COVID-19 UPDATES

UPDATE 3/27/20

**IMPACT & NEEDS UPDATE**
We’ve seen rescues triple and the opportunity for outreach increase tenfold! We have seen our amazing prevention team create and implement innovative ways to continue to build relationship with our kids and their families!

In the last 11 days, we have been able to:

  • Rescue 6 woman out of sex trafficking and received 57 calls to our 24/7 hotline

  • Rescue 14 individuals out of homelessness and received 227 calls on our homelessness support lines

  • Distribute 2,180 meals and 1,479 COVID-19 information fliers to those trapped in homelessness

  • Launch our virtual tutoring program for children enrolled in our prevention programming, feed these families through meal and grocery drop-offs, and launch a Virtual Kids Hub with daily posts that include activities, games, story time, prayer time, craft ideas, and more!

WHAT DO WE NEED?
As we celebrate these amazing impact numbers, there is also a significant increase to our outreach and rescue costs, which have grown by roughly $4,000/week. Financial donations greatly help us offset these increased expenses. Please consider donating here.

We also love spreading the word about what we’re doing and who we’re helping. Each Friday evening around 5pm, we are publishing our weekly COVID-19 Response impact numbers to our Instagram and Facebook pages. It would be amazing if you could share those posts.  We could also use:

  • Face Masks
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Disinfectant Spray

You can mail it to us (652 Angier Ave Atlanta, GA 30308) or call 404-817-3502 to set-up a drop-off or pick-up time with our team.

Thank you so much for your continued support!

 

UPDATE 3/23/20

**OUTREACH UPDATE**
As we begin another week of frontlines ministry during the coronavirus crisis, we want to let you know what defines our approach:

1. We are being WISE. We are closely monitoring the situation and recommendations, and we have a CDC staffer advising our efforts. We wear gloves and masks on all rescues and outreaches to ensure that we do not unknowingly and unintentionally transmit the virus to anyone we serve.

2. We are operating in FAITH. Even as we act with wisdom, we pray in faith that the Lord will protect us in our efforts.

3. We are staying RELEVANT. Right now, vulnerable populations have a lack of access to information and resources. We are making sure that education on coronavirus safety and prevention is infused into our outreaches.

4. We are continuing to ADAPT. Even as we continue to operate 24/7 support for homelessness and rescue for trafficking, we are also finding creative ways to get more food to those in need, activity books to children and families, and drinking water and hand sanitizer to those on the streets.

5. We are staying focused on JESUS. In all situations we will be a light in the darkness, offer prayer to any who want it, and remain ready to give an answer for the Hope that we have!

If you’re looking for a way to help during this crisis, please consider donating to Atlanta Dream Center today to help fund these outreaches and rescues. You can donate by clicking here.

 

UPDATE 3/18/20

**OUTREACH UPDATE**
On Wednesday, March 18th, Atlanta Dream Center was able to be love in action and serve vulnerable communities during the COVID-19 crisis in the following ways:

RESCUE OUT OF HOMELESSNESS
Our homelessness department was able to assist one woman out of homelessness. This new friend had recently become homeless after being released from jail, and she didn’t know where to turn during the COVID-19 crisis. Thankfully, she called our women’s support line, spoke with one of our case managers, and is now on a bus to meet up with family in Texas and hunker down. Her family is thrilled and relieved that they can now be all together during this uncertain time.

RESCUE OUT OF SEX TRAFFICKING
Our anti-trafficking department, Out of Darkness, was able to rescue a woman out of sex-trafficking. Our 24/7 rescue hotline team coordinated the purchase of a bus ticket so she could be transported to a safe location.

SERVING MEALS
Our youth prevention department, Metro Kids, was able to help Atlanta Public Schools and another partner give out meals and groceries to about 50 individuals in a local community that houses our Early Learning Program.

MOVING FORWARD
Our hope is to continue:

  • Delivering food, water, and information regarding coronavirus to those trapped in homelessness
  • Connecting families with meals or groceries while their children are out of school
  • Taking roses and our 24-hour hotline number to women in prostitution and sex trafficking. 

These groups are facing an even greater lack of services and options than normal due to the current crisis.

We will also continue giving out our homelessness support line phone number in order to provide the latest information and resources to those living on the street. If anyone we encounter is exhibiting critical symptoms, we have been given a screening tool to assess the severity of the situation and to call for the person to be transported to the hospital if necessary and appropriate.

If you’re looking for a way to help during this crisis, please consider donating to Atlanta Dream Center today to help fund these outreaches and rescues. You can donate by clicking here.

 

UPDATE 3/17/20

**NEEDS REQUEST**
We are in critical need of surgical masks – do you personally have, or know someone else who can spare even just one box of surgical masks? We understand that these masks won’t necessarily prevent transmission to us, but we want to do everything in our power to make sure we are not unknowingly transmitting anything to those we serve.

We need these masks in order to safely deliver food, water, and information regarding coronavirus to those trapped in homelessness; to deliver meals to Free Student Lunch families while their children are out of school; and to continue taking roses and our 24-hour hotline number to women in prostitution and sex trafficking. These groups are facing an even greater lack of services and options than normal due to the current crisis.

We will also continue giving out our homelessness support line phone number in order to provide the latest information and resources to those living on the street. If anyone we encounter is exhibiting critical symptoms, we have been given a screening tool to assess the severity of the situation and to call for the person to be transported to the hospital if necessary and appropriate.

