FALL S.P.O.T.S. 2012 LOCATION
This mission team will be serving with a ministry called The Medici Project. The Medici Project provides mission teams first hand service and educational opportunities through several different ministries located within the Atlanta Metro Area.
We chose Atlanta this year, not only for its proximity but because of their need. The City of Atlanta has one of the highest rates of children living without essentials in the country. It is estimated that nearly 25% of the children and youth who live in Fulton County live in poverty (US Census Bureau). The City of Atlanta is also one of the top sex trafficking cities in the country and 50% of the youth in the area, where The Medici Project serves, will not finish high school. The average household income is just under $11,000 a year, less than 1/3 of the national average. In one community, 60% of the residents are HIV positive.
Missionaries will come face to face with poverty and the issue of homelessness by working with multiple ministries and agencies:
- The Gateway Center- Works to end poverty and homelessness in the Atlanta Metro area. The name is based on what it tries to achieve. The center serves as a gateway to those that are stuck in poverty and homelessness and tries to allow opportunities to progress and escape the cyclical pattern of these problems.
Check it out: www.gatewayctr.org
- The Covenant House (Potential Ministry Site)- Serves youth who are homeless and in severe need. They are one of the few crisis facilities that are exclusively for teens.
Check it out: www.covenanthousega.org
- The Global Soap Project recovers discarded and unused soap from hotels reprocesses it into new bars and distributes it to vulnerable populations throughout the world.
Check it out: www.globalsoap.org
Finally, The Medici Project does not only serve but has a strong need to connect its volunteers to both awareness of poverty issues and education. The team will have nightly discussion and meeting times to learn about the framework of inner-city poverty, some root causes of homelessness, and will be hearing from the founder of “BeRemedy,” a social network ministry of help that redefined how this generation is helping to provide for needs and serving others.
Check it out: www.beremedy.org
Need an application? Download it here: Fall '12 SPOTS Application
*Capacity: 9 people Cost: $135
Deposit ($20) & Application Due: Oct. 5th
Balance ($115) Due: Oct. 15th