- Created on 08 January 2013
On Monday the late Lillian Miles Lewis, wife of District 5 Congressman John Lewis, was laid to rest at funeral services inside the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Mrs. Lewis died last week at the age of 73.
Lewis was a powerful force in her own right, encouraging her husband to enter the political arena in the late 1970s. She remained one of his closest advisors throughout their 44 years of marriage.
At the funeral, family, friends and Atlantans from across the city, honored Lewis' life at the church.
- Created on 04 January 2013
In collaboration with Our Gallery and the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host "Colors of the Beloved Community: The Art of Social Justice and Change," which will celebrate creative expression as a powerful tool to examine the human condition and effect deep and lasting social change.
All artwork in this exhibit will be the creation of artists from Our Gallery, which offers homeless and non-traditional artists an opportunity to create, exhibit and sell their art.
The exhibit will be up through Jan. 28 at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, a special library of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, located at 101 Auburn Avenue, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30303-2503. For information call 404-730-4001 x100.
- Created on 03 January 2013
HomeAid Atlanta has partnered with Atlanta Mission's Fuqua Hall to renovate the kitchen at their home serving homeless men on their way to independent living. Fuqua Hall offers affordable, transitional housing for men who have completed Atlanta Mission Shelter or Recovery Programs. HomeAid builds and maintains what they call dignified housing for transitionally homeless.
In February 2012, Ivan Rouse, Atlanta Mission's Manager of Volunteer Services, contacted HomeAid to inquire about partnering with Atlanta Mission for the kitchen renovation. This is the second project the two groups have partnered together to complete. In 2004, HomeAid Atlanta and Builder Captain John Wieland Homes & Neighborhoods built Atlanta Mission's Second Mile Home in College Park, an 11-unit, 48-bed home for homeless women and children.
- Created on 03 January 2013
The Board of Directors for Release to Reunion celebrated the reunification of two families at its Second Annual "Embracing Families" Holiday Banquet. The non-profit organization embraced mothers who were recently reunited with their children by spreading Christmas cheer at the South Cobb Community Center (620 Lions Club Drive).
These families have suffered with near homelessness and DFACS intervention in their efforts to remain together. This celebration set the stage with a reception beginning at 4:00 p.m. and includes an evening filled with music, theater, dinner and a Christmas tree stuffed with special gifts for the celebrated "families."
"Embracing Families for the Holidays" is all made possible by the Release to Reunion Board of Directors and its sponsorship partners.
Release to Reunion, Inc., was created to assist families in transition by giving deserving parents a second chance to reenter society and reunite with their children. In providing a single parent family with the love, support and holiday cheer it deserves, this event provided a positive example for families everywhere and served as a source of hope and inspiration for all those in need of a second chance.
This year, the guest list was reserved to the Board of Directors, their families and friends, community officials, other organizations throughout the community that provide like services, as well as those who serve in an advisory capacity to the organization. In future years, the organization plans to open the event to the general public as a celebration of love, family, and holiday cheer – "Embracing Families for the Holidays."
If you wish to help support the efforts of Release to Reunion, Inc., by making a tax-deductible contribution to assist other families in transition, please mail any such contribution (check or money order only) to: Release to Reunion, Inc., 3915 Cascade Road, Suite 265, Atlanta, Georgia 30331; or call (404) 478-7859 for more information.
- Created on 02 January 2013
Stone Mountain Village will host a special 150th Anniversary Celebration and Recognition of the Signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 10:30 a.m. The event will be held downtown in Stone Mountain Village at the Sherman's Neck Ties Public Art Sculpture and in the 1st Baptist Church outdoor pavilion.
The event will include ceremonial cannon fire as well as speakers and music. Mayor Pat Wheeler will speak and present a proclamation from the City of Stone Mountain to the Rev. Timothy Depp, pastor of Bethsaida Baptist Church. Other speakers include local historian George Coletti, invited guest Hermina Avery Glass, public historian researcher at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and associate director for the study of the Civil War at Kennesaw State University, and invited political guests representing local, state and federal offices.
The event will conclude with a reception immediately following under the outdoor pavilion at the 1st Baptist Church.
For more information, call 770-413-0607 or visit www.stonemountainvillage.com.