Summerhill Community Ministries, Inc.
Serving Inner-City Youth and Families
Our country has certainly been this number, you can no longer Department of Housing & Urban
through a lot during these past few look at just the statistic. A large Development (HUD) freezing their
months. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita number of people are on long stock of affordable Section 8
made a lasting impression on waiting lists for housing and jobs. housing. HUD is now only renting to
countless Americans. Our hearts Some spend their wait in shelters or Hurricane evacuees leaving many
were touched by the tragedy of the with friends or family often time in in our city on the wait list to feel
aftermath. We stood united, without overcrowded apartments and they have been put on the back
regard to race, cultural differences, houses. Others try to make it on the burner. HUD’s decision affects
or economic status to give money, streets, hoping each day just to many of the families we work with
resources and prayers for the make it through. Many of our in the ministry. Both those who
hurricane victims. What brought us neighbors who find themselves in have been displaced by the
together? The thought of knowing this dire situation are not lazy hurricanes and those who are
so many families were uprooted moochers looking for hand outs, without a home in our city need our
from the place they called “home”. but rather need a “hand up” to get help.
I’m sure we have all responded in back on their feet. Lay offs and job
Now, hopefully you can see why I
our own way to aid the hurricane loss have affected a large number
have mixed emotions. It’s a touchy
victims. However, I must confess, I of Atlantans. Furthermore, the
issue without any easy answers.
do have mixed feelings. I’ll try to shelters are full of women &
The one thing we all can do is to
explain... children escaping an abusive
remember those that have been
situation who need help rebuilding
The news reported this month that displaced and are facing poverty
their lives and a place to call home.
Atlanta ranks #5 on the list of and housing issues in our prayers.
However, Atlanta is facing a crisis
having the highest poverty rate in
in being able to place people on Justina Dix
the nation. This is a number we
the long housing list into
read, but when you actually meet
apartments or homes due to The
some of the people who make up
No Money - No Problem
SCM has contributed to the relief effort for the
hurricane victims by donating cash, food, and clothing
items both to relief organizations and directly affected
families. However, if you don’t have money or items to
give, you can do something similar to what our ASP
children did. They made a quilt out of squares with
personal messages, scriptures, and drawings of hope.
One of our new volunteers, Anna Winter, from Tyrone,
GA led the children in this meaningful project of love
for a family of 35 from Louisiana who now lives in the
metro area. (Anna is an art major and will be our arts &
crafts teacher this school year.) Our children learned
that even when you don’t have much money, you can
always give that priceless homemade gift of
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Twenty-one children are now return to the ASP. Joining our team
enrolled in our After-School are also Anna Winter (arts & crafts
Program. Our teachers and teacher), Paulette Jackson, Mary
volunteers are doing an excellent Lamont and Tracy and Michael
job assisting students with their Bunch who will be with us twice a
homework and emphasizing math month. A special thanks also to our
and reading skills. Miss Wanda returning faithful volunteers Sally
Jones, a long time Summerhill Doster & Anne Burlas.
resident and former educator
Your talents are needed to provide
joined our staff this year.
special enrichment activities for the
Furthermore, we welcome our new
kids such as cooking, music, sports,
Mission Year volunteers Caleb
academic games, or educational
Starr from Ohio and Rebecca
fieldtrips. Other opportunities are
Niederfringer originally from New
available as well to assist in the
England, as well as rejoice that
program. Please feel free to contact
former Mission Year volunteers,
us for more information.
Anna Winter & Wanda Jones Katie Weber & Phil Yarborough
• Prayer • Office Depot or Staples gift
cards Please keep Justina & her family in
your prayers. She’s facing a family
• Stamps & Envelopes
• BP gas cards situation that involve adding a five
• Financial Contributions & year old boy to her immediate
• Snacks and juice for the After Tithes of Time household. Please pray for wisdom,
School Program & sports grace, and a resolution.
programs • Handymen & Mechanics
Flag Football Update
GO TEAMS!! After 5 weeks into the high school diploma, as many
season, we are proud to report that African-American males are
both of our 18-under & 14 -under becoming discouraged and
flag football teams are undefeated! dropping out. Feel free to come out
More importantly all our guys are and support a game. All games are
enrolled in school knowing that we being played at South Bend Park in
are following their academic South Atlanta. For game times call
progress. SCM offers private Justina @ 404.964.4604. Donations
tutoring for our high school players of Gatorade and snacks are always
and works with their teachers for needed and appreciated by the
after school tutorials. Our volunteer players.
coaches from last year, Phil
Yarberough & Emanuel Dix have
returned and continue to Praise God! We finally
emphasize teamwork and have our official 501c3
sportsmanship. One of our goals is tax exempt number!!!!!
to see all of these guys receive a
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