometimes big!) successes along the road to self-sufficiency. This week, one of our clients on the third floor was awarded a scholarship to study information technology at a local school.  He (pictured above with his case manager) is well [...]

Sep 26 2012

You Hold the Key!

By | September 26th, 2012|Voices|Comments Off on You Hold the Key!

Last week at staff meeting our Executive Director gave a very exciting announcement.  One of our residents, Joseph, had gotten the keys to his new apartment.  Joseph is a veteran, and served in the US Marine Corps for a number of years.  In 1983, Joseph was in Beirut during the infamous bombing of the barracks. Joseph [...]

Sep 19 2012

Russell’s Story

By | September 19th, 2012|Success Stories, Voices|Comments Off on Russell’s Story

As featured in our August newsletter; here is Russell's story of success! Russell spent most of his adult life as a successful working man with a beautiful family. One day, however, he was introduced to cocaine. At first, he thought he could stop at any time. Then suddenly, his paycheck would go directly to support [...]

Sep 19 2012


By | September 19th, 2012|Voices|Comments Off on Volunteers

Volunteers are a huge component of what the Gateway Center does on a day to day basis.  From running the clothing closet, to providing a hot meal for our Women and Children's Overflow, members of our community are intricately involved in helping homeless clients move toward self-sufficiency . We would like to take a moment [...]

Aug 24 2012

The Floors of the Gateway Center

By | August 24th, 2012|Voices|Comments Off on The Floors of the Gateway Center

  The Gateway Center is housed in Atlanta’s former Pre-trial Detention Center. Years ago, on my first occasion to walk through the mostly vacant building, I was chilled by the feel of the former jail. Everything was painted a dull, drab battleship gray color. I had never seen so much concrete and steel in one [...]