ATLANTA DAY SHELTER FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN INC

Rating: 4.76 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing

Location: 655 Ethel St Nw Atlanta GA 30318 USA

Mission: The Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children, Incorporated is an ecumenical ministry whose mission is to ease the burden of homelessness for women and children, and assist in establishing self-sufficiency by providing comprehensive education and supportive services in a manner that respects human dignity.
Results: We would like to share a few of our statistics from 2010: *We served 68,903 meals *Over 8,000 women and children visited the clothing closets *We distributed 2,200 one-day & 630 7-day MARTA passes *2,220 medical appointments were made with on-site nurses *On average 40-45 women utilized the job readiness services daily *We purchased 264 birth certificates and 109 legal IDs *We distributed 1,241 Christmas Gift Bags filled with new clothing, hygiene items, books, blankets, and toys. *Almost 150 women found new jobs *We distributed 203 household starter kits *Over 375 backpacks filled with school supplies were given to students to start school in the fall
Target demographics: We serve women and children who find themselves homeless and in need of our services and support.
Direct beneficiaries per year: In the past year we served 4,636 individual women and children.
Programs: Below is a brief summary of each of the programs offered to our guests: • The Critical Needs Program, the most utilized service we offer each day, provides the basic necessities that so many of us take for granted. Shelter from the elements, meals to ease hunger, clothing, hygiene items, shower and laundry facilities, phone and mail services, MARTA transportation pass distribution, and childcare items like diapers, formula, and baby food are just some of the needs filled by this program. In 2010 through our Critical Needs Program, we served 30,305 breakfasts and 38,598 lunches, distributed 206 household and food pantry bags, had over 8,000 visits by the women and children to our clothing closets, and distributed countless numbers of hygiene items. In addition, we purchased 2,200 round-trip MARTA passes and 630 7-day MARTA passes to assist our guests with safe travel to and from job interviews, doctor appointments, and access to other off-site services. • The Medical Care Program is on-site four days a week. Crucial to life on the streets is our guests’ health. There were 2,220 medical appointments with our on-site nurses in 2010. We are able to offer flu shots, immunizations, back to school check-ups, mammograms, podiatry services, and healthcare advice to our guests. On-site counseling for mental health issues is also offered at the Shelter. In addition, our services provide for the purchase of prescription medications for our guests. Nutrition and hygiene classes are also offered along with parenting classes. We partner with professional volunteers who conduct hearing, vision, dental exams, and other testing services for our guests. • The Job Readiness Program includes assistance with resume writing, interview training, customer service skills, and self-esteem building workshops. The Atlanta Day Shelter offers assistance and stipends for women to go back to school or complete the GED certification courses. In the fall of 2010, 19 women entered college with an education stipend from the Atlanta Day Shelter. In addition, the Shelter assists guests in the procurement of legal documents needed for employment or schooling. Often our guests might secure an interview, but find that they lack the appropriate identification needed to secure the position. Each birth certificate we purchase in the state of Georgia costs $15 (out of state birth certificates range from $20-$35); while a legal identification is $5. In 2010, the Atlanta Day Shelter purchased 153 state of Georgia birth certificates, 111 out-of-state birth certificates, and 109 legal identifications. The Job Readiness Program also assists guests with the fees associated with transferring their out-of-state nursing licenses to the state of Georgia so that they may pursue a position in the field of nursing in Georgia. On average, our job counselors meet with 45-55 women on a daily basis. Along with this program, the Computer Training Program offers on-site staffed training courses such as Introduction to Computers, Intermediate Word, and Excel. In 2010, 285 women graduated from the training courses with certificates of completion that helped make them more competitive in the job market. The Job Readiness Program has been a mainstay of our organization since 1990, offering 20 years of successful and effective job placement services and skills training to our guests. In the past year we placed our guests in 127 full-time positions and 18 part-time positions. • The Housing and Social Services Program provides our guests aid in finding and maintaining housing. Our trained Social Service Counselors meet with women to find emergency nighttime housing placement when they first arrive at the Shelter. Our counselors also assist with finding support for guests suffering from addictions or physical disabilities. In order to support the women as they find housing, we offer $100 for use towards rent or utility bills and deliver housing starter kits to guests complete with some of the basic necessities needed in a new home. Guests are also directed towards additional resources such as furniture banks and thrift-store donation centers. • The Children and Youth Program provides a safe, clean, and nurturing environment for the children at the Atlanta Day Shelter. Last year, we served 1,265 children from newborn to 18 years old. Mothers rely on our childcare facility and youth programs when they are in computer training courses, job placement oriented classes or interviews, and our other programs. Our Youth Programs are designed to educate, enrich, and empower our younger guests. Among the educational opportunities we offer to the children are early education classes (ABC’s, numbers, colors, and shapes), story-time in our on-site library, food and nutrition classes, supervised computer classes for pre-teens, and hygiene instruction. Our staff and volunteers work to ensure that each child in our program realizes how important they are and what possibilities their lives hold. Our teen computer lab and middle school resource room provide quiet study locations and educational resources for school-age guests to do homework on weekends and continue their learning during the summer. In addition, weekly Parenting Classes are offered to help women deal with issues involving homelessness and raising a child.
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Rating: 4 stars  

Atlanta Day Shelter was a great choice for our annual AWF holiday service day. We were able to feel like we really made a difference for the organization and the women and children whom they serve. Atlanta Day Shelter staff were very organized and enthusiastic about our gifts. They let us have hands-on service in the lunchroom with the clients and also gave us a variety of afternoon projects in their clothes closet. It felt great to help them catch up with the many donations they were receiving and to watch the women shop for winter clothes. We were so inspired by our afternoon there that we came back and began a collection box to take to them with toiletries, undies and baby items. Some staff also made unsolicited financial contributions. The work was needed, appreciated and inspirational!

