Atlanta Outreach Agency Partners
PRUMC supports sixteen agencies vital to the transformation of our community. Each of our outreach partners works from the ground up to create sustainable change for people in crisis. Our vision is our agencies’ mission. If we have the soul to create change, our agencies have the arms to hold, the legs to carry, the backs to bear and the hearts to heal.
Together, we work to make huge impact on our town.
More often than not, people living in poverty cannot gain a toehold on life because firm ground does not exist in their world. Action Ministries recognizes that to break the cycle of poverty we need to go step-by-step, hand-in-hand.
Action Ministries leads people out of a punishing cycle by providing basic needs such as food and shelter. After these hurdles are overcome, a plan of support is created, often focusing on education.
By helping people realize their full potential, we are playing a part in ending generational poverty in Atlanta.
Agape Youth and Family Center works to change the life trajectory of the 2000 children we serve. Through a variety of programs, we help children in abject poverty understand that there is a life beyond what they know and we help them attain it.
Agape’s main focus is on holistic child development through tutoring, mentoring, character development, accountability, physical fitness, family involvement. We provide safe, engaging places for children during critical hours where they would otherwise be alone, and help support their academic career from elementary enrollment to high school graduation.
For anyone, a major crack in their life foundation can cause personal devestation. For those living on the margin, it can cause financial devestation as well, which can lead to homelessness in a second.
Atlanta Mission is there for the devestated. We provide safety, time and a means for people to restore their lives and begin living intentionally again.
We serve over 1000 homeless every day and offer day care, showers, shelter, laundry, lunch, life-skill classes and more. We address the cause of an individual’s homelessness so we can best help heal them.
BCM is dedicated to the working poor of our city. For those in our work force whose income falls below the poverty level, an unexpected life event can lead to crisis. By intervening with emergency services, BCM can prevent a bad sitution from becoming a worst-case scenario.
After stabalizing a crisis – such as preventing an eviction that could lead to homelessness, BCM works to bring self-sufficiency back to their clients’ lives. Food, clothing, money management, transportation and life-skills training are part of the continuem of services that BCM provides to pave the way back to financial stability.
Atlanta’s underground commercial sex economy is valued at $290 million – which includes prostitution and child trafficking. It’s the highest in the nation – powerful and lucrative. Many of the women trapped in this life were “recruited” by friends while in school.
BeLoved helps women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction, realize that this doesn’t have to be their life. These women are first survivors and then leaders. By providing a two-year residential home and program we offer a safe place to attain life-skills that will lead to normalcy, and a community of accountability that will lead to permanent change.
City of Refuge
The City of Refuge is a multi-tasking complex of innovative solutions. Located in the community it serves, the City of Refuge provides the highest level of information and opportunty to those willing to work hard.
The creativity of their programming is surpassed only by the sustainability. From preschool to high school, after school to summer camps, children are holistically nurtured. Women are given a safe place to be made whole after a life of crisis or exploitation. Adults are led to self-sufficiency through education and job training at hubs like 180° Kitchen and NAPA Auto Center. A refuge within our city, City of Refuge is a “leader in the business of social transformation.”
Feed My Lambs
The cost of childcare is THE barrier that keeps many families from achieving self-sufficiency. Feed My Lambs opens preschools and grade schools in high risk communities to give children and parents a chance at a better life. By this single act of alleviating childcare costs, Feed My Lambs breaks a cycle of poverty in the communities they serve.
Since its inception, 11,000 children have come through Feed My Lambs schools. Each child receives educational excellence and Christian spiritual development. Often these children are a conduit for their parents to learn about Christian compassion and benevolence, and many come to serve at Feed My Lambs.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a giant in the area of sustainable change. While maintaining their mission of strengthening communities through invested home ownership, they continue to innovate programs to offer a “hand up” in new ways.
Habitat knows that strong foundations build stable neighborhoods, and that in turn creates thriving communities. By identifying candidates with the willingness to learn, build and grow, Habitat is able to maintain a long-term relationship with their homeowners. They give them tools to build a house… and tools to keep their home.
