Mission: City of Refuge, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that offers life saving resources and life building tools to individuals and families in Atlanta who are living in poverty. The goal is to provide the best possible opportunities for success to those who are willing to work hard to change their lives.
Programs: The City of Atlanta has more homeless women with children than beds are available for them to use. Families have been forced to sleep on the floor of shelters and outside. City of Refuge has partnered with the City of Atlanta to help alleviate this problem. Restoring lives, redeeming women and returning families home is the mission of Eden Village at City of Refuge, a unique haven for homeless women and children in Atlanta, Georgia. Eden Village opened its doors in December 2008 and is experiencing full capacity serving 40 women and 82 children. The women and children who come to Eden Village are referred by Gateway 24/7 to Fulton County and then Fulton County completes the intake process, City of Refuge accepts the families who pass Fulton County's admission criteria. The criteria screens for families who are ready to accept the responsibility of changing behavior to achieve the goal of permanent housing. Eden Village’s exceptional facilities and intense support services include:
40 individual hotel style units
Child care facility managed by City of Refuge partner Feed My Lambs, Inc.
5 Case workers overseeing the mental health needs and substance abuse treatment programs
Three meals a day are provided by City of Refuge’s 180 Degree Kitchen
Classes include: Life skills training, job training, GED classes, job placement, cooking classes, anger management and exercise classes.
Security, Utilities, Insurance
24/7 house management staffing
The Eden Village program lasts for 120 days at which time each family who successfully completes the program will be given assistance with apartment rental, furniture and utilities for an additional 90 days. A great emphasis is placed on locating the cause of homelessness. Whether the root of the problem is lack of education, job training, anger management or substance abuse, our program focuses on working with the women individually to provide the needed resources to solve that issue. The goal is to move the women and children from homelessness to a personal residence in seven months.
City of Refuge provided my family with a comfortable place to live, great food service, daycare for my chldren, counseling, and opportunities to prepare myself for life after living in Eden Village. The staff were helpful and my family is doing great now. Thanks to all the people who work at City of Refuge for caring for me and my kids.
I resided at COR for a year and received no help outside of a place for myself and my children to rest in the evenings. The onsite case managers were very rude, insensitive, and overall uncaring unless someone they needed to impress was around. Donations meant for families in need were taken home by staff or tossed out( select staff members made sure to allow families to go through donations... other staff members... not so much). The facilities were unclean consistently covered in bodily fluids, menstrual..., and feces. After being interviewed to be a client at COR I was happy because I thought I was would receive the assistance that I needed as long as I was willing to help myself as well. As far as job assistance: I obtained my own job by my own means, Childcare assistance I also obtained alone. Transportation I did on my own as well. Nothing is as promised at COR/ Eden Village. I believe that volunteers and donors should actually sit and privately converse with the residents there so that they can actually see where their money and donations are going.
City of Refuge is an amazing organization in the heart of Atlanta. They serve individuals and families experiencing poverty. Each year Peachtree Christian Church invites other denominations in our congregation to volunteer at City of Refuge for More Hands for God Day in October. We have 200 people who provide a variety of services in partnership with City of Refuge. Activities include hosting a festival for children, a medical clinic, providing flu vaccinations, assembling hygiene kits, organizing donated food in the warehouse, cleaning up the neighborhood, landscaping, and preparing and sharing a meal. The staff of City of Refuge has been most helpful in planning this day, and always provides education and guidance to our volunteers. It is a great opportunity to work with City of Refuge for one day as a volunteer, and a humbling thought that the staff and many other volunteers provide these services 365 days a year.