Transforming into a Beacon of Hope

Neighbors knowing each other's names. Access to transportation and jobs. Available fresh, healthy food. Parks and places to gather. That's what a flourishing neighborhood looks like. Blights are turning into beacons of hope as South Atlanta grows into a neighborhood of vitality and abundance.

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Growing Businesses In South Atlanta!

Businesses can be powerful tools to increase resources and create jobs in a community. We love the energy and effort behind initiatives like Carver Market and Community Grounds in South Atlanta. But we know there is even more need for sustainable businesses in our community, and we also know there are ideas and small businesses growing already within our streets.


Learn about a new partnership and exciting initiative >>>


Focused Community Strategies partners with under-resourced neighborhoods to provide innovative and holistic development that produces flourishing communities where God's Shalom is present.

Will Work For Food: What Charity Has Forgotten

Working for one’s food is as fundamental as nature itself. Almost no one in our society is so poor that they have nothing to contribute. Nearly everyone has something to bring to the table. 


Snow Days Are For Neighboring

I’ll admit that I groaned when I got the call school would be cancelled the following day. Thoughts of lost work productivity and more hours with kids not long after the extended holiday break crowded my mind. But my groans and worries were interrupted by Elisha’s laughter before nine the next morning.


The Practice Of Presence

When I was in college, a group of friends and I would visit a senior care facility each year during the holidays. It was always fun. We would bring Christmas cookies and our guitars. We’d sit with the residents, talking, playing board games, and singing carols. This facility is where I learned to play chess.