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Community Impact: Rainbow Village provides safe transition for families

At Rainbow Village in Duluth, homeless families get more than a safe place to live. They receive an opportunity to create a new life filled with love, faith and promise.

Winner of the 2012 D. Scott Hudgens Humanitarian Award, Rainbow Village is a long-term, transitional housing program that provides fully-furnished apartments and support for homeless families in North Metro Atlanta. In January, the Jackson EMC Foundation awarded Rainbow Village a $15,000 grant to assist in furnishing classrooms for its youngest residents at the campus’ new Early Childhood Development Center.

Most heads of household at Rainbow Village are women who have f led lives of domestic violence and poverty. At Rainbow Village, these mothers and their children find refuge as they recover and learn to rebuild their lives. Instead of a quick fix in times of crisis, Rainbow Village offers a long-term solution through support services for the whole family and promotes self-sustainability in order to break the cycles of homelessness, poverty and domestic violence.

“The Early Childhood Development Center is crucial to the success of the program,” says Sandra Cathy, chief development officer at Rainbow Village. “It has been our missing link for many years. Quality childcare and homelessness are inextricably linked.”

Begun in 1991 as an outreach ministry of Christ Episcopal Church in Norcross, Rainbow Village today is recognized as a model program with a comprehensive approach that addresses the physical, emotional, financial and educational needs of families who have suffered emotional trauma.

To find out how you can help, visit online at rainbowvillage.org.