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Joseph Veazey, a local graphic designer and artist, talks about his inspiration behind his latest piece, ATL Rap Map, and his new partnership with HOPE Atlanta.

Originally from Lilburn, Joseph Veazey’s compassion for Georgians facing hard times runs as deep as his love for Atlanta culture. At HOPE Atlanta, so does ours. With more than 100 years of history in Atlanta, we were thrilled to see how meticulously Joseph captured Atlanta’s lesser-known history through his latest piece, ATL Rap Map. And we were even more thrilled to learn that he wanted to partner with us.

As Joseph was opening his…


When Gloria Woodard encounters people experiencing homelessness on the job as a MARTA HOPE Atlanta case manager, she doesn’t see panhandlers or public nuisances. She sees her past self.

Once homeless herself, Gloria is now part of a team of HOPE Atlanta social workers and MARTA field protective specialists who work tirelessly to engage people who have taken refuge on the transit system and connect them with the resources they need to transition out of homelessness.

“The reason why I’m very passionate about my job is because I’ve been homeless before, so I can self-identify with the people I interact…


Let’s strengthen our support system for struggling families.

When the COVID19 economic crisis peaked in 2020, disproportionately affecting low-income Georgians, HOPE Atlanta received as many as 500 calls per week requesting housing assistance. Many were people struggling to pay rent.

“We have helped nearly 1,000 individuals with rapid re-housing since July 1, 2020,” said Jeff Smythe, CEO of HOPE Atlanta. “This has been critical for those who have already experienced evictions during the pandemic.”

With a 75% increase in calls for rental assistance amid the pandemic, experts have long feared a looming eviction crisis in Georgia. …


Introducing the #HOPEinActionChallenge. How will you make a difference?

Any of our HOPE Atlanta staff members could tell you stories about incredible acts of kindness they’ve seen on the job.

Just days ago, while our Community Engagement Partner, Kara, was buying groceries for the Women’s Community Kitchen, a kind gentleman at the store unexpectedly covered the bill. Hundreds of individuals and corporations spend their lunch breaks or Saturdays volunteering with us to provide meals for women and children facing homelessness, or pack meals for our hungry neighbors. Last year, an anonymous donor made an extraordinary and unexpected gift that helped…


It’s Pride Month, but we’re caring for our LGBTQ+ neighbors every day.

Like far too many transgender women, Tenay found herself facing an impossible choice. To flee her home, where she was being abused, meant facing homelessness. But, ultimately, she chose to leave. It was then that she contacted HOPE Atlanta.

“A lot of trans women don’t like to get help until their back is against the wall,” Tenay said. “They don’t want to be ostracized, don’t want people staring at them.”

People in the LGBTQ+ community face unique challenges that put them at greater risk of homelessness and make…


Carley Stephens, Gas South’s Community Affairs Program Manager, on building a culture of giving

Many organizations tout their philanthropic initiatives. But, at Gas South, giving back is simply part of the company’s DNA.

Gas South’s mission, “Be a Fuel for Good,” isn’t just a slogan in the company handbook or website. It’s an attitude embraced by the entire organization — from the many employees who volunteer their time to the bold, company-wide commitment to giving back at least 5% of profits each year to children in need.

HOPE Atlanta is thankful to be among the beneficiaries, as Gas South is…


Stories of sacrifice, resilience, and HOPE in the face of hardship

Laverne

There’s a saying that goes, “Home is where Mom is.” No one understands that more than children who have experienced homelessness and housing insecurity. At the Atlanta Women’s Community Kitchen (WCK)*, motherly love is in full force. What began as a place for women to receive a hot meal has become a fully-fledged support system — something that every mom needs, but especially those who struggle and sacrifice to provide necessities for their families.

Laverne and Melissa, both moms and longtime WCK guests, are the embodiment of motherly love…


Ending homelessness, one homecoming story at a time

Program Manager Al Harrison and client Melissa

What if the only thing standing between you and a place to call home was the cost of a bus ticket? For many of the people who come to HOPE Atlanta for help, it isn’t just a bus ticket. It’s their ticket out of homelessness.

They want to get back to where they know they’ll be safe and welcome — in their home communities or with loved ones. They simply lack the means to get there. …


Celebrating the unsung heroes among us during National Volunteer Month

At 458 Ponce de Leon Avenue sits an unassuming brick building on the campus of Grace United Methodist Church. Inside, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, humble heroes gather.

This is the home of Downtown Atlanta’s Women’s Community Kitchen, a steadfast source of hot meals for women and children in need. Founded in 1984 as a program of Action Ministries (and now part of HOPE Atlanta), the Community Kitchen not only provides some 20,000 meals per year. It’s evolved into a welcoming community for women to feel supported amid challenges…


Photo credit: Bennett Calvin

A veteran with more than ten years of service never deserves to live in a bus station. Yet, that is where U.S. Army veteran Graham found himself just over a year ago, right before the start of COVID.

After he completed his service in 2012, Graham had looked forward to building a good life for his family. He enrolled in college and held down jobs, including helping other veterans at the VA hospital. But, like many veterans, he faced unique setbacks.

Under the surface, Graham was struggling with PTSD and chronic pain that took a toll and eventually made it…

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