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“We encourage the organizations that want to feed the homeless to move their feeding locations and work with organizations that provide 24/7 services.  This approach allows the homeless to connect with the services they need along with food. Everyone’s goal should be to provide self-sufficiency.  If we all work together we can accomplish so much more.”

Dorthey Hurst


Dorthey Hurst
Downtown Atlanta Resident and NPU-M Public Safety Chair

Divider“The simple truth is that we are in need of solutions that empower a person to end their homelessness. There are programs, resources and kind hearts available throughout the city who can provide the means by which a person can reach self-sufficiency and a permanent home as well as a warm meal. Working with service providers deepens the impact that each volunteer makes with their time and helps to ensure that people get the help they really need.”

Jason Tatum


– Jason Tatum
Formerly with the The Gateway Center, Downtown AtlantaDivider“To be a people of compassion, we people of faith can’t just give Band-Aids of street food to those in need. We’ve got to put our energies into service with love that assists the hungry and homeless to find new dignity,”

Henry Gracz


– Father Henry Gracz
The Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Downtown AtlantaDivider“A group of leaders in Atlanta comprised of clergy, service providers, residents and others formed Partner for Hope to address street feedings in the city. We learned that, though noble, street feedings do not provide long-term, sustainable change in the lives of those being served, and we wanted to offer a better alternative. We earnestly desire to serve others in a meaningful way by partnering with service providers to provide meals and other services that lead the poor and homeless to long-term solution instead of just addressing short-term issues.”

Dr. Charles Z. Gardner


Dr. Charles Z. Gardner
Senior Pastor, Atlanta First United Methodist Church

Divider“Six years ago, my son and I started a group of volunteers by the name of ‘Tailgating for the Homeless and Hungry.’  We would collect clothing and food to give out using an empty parking lot on Sunday before a Falcons home football game. I met with Jason from Gateway Center and now take the items we collect to the shelter.  This way Gateway can use the items to help the homeless to get back on the path to being self-sufficient.  The Gateway Center is doing great job for the homeless, and I would suggest to others to partner with Gateway if they are serious about helping.”

Gary Adams
Volunteer and metro Atlanta business ownerDivider
“Food in our society is a chronic poverty need, not a life-threatening one. And when we respond to a chronic need as though it were a crisis, we can predict toxic results: dependency, deception, disempowerment.”

Robert D. Lupton


– Robert D. Lupton
Founder of FCS Urban Ministries (Focused Community Strategies) in Atlanta and author of Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help, And How to Reverse It. 

DividerI’m responsible for myself, I have responsibilities in my community and I have people I’m responsible to…What I learned [from the Gateway Center] is to depend more on me and my skills and also to accept help from others. Help doesn’t mean that you are handicapped, help means that you are getting fresh eyes; eyes with experience.”

Donny Hampton


– Donny Hampton
Former Gateway Center resident , now employed at Peachtree Club and Sheraton Hotel

Divider“Without God and ACSS, I would not have made it. I thank God for them with all of my heart.”

Tony Stephenson


– Tony Stephenson

Former Atlanta Mission and Atlanta Center for Self-Sufficiency homeless client, now employed at Publix