Category Archive: poverty

Celebrating Fathers

“It is not flesh and blood, but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.”
-Johann Friedrich von Schiller

Tavis dreams of becoming an elementary school teacher and making a positive impact on generations of students. Every day, he’s working hard to accomplish that goal while serving as a strong, steady role model for his two young children.

However, life hasn’t always been easy for this 26-year-old father. Even though Tavis worked two jobs while attending Georgia State University, it wasn’t enough to cover his family’s financial needs. When he and his wife, Shamica, had trouble paying their rent and making ends meet, Tavis turned to Buckhead Christian Ministry.

“My credit was so bad,” he recalls. “I needed help.”

Fortunately, BCM provided emergency assistance, housing support and financial counseling to help this hard-working father and his family during a time of financial crisis. Best of all, BCM empowered Tavis with the tools to achieve long-term financial stability and helped him get on a solid career path.

“BCM is an excellent resource for people who need to start over,” he raves. “It’s a great program to help you get on the right track.”

Fortunately, like so many BCM clients, Tavis’s story has a happy ending. This Atlanta native recently completed his degree in Health and Physical Education at Georgia State University and is currently working as a paraprofessional in DeKalb County while he completes his teaching certification requirements. He’s well on his way to achieving his dream of being a teacher.

“I’m working toward my goals and providing for my family,” he explains. “I want to make sure they have a bright future. To me, being a great father means putting my kids first, doing what’s right and being there for them every day.”

Tavis is one of many devoted fathers we help throughout the year. On Sunday, June 15, we hope you’ll take a moment to thank all the dads who go “above and beyond” to support their loved ones and who serve as important role models in their children’s lives.

How can you help fathers like Tavis? Please make a donation to support our ongoing initiatives to assist Atlanta families. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and truly has the power to change lives.

Another way to make a positive impact right here in our community is become a BCM volunteer. Please click HERE to learn more. As always, we are deeply grateful for your support.

From our family to yours, we wish you a very Happy Father’s Day!

A Salute to Mothers

“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” – Rudyard Kipling

This past Sunday we celebrated Mother’s Day, a holiday that has always been near and dear to our hearts at Buckhead Christian Ministry.

So many of the clients we serve are single mothers, working hard to provide for their families. The number of female-headed households is at a record high, and they often struggle to make ends meet.

These moms frequently work multiple jobs and wear many different hats. They are committed to their family’s success, but juggling childcare, transportation, their jobs, and more all on one income can make the situation precarious. A major illness, a car accident or a job loss can be catastrophic for single mother, sending her family’s finances into a downward spiral.

At BCM, we help mothers like Jackie, who successfully paid off $10,000 in debt through our financial education programs. We help moms like Jaylyn, who was facing homelessness because of the financial strain of providing for a child with a serious neurological disorder that requires the use a wheelchair.

We lift up families by offering the guidance and the tools to enable moms to become financially self-sufficient. We endeavor to equip women to be the best parents they can be and to serve as positive role models for their children.

It’s no small task, but it’s one that we take seriously. Whether we’re offering emergency assistance to a client who can’t pay her rent, providing food from the C. Spencer Godfrey Food Pantry or giving free clothing from Buckhead THRIFTique, we’re focused on providing a helping hand to Atlanta mothers facing crisis situations. At the same time, we offer the tools to empower women to break the cycle of poverty.

You’re never too old to appreciate the precious gifts you’ve received from your mother. And, there’s no time like the present to honor the mothers in your own life. We think every day should be Mother’s Day!

Click HERE to make a donation to support BCM’s ongoing initiatives to help Atlanta families.