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