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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.
To designate a financial donation to Build Hope a Home, click here and enter "Build Hope a Home" in the "Comments" section.
For more information or to tour our current facility, please call Howard Cox at 770-366-6629.
Download our vision brochure by clicking here.
You can help build hope a home
When you choose to give a bed to the homeless shelter, you will also be providing storage, lighting and everything needed to create a home-like environment. Cohesive sleeping areas near living areas and bathrooms will provide an enhanced home for those without one.
An engraved plate will be placed on a bed when you give $5,000 to let the clients sleeping there know someone cares enough to provide a bedroom for them. To designate a bed to Build Hope a Home, click here and enter "Build Hope a Home Bed" in the "Comments" section.
To create a community and feed the hungry, a spacious and inviting dining hall and kitchen are being built to accommodate 150 people. MUST serves three meals a day provided by our community volunteers and partners.
You can donate $3,000 to dedicate a table and chair set to this significant new area. An engraved plate noting the donor will be attached to each set. To designate a table to Build Hope a Home, click here and enter "Build Hope a Home Table" in the "Comments" section.
Making a contribution to technology in the new shelter will help dedicate computers and work stations for finding a job, searching housing options and working on homework for both children and adults in school.
For $2,000, you can add your name to a commemorative plaque listing donors who help change lives through technology. To designate a donation to technology for Build Hope a Home, click here and enter "Build Hope a Home Computer" in the "Comments" section.
A beautiful walkway at the shelter will create a "path out of poverty."
For $1,000, an engraved stone in the garden area will commemorate the people who helped build a passageway through the courtyard to represent a walk to stability. The lovely area will serve as an encouragement to all who enter the campus with hopelessness and leave with hope. To designate a stone to Build Hope a Home, click here and enter "Build Hope a Home Stone" in the "Comments" section.
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 workforce development 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, the Donation Center and courtyard.
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.