The Salvation Army of Metro Atlanta hosted its third annual Project Homeless Connect, a one day, one-stop event for people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless in the metro Atlanta region. Project Homeless Connect took place on Friday, April 24th at The Salvation Army Atlanta Temple Corps located at 2090 N. Druid Hills Road Atlanta, GA 30329.
More than 40 human services agencies from around metro Atlanta participated in the event, offering services such as medical referrals, HIV testing, and dental care. Services also included counseling on housing, employment, veterans’ services, benefits, mental health, and much more.
Project Homeless Connect is an opportunity to welcome homeless neighbors into the life of the community by providing free access to community and social services all in one place. “We always look forward to having so many of these services in one place for a day. And this year in particular, we anticipate having more people in need of services – many who may have never had to rely on social service organizations,” says Major Todd Hawks, Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Commander. “We serve
not only those who are now homeless but also more and more people who never dreamed of facing housing problems.”
Last year’s Project Homeless Connect included more than 30 agencies providing a wide variety of services and many volunteers assisting for the day. More than 200 people were linked with services, housing, or other assistance.
To learn more about The Salvation Army of Metro Atlanta’s homeless and housing services, visit www.salvationarmyatlanta.org.
The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta hosted its annual Great Futures Start Here Banquet on March 19, 2015. Former NFL and Georgia Tech football player, James Butler, was the guest speaker.
The Great Futures Start Here Youth of the Year program celebrates local youth who have overcome enormous odds and demonstrated exceptional character. These deserving young people are recognized for service to their Club and community, academic performance and contributions to their family. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs. These young men and women represent their Club in our Great Futures Start Here Banquet, where one is selected as The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta’s Youth of the Year.
Salvation Army Youth of the Year Nominees:
Cedrick Cash, Jr.- Fuqua Youth of the Year
The oldest of four, Cedrick is being raised by his single mother. He helps out around the house with his younger siblings and around the Club with younger members. Cedrick has been a member of the Club for eight years and has participated in Torch Club and Keystone Club. Cedrick states that the male staff at the Club have been remarkable role models. Cedrick is a sophomore at Booker T. Washington High School and plans to go to Georgia Southern University to major in Psychology.
Nia Johnson– Peachcrest Youth of the Year
Nia has been an active member of the Club for four years. She has been the President of the Keystone Club. In addition to her dedication to her Club, she is a junior at Columbia High School where she is a member of Students Against Destructive Decision against Drug/Alcohol abuse and plays on the Volleyball and Soccer team. Nia plans to attend Alabama State University to pursue a degree in Sports Broadcasting.
Jalen Coleman– 2015 Youth of the Year The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta
Jalen attends Woodward Academy, where he is a senior with a 3.65+ GPA with multiple honors and AP courses. Jalen has been a member of the Club for eleven years where he has achieved and excelled in numerous programs, Volunteered and served as a Peer Tutor. Once Jalen completes high school, he plans to attend Yale University and major in Law. He aspires to become a Lawyer, Judge and a United State Senator. Jalen is a conscientious student who has a positive attitude toward education and is highly motivated to attend college. Jalen is highly self-disciplined, dedicated to his work and eager to assume additional responsibilities.