ATLANTA -- The doors to the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children are open every day of the year to provide a safe place for the homeless when night shelters close every morning.
"We don't close our doors to anybody," said Rev. Leslee Samuelson, the shelter's Executive Director.
The Atlanta Day Shelter opened 26 years when homeless women and children had nowhere else to go during the day.
"We provide critical needs care," said Rev. Samuelson. "That includes breakfast and lunch every day, showers, laundry, medical care, supplies for babies."
She said the tough economy has taken a toll.
"We're seeing more women who are coming to us who are simply out of work, who have lost their apartment or home because they didn't have the money to keep it," Rev. Samuelson said.
With more homeless women, there are more homeless children.
The Atlanta Day Shelter cares for as many as 45 children a day. During the weekdays, school-age children are required to be enrolled in school.
With so many clients in need, even small donations can make a big difference.
"$11 will definitely go far here," Rev. Samuelson said.
Here are some examples:
- $11 will provide diapers and wipes for one child for four days. "We have lots of babies here, so it's a wonderful gift," Rev. Samuelson said.
- $11 will provide breakfast and lunch for five days for one child.
- $11 will provide 5 Marta cards for a woman to go back and forth to job interviews. "Our ultimate goal is for her to get back on her feet and find a job and move back into her own place," Rev. Samuelson said.
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