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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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