ON ORGANIZATIONAL LETTERHEAD
January 28, 2005
Mr. Bob Vickers, Director
The Robert J. Vickers Foundation
P.O. Box 1225
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Dear Mr. Vickers:
Greetings! The introduction paragraph is purely to connect. . . Either 1) first- or second-generational connections/relationships, 2) geographic connections, and/or 3) field of interest connections/relationships.
"The true measure of society is in how it cares for those who cannot care for themselves.
Those in the dawn of life–the children. Those in the twilight of life–the elderly.
And those in the shadows of life–the poor, the sick, the needy, and the handicapped." Hubert H. Humphrey
We live in a world of plenty. But even in the most prosperous society in the world, many people–who are struggling to care for themselves–are falling through the cracks:
• There is plenty of food, yet people are going hungry.
• Homes and apartments are empty but the homeless are denied access.
• People are sick, yet there are warehouses of medicines and hospitals that are empty.
• There are many heaters and blankets in warehouses, yet people are dying of cold and exposure.
Why is this major disconnect taking place? The reasons are as varied as the people themselves. Maybe it is a man enslaved to an addiction that over the years has broken family ties. Perhaps it is a single mother who has fallen on hard times and has nowhere to turn. It could be a senior citizen who has little left over from a pension check. Sometimes, men, women, and children–right here in Atlanta come to us and ask "Does anybody know we are here? Does anybody care?"
Regardless of the reasons they come to the Atlanta Gospel Rescue Mission, we are glad they come to us. Here, they get a hot, nutritious, home-cooked meal, along with hope, words of encouragement, and direction from our staff. That one simple visit can be the beginning of a new lease on life!
More than 75 years ago, the Atlanta Rescue Mission was established to reach out to the poor and needy citizens of our community and offer assistance to meet their physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. We believe that the disconnect taking place can be overcome–by people in our community pulling together to accomplish together what no-one can accomplish alone.
Two years ago, we moved into an abandoned warehouse–the old Sears building–and called it our new home. It is a facility that we are very proud of and we have more than enough room to carry out our mission. In the past 12 months, we have housed 500 men, women, and children, served more than 3,650 meals, and trained 1,200 people yada yada yada.
However, our facility is in desperate need of repair, remodel, and
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With the recognition of the situation and the desire to continue serving this desperate population group in Atlanta, our Board of Directors has initiated an aggressive expansion to meet the rising need. We’re here to help this desperate population but we need your help! Here’s our plan. . .
Second, renovate and expand the existing main wing, which contain most of the sleeping rooms, administrative offices and the training rooms.
The Atlanta Rescue Mission in Atlanta is conducting a $1.9 million capital campaign to support the renovation and expansion of its facility. The project will enable us to better meet the large and growing need for meeting the needs of the poor, indigent, and needy residents in this city. Our plan is not only in place, but it is in progress. You can help take our plan to the next level.
Would you please review the enclosed proposal, and contribute toward the funding of this crucial capital campaign as soon as possible? We are respectfully submitting this proposal to you and asking you to consider helping us at this critical time. Thank you for considering our request. The hope of its approval is a boost to us. If you have any concerns, if there is a need for additional materials to be filled out, if I can answer any questions to facilitate this process, or if I can meet and discuss this proposal with you, please call me or Mr. Bob Vickers, our Executive Director, at (660) 747-6390.
I am grateful for the opportunity to introduce The Atlanta Rescue Mission and its exciting work to you. I hope that you share my excitement about serving the people that we serve. I am excited to establish a partnership that will bear much fruit.
Jeffrey Wines, CEO/President
The Atlanta Rescue Mission
Atlanta Rescue Mission
Mission and Vision Statement:
The Atlanta Rescue Mission exists to offer life changing recovery, educational programs and transitional housing to men, women and their children who often also need temporary overnight food, clothing, shelter and medical care. Our vision is to see addicted, lonely and homeless persons who live in Atlanta’s streets, alleys, and outdoor camps introduced to a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ and becoming transformed in mind, body and spirit into a responsible, productive citizen whose ultimate destiny is an eternal home in heaven.
We are asking that you partner with us to fund one-time capital needs of renovating the "Old Sears Building" into the new Mission building in downtown Atlanta that replaces old and poorly functioning buildings. In addition we are requesting funding for specific needs of enhanced programs designed to improve the quality of services. The core values of our requests are to:
• Effectively account for and manage the resources entrusted to us to serve this population group.
• Communicate fully with our partners.
• Enhance the quality of Mission facilities, programs, and the outcome of transformed lives.
Target Population to be Served:
In a typical year, the Mission serves 50% of Atlanta’s total homeless population of 3,000 men, women and children who seek shelter and assistance. Specifically, the Mission serves 1,200 homeless men with nowhere to sleep. Some general demographics:
• 65% are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol • 25% are mentally ill
• 5% are running away from home • 50% lack a high school diploma
• 35% cannot read a newspaper • 80% are Georgians
• 60% report being victims of abuse • 25% are veterans
• 100% need a friend who is willing to help.