If you or someone you know does have masks that can be donated, we would love to schedule a time for one of our team members to meet up with you to receive these donations. Please call 404-817-3502 or email info@162.241.179.177/~atldream. Thanks!

 

UPDATE 3/15/20

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, we want to share updates with our donors, volunteers, and friends as they become available. As of today, Sunday March 15th, we will continue with our outreaches, but we will not be accepting any new volunteers for the foreseeable future.

Between essential staff personnel and a small group of volunteer leads, we will be able to maintain a continuous stream of nimble outreach and rescue teams and minimize potential exposure to coronavirus for those we are serving.

NEEDS

If you would like to partner with us, we are asking for prayer first and foremost. Please pray for creativity, protection, and impact. We have total faith that God will continue to cover our mission and our team as we continue to serve on the frontlines. 

Additionally, to effectively serve individuals trapped in homelessness and sex trafficking we are requesting the following items:

Priority Items

  • Hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol
  • Surgical masks
  • Clorox wipes and disinfectant spray
  • Latex-free gloves

We would love to schedule a time for one of our team members to meet up with you to receive any such donations. Please call 404-817-3502.

If you would like to donate funds, please do so by clicking here.

THANK YOU

Thank you so much for your prayers and support as we continue to navigate this unprecedented situation. There is so much hope and light for us to hold onto right now – last night a man gave his life to Jesus during our Princess Night outreach. Know that your support and prayers fuel our team and we are forever grateful.

 

UPDATE 3/14/20

Dear Friends and Partners, 

We pray that during a season that carries uncertainty for all of us, you and your family are safe, healthy, and experiencing the peace of Jesus that goes beyond our understanding. We wanted to share with you where we are as an organization and how we hope to be a source of hope and light in the days to come!

The Atlanta Dream Center team is closely monitoring the current status of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation, checking throughout the day for updated statistics, recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), decisions from our national and local governments, and courses of action being taken by our fellow non-profits. We are committed to creating a safe and healthy environment for our team members, volunteers, and those we serve. With that, we are making decisions on a day-by-day and case-by-case basis in regards to outreaches, programming, and staff telecommuting policies.

By the grace of God, we will continue in our mission to rescue those trapped in the darkness of sex trafficking and homelessness, while preventing the most vulnerable, our children, from falling victim. Now more than ever, disadvantaged populations need assistance. We will continue with boldness and creativity, but also caution and vigilance.

ACTIONS WE ARE TAKING

Our facilities are being disinfected regularly and we’re following enhanced preventive and screening procedures prior to all rescues and outreaches. At this time, we will continue to rescue individuals to our safe home, and the staff in the home is prepared to quarantine and serve any individuals with flu-like symptoms until they can be tested.

In addition to encouraging team members and volunteers to wash their hands frequently, we will also be supplying alcohol-based hand sanitizers available for use on every outreach, and we will utilize non-latex gloves as appropriate to each outreach. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer as well. 

Rescue and outreach teams are being prepared with the latest recommended health and safety protocols with updates as they become available. Tonight, our Princess Night outreach team will be passing out roses, cards, and our 24/7 hotline number to individuals trapped in sex trafficking. As noted, rescues are continuing to take place as well, with three rescues occuring in just the last 48 hours. 

WHAT WE’RE ENCOURAGING VOLUNTEERS TO DO

We encourage all who are experiencing symptoms, even if they are mild (e.g. fever, cough, respiratory, etc.) to stay home and fully recover. While you may feel fine to volunteer, please consider the health and comfort of other volunteers and those who we serve that we must take utmost care to protect.

We ask that all of our volunteers prayerfully consider the CDC statement regarding people who are at risk for more serious consequences from contracting COVID-19: “If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.” We want you serving with us for the long-term! Taking time away from serving is no indication of a lack of passion or faith. We are completely supportive of our volunteers’ decisions to temporarily refrain from outreach. 

IN CONCLUSION

As we press on to love the precious communities that God has called us to, your support through prayer and financial giving is as critical as ever. We will continue to communicate through email and social media concerning this evolving situation.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16

 

Atlanta Dream Center

Dan Palmer, CEO
Atlanta Dream Center

 

About Atlanta Dream Center

In the 21st century, far too many people are trapped in the darkness of sex trafficking and homelessness. Since incorporating in 2006, Atlanta Dream Center has served on the frontlines of rescuing men and women out of sex trafficking and homelessness and preventing vulnerable children from falling victim. The Atlanta Dream Center has assisted more than 1,400 victims out of sex trafficking and transitioned 952 men, women, and children out of homelessness. Since 2018, the faith-based nonprofit has provided prevention programming to more than 600 youth facing adversity in overlooked communities throughout Metro Atlanta. In the first seven weeks of 2020, Atlanta Dream Center has rescued 32 victims out of sex trafficking and homelessness and provided prevention programming across metro Atlanta.

 

Atlanta Dream Center has developed a prototype for outreach, rescue, and emergency safe housing in the fight against sex trafficking that is sought after nationally. The organization has provided training to law enforcement, fire departments, emergency rooms, and judges; helped lead anti-trafficking efforts around large events like the Super Bowl in numerous cities; and advocated for state legislative and policy changes that have seen Georgia rise from the grade of a “C” to having the 4th best laws in the nation, according to Shared Hope International. Atlanta Dream Center holds a Gold Level ranking from GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations and serves under the leadership of an 11-member Board of Directors comprised of business leaders throughout greater Atlanta.