Give it Forward Card Distribution: Nicholas House
Give it Forward: Nicholas House, Atlanta, GA
Through partnerships with Turner Broadcasting and Boston Market, we were able to ensure that 50 families will enjoy a healthy meal at a local Boston Market this holiday season. For this program, the Turner family has bought gift cards, not for themselves, but to Give it Forward to families in need. As we’ve been watching the number of donated meals steadily incline, we’ve been getting more and more excited – but yesterday made it real.
We went down to Nicholas House with Gloria, a Turner Broadcasting Insider’s Advantage employee, who become involved with Nicholas House through her church. This shelter is very near and dear to her heart so she was the perfect Turner employee to help this project hit home for all of us.
For 30 years, Nicholas House has been providing transitional housing to Atlanta families coming out of homeless. Many times, families that come out of homelessness are split up for logistical reasons and it is rare to find a shelter where an entire family, especially a large one, can stay together. What makes Nicholas House so unique is that they give families the opportunity to stay together when they come off the streets.
The key to Nicholas House’s success is that they focus heavily on moving forward and accountability. They ensure that the children that live at the house are doing well in school (many make the honor roll), that they graduate from high school, and that adults have paying jobs as well as the opportunity to complete a GED, Associate’s Degree, or Bachelor’s Degree. Some of the Nicholas House residents live in apartments around the metro Atlanta area and are working to rebuild their lives. We were told that meals are especially important to those who live away from the Nicholas House and are no longer provided meals.
After we handed over the gift cards and took plenty of pictures and videos, we got the chance to get a tour of Nicholas House. We saw the elementary after-school area and the adult learning area, the kitchen, and the computer lab. Although most of the children were at school and the parents were at work, seeing their rooms made this project come alive. We realized that it’s not just the click of a button or a Facebook post – but a real story about families getting fed and triumphantly overcoming their prior circumstances.