15 Years of Changing Lives & Ending Homelessness:
“The mission of Gateway Center is to connect people experiencing homelessness with the support necessary to become self-sufficient.”
It is our pleasure to share that Gateway Center’s 8th Annual Human Clay Event will be held on Thursday, September 10, 2020 in the comfort of your own home!! We are excited to venture into the virtual event world and in honor of our 15th year of service in Atlanta, our theme is Crystal Clear.
The special honorees comments and guest stories shared that evening will reflect on our beginnings in 2005 and look towards our future in helping make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring.
Since 2005, Gateway Center has continued to serve as a beacon of hope to the approximately 10,000 people annually experiencing homelessness. 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.
Mayor Franklin was the first African American woman elected mayor of a major southern city in 2002 and served two-terms as the mayor of Atlanta until 2009. During Mayor Franklin’s tenure she developed a 10-Year strategic plan for ending Chronic Homelessness, which led to the launch of Gateway Center. She is best known for advocating for and tackling major government operations and ethics reform and launching the Regional Commission on Homelessness. This plan also engaged Atlanta’s business community to create more private public partnerships for the purpose of addressing Atlanta’s homelessness issues.
Dr. Debi Starnes served as Mayor Shirley Franklin’s policy advisor on metro Atlanta’s initiatives and projects to prevent and end homelessness. She currently serves as a board member of the Regional Commission on Homelessness. Dr. Starnes was steadfast in her support and advocacy for improving Atlanta’s continuum of care for the homeless population during her term as an Atlanta City Councilwoman from 1994-2005. Dr. Starnes graciously served on Gateway Center’s Board of Directors for 14 years. During this time Dr. Starnes has led Gateway Center’s efforts to track data and report on impact. Dr. Starnes served as the Chair of the Program Strategies and Evaluation Committee during her tenure.
We are excited that former Mayor Shirley Franklin and Debi Starnes will be honored this year!
Human Clay is Gateway Center’s largest fundraising event and has always provided significant funds for the provision of our essential services. We will continue our tradition of a silent and live auction along with the “Fund the Mission” component. In addition, we have a special guest entertainer who will be joining us during the event.
Please visit GiveSmart to view Silent and Live auction items.
Funds raised directly support programming including intensive case management, coordinated entry, behavioral health services, substance abuse treatment, workforce development, food services, and other vital supports.
Gateway Center is excited to announce that Keisha Lancelin will be the Emcee for Human Clay 2020. Keisha has been a force behind WUPA’s since its inception in September of 1995. While the vision and scope of television has moved with trends of society, she has remained focused on the key aspects of effective and informational programming that speaks to the community. As the Public Affairs Director with Atlanta’s CW, her days are divided between duties as spokesperson, talent, producer, and community liaison. She is the host of community affairs program, Focus Atlanta, which celebrated its 20th Year Anniversary in 2018. Episodes air Sunday afternoons at noon. In addition to producing the program, she maintains relationships with service organizations in an effort to establish WUPA-TV as an ongoing venue of support to the community. Her community outreach duties include: providing internships to broadcast students, supervising employee volunteerism, as well as airing public service announcements that target issues of importance. She is an avid supporter of the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, Live Thrive Atlanta, and CHRIS Kids, Inc. She has received numerous accolades for her community service and dedication, including a proclamation from the Atlanta City Council for her work to educate the public about the spread of HIV/AIDS with her special: “A Positive Light: HIV in Atlanta”. Gateway Center is so excited to have Keisha as our Emcee for Human Clay!
We invite you to support Gateway Center by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn and then attending our Human Clay Crystal Clear virtual event on Thursday, September 10 from 7pm-8pm!
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. We will continue our tradition of a silent and live auction along with the “Fund the Mission” component. We also have a very special guest entertainer who will be joining us during the event.
Please click on this link to view Silent and Live auction items. We will be offering some fantastic items such as a Day with a Master Brewer at Bold Monk Brewing, a landscaping package to upgrade your lawn, 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.
Funds raised directly through Human Clay support programming including intensive case management, coordinated entry, behavioral health services, substance abuse treatment, workforce development, food services, and other vital supports. Please click on this link to give to these critical programs and services at Gateway Center.
Thank you for your support!
2020 Corporate Sponsors
|Jack & Caroline Hardin|
|RCG Properties LLC – Robert Glustrom|
|Karen & Mark Holzberg|
|Mary Grace & Greg Heston|
|Emilie & Keith Evans|
|Mr. John C. Hamilton|