Jun 17 2015

5 Things You Need to Know About LGBTQ Youth Homelessness

By | June 17th, 2015|Issues, Voices|0 Comments

Living life without a place to call home is a trying and difficult situation for anyone, but with the added variables of youth and sexual orientation, many homeless LGBTQ (lesbian, gay,bisexual,transgender, queer/questioning) youth face an incredible mountain of obstacles.  Without the proper life skills to make it on their own, youth experiencing homelessness often fall [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 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 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 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 [...]

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