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March 22, 2011

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March 22, 2011

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.

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Get them more resources.

March 22, 2011

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March 22, 2011

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.

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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,

March 22, 2011

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March 22, 2011

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.

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

Create some artistic opportunities for the women who are served

March 22, 2011

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March 22, 2011

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.

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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.

March 22, 2011

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March 22, 2011

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.

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

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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.

March 14, 2011

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March 14, 2011

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.

March 10, 2011

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March 10, 2011

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.

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

They need more money, obviously.

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With just 3 hours of your time at the Atlanta Day Shelter you could: assemble critical needs kits with shampoo, soap, lotion, toothbrush, and toothpaste for over 500 people; prepare and serve a meal to approx. 150 women and children; assist the Computer Trainer in one of the computer classes taught on-site at the Shelter to an avg. of 15 women a week; sort clothes in one of our 3 clothing closets and help women pick out clothing; read a story to the children, participate in a craft, and play with them on the playground; help women prepare their resumes and cover letters to apply for a job...with just 3 hours of your time you can make a lasting difference in the lives of our guests. Volunteer