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Central Outreach is about opening doors out of homelessness.
Poem written by one of our guests ... the author gave us permission to share! Does God still hear me? Sometimes, I wonder if God still hears me. When I found my mother with needles up her arm, eyes black, no heartbeat Does God still hear me? Is God still listening? When I think about the identity of the man that helped create me, and can't even picture anything but a first and last name, Is He still there? When the foster sibling got bored, and made a game out of my tears, or when my foster mom said I was nothing more than a sex symbol at the age of 9, Where was God? I don't know. Now when I walk the streets in the cold, hungry, lonely, lost, I still can't help but wonder, Does God still hear me? But, I don't worry. Because everyday I wake up breathing, every moment I smile, every joke that makes me laugh reminds me that God has a plan for me. I may not see it now, But that's okay, Cause I'll wait for as long as it takes to feel God's grace. I may wonder if God hears me, But I'll always know he's there.
We just want to say one more big thank you to everyone who supported us during Georgia Gives Day yesterday! We were absolutely overwhelmed by your response and, including matching gifts, we raised $9,300! It feels like every day we are reminded just how incredible this organization's supporters are - yesterday we raised thousands of dollars and today we received hundreds of hand-knitted hats and scarves for our guests. Please know that every gift you offer - whether it's money, time, food, or handmade winter accessories - means the world to us and to our guests. As Kimberly Parker always says: We couldn't do what we do without you!
We have been so amazed and overwhelmed by the gifts given today for Georgia Gives Day! Thank you! If you still haven't had a chance to give...we're $125 from $5,000 (that's before the matching funds are added!). Help us make it all the way to $5,000, if you can!
Our auditors are working on our 990 form and one of the questions I needed to answer was about the number of volunteers who served with us in 2014. The number was astounding to me ... 54!!! As I often say, "We could not do all that we do without our volunteers!" Thank you to each and every one of you!
We have a group of Paideia students with us today. They have been learning about homelessness this week by sleeping outside, visiting other organizations, walking everywhere, and carrying their few belongings in garbage bags. They are learning a lot! As I walked through the art room this morning, one of our regular guests was talking to three of the students and encouraging them in their journeys. The guest came to my office later with tears in his eyes saying that it was really meaningful to him to be able to offer the students an encouraging word! Awesome!
Don't forget to take your lunch hour tomorrow and come down to the OAC to help us honor and celebrate our Main Frame Job Readiness graduates and all the people who help make this program possible!
Another great quote from a Main Frame student: “The program can help you when you come upon difficult life situations and answer tough questions like: 'What do I say on a resume?' It helps with interview skills, self-confidence, and courage.” - L. Fife
We've recently added one-on-one mentorship to our Main Frame Job Readiness program to help students with issues beyond finding a job - getting shelter, learning to make grocery lists, telling their stories, connecting to legal aid and other services. One student describes his experience: "There was hope. Hope and success was what I found." He finished by saying, “Trust me, if I had the money I would donate to expand the program!”