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So far Sophie Beal has created 36 blog entries.
Oct 16 2014

Blind Right Now: How Poetry Changed This Man’s Life

By | October 16th, 2014|Art, Featured Story 3, Issues, Success Stories, Voices|0 Comments

By: Sophie Beal   Michael came to Gateway Center only 4 months ago after struggling with chronic homelessness and mental illness all his life. But at 43 years old, Michael came to Gateway Center and discovered a loving and supportive environment that changed everything. With the support of his case manager and close friends at [...]

Oct 8 2014

25 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Gateway

By | October 8th, 2014|Art, Events, Info, Issues, News, Partners|1 Comment

By: Sophie Beal   During my time working for Gateway Center, I have often found it hard to answer the question "What is Gateway?" -- It's tempting to just say that Gateway is a Homeless Shelter... but that doesn't quite do us justice... Gateway does so much more than "shelter" folks. We invest in folks. We walk [...]

Sep 25 2014

September Employee of the Month: Barbara Favors

By | September 25th, 2014|Info, News, Staff, Staff Story 1, Voices|0 Comments

By: Sophie Beal Barbara Favors, a talented Gateway Case Manager won Employee of the Month this September! Ms. Favors is incredibly insightful about her work with men recovering from homelessness--which is not surprising considering she's worked at GWC as a Case Manager since 2006 (just 6 months after we opened!) and for Fulton County in [...]

Sep 5 2014

Simple Truths: Final Installment

By | September 5th, 2014|Info, Issues|0 Comments

By: Staci Wright This is the sixth, and final, installment of the blog series “Simple Truths: debunking common stereotypes surrounding those experiencing homelessness.” You can find the introduction to this series here. In this series, we have discussed common stereotypes surrounding those experiencing homelessness. If you need a refresher, they are: 1. “All homeless people are dirty, smelly [...]

Aug 29 2014

August Volunteer Spotlight: Phyllis Rowe

By | August 29th, 2014|Info, Voices, Volunteers|1 Comment

By Sophie Beal: Phyllis Rowe is not a Gateway employee, but that’s easy to forget as she’s something of an institution around here. Phyllis has volunteered at Gateway for almost three years and manages our clothing closet four days a week, often serving 30-50 people per day. In her words, she’s an “A++ personality,” so [...]

Aug 25 2014

Ron’s Story: A Maze I Had Never Seen

By | August 25th, 2014|Issues, Success Stories, Voices|0 Comments

By: Sophie Beal When I asked Ron if he’d be willing to sit down and share his interesting story with me, he laughed. “People are always telling me how ‘interesting’ my story is . . . Interesting, huh? I guess that’s one word for it.” Truth is it’s hard to find words to describe Ron’s [...]

Aug 15 2014

August Employee of the Month: Fred Payne

By | August 15th, 2014|Info, News, Staff, Staff Story 3, Success Stories, Voices|0 Comments

By: Sophie Beal Fredrick Payne (known by most as Fred) is an incredible and dedicated human being. He arrived at Gateway as a client, rose in the ranks, was hired, and quickly became one of our most valuable employees. Today, Fred is our 3rd Floor CSA, but is always willing to help out wherever he [...]

Aug 5 2014

Simple Truths: Part 5

By | August 5th, 2014|Info, Issues|0 Comments

By: Staci Wright This is the fifth installment of the blog series “Simple Truths: debunking common stereotypes surrounding those experiencing homelessness.” You can find the introduction to this series here.   Homeless people are lazy. Why don’t they just get a job? This question is one we often hear when discussing the issue of homelessness [...]

Jul 29 2014

July Volunteer Spotlight: Sopo Bicycle Cooperative

By | July 29th, 2014|Info, News, Partners, Voices, Volunteers|0 Comments

By: Sophie Beal Our volunteer spotlight this month highlights Patrick Davis, passionate and active board member of the Sopo Bicycle Cooperative. Sopo and Gateway teamed up earlier this year to create "The Link"--a partnership that helps our homeless clients learn cycle maintenance skills and earn bikes with Sopo expertise and guidance. So far, over 30 [...]

Jul 22 2014

Why Volunteer with Gateway?

By | July 22nd, 2014|Info, Partners, Voices, Volunteers|1 Comment

By: Sophie Beal Gateway Center hosts 70-100 volunteers weekly--each providing valuable help for us and our clients by painting dorms, making sandwiches, installing bike racks, serving meals, planting flower beds, giving manicures, sorting donations, editing resumes, singing karaoke . . . and the list goes on. Working with partners in our community is central to [...]

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