40 Years of Neighboring
FCS is creating flourishing neighborhoods in Atlanta. Neighboring, dignity, and development are at the heart of everything we do. See what 40 years of neighboring looks like and the vision for what’s ahead. Watch our video!
Our neighbors have told us they love the grocery store and the coffee shop, and they see a restaurant as a next step for the neighborhood. As with our other businesses, we see a restaurant as a “third space,” a social space outside work and the home for neighbors to overlap and gather.
As we look to the upcoming year, we want to listen to this next vision. We want bring back such a place, a place to gather around a table and establish warm memories. FCS has acquired J’s Gas Station, which sits at that entrance of the neighborhood and hasn’t pumped gas for twenty years. This building is clearly visible from Carver Market and Community Grounds, and it is often one of the first places visitors to the community see when they arrive in South Atlanta.
Focused Community Strategies partners with under-resourced neighborhoods to provide innovative and holistic development that produces flourishing communities where God's Shalom is present.
A caravan of ambassadors from Persia, you say? Headed this way? Herod knew nothing about any foreign delegation scheduled to be in his territory. He was obviously perplexed by the sentries’ report. Even more disconcerting, these wealthy dignitaries were inquiring about the whereabouts of a new king of the Jews, whose star they claimed to be following. They must be ill-informed; unless there was an insurrection of some sort festering secretly among the Jews? How could foreigners from a distant land know about political intrigue in his territory when he hadn’t so much as a clue?
This time of year, many of us are drawn home. We decorate for the season, gather with loved ones around the table, and host out-of-town relatives for a few nights. Home can be welcoming place.
As we look to 2019, we too are welcoming more neighbors home to South Atlanta. This year, we have rehabbed eight homes in the community begun new construction on five. We are also working to dramatically expand our rental portfolio, with plans to reach approximately thirty rental units by the end of 2019.
Think of a restaurant that holds a special memory for you. For many of us, sit-down eateries have hosted first dates, sports celebrations, good times with friends and family. We want our neighbors to have a place for those memories, too! South Atlanta doesn’t currently have a sit-down restaurant complete with wait-staff and a back of house kitchen. Our neighbors have told us they love the grocery store and the coffee shop, and they see a restaurant as a next step for the neighborhood.