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SERVING IN CRISIS
City of Refuge's mission is to bring light, hope, and transformation to the westside of Atlanta. For 22 years, COR has provided life-saving resources that arrest crisis and restore self-respect. The goal is to help individuals break the cycle of poverty and reach middle class by middle age. More than 20,000 individuals have benefitted from COR’s comprehensive approach.
Even in the best of times, without help, many in this community have little prospect of overcoming the extreme poverty into which they were born. When times get tough, our children and their families are among the first to suffer. Not only are the children now not in school to receive breakfast and lunch, but the educational, supportive services they typically receive at school also are on indefinite hold. They not only need us to provide healthy food and a safe place to shelter. They also need us to provide services essential to their long-term wellbeing such as nurturing support, enrichment activities, and medical care. Luckily, COR’s campus is equipped to meet their most immediate as well as longer-term needs. As soon as schools closed, COR’s dedicated staff jumped into action to fill the gap. We now are providing three meals a day for all 33 children who live in transitional housing on our campus as well as for the 77 mothers and other women, most of whom now cannot work. We are coming together to supply diapers and wipes for the youngest members of our community, and healthy snacks for all. We also are working to supply relevant programming for all children who call our campus home, from the reading corner to the art room. We are striving to continue tutoring to help them stay on track in school. In these challenging times, we are working to ensure all medical needs are met through our onsite partnership with Mercy Care. We are taking steps to maintain mental health for both the children and their mothers.
We are doing all of this while taking unprecedented measures to follow all CDC, state, and city guidelines to keep our community safe. Entire areas of campus now are designated for only a few families at a given time, as we seek to maintain social distancing on campus while keeping some sense of normalcy. We have increased education about personal hygiene practices and posted informational materials throughout the campus. We head to meals and other programming by designated section. We are striving to do all of this even as many of our staff members must work remotely and we are without the physical assistance of the 1,500 volunteers who typically assist on campus. Even as our annual budget does not include these extra meals nor the extra utilities nor the unique programming required to meet these exceptional challenges. We started providing services immediately because we are fully dedicated to keeping our community secure and healthy.
More than two decades working with tremendous challenges has taught us that in times of crisis, it is critical to bring light and hope. And with your support, we will continue to offer these essential services for these children and their families who so desperately need our full support to see them through to the end of this challenging time.