On Wednesday several of our staff had the pleasure of attending the 2013 Georgia Drug Policy and Alcohol Forum sponsored by Central Outreach and Advocacy Center and Troutman Sanders. It was one of the most informative lunches I’ve had the chance to experience in my time thus far working with the homeless and community in Atlanta.
In the coming months we will continue to build Gateway Center as a voice of community collaboration and change for Atlanta, in the hopes that our efforts could be a model for changing lives and ending homelessness on a local, regional, and national level.
We hope to add our voice to a growing coalition of advocates who are committed to seeing change on the policy end as well as in the individual’s life. We seek to be proponents of awareness that call our community to action of all kinds: Yes, in the form of volunteers, in-kind donations, and funds. In addition we would also like to create a growing awareness of the policy and social trends that are affecting the lives of real men and women who are experiencing homelessness. Our work is to serve, to partner with, and to be a voice for our community.
As we continue to produce stories on our various channels of social media and our website, the call to action is simple: Engage with us. Share your thoughts and your questions. If you like a story, share it with your friends and family. Partnering with us can mean a donation or a volunteer outing, but also the ancient art of simply telling others. Your voice is critical in this journey.
Top 3 Ways to Engage the Poor in Your Community.
- Have a conversation with someone. We tend to pass people by on the street for all kinds of reasons. Perhaps consider slowing down and asking that person their name and their story. Each person has a whole lifetime of experiences that have shaped them and we all have so much to learn.
- Donate. Donate your time through organizing a volunteer outing with your friends or donate old sheets and towels. There are a host of items that are always in need. Click here to see a list, and get in touch with Gateway or another organization you trust.
- Share. If you see an article or a photo or blog post you like from Gateway or another organization, don’t hesitate to share it on your timelines. Information is powerful, and the more of us who are informed about the situation of our homeless brothers and sisters, the better we will be able to provide lasting solutions and help. Knowledge is the bedrock of this social change, and we can’t do it alone. So, please, click the like button. Share the article. Tell your friends to become a fan of our page. Every little bit really does count.