Letter from the President: Partnership Paves the Way

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I received an email a couple weeks ago from a housing developer we’ve partnered with in the past. Together, we have worked on half a dozen successful housing projects, rehabbing and renovating blighted houses and selling welcoming homes. Now, six families have moved in and become participants in the positive transformation of their blocks. The impact for the families and the neighborhood is substantial to say the least.

Missionally, FCS is partnering with some of the most under-resourced neighborhoods in our great city. And because we invite staff to intentionally live in the neighborhoods where FCS serves, we draw a committed team. Still, we are very aware of our personal and organizational limitations. We cannot address all needs of all people at all times, and we are grateful for wonderful partners who strengthen our neighborhood with their expertise, experience, and wisdom.

We are not looking for simple solutions to need. FCS is laser-focused on providing sustained and sustainable solutions to poverty. We focus on initiatives like homeownership, ending food deserts, and providing spaces where people can meet and develop relationships. But we know there are more needs in the neighborhood. That’s why we partner with good friends like Purpose Built Schools Atlanta to support high quality public education in the neighborhood, Urban Recipe creating food security for some of our most as-risk neighbors, Remerge to offer dynamic youth programming for local teens and tweens, and Food Oasis to promote healthy lifestyles among neighbors. These are just a few examples of those committed to the common goal of creating a flourishing neighborhood.  

Thank you for your ongoing partnership and support! We truly could not do this work without you. We are grateful for partners like you who understand our deep desire to move into a neighborhood and participate in the long process of bringing sustainable and healthy change. Thank you!

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NIV

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Fresh Beginnings in Housing

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T.S. Eliot said, “Every moment is a fresh beginning.” And while that may be true, there is something extra special about walking into an empty house on moving day. The smell of fresh paint. New, clean carpets and shiny hardwood floors. The wide open opportunity for a family to make memories.

This summer, we had the honor of watching three families start their fresh beginning in Historic South Atlanta. Three of our renovated properties sold to new neighbors who will make the walls, floors, and roofs we restore part of their family’s story. We love sharing in the delight as new homeowners purchase and move into their homes.

We’ve got more houses under construction and coming soon to the market. Stay tuned!

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Changing Charity for Good

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It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a year since we launched The Lupton Center, and we are just blown away by the positive response that it’s received. So far in 2017, The Lupton Center has reached 1,800 people representing 250 organizations from 35 cities. We are thankful for the opportunity to guide so many caring individuals and organizations towards charity models that identify and build on community strengths, preserve dignity, and allow individuals to take part in creating their own successes.

“The Lupton Center training was an outstanding eye opener, sparking a new imagination for charity in our city.” –Aaron Clow, Columbia Community Church, Richland, WA

We’d love to share what we’ve learned during 40 years of community development with you, your church, or your organization. Visit us at luptoncenter.org to join in the conversation!

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