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The Christmas season begins early at Clifton. From mid November through New Year’s day we and our guests are blessed by the many churches and individuals who support our ministry. From special meals to gifts for our guests our volunteers and supporters go the extra mile to make the Christmas season special for the men who call Clifton home. But the best of our traditions are those when the men of Clifton take time to give back to the community that makes Clifton possible.
Everyone is invited to join with the men of Clifton for three special nights of Caroling on Wednesday, December 12th through Friday the 14th. We will meet at 7:30 each evening. Hot chocolate, apple cider, cookies and other refreshments will be served afterwards. No experience or talent is necessary; all are welcome. On Sunday, December 16th our guests will present their Annual Christmas Program at 3:00 PM. This is a very special look at the meaning of Christmas through the eyes of our guests. After the program everyone is invited to join with our guests for dinner.
We want to give a special thank you to The Lovett School and in particular Dr. Michael Sanders and his 9th Grade Advisory Group for coming to serve at Clifton Sanctuary Ministries. Each year the incoming freshmen at The Lovett School participate in SING, Service Initiation for Ninth Graders, which seeks to promote civic engagement and foster in their students a sense of community and connection to the city at large through service in the Greater Atlanta area. This group put together hygiene kits, helped clean our clothing closet and did laundry, all while learning about the population which we serve. Thank you for your gifts of time and service.
Our Annual Dinner & Graduation Celebration is a little more than a month away. This year we will gather on Sunday the 30th of September at North Avenue Presbyterian Church. The festivities will begin at 6PM but plan to arrive early to spend time with our supporters, fellow volunteers, our current guests and of course the graduates. Use the links below to make your reservations online.
In addition to an evening of fellowship you will hear about the accomplishments of the past year and our plans for the future. The personal stories of our recent graduates will be the highlight of the evening. In addition our staff and officers will use the opportunity to recognize those individuals and churches that have made a special impact on the ministry in the past year.
Time is short and seating is limited, so make your reservation today. Can’t fit the dinner into your schedule, make a donation that will allow a guest to attend.
Tickets for the dinner are $40 per person or $325 for a table of 8. They can be purchased on our web site http://www.cliftonsanctuary.com or by sending a check to the Clifton office. Reservations are required. North Avenue Presbyterian is located at 607 Peachtree Street, at the corner of North Avenue & Peachtree, in Atlanta.
Clifton Sanctuary Ministries
369 Connecticut Avenue, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30307
Watching The Thousands Of People Trying Not To Become Homeless
Last week during my daily travels I heard many people were headed to some program call NACA to help save their homes.
I went to check it out; which was at the convention center downtown and it was very warm in there as well.
As I move around the function and listened to the many homeowners talk, it was a cloud of hurt, shame, disbelief, and just all around self-pity which I know that feeling all too well.
Then there was a speaker that went through the process with everyone and during the different topics he spoke of, he would talk briefly about how he was almost homeless a couple of years back.
He talked about how this same program saved his home and then he became an advocate for the program as well as an employee.
Many people were asking questions during his presentation that keep interrupting him but he was patient with them and generally concerned and they all sounded the same.
They were afraid to lose their homes and we all felt that in the air.
Many made comments about not believing that this program would help them regardless of the many success stories that show from past efforts to help homeowners right here in Atlanta.
It all hit deep in my heart because of the many years of being a real estate investor, being a landlord, and owning my own homes to NOW being homeless.
For me meaning not owning ANY homes!
But as they started to show on the big screen all the people that were being helped in real time, I am looking at them on the stage as well as on the screens, I begin to pray that more would come in for this miracle.
The miracle that comes from asking for help.
Something that I haven’t done, until the last 9 months, which ended with me in full surrender mode.
People were getting their mortgage reduced in amount owed, monthly payment as much as $500.00 in some cases.
When I think of how $500.00 a month difference many times for me in the past would make a difference of holding on to my home.
Something that I haven’t done up till the last 9 months which ended me up in full surrender mode.
I could only think for a moment as to all the times that I would be too prideful to ask for help because it would show that I didn’t know as much as I looked like I did.
Which means that I only looked smart, LOL.
But then I had a different feeling come over me, a feeling of peace, safe, and hopeful of what God can and will do for me because I am asking for Help now.
Now is all I have as I have been learning, thank God!
So again when I think of all the help that I am receiving right now from Clifton House mainly because I Don’t have a home.
Because I don’t have a home, I am receiving meals prepared for me, health care from the Homeless Veterans program, clothes, toothpaste, soap, a soft bed, air , water, freedom, sorry, I started a whole new gratitude list here.
So anyway this week showed me that I am not the only one that made financial mistakes in life and nor am I the only one that God is helping all because he loves me and because I asked for help.
Let’s see what lesson falls in my lap next week.
Author-Homeless But Not Hopeless.