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Georgia Avenue Community Ministry
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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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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.

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & Contractor for United Way, Atlanta. Introduced to GACM through a national event, National Day of Homelessness {Fannie May} based in Washington, DC. This agency was participating and I helped assist linking them to our then Mayor, Shirley Franklin. Aided i.