Atlanta’s Homeless Children Get Visit from Mayor PDF Print E-mail

Kasim Reed to Visit Atlanta Children’s Shelter

ATLANTA, August 19, 2011 – The Atlanta Children’s Shelter (ACS) will welcome Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed at 11am on Tuesday August 30th.

Dedicated to helping families overcome the issues that contribute to homelessness, including domestic violence and job loss, the Atlanta Children's Shelter focuses on the long term self sufficiency of the family. The focus of ACS is to stabilize homeless families with young children by providing free, quality day care for pre-school children and focused social services for their families.

Mayor Reed will visit the Shelter’s classrooms, read to the children and view plans for the Shelter’s upcoming expansion. He will also meet parents like Mr. Denton Coney. After participating in programs such as the ACS Job Track Employment Readiness program and the Keys to Independence program, Mr. Coney has a new job, Mrs. Coney is studying for her GED and the family has recently moved from a Salvation Army shelter into permanent housing. Mr. Coney is grateful for the assistance they received from ACS and states, “It has been a remarkable feeling, I can see peace in my children’s faces.”

“We are privileged to host Mayor Reed at the Shelter,” said ACS Executive Director Sandy Keating. “His Hire One Initiative which encourages members of our corporate community to hire benefits homeless parents in our program who are job ready and striving for self sufficiency.” For the first time in the Shelter’s history last year, unemployment became the leading cause of homelessness for families in its program surpassing domestic violence. “We need community partnerships if we are to be successful in getting parents back to work and breaking the cycle of homelessness for their children”, continued Keating. “In 2010, we successfully employed 51 homeless parents and have already placed 38 into jobs this year.”

“Mayor Reed’s visit symbolizes the important role that the Shelter has played in the community for the past 25 years by caring for almost 8,000 homeless children and providing services for more than 5,000 homeless families,” said ACS Board Chair Susan O’Farrell. “This is a powerful segue into our next chapter which will include the Shelter extending its outreach to serve a greater number of homeless families in metropolitan Atlanta.”

ACS is celebrating 25 years of being a leading homeless service provider for metropolitan Atlanta. Eight formerly homeless families will be honored at the 25th Annual Achiever’s Celebration Gala on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at the Loews Atlanta Hotel. Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are still available for this event.

About the Atlanta Children’s Shelter
Founded in 1986, the Atlanta Children's Shelter (www.atlantachildrensshelter.org) provides free, quality day care, emotional support, and an educational curriculum for homeless children, plus focused social services for their families. Dedicated to helping families overcome the issues that contribute to homelessness, including domestic violence and job loss, the Atlanta Children's Shelter focuses on the long term self-sufficiency of the family.

Media contact:
Name: Sandra Keating, ACS Executive Director                    
Phone: 404-892-3713
Email: skeating@acsatl.org