Human Clay

  • Human Clay 2021
  • Silent Auction and Donations
  • Sponsorship
  • Previous Year's Human Clay
  • Courage To BE The Change

    “The mission of Gateway Center is to connect people experiencing homelessness with the support necessary to become self-sufficient.”

    Gateway Center would like to cordially invite you to attend our 9th Annual Human Clay event as we celebrate 16 years of proudly serving Atlanta homeless community.

    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.”

    It is our pleasure to share that Gateway Center’s 9th Annual Human Clay Event will be held virtually on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 7p.m. This year’s event is aptly themed, Courage To BE The Change.  The past year has required each of us to challenge ourselves, accept a new “normal”, and to summon the courage necessary to implement changes that better support our communities and those most in need.  This year’s event will celebrate the beautiful spirit and resiliency of both Atlanta and the guests we serve.

    Since 2005, Gateway Center has served as a beacon of hope to approximately 7,000 people annually experiencing homelessness.

    “The mission of Gateway Center is to connect people experiencing homelessness with the support necessary to become self-sufficient.”

    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.

    Each year we select an individual to honor with our Making A Difference Award. This award is for individuals who have distinguished themselves through their meaningful contributions to community, which have made a direct impact through the promotion of equality and compassion for all.  In addition, their advocacy has inspired others to fight for our most vulnerable communities, including the homeless community.  These individuals have exhibited courage, leadership, and a personal willingness and commitment to create change.  This year we will honor and celebrate an Atlantan who has led a life filled with documented instances of courage.  Gateway Center has chosen to honor Former Mayor, Ambassador Andrew Young Jr. with our Making A Difference Award.

    Former Mayor, Ambassador Andrew Young Jr. has championed the most vulnerable and demonstrated the Courage necessary to ensure that Changes made within community were just and equitable.  His civil rights activism placed him on the front lines in the struggle for racial justice alongside Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  His passion and commitment for racial and social justice led him to achieve many firsts in his political career.  He was the first African American to represent Georgia in Congress since Reconstruction, and he was the first African American to serve as a U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.  In addition, he served as Mayor for the City of Atlanta for two terms.  In 1981, President Jimmy Carter awarded him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the highest civilian award in the U.S.  Throughout his career, he has passionately advocated for education, economic justice, and human rights.  He currently leads the Andrew Young Foundation, which works to promote and develop leadership, human rights, education, and health in Atlanta and around the world.  Former Mayor, Ambassador Andrew Young Jr. exemplifies our theme this year, Courage To BE The Change.


    Brigette Burnett- CEO & Founder, Choice Productions

    Gateway Center is excited to announce that Brigette Burnett will be the Emcee for Human Clay 2021. Brigette is an Emmy award-winning television news reporter, anchor, producer, videographer, and editor with more than ten years of professional experience.  Although she is originally from Michigan, she has traveled the Midwest since graduating Columbia College Chicago in 2010.  Her television career has taken her to stations in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio.  She currently volunteers for Corners Outreach, and she is a proud member of the National Association of Black Journalists and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.  Brigette is the CEO and Founder of Choice Productions, which provides video production and photography, assists with virtual events, creates marketing material, hosts events, provides social media marketing, and enhances web designs.  Gateway Center is excited to have Brigette as our Emcee for Human Clay!

    We encourage you to learn more about Gateway Center by following us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn and then attending our Human Clay Courage To BE The Change virtual event on Wednesday, September 15 from 7pm-8pm!

    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 Please see the following Sponsorship Levels and Commitment Form.

    ​ We are grateful for our Presenting Sponsors for Human Clay 2021, White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails and Georgia-Pacific.

  • Silent Auction and Donations

    Human Clay is Gateway Center’s largest fundraising event and has always provided significant funds for the provision of our essential services. Funds raised directly support programming including intensive case management, coordinated entry, behavioral health services, substance abuse treatment, workforce development training, food services, and other vital supports.

    We will continue our tradition of a silent and live auction along with the “Fund the Mission” component.

    Please click on this link to view Silent and Live auction items. We will be offering some fantastic items such as wine tasting classes, sports memorabilia and much more! Auction items can be previewed until just before the event so you can browse and plan your bidding strategy.

    Please click on this link to give to our critical programs and services at Gateway Center.

    Thank you in advance for your support!

  • 2021 Corporate Sponsors

    Presenting Sponsors