IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS A DISTINCTION BETWEEN HOMELESS & HOPELESS.
The homeless in Dalton range from people who deal with illiteracy or addiction to people who have doctorates and have been successful business people. the economic downturn has severely impacted this area-people that walk through our doors are not classifiable into an ethnicity, education level, age or social background. Some live on the streets, under bridges, or in one of the “tent cities” in Dalton. Many of these people are living in sub-standard housing without the ability to pay for water, electricity and basic necessities like food and clothing. Several of these individuals do odd jobs to earn enough to allow them a modicum of pride and to be somewhat self reliant.
The people we have been privileged to work with are caring people who, through circumstances often beyond their control, have lost their footing in a relationship, financially, medically, socially, or a combination of all of these. They contribute back as their abilities and means allow and each of them is searching for a “family” connection and the ability to rise above their current situation. We want to get everyone off the street and into lives filled with purpose and meaning. Literacy programs are needed. We have turned our building into a Day Center that provides services to train and foster personal development as well as provide help locating jobs, better living conditions, and counselling. Help us show how a little care can make a huge impact in our community.