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Community Impact: City of Refuge

City of Hope

City of Refuge Athens, formerly called City of Hope Athens, provides food and necessary supplies to families and children in crisis. The Jackson EMC Foundation recently gave City of Refuge Athens a $15,000 grant to purchase food for its backpack feeding program that serves students in Athens- Clarke County schools. With the help of this grant, 725 children were served weekly.

“We hear so many stories from schools,” said Geoff Rushing, founder of City of Refuge Athens. “The needs in our communities are at a significant level.”

In addition to providing children with food-filled backpacks, City of Refuge Athens provides beds and bedding for children identified as having no beds by social workers. In the last 12 months, 122 new beds were provided for local children in need.

“Through the generosity of this grant, we can continue to provide for our community. It has helped us move the ball farther down the field,” said Rushing.

To learn more about City of Refuge Athens, visit cityofrefuge.org.