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14 Years of Changing Lives & Ending Homelessness:

You are cordially invited to our signature event and help us celebrate 14 years of proudly serving Atlanta and #Restoration to those experiencing homelessness.

The name Human Clay derives from a line in The Novels of Balzac by French novelist and playwright Honoré de Balzac which states:

“And a conviction brings a salient indefinable
beauty into faces made of the commonest human clay.”

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 guests 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. Gateway Center provides our guests 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 connect people experiencing homelessness with the support necessary to become self-sufficient.”

By supporting this event, you will support Gateway Center in raising funds to support our mission and our 5 Keys To Success 1. Health & Wellness 2. Housing Placement 3. Job Readiness & Placement 4. Financial & Adult Literacy 5. Family & Community Engagement. By utilizing theses Keys To Success we can collectively 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; coordinated entry, behavioral health services, substance abuse treatment, job readiness training; food services; and other vital supports.

Since 2005, Gateway Center has continued to serve as a beacon of hope to the approximately 10,000 people annually experiencing homelessness. In 2018, the city of Atlanta reports that there were 3,076 individuals experiencing homelessness in the city of Atlanta. 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.

White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails has been the presenter and lead sponsor of Human Clay since its inception. Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta and operated by Brewed to Serve Restaurant Group, WOKC brings a taste of contemporary Southern cuisine and a warm atmosphere to the busy city. Executive Chef Todd Richards, formerly of One Flew South, The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead and The Shed at Glenwood, leads the kitchen with his appreciation for seasonal ingredients and regional Southern flavors.

We invite you to support our cause by attending our event and by making a sponsorship commitment. If you are interested in sponsorship, please contact the Resource Development Department at fundraising@gatewayctr.org. Please see the following Sponsorship Levels and Commitment Form.

Tickets can be purchased here.

2019 Corporate Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor


Jack & Caroline Hardin


RCG Properties LLC- Robert Glustrom


The Adam Leaderman Family Karen & Mark Holzberg


Greg & Mary Grace Heston


Keith & Emilie Evans


Shiel & Margo Edlin

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Join us November 13, 2018 for the Gateway Center’s third annual Human Clay benefit presented by White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails.

The evening will be a celebration of Gateway Center’s twelve years in operation—ending homelessness for many of the estimated 7,000 persons currently experiencing homelessness in metro Atlanta and changing their lives for the better.

Along with the great food, drink, and music, we will explore the ways in which Gateway Center has seen ten incredible years of lives shaped into self-sufficiency: off the streets and living in their own safe, affordable, and permanent housing.

Join us for a night to make new friends and connect with old ones, enjoy the amazing atmosphere of White Oak Kitchen, and to be a part of an inspiring group of leaders in our city who are working to see homelessness ended for each and every person who walks through Gateway Center’s doors.

What to Expect:

Great food + Tasty libations
Live bluegrass band + Fun photo booth
Silent Auction full of local experiences and beautiful art
Thoughtful commentary on the fight to end homelessness
A celebration of the amazing progress made since Gateway’s founding in July 2005

*The event is Cocktail Attire*
*100% of ticket sales will directly support GWC programs and services.*

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