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  

I began volunteering at the Atlanta Day Shelter when it was housed at First Methodist Church in downtown Atlanta and I worked downtown. On cold mornings, I would go by and open up the Shelter so the women and their children could come in out of the cold since the night shelters had put them out on the street. Offering a warm, safe place for these homeless women and their children was so rewarding and has been for all these 25+ years of the Shelter's existence. Now the Shelter is so much more than just a warm (or cool in the summer), safe place. We now provide training and help the women find employment, as well as take care of their health needs and feed them good, nutritious meals. The Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Childdren is a wonderful place to volunteer and to serve.

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

watching the faces of the women and their children as they receive services provided by the Shelter staff and other volunteers.

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

No immediate changes - just keep on finding ways to meet the needs of our guests at the Shelter.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Atlanta Day Shelter for Women & Children is a wonderful refuge for many of Atlanta's most vulnerable homeless women and children. This Christian based organization provides many of the most basic needs that these families need until the women can get back on their feet. The ADSWC is truly a special place.

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I have been involved in this organization for many years. My mother was one of the original founders and I know the love and passion she had for this ministry. Our new Executive Director, Rev. Leslee Samuelson, is dedicated to moving the ADSWC forward to provide even better services for our clients.

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

Attempt to purchase additional land next door to the current property to allow our children to have an even bigger and better play area.

 
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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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