For most of us born and raised in America, the COVID-19 pandemic is arguably the biggest global disruption and life-altering event we have ever experienced. In a matter of a few short weeks, our lives drastically changed as we were forced to adjust and adapt to new ways of living. Learning new terms like social distancing, shelter-in-place, and flattening the curve; and for many of us experiencing our very first quarantines, this has been an extremely challenging adjustment. While we can cite many more examples, reflect if you will on your own experiences and how your life, and the life of your loved ones, have been impacted since this horrific virus surfaced. Now, imagine going through this crisis alone, scared, feeling hopeless, ill-informed and without any help. Imagine having no money, no food, or a place to call home. How do you shelter-in-place when you are homeless? How do you wash your hands for 20 seconds with no consistent source of soap or water? How is one expected to quarantine and protect themselves from contracting the virus, when they have no safe place to go? Sadly, this is the reality and experience of over 3,000 homeless youth, families, veterans, and seniors living on the streets of Metropolitan Atlanta. Being homeless is a trying time in one’s life - Being homeless in the midst of a global pandemic, is considerably more challenging. Ujima Way and The Justice For All Coalition seek your support as we expand and intensify our efforts to address the critical needs of unsheltered homeless citizens in Metropolitan Atlanta. To respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are turning up the H.E.A.T., to provide more Housing options, more Education regarding coronavirus, more Assessments to properly refer and link willing people to appropriate care and services, and improved Transportation options, to strategically navigate through the city and provide transportation and on-site outreach services. Funds are needed to 1) support the increased numbers people we are serving and meals we provide as many agencies and churches have reduced or suspended outreach services; 2) provide housing options as hundreds of homeless people are seeking refuge at the Atlanta airport and will likely soon be banned and forced back onto the streets, and 3) to acquire a used vehicle designated and optimized for street outreach that has the features and increased capacity to store necessary supplies and allow staff and volunteers to minimize wear and tear on their personal vehicles. No donation is too small or too large. Whatever you contribute will help make a difference. Lastly, all homeless people didn’t make bad choices and decisions in life. So we ask that you don’t judge them or see through them, especially in these most dangerous times. As people continue to lose jobs, it’s very likely we will see a spike in the numbers of homeless people, which only justifies our point and need for support. So let’s not judge those in this position, but instead pay-it-forward by supporting worthy causes in whatever ways you can. Ujima Way is a 501-c-3 nonprofit organization and all donations are tax-deductible. Thank you in advance!