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Build Hope a Home
Facing homelessness is one of life’s most difficult challenges
“Where will my family sleep tonight? Will we survive the rain and cold? Can our children endure this tremendous loss and what imprint will it make on them? How will we keep our few belongings together? How can I work if I cannot bathe and have clean clothes? Does anyone care?”
In the midst of such an overwhelming crisis, your neighbors in need are looking for a safe, welcoming space to call home. They want a well-trained, compassionate staff to help guide the way. And they need peace. Safety. Less fear. More hope.
And they need peace, safety. Less fear, more hope.
Suburban poverty is growing
The fastest growing segment of poverty is in the suburbs. With nearly 10,200 Georgians living in homelessness, many have given up on city resources and fled to the suburbs in hopes of more opportunity.
Unfortunately, affordable housing and transportation access are very limited in the suburbs, making poverty a difficult barrier to overcome. In addition, 38 percent have at least one disability and many experiencing homelessness are children.
So how do we help?
We MUST increase capacity.
Today, we provide 72 beds in the Elizabeth Inn Shelter … a far cry from filling the actual need.
Sadly, we are turning away 200-300 people a month because our beds are full and 70 percent of those we cannot serve are women and children. Our team of dedicated staff and volunteers are heartbroken daily as they have no choice but to turn away families, single moms and their children and others so desperate for help.
We MUST provide hope
Our hope is to build a fully-furnished home with twice the current capacity in a living space designed for dignity, comfort and safety as a centerpiece to a unified campus.
The tailored client environment will feature areas for families, veterans, individuals, kitchen and dining hall, a playground and learning. Our experienced case managers will continue to offer guidance and support while our employment services professionals provide training and career opportunities.
In addition, we will provide a centralized campus with comprehensive support services such as a medical clinic, food pantry and thrift store near the new volunteer engagement and donation center.
MUST helped us with clothing, personal products, hot meals and a place to stay while we looked for jobs. It was the next best thing to being at your mama’s house.
MUST Ministries not only saved my life, but also gave me necessary tools to help me re-establish my life. I would have been out on the streets in the dead of winter with nothing if MUST Ministries wasn't there to welcome me with caring hearts and open arms.
--A grateful client
How to make it happen
We MUST come together to help those in desperate situations and looking for hope. We need support from individuals, faith-based organizations, companies, civic groups, foundations and neighborhoods. Every dollar counts and every sacrifice to give is meaningful.
When a community comes together to raise a projected $14 million for a new shelter and poverty services campus, thousands will benefit for years to come. More of our neighbors in need will be served. More will find jobs. More will move to stable housing. More will have a better future.
Big dream. Big goal. Big results!
For more information or to tour our current facility, please call Howard Cox at 770-366-6629.
Download our vision brochure by clicking here.