Birth of the EcoVillages
In 2010 a devastating earthquake killed 250,000 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless in Haiti. Presbyterians donated $11 million to the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) Program to help Haiti recover. PCUSA partner MPP (Mouvman Peyizan Papay) received $600,000 to develop a resettlement initiative – EcoVillages -- where survivors of the quake began to build a community of self-sufficient, small farmers.
What is a Eco-Village? They practice sustainable, organic agriculture. MPP, an agricultural coop, has taught the residents how to compost to create rich soil, how to use tire gardens to conserve soil and water, and the most nutritious crops that thrive in the area’s dry and rainy seasons. Established residents are able to feed their families healthy meals from their land, while generating modest income to pay for necessities.
You can learn about the Haiti Eco-Village School at https://www.haitiecovillageschool.org. It is a great organization that needs your support.
As a Atlanta wedding photographer I am going to a mission trip with the Georgia group to Haiti to document the mission trip and school. I am hoping to share with everyone soon the photos of the April Trip!
In the winter of 1979, a homeless man died from exposure on the streets of Atlanta. It was at the same time that the members of Clifton Presbyterian Church, located in the Lake Claire neighborhood, were in the midst of a Bible Study on Isaiah 58 and Mathew 25:40 and wondered how they could respond. About the same time, a guest pastor from Washington, DC suggested to the congregation that they establish a shelter in their church and challenged them to act. After much prayer and preparation, on November 1, 1979, they took their vans and cars downtown and convinced three homeless men to come with them. They gave those three men hot food, a shower, and shelter in the sanctuary of the church. That was the beginning of Clifton Night Hospitality, the first faith-based emergency shelter in Atlanta.
Almost forty years later, Night Hospitality still provides food and shelter for up to thirty men every night of the year. The men are provided with counseling, case management, and are taught the self-respect that they need to transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency. They are encouraged to seek employment and establish good habits for better health.
Though Clifton Presbyterian Church closed in 2003, the ministry still continues, sponsored mostly by Presbyterian churches in the Atlanta area. Each night, a church team or individual volunteers will come to the shelter and serve the evening meal to the men, providing them nourishment and hospitality. Volunteers also assist with teaching life skills, keeping the clothes closet full, doing laundry and a myriad of other tasks that go along with providing day-to-day support for 30 men.
You can learn more about this great organization at https://www.cliftonsanctuary.com
As a Atlanta photographer I see the needs of the homeless first hand. This is a great organization for to support and the people there give it their all.
They believe that people and pets bring out the best in each other. Therefore, their mission is to build a community of caring, by people helping pets and pets helping people. To accomplish this vision, we offer:
- Pet Adoption & Foster Services
- Bi-monthly Pet Wellness Clinics
- Full-time veterinary services for the public
- Low cost spay/neutering to reduce pet overpopulation
- Discount health preventatives & pet dentals
- Behavioral training to keep pets in their homes
- Summer Camps for kids to teach the pet parents of tomorrow
- A pet food bank for loving owners going through hard times
- Senior support & pet matching assistance
- Community outreach & education
PAWS Atlanta is governed by a board of directors and a small, but dedicated, staff cares for the pets in our free-roaming cat cottage, small and large dog area, isolation area for sick pets, and our animal intake areas. We also have a lovely 3.5 acre walking trail and off-leash area where you can get to know us and our pets a little better. They invite you to visit PAWS Atlanta to see what they have to offer!
PAWS Atlanta receives receive no funding from federal, state or county governments. The vital services we offer to the community, are made possible by the thoughtful generosity of their supporters.