We’re moving!

StreetWise Georgia to serve increased number of struggling families at larger facility

Georgia has one of the highest poverty rates in the nation. While the number has decreased somewhat in recent years, the Center for American Progress reports that the Peach State still ranks 8th for overall poverty rate and child poverty rate. With many local families struggling to make ends meet and uncertain where their next meal might come from, StreetWise Georgia has responded by providing food, clothing, hygiene items, housewares and seasonal help to those in crisis. Since 2008, the nonprofit has been a consistent presence, serving households throughout Metro Atlanta with the emergency assistance they need.

As the number of client families regularly helped by StreetWise steadily approaches 4,000, the acquisition of more space could not have come at a better time. StreetWise is grateful to announce its upcoming move to a larger facility at 1770 Cedars Road in Lawrenceville. This move is expected to take place by January 8th, 2018.

“It has been a prayer and a dream for a long time,” said President and Co-Founder Terry Powell. “We were able to distribute just over 600,000 lbs. of food last year and want to put all of the resources that we have been blessed with to good use – serving as many people as we possibly can, while still providing one-on-one attention to each client. This new space will allow us to do that.”

With 19,000 square feet at the new building, StreetWise will be able to serve a larger number of families through regular intake appointments and events while also offering training courses in areas such as résumé building and interview etiquette. These classes aim to break the cycle of generational poverty by helping clients to pursue their goals, increase their confidence and establish independence.

There is still much work that needs to be done before the move can officially take place. Necessary construction, plumbing, HVAC installation and electrical wiring are prerequisite for the classes and events being planned. Still, with a supportive community, a strong network of volunteers and the progress already made, StreetWise is looking eagerly forward to life in its new home.

“It is amazing to see how people will band together on behalf of other people,” said Robert Davis, volunteer coordinator. “We have a great family at StreetWise and are grateful to everyone in the community who is making this thing possible.”

If you are interested in learning more about the move or assisting in any way, please email terry@streetwisegeorgia.org with questions or information.