Mission: Atlanta Union Mission is a non-denominational Christian ministry that provides a continuum of addiction recovery and emergency services to as many as 1,100 homeless and addicted men, women, and children every day of the year. Established in 1938 as a shelter for hungry and homeless individuals displaced by the Great Depression, the Mission has grown to six facilities. The Mission provides emergency food and shelter, residential addiction recovery programs and transitional housing.
Results: FY 2009:
908,709 Meals Served (2,400 daily)
332,742 individual bed nights provided
257 Graduates from residential recovery program
74% of graduates clean & sober six months later
83% of cash donations go to programming
Geographic areas served: Atlanta, North Georgia
Programs: Provided emergency shelter services, including nutritious meals, hot showers, clean clothing and warm safe beds, to homeless men, women and children. For those individuals willing to commit a minimum of six months to recover from life controlling issues such as drug and alcohol addiction, domestic violence and codependency issues, atlanta mission provides residential recovery programs and transitional housing. Recovery program services include individual and group counseling, life skill and self-esteem courses, work therapy, spiritual guidance and job search preparation. Childcare services include pre-school and after-school programs for children whose mothers are guests in both the emergency shelter and long-term recovery programs. Atlanta mission served over 829,000 meals and provided in excess of 284,000 nights of shelter.
donated merchandise to the public or sold at discount prices through seven thrift stores as a service to the community and to support the exempt purposes of the organization. Contributed a portion of the donated merchandise directly to men, women and children staying at the mission as well as to needy individuals in the community.
I have been involved with AUM for over a decade. It is truly hard to explain the sense of fullfillment that I receive when I hear the testimony of those men and women who have fallen through societies' saftey net and were in dispair until their life was turned around because they encountered Christ through AUM. They know that they are loved and worthwhile. This changes everything. AUM provides emergency relief,but even more important, hope
I began by serving on the Atlanta Union Mission Board in 1976 with the idea that I could provide assistance as a physician to the new influx of clients with mental illness. Since that year I have been on the Board in one capacity or another, however not in the role as physician. My involvement became much deeper with service on committees, to providing gifts for clients, to raising money, and even to chairing the Board. Whenever I think that I might have completed my service over 33 plus years I am convinced and compelled to remain as a volunteer and Board member, hoping that I can contribute in any other or new way to this fine organization.
I have served with the mission for approximately four years and am always in awe of the lives they change, the compassionate hearts of everyone on staff and their determination to never leave anyone behind. Experiencing this amazing environment changed my life and has renewed my faith that in a self centered world there are still people who are so selfless and caring.