13 Years of Changing Lives & Ending Homelessness:
Gateway Center recognizes that some may initially see someone that is experiencing homelessness as “common” or as “not special” due to be uninformed or their personal bias. However, the truth is that with an ounce of love and support, the conviction that each of us possess to be stably housed and to provide for ourselves will become evident and shine brightly in those served by the Gateway Center.
At Gateway Center we are provided the opportunity daily to see the beauty of “conviction” being re-ignited in each of the clients that we serve. Often, it is stated that the American Dream is the freedom to succeed and prosper which can be achieved through hard work. The Gateway Center provides our clients experiencing homelessness with the opportunity to gain skills that will allow them to gain access to housing; become employable and demonstrate their conviction to be a hard worker.
“The mission of the Gateway Center is to work to end homelessness, and particularly chronic homelessness, by providing the support and framework people need to achieve self-sufficiency.”
By supporting this event, you will support Gateway Center in raising funds to support our mission and make homelessness rare and brief for those plagued by a displaced situation in metro Atlanta. Funds raised directly support programming such as intensive case management; job readiness training; food services; and other vital supports.
Since 2005, Gateway Center, together with its collaborating partners, has served as a beacon of hope to the approximately 6,000 people annually experiencing homelessness. In 2016, the city of Atlanta reports that there are just over 3,500 individuals experiencing homelessness in the city of Atlanta alone. The organization was founded in a spirit of community collaboration in response to recommendations by former Mayor Shirley Franklin to establish a central point of care in metro Atlanta to meet the needs of those experiencing homelessness in a systematic and supportive manner. Gateway Center continues to deliver programs and services through partnerships that are designed to provide a collective impact approach to support individuals in their successful efforts to transition out of homelessness.
Max Lager’s Wood Grill & Brewery presents: Drink Beer, Do Good™. This event offers live music, low country boil, and serves as Gateway Center’s Volunteer Appreciation Event. Gateway Center believes in celebrating the over 3,000 individuals, groups and corporate volunteers that support Gateway Center’s mission annually. At this year’s event, Gateway Center will honor an Outstanding Individual and Corporate Volunteer for their above-and-beyond service, leadership, employee engagement and commitment to social responsibility. These individuals have been engaged in specific projects and programs that went well beyond making a financial contribution, but were meaningfully improving the Gateway Center community and integral to the agency’s mission and goals.
Tickets can be purchased here.
Outstanding Corporate Volunteer
Presented to Cushman and Wakefield for outstanding contributions by their employees to Gateway Center during 2018. This company has been a longtime advocate for community and has a longstanding reputation for going above-and-beyond. This award recognizes Cushman and Wakefield for their excellence in corporate social responsibility, particularly as it relates to Gateway Center and our efforts to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring.
Outstanding Individual Volunteer
Presented to Denise Fusco for her outstanding contributions to Gateway Center in 2018. As a volunteer with Gateway Center, Denise has displayed above-and-beyond leadership and engagement during the past year. Denise has served as a volunteer with Gateway Center through Project Live Love for over seven years, and she began work more closely with us in 2017. Denise serves regularly with her friends, Mindy and Karen, in our clothing closet. Denise also organizes clothing drives in her local community that benefit Gateway Center. Denise also loves cooking lasagna for our clients. Denise is a beloved friend to many, soccer enthusiast, and community member. This award recognizes Denise Fusco for displaying excellence in creating and fostering a long-term commitment to the issue of homelessness and modeling social responsibility at the highest level, particularly as it relates to Gateway Center and our efforts to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring.
Legacy Volunteer Award
This year, our team at Gateway Center wanted to recognize one of longest term volunteers Phyllis Rowe. Phyllis has served at Gateway Center for almost 8 years. She spends her free time collecting clothing and resources for Gateway Center and other community organizations. She also uses her personal vehicle to deliver meals and bread to the elderly and refugee communities in Atlanta. Phyllis has a steadfast record of service in Atlanta. She works tirelessly to provide underwear and much needed other resources to the guests of Gateway Center. Phyllis loves our clients. And our clients love Phyllis, often asking to see her just for a hug. This award recognizes Phyllis Roew for displaying excellence in creating and fostering a long-term commitment to the issue of homelessness and modeling social responsibility at the highest level, particularly as it relates to Gateway Center and our efforts to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring.
Your $25 donation provides you with access to the event, two (2) drink tickets (beer/wine) and one (1) food ticket. Tickets can be purchased in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drink-beer-do-goodtm-gateway-centers-volunteer-appreciation-event-tickets-56052929822.
There will be complimentary valet parking available starting at 12:00 p.m. Valet will be located at the corner of Peachtree Street and Baker Street near White Oak Kitchen and Cocktails. There are pay parking options close to Max Lager’s Wood Grill & Brewery. Uber or Lyft are also great alternatives to driving.
Consider joining us on April 13, 2019 from Noon-3:00 p.m. as we celebrate our fabulous volunteers at this year’s Drink Beer, Do Good™! We look forward to sharing the afternoon with each of you!