pride for parents 2017  

Pride for Parents is an annual Christmas toy sale that operates on a founding belief: families would prefer to provide for themselves at Christmas rather than receive a hand out.

Generous individuals, churches, and businesses lovingly donate toys to stock our store shelves, and we sell them at a greatly reduced price so families with limited means can participate in the generosity of the season. If your church, business, or organization would like to host a toy drive, we need you! 

Learn more and get involved! >>>

Building on success: produce for Every Day!

“Eat your veggies!” A colorful diet of fresh fruits and vegetables has been shown to improve health, including reduced risk for heart disease, some types of cancer, obesity, and high blood pressure. One major hope when we opened Carver Market was to make quality fruits and vegetables available to our neighbors when no other retail store was offering produce to our community.


See what we're learning and how we're making produce available to all! >>> 


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

adding Justice To Gentrification

Gentrification. It is such a loaded term. I was having lunch with a local pastor, and he was discussing with me the dangers of gentrification. His church is located in the center of a very transient area of Atlanta. The neighborhood is in need of support and redevelopment, and he wants his church to be involved with that process in a healthy way.  

The problem for him is that at the very mention of the term gentrification is the assumption that new development means relocation of the poor out of the neighborhood. 


How Cooking Classes Transformed A Family

“I have been a diabetic since I was eight years old,” says Tifani, a South Atlanta resident and mom of four. “And a few months ago, my doctor took me off of my medication. I am diabetes free thanks to this cooking class.”

She is a participant in the Carver Market Cooking Classes in partnership with Georgia Food Oasis and Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation. Each week, classes meet to explore cooking fresh, healthy meals utilizing new vegetables and diverse herbs and spices. 


Fishing Wisdom

My boys and I were fishing the cool blue waters of the San Juan Islands off the Washington coast. It was a trip we had been planning for months, and it was not disappointing us. Each time our baited hooks reached the bottom, 50 feet below our boat, eager fish of various sorts competed for a taste. The flounder were especially hungry. They didn’t put up a big fight, but were a good size for the fish fry we were planning that evening. Suddenly, something large took my hook. I began to reel furiously. Whatever it was ran hard with my line, cutting and diving, pulling my pole first one direction then the other.