Homeless, not hopeless

By Shronda Sledge

(Editor's note: Shronda Sledge is the executive director of Grace's Inn.)
While many of us have been getting ready for the holiday season, some residents of Wayne County have not been able to get their basic needs met. Homelessness is on the rise in our county.
Grace's Inn has helped numerous persons in need over the last three years, one by one and day by day, but the organization is now able to announce a new homeless-to-hopeful transition success.
This month Grace's Inn transitioned a family from living in their car to a few nights in a motel room (provided by several area donors) and then to an actual home. Grace's Inn was able to secure donations for the initial rent, and many donations (furniture, household items and cash) came in to furnish the home. Employment has been secured, and this family will stay there for a limited time to be counseled and be prepared to transition into permanent housing arrangements and self-sufficiency.
While combating homelessness is not an easy task, we have been able to help meet our clients' most urgent needs. A small victory for us, a new beginning for them.
Please consider donating to Grace's Inn to help the homeless population in Wayne County--make financial donations, sponsor a night in a motel, sponsor a family, sponsor a month's utilities, or pay a month's rent. The homeless need our help. Help us help them!

Donations can be taken to Anchored in Wellness (311 E. Cherry St., Jesup, GA 31545).

Visit our website at www.gracesinn.com; contact me at (912) 318-7583; or email us at gracesinninc@gmail.com.