Organizational Type and Affiliations:
The Atlanta Rescue Mission is a 501 (c)(3), non-profit Georgia corporation founded in 1954. The Mission is governed by a 25 member Board of Directors (See Appendix 1). The Mission is a member of the Evangelical Counsel of Financial Accountability, a Christian oversight organization (See Appendix 2). Audited financial statements are compiled annually and our 501 (c)(3) I.R.S. Department of Treasury Determination Letter is attached.
Primary Contact Information:
Mr. Jeffrey Wines, Executive Director (660) 747-6390, Voice
Atlanta Rescue Mission (660) 111,1111 Cell
P.O. Box 1225 e-mail: jeff@Atlantarescuemission.com
Atlanta, GA 33333-3333 Web site: www.Atlantarescuemission.com
Our capital need in 2005-2006 is $1,900,000 (See Page 4 for construction cost details). The larger facility necessitates a corresponding increase in personnel and operating expenses for program enhancements in order to serve an increased caseload.
Evaluation and Accountability:
The progress and effectiveness of the Atlanta Rescue Mission will be determined by ongoing analysis and oversight by management and the Board of Directors. Because we are committed to integrity and ongoing communications and relationships with you, we are willing to complete any reasonable evaluative measure that you request. You are encouraged to visit our facilities.
Atlanta Rescue Mission
Statement of the Challenge:
Since 1954 the Atlanta Rescue Mission bought or built six buildings to house its primary homeless services located on a one-half city block in downtown Atlanta. By 1993 it was clear that the Mission property was becoming obsolete and inadequate to house and minister to the population to be served in the years ahead. By 1995 the 134 transient beds were insufficient and the kitchen and dining room serving 112 men was too small. Many nights the mission housed 300 men or more with over 150 men sleeping on the floor and in chapel chairs. In addition, the growing men’s recovery program was housed in a 2-story building built in 1915 (The old Centennial Club), and lacked sufficient bath and sanitation facilities for 80 men.
Dormitories offered little privacy and created safety concerns and classrooms were insufficient. The quality of the Mission’s programs was suffering. The Mission’s location also conflicted with downtown re-development since it was one block from the new arena, the Frist Center for Visual Arts, and a growing tourism and entertainment area of downtown. It was time to move.
The Project Description:
The former Sears retail store located at 7th Ave S. and Lafayette Street became available and was purchased by in 1993. The concrete building contains a basement and two floors, fully sprinkled and containing 165,000 sq ft, or three times the space of the six buildings at the old Rescue Mission location. In 1996 work began re-constructing "the old Sears building" with renovation virtually concluded in 2001. The building houses the following special areas:
• Courtyard and lobby providing day shelter, day showers and lockers
• 6 dormitories containing room for 400 beds with security systems
• Bath and sanitation facilities for 400 men
• Modern kitchen and food storage areas
• Dining room seating 275
• Chapel seating 415 with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment
Medical and Special Care
• Medical clinic and medicine storage area
• Sanitary Barbershop facility
• Separate dormitory facilities for growing mentally ill and aged populations
Recovery and Rehabilitation
• 4 classrooms for 130 men
• 1 computer-learning lab with 38 workstations
• 30 dormitories and individual bathrooms to house 130 men
• 10 counseling offices
• 41 transitional living apartments for program graduates
• 2 activity rooms with library and recreation
• Weight training and exercise areas
• Office areas for administration, development and management
The Methods of Renovation:
Through the encouragement of one of the Mission’s Board members, five architects and three engineers volunteered their professional time and services to design the project. The professional gifts-in-kind saved the Mission $150,000 up front. Another Board member, skilled in construction, served as our general contractor without pay. The Mission hired an experienced missionary construction project manager. He oversaw the day-to-day employment of sub- contractors, the quality of the construction and the direct purchasing of materials. Our methods enabled the final phase of the project to be completed nine months ahead of schedule and below estimates by $500,000.
Organizational Background and History:
The Atlanta Rescue Mission was founded in 1954 as the Atlanta Union Mission by dedicated citizens of Atlanta who recognized the need to feed and shelter homeless persons who were seen living on the streets of Atlanta. The catalyst for its beginning was a Christian revival service conducted by Dr. Charles Stanley, held at the Atlanta Auditorium whereupon a love offering was contributed to begin a new Rescue Mission. This seed offering of $ 2,000 began decades of significant work rescuing men, youth, women and their children from alcoholism, drug addiction, domestic violence, abuse and life on the streets.
Community support for the Mission has grown immensely in 47 years. Today there are 58,000 individuals, 350 local churches, 50 foundations, and 275 business organizations in Middle Georgia who have contributed financial support in the last three years.
Recent Program Accomplishments:
Since 1998, the Mission has increased its investment to improve the quality of services and the outcome of its recovery programs by the following actions:
• Improved the quality of meals and nutrition.
• Improved safety, security and sanitation services for residents.
• Added staff experienced in rescue recovery methods.
• Upgraded computer learning lab via increased space, computers and software.
• Improvements in literacy education.
• Increased GED test preparation services.
• Added volunteer recruitment and coordination.
• Increased community education via mission web site.
• Employed modern technology via computer networks and information systems .
• Provided continuing education for staff.
This project and related organizational work is ongoing and in full progress at this time. The only barrier to additional implementation and quality improvements is financial.
Atlanta Rescue Mission Capital Project Budget Summary: (In thousands)
Item Total Project Cost Already Funded Funds Needed