People in Relationship in Atlanta
Summary from CityLights Visit to Covenant House of Georgia:
Forty-five friends from Atlanta attended CityLights on October 8, 2013. Gathering in a circle in the Covenant House of Georgia cafeteria, the friends each briefly shared what they are focused on right now in the city. There were business leaders, youth leaders, pastors, educators, and volunteers. It was an encouraging sample of the work of the body of Christ across Atlanta, and that was before we heard Allison Ashe’s amazing story.
Allison decided after attending seminary that she wanted to not just study, but also apply what she was learning to help people directly. Many years later, after a series of jobs where she learned how start and manage programs and raise funds, she accepted the Executive Director position at Covenant House through what she described at the providence of God.
Allison and one of the Covenant House board members Clark Dean also described the role of the providence of God providing the new campus for this program for homeless youth. The seven-acre facility can provide housing for over sixty young women and men, mostly ages 18 to 21, wanting to come off the streets of Atlanta. The youth are provided not only with food and shelter, but also with a case management plan, including counseling, education, such as a way to obtain a GED, and vocational training. Then, they are given the opportunity to be in an independent living program at scattered site apartments where they continue learning life skills and can stay for up to two years.
For more information about Covenant House of Georgia, please go to www.covenanthousega.org.
In every zip code of Atlanta there are individuals following callings to serve others. These men and women may run businesses, households, lead congregations, serve in the fields of medicine or construction or public service. The Atlanta Resource Foundation seeks to quietly and naturally connect small groups of Atlantans to encourage one another through seasons of life in discovering, encouraging, networking, empowering, and giving to each other as we pursue our different, unique, and specific callings.
Through the CityLights gatherings we seek to consistently grow and maintain friendships. Through other activities that we assist in administrating we specifically seek to be an encourager, catalyst and behind the scenes facilitator of relationships.
Unlike other "foundations" we do not make grants or exist to distribute money. Sometimes friends use us to "pass through" a charitable gift but Atlanta Resource Foundation is focused on organically building relationships in the city.
P.O. Box 20057, Atlanta, GA 30325