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Seeing the appreciation of the clients for food and clothing, reviewing their programs for kids, and seeing the women learning computer skills. They are making a difference there.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get them more resources.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been blessed to volunteer at the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children for 20 years and have experienced many examples of the shelter's positive influence on the lives of thousands of women and children.
One specific example happened when I was shopping for oil cloth at Hancock's to make table cloths for the shelter's dining room. I was checking out and asked the lady at the register if she could possibly give me a discount as I represented the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children. She smiled sweetly and said she would be happy to give the shelter a discount as she had been a guest there. The shelter had ministered to her needs and assisted her in getting on her feet and finding employment. She said she had her own apartment and was now the manager of the Hancock's. We were in the middle of a capital campaign at the time and I asked Paula if she would speak at one of our events. She was a wonderful advocate for the love and support the Shelter gives each guest, as well as a remarkable example of the results the Atlanta Day Shelter achieves in the community.

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I have helped with our "Back to School" program supplying new shoes, uniforms, book bags and school supplies to all the children. I have helped pick up donations and fill gift bags for over 1200 women and children at Christmas. I have helped as we have given out gifts to each woman and child on their birthdays.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would wish for more community support and more dedicated volunteers to help the shelter provide even more in depth programs for the women and children,

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Rating: 4 stars  

The children at Mary Lin elementary have led two service projects at the Day Shelter and on both occasions the staff did a terrific job with promoting and setting up these events. Ginny is among the best volunteer coordinators around--totally flexible and enthusiastic.

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My exposure to the Day Shelter gave me greater insight into the challenges of homeless families. Ginny Nickles did a great job explaining the services and needs of the shelter to the elementary school children and their parents after the event finished.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Create some artistic opportunities for the women who are served

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Rating: 5 stars  

Damsel Records sponsored a benefit show for the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women & Children in October 2010 and we were / are just so impressed with how the shelter operates. They are very caring and organized and Rev. Leslee and Ginny are just a pleasure to work with. We thank them for being leaders in the Atlanta Community in providing food, shelter, counseling, and the necessary tools to help the homeless and those in need. We look forward to partnering with the Atlanta Day Shelter again in the near future.

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Happy I could help. If everyone contributed just a little of themselves to their community, we could make a huge difference in the world.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure the clothing that's donated is organized. There was a huge pile of unsorted, disorganized donated clothing in the center of the wardrobe room when I toured the facility. Also, I think they could do a better job communicating to their regular donors regarding immediate needs. At holidays, I was told they were in need of gifts for teenage girls when I was dropping off my donations. If I had known a week sooner, I could have rallied on this. Overall, the staff is doing an amazing job.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Day shelter provides a respite women and children during the day. In addition to providing breakfast and lunch, the women are provided computer traning and job counseling. I love that we are a Christian based organiztion that shares those beliefs freely throughout the facility.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

through seeing women successfully move into their own apt, and secure a job.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have the ability to expand our services, including a "mini-hospitality" school since there is such a high demand for hotel workers in Atlanta.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've brought groups from my church to work at the Shelter several times. The Shelter's been wonderful to work with. We've worked in the various closets such as clothing, children's, Christmas etc. sorting items and placing them. We've also organized an office area and done other things. I feel this is such an important charity as it not only gives to the women and children, and provides help for them, but it gives them needed skills to be able to go out and get work so that they can provide for themselves. The Shelter provides so much including food, medical care, computer training, job placement counseling, and so much more. I feel it's an outstanding charity and it's a pleasure to have worked with them. You get so much more out of working with the Shelter than you ever give.

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I've experienced them by being there and seeing what's happening, but I also have kept up with them through written information they've provided. There's no way you could get aquainted with all they do without getting more exposure than just being there occasionally could give you.

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I don't know of any changes I would make.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Spending time at the Atlanta Day Shelter was an amazing experience and true eye-opener. The shelter and staff are absolutely wonderful. Serving a hot breakfast to dozens of very grateful women and children was time well spent. The experience gives one a lot of perspective, but it also made me appreciate just how selfless and kind the staff is, devoting their lives day in and day out. The Atlanta Day Shelter clearly does everything they can, but it is very easy to see that there will probably never be enough help, money, food, etc. to fight such an overwhelming cause. The day I was there we had hot coffee and we brewed numerous pots as it seemed to be a big hit with the women. I quickly learned they do not have coffee most days, so it was a bit of a treat that day. I would highly recommend getting involved to do whatever you can to help a very worthy organization.

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This was my first trip, but the smiles on the faces of the women and children when they got their breakfast and coffee was a clear reminder of why I was there.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

They need more money, obviously.

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