Hi, I’m Emily, and I’m excited to introduce myself as a new (part-time) Community Relations Associate at the Gateway Center.


I graduated from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) in May, with a degree in Environmental Communication.  Like most people, you may be wondering what that is. It is best described as a combination of public relations and environmental studies. I originally started my college career as a public relations major, but changed to this major so I could combine my passions for both communications and environmental studies.  I found it important to be passionate about what I was studying, and ultimately about my career, which brings me to my next point: Why Gateway?

I was born and raised in this sweet, southern city. I have a deep sense of pride for Atlanta – you can often find me ‘instagram-ing’ pictures of the skyline and happenings around town. I also spent much of my childhood alongside my mother, Debi Starnes, campaigning for her seat on the Atlanta City Council.  I remember when the conversations first began about creating the Gateway Center, so having the opportunity to work here now is exciting and an honor. I’m looking forward to my time here, and working with all of the incredible people who do so much for this place and for people experiencing homelessness.

Some of my other interests include travel, cooking and food, reading, writing, and reading & writing about travel, cooking and food. Three days after graduation I boarded a plane to Europe and spent 49 days visiting 13 cities in 6 countries.  I wrote a blog during my adventures, which you can read here. (FYI: the blog stops about halfway through because I decided to write more in my physical journal. I have plans to add the rest of the entries in the next month).  On the weekends you can find me running on the Atlanta BeltLine, picnic-ing in Piedmont Park or trying new restaurants around town.

Thank you to everyone who has already made me feel so welcome. I know that my time here will be filled with learning opportunities, humbling moments and valuable life experiences. I hope and pray that my work will make an impact towards ending homelessness in this city we all call home.



Want to win a $50 Visa Check Card and help out those who are experiencing homelessness s in the city of Atlanta? You can.  Gateway has needs all year long that range from socks to towels to shampoo.  We keep you updated on what goes on in the life of the Gateway Center monthly via our e-newsletter.  Sign up between now and November 30th and you’ll be entered to win $50. It’s as easy as pie, and it’s a good thing for people, too. Follow the link, here