Hollis Innovation Academy
Over the decades, historic neighborhoods on the Westside of Atlanta have become increasingly isolated from opportunity. Hollis Innovation Acadamy is situated in such an area, but as part of the Westside Revitalization initiative, it is the fulcrum on which major change will occur.
In an area where 25% of the student population is homeless, and 100% qualify for the free lunch program, Hollis Acadamy is ensuring that Westside children have every educational advantage. Knowledge and skill will bring them out of generational poverty and give them a future full of hope and opportunity. Hollis is an oasis in their chaotic world and its leaders are dedicated to being a positive influence in their formative years.
As part of its long range plan, Hollis will grow to include junior high grades, adult GED classes and community outreach.
Most retired citizens on a fixed income cannot afford to replace a furnace or water heater. When these appliances expire, many seniors resort to wearing coats indoors, boiling water for basic needs, and using stoves or dryers for heat. Hopeworks steps in to help before desperation becomes dangerous.
In partnership with Georgia Power and Atlanta Gas Light, Hopeworks brings long-term solutions to seniors so they may remain in their homes. By providing weatherization, repairs and general maintenance at no cost, Hopeworks honors these saints of their communities. In turn, the recipeints bless others through the Hopeworks programs of intercessory prayer, visitation and fellowship.
Jerusalem House began in Atlanta when AIDS was considered a death sentence. Though there have been great advancements in the treatment of the disease, there is still fear and misunderstanding about AIDS. And what does that look like on the streets or in a shelter?
Jerusalem House provides a safe, community of care that partners with over 20 multi-denominational organizations in the Atlanta area. Ever-evolving based on need, communities have grown to include family facilities and learning centers. We know that independence can be acheived and we provide support groups, case manangement, and counseling to help clients have the confidence they need to actualize their lives.
Mountain Top Boys Home
Poverty and its consequences are not exclusive to urban areas. The scenic foothills of Georgia is one of the poorest areas in our state. Many parents have turned to dealing drugs for income and have become addicts. Their children are helpless and live in physical and emotional neglect.
Early on in its history, it was determined that Mountain Top Boys Home (MTBH) could provide the necessary care for neglected boys in this region. MTBH was “cheaper and better than the state prison system” which is where these children would be on their trajectory. With the boys in their care, Mountain Top is devoted to developing faithful, responssible successful young men.
Through encouragement, direction and faith, Mountain Top Boys Home invests in a successful society for the future.
Police Athletic League
When a child befriends and trusts a police officer, they can better learn to understand and respect the laws they uphold. This nurturing principle helps the officers of PAL teach children the importance of each youth’s role in the community. PALS not only offer safe environments and engaging programs, they offer a different ending to the story.
PAL reinforces friendship and trust though a wonderful variety of programs that promotes self-esteem through athletics, community involvement, and fellowship. Oftentimes, programs include meals for the children and educational components.
The officers of PAL know the streets and offer children a way off of them and a chance to reach their full potential.
Trinity Community Ministries
Trinity House / Big Bethel provides more than shelter… it provides a turning point. For men who have lost all hope, Trinity House / Big Bethel extends a lifeline and a way back. Mentors help broken men reclaim their lives and return healed and strong to their families and communities.
Staff members provide unwavering support as the barriers to success are removed. Then, rebuilding begins through counseling, recovery and job training. Ongoing assessment helps determine if new skills are needed so each man can acheive independence and success as a citizen.
Trinity is a place where each day, lives are turned around.
Women’s Resource Center
Battery is often shamed filled and silent. It takes great courage to break free from the entrapments of an abusive relationship. Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence (WRCDV) assures that no one has to take the journey to freedom alone.
WRCDV provides safety, support and advocacy for battered women and their children. Through secure housing, legal assistance and unlimited emotional support, women are able to reclaim their strength and belief in themselves. Children are embraced by this community and helped to manage their feelings and fears.
WRCDV works to create accountability for batterers, to change the culture that fosters abuse,and to educate all ages about prevention. We also offer support and protection to elders who are experiencing abuse by their families.