Check out this original spoken word piece that was written by Derrick Bailey for our upcoming documentary on systemic poverty. This is the first feature length film our organization will put out to give those wrestling with poverty a voice in the U.S.
The name of our film is called, “Voiceless” – If you like this piece, share it or visit voicelessfilm.com
HERE WE GROW AGAIN: Last night, we launched a Love Beyond Walls mini site in downtown Atlanta in partnership with Warehouse of Hope & Rush Memorial – Volunteer with us on Wednesday nights now every single week in the heart of the city!
This past Saturday we partnered with three Churches to mobilize over 50 volunteers to serve the community.
Not only did these groups help us to organize our center, but they also got a chance to hear powerful stories from those who are experiencing homelessness in the city.
Check out the recap video below to see what happened.
SIX DAYS WITH SHELTER: It’s been six days since Ronald stopped sleeping on the ground and started living in this small house our organization built and he’s already talking differently.
He says, “Now I feel like I have to accomplish some things like getting my ID, social security card and birth certificate. I also want to see if I can reconnect with some of my family back home if I can find anyone.”
Although he has not fully transitioned out of homelessness, having a solid support system has started to build his confidence that it’s possible to start again. He says, “Being warm has given me the space to think…”
Wow. “Being warm….”
Think about it, when life happens who can you call? Maybe a mother, close friend, dad, mentor, etc.
Well, when you’re experiencing homelessness there is a social isolation and depletion of all social equity that strips your strength from community.
That’s why we urge people who make generalizations about the homeless to NOTICE THEM. Noticing someone might give someone the courage they need to keep fighting.
Over the next two weeks, we are going to help him achieve some of his goals.
If you’d like to contribute basic necessities (such as food, bus cards, etc.) until we get him back home safe and sound reach out.
This past Sunday, we were invited to share our #MAP16 story in Shreveport, LA [Shreveport Convention Center] to over 5K people!
Not only did we get a chance to share some of our clips, but we challenged people to consider the poor, understand the realities of the poor, and create margin in their personal lives to notice people.
We are excited about starting our editing process this week as we prepare to share our March Against Poverty story with the world.
During this season, take time to notice those who are poor, and consider what really matters.
Below are a couple of opportunities to serve the community with us in December! If you are interested, select a day, and hit us up.
Thank you for helping us to serve the vulnerable during the holidays.
“Love is a powerful force,” Terence explains. “God is love, and we are on a mission to take that love into places where there is darkness and hopelessness, despondency and all those different things keeping people in the cycle of being oppressed.”
Check out the story of those we help on @episcopalatl’s website to read our story! Or, simply click the picture below.