Virginia-Highland Church Annual Yard Sale

Proceeds to benefit church’s The River program for the homeless

By Robin Ragland, VHCA Board Member and Tour of Homes Chair

The RiverOn Saturday, October 1st, the Virginia-Highland Church will hold its annual yard sale beginning at 8:00 a.m. The church is located at the corner of Virginia Avenue and Ponce de Leon Pl.  All proceeds go to care for homeless citizens here in Atlanta via The River program.

The River is Virginia-Highland Church’s unique ministry for addressing homelessness in its immediate neighborhood and across Atlanta. The name comes from a story about a group of people who are horrified to see babies floating down the river in their village. Some begin rescuing the babies, but others run upstream to find out who is throwing the babies into the river. In Virginia-Highland Church’s version, members of the church have visited with and become friends with a group of homeless folks. They strive to meet the immediate needs of their friends, whether it be food, clothes, or assistance in finding medical care, job training, or housing. In forging relationships with homeless people, the church members are better able to understand the root causes of homelessness and the barriers that homeless people face. With this first-hand perspective, the church can then be an advocate on behalf of the homeless with legislators, city officials, and policy makers.

Residents of the Virginia-Highland neighborhood are also invited to hold their own yard sale on that Saturday and donate the proceeds for our homeless neighbors. You might get together with others and create your own party that day, or donate items directly to the church. This is a great opportunity to make some room in our lives in the hope that someday everyone in Atlanta will have a “room” of their own. 100% of the proceeds will go to The River, Virginia-Highland Church’s homeless program.

If you would like to donate items directly to the church, please contact Jean Miller, Church Administrator, at jean@vhchurch.org for details about items that will be accepted and drop-off times.

Below are images of some of those involved with The River and a few of the homeless folks they now call friends.

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Volunteers Needed to Help with Atlanta Homeless Registry Survey

The Atlanta Homeless Registry is seeking volunteer help this week conducting a survey of the homeless in the metro Atlanta area.

The Registry needs volunteers to help conduct surveys with homeless people living in unsheltered locations and emergency shelters around the city. All volunteers will be trained and placed on teams supported by professional outreach workers and the APD’s HOPE (Homeless Outreach, Prevention and Emergency) services team. There are two survey shifts: Thursday January 17, 6 PM – 12AM and Friday January 18, 12AM – 6AM.

The goal of the Atlanta Homeless Registry is to create a by-name registry of people living on our streets and in our shelters, enabling us to prioritize those most vulnerable and those most at risk of dying on the street so that they can be connected with housing and other services that meet their needs.

The Atlanta Homeless Registry is sponsored by the Office of Mayor Kasim Reed’s  Unsheltered No More initiative, United Way of Greater Atlanta, Hands On Atlanta, and Central Atlanta Progress, in coordination with the national 100,000 Homes campaign. Unsheltered No More is a partnership between Mayor Kasim Reed and community leaders to dramatically reduce street homelessness in Atlanta.

According to former VHCA safety committee chair John Wolfinger who plans to participate in the event, the first shift is full but volunteers are still needed for the second shift on Friday from 12AM – 6AM. Wolfinger says if you volunteer, list your affiliation as the Virginia-Highland Safety Team. If you’re interested in traveling together to the event, you can email Wolfinger at jjonww2@earthlink.net.

For more information on the event or to sign up, visit: www.unshelterednomore.com/registry.

Voice – Summer 1991

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– A VaHi Summerfest you won’t want to miss, by Nan Hunter
– Block watch, a success story, by Joyce Gross
– Letter to the editor from Anne Taylor Hendry in defense of services for the homeless on Ponce
– Ponce Task Force survey results
– Grady students speak out – poems and essays by Grady 9th and 10th graders
– Rep Rap by Fulton County commissioner Nancy Boxill: demolishing the Highland library, settling the Presidential Parkway, property reappraisal
– John Howell Park plans approved
– Who says it’s a piece of junk? Many of our contemporary icons are threatened. By Steve Jagger
– Neighbor profile: The VOICE staff. Jett and Beth Marks, Kala Marks, Kathy Couch, Nan Hunter, Sarah Tomaka, Jeni and Rob Evans, Mickey Lawson, Terry Tuley
– Helpful hints for the Highland homeowner: fire safety, by Virginia Temple
– First annual VHCA/Summerfest “Sweat” 5K Run and Family Run – 1 mile
– Recycling: why not add your stuff to the curbside pick-up brigade?, by Nan Hunter
– Liquor store at Ponce and Barnett closes
– Host a student from France! By Carol Sleeth