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So far Sophie Beal has created 36 blog entries.
Mar 20 2015

Homeless to Housed: Tina’s Story

By | March 20th, 2015|Success Stories, Voices|0 Comments

This morning, I received a lovely note from one of our staff members who has been with the Gateway Center for many years. This is the story of a young woman who experienced a transformation thanks to the dedication of our staff. I hope Tina's story inspires you as much as it has inspired us here at [...]

Mar 6 2015

Gateway By The Numbers

By | March 6th, 2015|Info, Success Stories|0 Comments

By: Sophie Beal Every year our staff here at GWC step back and take stock of where we are in our organization's mission to end homelessness in Atlanta. It's a chance to assess what we're doing well, celebrate our successes, and look forward to what we can improve upon in years to come. We're so [...]

Feb 4 2015

Service in Partnership: Why “Takin’ It To The Streets” Isn’t Always Effective

By | February 4th, 2015|Issues, Voices, Volunteers|0 Comments

For almost five years, various members of the Peachtree City Seventh-day Adventist church in Sharpsburg, Georgia have come to Gateway on the first Saturday of each month with delicious hot lunches for the residents (and any staff who happen to be working on those days). Last month, we talked with Laurie Allgood, one of the [...]

Jan 11 2015

James’ Story: Reunited (And it Feels so Good)

By | January 11th, 2015|Featured Story 1, Success Stories, Voices|0 Comments

James McCain Jr. is something of a Gateway miracle. Arriving at Gateway Center in May 2014 after having lost everything, it took Mr. McCain only two months to get his life back on track, graduate from Gateway's Life Changers program, and move into his own apartment. Today, James has returned custody of his son and [...]

Dec 30 2014

December Volunteer Spotlight: Reverend Mary Wetzel

By | December 30th, 2014|Info, Issues, Partners, Voices, Volunteers|0 Comments

By: Sophie Beal I had the pleasure of interviewing Reverend Mary Wetzel on December 15th during her Church of the Common Ground's weekly foot clinic for people experiencing homelessness held at Gateway during the winter months. Mary and her church community have being coming to Gateway to serve for over five years and have been [...]

Dec 10 2014

How Can I Help Those Experiencing Homelessness This Holiday Season?

By | December 10th, 2014|Info, Issues, Voices, Volunteers|0 Comments

By: Bec Cranford   Many of us think about those less fortunate more-so around the holidays. As soon as the coffee shops roll out their peppermint latte, we instinctively want to connect with others. Our holiday traditions make us remember that we are community and family--that we are all connected. Some of us who work in [...]

Nov 24 2014

What Does It Mean to Serve?

By | November 24th, 2014|Issues, Voices, Volunteers|0 Comments

By: Sophie Beal We have a lot of pre-conceived notions about what it means to be homeless and at least as many ideas about what it means to serve the homeless. I’ve always felt awkward telling people that I work at a homeless shelter because I can almost see whoever I’m talking with painting a [...]

Nov 6 2014

Evangelist Fanny Head: November Volunteer Spotlight

By | November 6th, 2014|Info, Voices, Volunteers|0 Comments

By: Sophie Beal Hills of Help Outreach Ministry has been coming to Gateway Center every Tuesday for 3 years to provide sack lunches to folks at Gateway Center. Evangelist Fanny Head and Hills of Help Pastor Sandra Billinger are deeply committed to serving the community, rooted in the kind of faith that moves mountains. Evangelist [...]

Oct 23 2014

7 Ways We Unknowingly Miss the Mark When Serving the Homeless

By | October 23rd, 2014|Info, Issues, Voices, Volunteers|0 Comments

By: Bec Cranford-Smith  ***** Many good-hearted mission students and outreach church groups hop onto the streets of Atlanta every week looking to serve others and feel good about their service. Yet in reality, many of our service trips are essentially poverty tourism--efforts to shock ourselves awake from our materialism-induced slumber. We say we want to serve [...]

Oct 21 2014

October Employee of the Month: LacQuanda Rosson

By | October 21st, 2014|Info, News, Staff, Staff Story 2, Voices|0 Comments

By: Sophie Beal LacQuanda is Gateway Center's 4th Floor CSA (Client Service Aid). Because our 4th floor is devoted to Veterans experiencing homelessness, Ms. Rosson has unique insights on serving a population that once served us. LacQuanda is a fantastic human being with a calm, no-frills energy--good to have around in this line of work. [...]

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