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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Missional Monday


Every morning 13,000 people in the city of Atlanta wake up with no place to call home.
Approximately 2,500 of them are children. Founded in 1986, the Atlanta Children's Shelter provides free, quality day care, emotional support, an educational curriculum for homeless children, and focused social services for their families. Dedicated to helping families overcome the issues that contribute to homelessness, including domestic violence and job loss, the Atlanta Children's Shelter focuses on the long term self sufficiency of the family – which sets us apart from other Atlanta homeless shelters.

Fast Facts

  • Our mission is to provide loving, high-quality child development and support services for homeless families striving for self-sufficiency.
  • Since opening in 1986, the Atlanta Children's Shelter (ACS) has provided loving care for over 7,700 homeless children and helped guide more than 5,050 homeless families to stable, self-sufficiency.
  • ACS provides developmentally-appropriate instruction and activities for children one-month to five years old, Monday through Friday, 7am to 6pm.
  • All childcare and social services are provided at no cost to families, including Case Management, JobTrack, Permanent Housing Resettlement, Life Skills Workshops and Aftercare Services for formerly-homeless families.
  • Single mothers with 1-2 children comprise 85% of the families served. 
  • In any given year, 30 to 50% of the families served are fleeing domestic violence or spousal abuse. Another 15% are homeless as a result of job loss.
  • The agency’s funding sources are diverse. 90% of the funding comes from private sources including foundations, individuals, employee groups, faith-based institutions, the United Way, corporations and community groups. Only 10% comes from government agencies.
  • ACS is accredited for high-quality Early Childcare Program by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), a level reached by less than 5% of all childcare in this country.

Please take some time and check out this wonderful organization on their website! See if their mission can help you match your passion with your purpose.

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