Two of the largest and fastest growing homeless population segments in Metro Atlanta are adult women and children under the age of 9. Together with the Atlanta Mission, the Atlanta Day Shelter is one of the only daytime resource centers available to these women and children.
On July1, 2013 the Atlanta Day Shelter and the Atlanta Mission came together through an acquisition. Together we strive to lead homeless women and children from shelter and street living in to a home of their own. Just look at what the Atlanta Day Shelter accomplished in 2012:
· We served 4,618 individuals—962 of those were children
· We served 56,127 hot breakfasts and lunches
· We had over 70 guests shower daily
· We successfully helped 176 women find a new job
· We had over 8,000 visits to the women’s, children’s, and professional clothing closets
· We distributed 1,265 one-day & 360 7-day MARTA passes for guests to travel safely to off-site medical appointments and job interviews
· We distributed 154 household starter kits and food pantry bags to women with new homes
· Our on-site medical clinic had 9,430 medical appointments
· We purchased 304 birth certificates and 147 legal IDs
· We provided 1,079 guests with Christmas gift bags filled with new clothing, hygiene items, books, blankets, and toys
· We gave out over 490 backpacks filled with school supplies to students to start school in the fall
Our Programs and Services:
· The Critical Needs Program provides shelter, two meals a day, clothing, shower and laundry facilities, phone and mail services, MARTA passes, toiletries, and childcare items like diapers, formula, and baby food.
· The Medical Care Program provides free on-site flu shots, immunizations, back to school check-ups, mental health counseling, podiatry services, and the purchase of prescription medications.
· The Job Readiness Program provides assistance with resume writing, interview training, financial literacy workshops, computer training, and stipends for college. In addition, we assist with the procurement of legal documents needed for employment.
· The Housing and Social Services Program provides aid in finding emergency nighttime and permanent housing. In addition, we assist guests suffering from addiction with finding recovery programs. We offer $100 to use towards rent or utility bills and deliver housing starter kits to guests.
· The Children and Youth Program provides a safe, clean, and nurturing environment for children. We offer early education classes, story-time, nutrition classes, supervised computer classes, and basic hygiene instruction.