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November 30, 2010

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November 30, 2010

I love Georgia Avenue Community Ministeries ! I first learned of GACM while living in their neighborhood among them during the 1980's for two years. At this time I began to see & understand the need of lower income families and individuals whose most basic needs were being met through the food Co-op right out of the Georgia Avenue Church. GACM is a hands on service and Beacon of light to those who need and deserve help and a boost up the most. Over the years and decades I have been fortunate to stay in touch and up to date with those keeping the engine fueled and working for the same area for over twenty years. The commitment by director Chad Hale and his team has endured the test of time and has helped countless people who are down on the their luck and or under severe misfortune. A Beacon of light indeed. Last December I was fortunate enough to pass through South East Atlanta twice and made a point of stopping in at the Wednesday afternoon community lunch. It was awesome to see so many people gathered in the Ga. Ave church basement. I ate with these folks and they welcomed me heartily to make me feel, I a passer through, was their friend. It refreshed me to see such a dynamic love in action. Ga. Ave Community ministeries is a vital artery of life giving and affirmative support for countless dozens and hundreds who other wise would most lokely be left in dire isolation and abandonment. I whole heartedly endorse their efforts to make a signifacant difference among the less fortunate.

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During a visit two times through Ga Ave. community ministeries last year I was pleasantly welcomed and made to feel at home among the staff, volunteers and members who were engaged in life altering on going change one day at a time year in and year out.

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I would like to see more financial support coming in to this organization so that more people could benifit from its presence.

November 30, 2010

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November 30, 2010

Paradigm for food security best sum's up for me how this organization operate's. These dedicated members, volunteer's alike..have built through the year's a safe haven for families to garner the essentials, namely food, that would of been obsolete. Chad Hale, Director, has developed a food co-op that allow's low-income and less fortunate to come together, work side by side through food distribution, meal prep, discipline, and respect for of community. A non-denominational concept, everyone is welcome is the core practice of this team! Whether weekday lunch [free], giving consul, or linking recipient's to opportunitie's they may have never had...the mission is boundless. Testimony to this is the ongoing start-ups throughout Georgia and now out of state. How exciting! The friut of the spirit lives through Georgia Ave. Community Ministry!

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Attended a one day workshop to successfully go out and develop my own food co-op in the community. Also, was fortunate to capture the the spirit of maintaining the integrity of their mission through compassion, patience and love of their community!!

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

..Find a larger facility for them to operate out of!...Amazing how much and how many they service out of a church basement. They deserve and certainly work for this.

November 29, 2010

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November 29, 2010

As a past member of the Board for GACM, I have seen first hand how this Ministry has served and continues to serve each and every day. The Staff of GACM work tirelessly each and every day to ensure the co-ops provide food to those in need within the community. I am still in touch with the Staff at GACM and it humbles me each and every day to know how effective the cooperative programs and the dedication of the Staff are to provide food to those in the community that would otherwise go without food. To be a servant is to lead and influence others through lives given in ministry for the blessing of others and their needs, this is indeed how the Ministry of GACM provides to those in need.

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I have personally observed how great this Ministry is to the people served by the food Co-ops.

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There would be no changes required. However, knowing how successful the co-ops are, the creation of more would indeed benefit those families in need of assistance.

November 29, 2010

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November 29, 2010

I had the unique opportunity to observe Georgia Avenue Community Ministry operate its Food Co-op. What makes it unique is the Co-op members must be hands-on, all-in. If they do not participate, if they do not give their very best to their assignments, then their benefits are reduced. The Food Co-op is NOT a "hand out"; it IS a "hand up". I observed because I believe this is the best model to help those who are willing to help themselves.

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learning how it works and why it works.

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not make any changes in operations. I would encourage the Georgia Avenue Community Ministry-Food Co-op to endeavor to reproduce itself in the surrounding communities of metropolitan Atlanta.

November 29, 2010

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November 29, 2010

If I had ten stars to give this group I would! I cannot say enough good things about the work of Georgia Avenue Community Ministry. As a ministry addressing food security, the model of the food cooperative used at GACM is a wonderful example of how to maximize food bank resources in a way that also builds relationships among food coop members as well. The staff at GACM is not only competent; they are some of the most genuinely trustworthy people who are passionate about their work that I have ever met. It is a privilege to visit with them and to observe the coops in operation and I would encourage others to do just that. Words cannot do this ministry justice.

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

seeing the way the coops operate and the information that is shared among them at meetings. It is an uplifting experience.

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

find ways for more people to learn about their good work and support it financially. I would also encourage people to think about starting something like this in their own community.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

from a visit while at graduate school at emory

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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