Local organization to assist in homeless count

Tue, 12/30/2008 - 4:46pm
By: Carolyn Cary

The Agape Faith Center of Hope in Fayetteville, will be conducting the 2009 Homeless Count of Fayette County in January.

Service providers and churches are needed to volunteer in the process by conducting a brief survey from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs to their clients during the week of Jan. 26 -31.

Volunteers are needed to help with the coordination of the homeless count which will also help determine housing needs in Fayette County.

Needy families and individuals in our community go without proper food, shelter, and essential medical care every day due to a variety of factors including low wages, job loss, injuries, or illness.

“While many of us are susceptible to hard times, families and women with children make up the largest number of our ‘Neighbors’ we serve that are homeless or facing homelessness, said the Rev. Diane V. Collins, executive director, founder of Agape, and Fayette County Count Coordinator.

There are several training sessions set up between now and the end of January, and all of them will take place at the Fayetteville First United Methodist Church. You only need to attend one two-hour session to collect the surveys or become a count volunteer.

“The vision of Agape Faith is to provide a ‘one-stop service’ for the homeless, working poor and low-income population of Fayette County. We want to help them to become restored, and reenlisted as productive citizens of the community,” said Rev. Collins. “By participating in the State of Georgia Homeless Count, we can identify those needing help and with the assistance of those service providers and churches in Fayette County, we can make things better for those in need.”

To participate in this need, call 770-716-3238. To find out about Agape Faith email agape@agapefaithchurch.org.

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