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Causes: Protestant, Religion

Mission: Provides support to homeless and elderly. To rescue, restore, and re-stabilize people in crisis by providing for their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs preventing the cycle of poverty through fostering, empowering, and enabling self-sufficiency and uilding a caring community of humanity.

Programs: Day center/food bank - the hfth day center is the vehicle that operates the food bank, the outreach to the homeless, the sit-n-sips for the seniors, the internal youth mentoring program and more. The day center is open at 1035 donnelly ave 4 days a week and welcomes over 25 families per day providing them with various services including food, financial counseling, clothing, and toiletry distribution. We serve some 6000 people per year and provide volunteers with over 5500 volunteer hours onsite. Children & youth programs - back to school jamboree held once per year just prior to school opening, provides 3,500 poor children with the book bags, school supplies based on grade, identification kits, dental screenings and dental supplies, books, entertainment and visits by mentors and other inspirational speakers, new shoes, and referrals to various community services they need to succeed. Daily distribution of nutritious food to poor children especially in the summer months when 80% of children living in poverty do not receive lunch. Holiday dinner festival of services provides 1,277 children from local subsidized housing food, clothing, educational books, toiletry items and beauty & grooming supplies. "hfth children's christmas party provided 1,500 children with new toys, clothes and shoes, entertainment and visits by mentors and other inspirational speakers to families in the metro atlanta community that are in need. "hfth youth community connect program partners with youth serving organizations to provide a volunteer opportunity for their participants at our local facility. Over 350 youth connect to hfth each year to complete community service hours. "youth empowerment summit will partner with corporations to provide credit and financial literacy, performing arts education, job readiness training and life skills to underserved youth. (new program)

holiday dinner events - in 1970 our founders, rev. Hosea and mrs. Juanita t. Williams began what was named then "hosea feed the hungry and homeless". They had both lived their lives since the mid fifties as civil rights leaders and community organizers and worked for all of their given hours on efforts to bring equality in public facilities, employment, housing, and justice for everyman regardless of the color of their skin or their economic status. Their accomplishments included being front runners in getting the civil rights act passed, creating the chatham county crusade for voters, the poor peoples union, and being both elected officials and champions of the poor. The holiday dinners began first as the result of rev. Williams seeing a homeless man as we commonly do, in the gutter begging for food. His conscience did not allow him to walk by so he started a soup line every sunday feeding 100 mostly african american men at the wheat street baptist church in atlanta georgia. Upon their deaths in 2000 that program had grown to feeding 5,000 persons each thanksgiving and christmas adding programs such as hot showers, barbers and beauticians area, children's' corner, clothing distribution, home delivery of food to the shut-in, a full seven course dinner at the facility, inspirational speakers and christian teaching, gospel singing, and other services. The program was handed to their daughter and son-in-law and began a tremendous period of growth and is still one of the main programs of hosea feed the hungry and homeless. The events are now called "festival of services" feed 20,000 people each thanksgiving, christmas, martin luther king jr. Birthday and easter sunday and provide all the services listed above utilizing approximately 1,500 volunteers each event and is a model for a one stop homeless service initiative for the entire country. The addition of long distance telephone service, national free transportation, medical clinic, legal aid counseling, free cell phones, voter registration, case management and on-site employment services have fully rounded out the event to mean more to the homeless in atlanta and those who come from throughout the state than ever before. Others in the city and in other cities around the country have begun to initiate similar programs as well.

supportive housing - homeless prevention - our effective homeless prevention programs, h. E. L. P - helping, empowering, learning for progress, typically assess immediate housing needs, explore housing options and resources, provide flexible financial assistance for approximately 90 families per year and, when appropriate, offer voluntary case management services focused on housing stabilization. Participants are requires to attend financial literacy and budgeting classes. This program can also include assistance for first and last months' rent, deposits, utilities, rental assistance for a final month at a location, moving cost assistance, or other activities that will directly help a person stay in his or her current housing situation. Disbursements are based on whether funding will help overcome an immediate barrier to entering or maintaining housing. Rental assistance is provided for 1-18 months depending on the needs of the household. Rental assistance targets people who will likely not be able to move quickly into permanent housing without it. At a minimum, prevention resources are targeted to people who have extremely low incomes (below 30 percent of area median income), who have a demonstrated housing crisis (e. G. Request to vacate a dual household situation), and who lack protective factors, such as friends or family members who can help them. Homeless management information system (hmis) data or other data about homelessness in the community is assessed to identify additional factors that would help target resources to those most at risk of homelessness. Grants will average approximately 600, but depend greatly on the circumstances and the community. Diversion - hfth diversion programs attempt to prevent homelessness for people who are applying for shelter by helping people return to the housing they just left or move in with friends or family using financial incentives or mediation. If that situation cannot be made permanent, then the diversion program works to immediately locate other housing. The diversion programs typically involve one-time financial assistance and the offer of brief case management. Rapid re-housing - hfth re-housing programs work with people who are already homeless to help them quickly move into rental housing. Rapid re-housing programs tend to be short-term (1 - 12 months) and involve identifying affordable housing locations, financial assistance, and an offer of case management. Short-term rental assistance is provided when necessary. When serving people with significant disabilities or with very limited income capacity, the rapid re-housing programs coordinates with other community resources to ensure that participants are linked to ongoing assistance, such as housing vouchers, intensive case management, or assertive community treatment. Housing location - housing locators identify affordable housing and encourage landlords to rent to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. They also help negotiate reasonable rents and lease terms and work to address credit issues with a potential tenant. Housing locators are generally available to the landlord and tenant in case there are problems. Hfth partners with landlords who want these programs for their at-risk tenants.

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Rating: 5

Having been CEO of a successful non-profit in Atlanta for 15 years, it is with this persepctive that I commend the staff and volunteers of Hosea Feed The Hungry and Homeless for outstanding service and passion for the work they do. Their reputable holiday Dinners are the Nation's largest sit-down dinners for the hungry and homeless, reflecting the enormous care and compassion in Georgia for those who are struggling. The year round services they provide to prevent homelessness is perhaps not as well known but it should receive much acclaim. Their back to school Jamboree gave over 2,000 school children and hundreds of teachers great help with supplies as well as school clothes, calculators, computers, and boxes of fresh produce to take home. They have wonderful strategic partners in Kroger and Publix, but know our state has more demand than supply for helping keep food available for all of our citizens, therefore more financial support is always welcome. They are diligent with every dollar they receive, and hope to grow their facilities within the next year.

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