Direct Assistance – We have redoubled our efforts to provide emergency relief – such as rent, utilities and grocery – for our most vulnerable neighbors. The goal is to ensure they can maintain a healthy, secure presence in the community. We are also putting together a long term strategy to meet future needs as the virus spreads and potentially produces a second wave. You can donate here to our Giving Grace program to help us stay in front of this. To date we have delivered over $200,000 in direct assistance.
Coloring Books – We are donating coloring books to hospitals, health centers and isolated communities that could benefit from some healing creativity. If you know an institution that would like to receive complimentary books please email us ATLcoloringbook@gmail.com. If you would like to donate to help with our expenses click this link.
Outreach – After the virus began and the REMERGE studio closed for programs, we started to perform well-checks on our friends experiencing homelessness, sharing food, supplies and information. With the growing need for physical-distancing this became increasingly unsafe. We are now partnering with Motivation Forward, the Gateway Center, Intown Collaborative Ministries and Safehouse Outreach to provide take-away sack meals and basic supplies to those living on the street. Currently, we have provided over 1,000 meals, and countless resources and personal supplies. You can donate here to help us continue this effort for as long as it takes.
Virtual Gatherings – we are hosting and participating in various virtual gatherings. Our hope is to be able to shrink the social-distance we are all experiencing as we practice physical-distancing. Stay tuned to our calendar and social media for opportunities to join together for ColorATL Creative Connections, the Community of Reconcilers “coffee breaks”, and other meaningful conversation, encouragement and support.
Virtual Coloring Night – On April 16th, in partnership with Atlanta Contemporary, ColorATL led a Zoom gathering where anyone could call in, hear from 4 of our ColorATL artists, and color “together.”
Community of Reconcilers – On April 21st, the Community of Reconcilers network hosted a Zoom gathering where Pastor Sebastian Holley was interviewed about what we could do to continue the work of reconciliation during the lock down.