Posted by B Bush
This spring North Atlanta Rotarians reached out to the Interfaith Outreach Home (IOH), located in the Chamblee/Doraville area, to find out how we could help and support them.  So far we've made a small donation and accomplished two service projects with a third one on the horizon.
Our connections with IOH go back to the beginning of the home with builder Don Millen, a long time North Atlanta Rotary Club member and Past President, as well as with several other club members who have initiated club service projects over the years.
  Angela Cohen Dir. of IOH Development and
  Communications and NARotary Pres. Bush  
  presenting a $500 check to IOHome
In early April NARotarians stepped in to provide the evening meal for the Life Skills Class and their families.  These classes bring in resources and share knowledge that help these families transition into more stable and healthier sustainable life styles.
Nathan Aberson and Julie Koriakin
cutting up bread for dinner. 
In early May we were again back at IOH sprucing up the yard with repairs and painting of a shed and the picket fence.  We were "channelling" our Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn personalities!  Fun was had by all!
Joan McGoawan (software analyst), Kent Gipson (realtor)
and Nathan Aberson (financial advisor) figuring out this
hands-on fence reconstruction project.

Kathy & Fred Monacelli painting the shed.

Joan McGowan, Nathan Aberson, Kathy Monacelli, Pat Thomas, Kent Gipson and Fred Monancelli working hard to complete the project before dark!
Interfaith Outreach Home serves up to ten families at a time for up to 2 years each.  It is an in-depth program providing safe and secure housing, many supportive resources, and time to transition (up to 2-years), while it requires mandatory saving and accountability from participants.   The program provides guidance, multi-faceted life-skills trainings and mentors to formerly homeless families willing to participate in this very stringent program capable of breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Graduate families of this program transition into stable lives, often including home ownership made possible by the mandatory savings component of the program.  The track record and success rate for families is impressive and encouraging.  North Atlanta Rotary is proud to be a supporter of IOH.