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Terence Lester Love Beyond Walls

The moment Love Beyond Walls’ founder decided to become an advocate for the homeless

"In about 2004, my wife and I were about to graduate college. We were eating ramen noodles and thinking about how we didn’t have enough gas in the car to go drive somewhere we wanted to. Then, we asked ourselves, who are we to start complaining?"
21st Century Plague: 17 Atlantans on what coronavirus has done, and what it still can do

Marshall Rancifer: “I wasn’t scared before, but I’m scared now.”

For our 21st Century Plague project, we spoke with 17 Georgians about the toll of COVID-19.
How to help Atlantans coronavirus

COVID-19: How you can help those in need in Atlanta

How to help Atlanta's homeless, elderly, restaurant workers, animal shelters, and more
After Dark Atlantans: Marshall Rancifer

Marshall Rancifer found recovery after addiction. Now he helps Atlanta’s homeless get off the streets.

Six nights a week, Marshall Rancifer visits Atlanta neighborhoods to help thousands of homeless men, women, and children by passing out meals, hygiene kits, overdose medication, and condoms—and, if they want, referrals to permanent housing or treatment.
Dignity Museum LoveBeyondWalls homelessness museum Atlanta

This museum inside a shipping container will change how you think about homelessness

The Dignity Museum, an exhibition that focuses on the challenges and bias of homelessness, officially opened this past Saturday in a bright red shipping container at the College Park headquarters of nonprofit LoveBeyondWalls.
Homeless shelters in Atlanta what's open when it's freezing

Here’s where to find Atlanta’s emergency warming centers

Last winter, nearly a dozen people in the greater Atlanta area died of hypothermia from freezing temperatures, the majority of whom were homeless. When temperatures plummet, homeless Atlantans have limited options in finding a safe, warm space. Here is a list of Atlanta's current emergency warming shelters, how to contact them, and when they begin receiving people in need.
Basil Eleby, I-85 fire

The I-85 fire could have destroyed Basil Eleby’s life. Instead, it may have saved it.

When he was suspected of starting the fire that collapsed a portion of I-85 in Atlanta, Basil Eleby—a homeless man who grew up without a family and struggled with addiction—was facing felony charges that would put him in jail until he was in his sixties. But one year after the fire, Eleby is on the path to recovery, thanks to the help of the Atlanta community.
Peachtree-Pine Shelter

What’s next for the homeless at Peachtree-Pine shelter?

Although Atlanta’s largest homeless shelter is scheduled to change hands at the end of August, it will remain open for at least another month until its residents have been placed in other facilities and housing programs. That’s the first message that Jack Hardin, co-chairman of the Regional Commission on Homelessness, wants people to know.
The Imperial Hotel

The Imperial Hotel

On a Monday in June, 25 years ago, activists broke into the vacant Imperial Hotel, made their way to the highest floor, and lowered a massive sign emblazoned with the directive: “House the Homeless Here.” Soon the encampment inside the historic hotel numbered 100 protesters.

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