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Atlanta Friends Meeting
Another Way to Assist Asylum Seekers
For many months, Transit Angels, a group of volunteers providing support and solidarity, have served Central American asylum seekers at Mexican bus stations in Doraville.
Because of the current administration’s remain in Mexico policy, there are very few Central Americans passing through Atlanta. The need has changed and now suddenly Haitian and Western African asylum seekers (groups of 8-20+) are being released from the border and traveling to the Northeast. These large numbers may continue for awhile. They are in need of warm clothing.
Transit Angels’ Current Needs:
1. French or Portuguese speaking volunteers to go to the Greyhound station
2. Hats gloves scarves Coats shoes (in good condition and preferably puff coats) ALL sizes – men’s, women’s and children’s
If you can help, please email Betty Jo Stevens at [email protected].
Babysitting by Emory Healthcare Against Human Trafficking
My name is Marissa Kuo and I am the new babysitting coordinator for Emory Healthcare Against Human Trafficking at Emory School of Medicine. We are a group of ten first year medical students at Emory School of Medicine who are working to promote the health and well-being of those being affected by human trafficking both here in Atlanta and abroad. 100% of the money that is raised through our babysitting service is put towards purchasing medical supplies, organizing educational events and supporting those affected by human trafficking in Atlanta and in a small village in Thailand where we travel during our three week break over the summer.
This year, we are using an online form to organize babysitting requests. Once you have filled out the form, I will check with our group to find someone who is available during those hours. I will do my best to get back to you within 1–2 business days. Please note that as we are all full-time medical students, we are generally unavailable to babysit Monday–Friday 8am-5pm.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. Otherwise, please let us know if you need a babysitter in the near future! We greatly appreciate your support.
Ongoing Baking Opportunity to Support Atlantans Experiencing Homelessness
A weekly meal program at Safe House in downtown Atlanta is seeking the donation of baked goodies to round out a donated lunch.
Would you and your family or students like to bring some love in the form of homemade treats to approximately 120 people experiencing homelessness in downtown Atlanta?
Here’s how it works:
Bake muffins, cookies, brownies for delivery to Alex’s room 311 by Tuesday afternoon.
Alex will make sure the goodies gets to Safe House volunteers for Wednesday’s lunch program.
Package items in baggies for individuals is ideal.
While we have 120 people to serve, it’s okay if you don’t hit this total.
Sturdier baked items are ideal.
Middle school students can get community service credit for baking.
This is an ongoing effort, so every week there’s a need for goodies.
Email Alex at [email protected] with any questions.
Other Community News
TransParent Support Group
TransParent strives to provide an environment that encourages parents and caregivers to speak openly about their own experience in raising a transgender or non-binary loved one. Our goal is to help make connections with other local families who can relate to this experience. This group meets monthly, is confidential, and is peer led. No judgments or unsolicited advice. This is a space for you to speak freely about concerns, challenges, triumphs, pitfalls, or new developments with other parents that can relate to this experience. Sharing is not required.
TransParent also serves as a conduit for families who are searching for professional resources both locally and nationally. Don’t let this experience lead you to isolation. You are not alone. One of our best tools is to leverage the wisdom and experiences of others who have walked this path before us. Let us help you make those connections.
TRANSPARENT GEORGIA meets every second Thursday of the month, starting February 13, 7:00–9:00pm
St. John’s Lutheran Church
1410 Ponce De Leon Ave NE,
Atlanta, GA 30307
For more information, contact Peter Isbister at [email protected]
Please contact us if you wish to invite additional guests*. We value privacy and only those who share this journey as parents or caregivers are welcome to join without prior registration.
*This chapter does not currently offer child care or a kids club. Please contact us for additional details.
The Kolbe Method Helping All Kids
You could make learning easier for your child?
Your child could take action without nagging, cajoling, or argument?
Home felt more peaceful and the people in it felt more comfortable and capable?
Who could your children be:
Without having to struggle with starting or completing tasks or lessons?
If learning felt FUN again?
If they knew their own core instincts and motivations?
What could your children achieve if:
They knew their unique pattern of intrinsic strengths?
They had the confidence to try?
They could create their own best possible environments for working or learning for a lifetime?
Soon, fit-ology will offer a unique opportunity to empower kids in their four Action Modes — the key to being their best in navigating the world around them. Even better, early registration empowers not only your child, but also provides a scholarship for other children who wouldn’t otherwise have access to such important self-awareness.
Using simple questions (there are NO rights or wrongs!), your coach will uncover your child’s natural ways of initiating action and responding to the world. Knowing our unique Action Mode pattern allows us to tackle any challenge with less effort and more joy.
The Kolbe method works for every child, and is especially important for kids with ADHD or learning differences, who often struggle to navigate a world that isn’t made for their ways of thinking. In addition, Busy Brain(sm) kiddos often hear far more criticism of their abilities than average kids — which can quickly lead to drops in self-esteem and confidence. Imagine your child having an unshakable confidence in her/his intrinsic abilities!
Email [email protected] to receive early-bird half-off pricing — and your paid registration will also fund a scholarship for kids who wouldn’t otherwise have access. Like/follow fit-ology’s Facebook page, and share with friends – any and all kids can benefit from knowing their instinctive strengths.
Lillie’s Book on Sickle Cell Disease
“I’ve finally finished and self-published my book – In The Midst Of A Sickle Storm; Living Through The Storms Of Sickle Cell Disease With My Daughter Jessica. Those who know Jessica (FSA PreK3 teacher) and me (FSA PreK3 Aftercare teacher), know what Jessica has been through these past 31 years of living with Sickle Cell Anemia.
Proceeds already made from my book have allowed me to give out Care Packages to hospitalized adult sickle cell patients. Emory Healthcare (Hillandale and Decatur campuses) Hospital has partnered with me, one of their volunteer Patient Family Advisors (PFA), to help bring my goal to fruition. This September I have given out 30 Care Packages to 30 patients.
A big THANK YOU to those in the FSA community who have already purchased a copy of the book. I welcome others to help support me by purchasing your copy. You can find more information about the book on my webpage – inthemidstofasicklestorm.com. Or contact me, Lillie Thomas – Daugherty at 404.246.3488 for your copy (on sale for $20.00).
Can You Help Global Growers?
Two weeks ago a severe flood washed out Bamboo Creek Farm when Snapfinger Creek rose more than 10 feet in just a few hours. Together with the farmers, we have done a thorough assessment of the damage caused by last week’s flood. Just about all crops were destroyed, which washed away months of investments and eliminated the possibility of future sales for at least three months and possibly longer. They are re-grouping to get back on track as soon as possible, but their immediate priority is to be sure that the basic needs of farmers are met. They have rent/mortgages/bills to pay, families to feed, and need to be able to take care of themselves in the short and long term.
Because of this, they are putting all sales programming on hold, including their Farm Share program. With no Farm Share this year, Global Growers is raising money to provide immediate and direct support to farmers to cover the loss of income and also to mobilize resources to get the farm and sales back in business as soon as possible. They are reaching out to all of our communities and partners for support, including FSA.
Help us better understand how children learn and develop!
The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. lab affiliated with Georgia State University is looking for families to join the infant and child research database. By joining the database, you allow approved researchers to get in touch with you and provide information about their particular developmental study. You can, then, decide if you wish your child to participate or not. Some studies provide compensation. Others are looking for volunteers. Information about compensation is always provided during initial contact about a study.
The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. lab is a joint use developmental research lab located at the GSU Decatur campus. Approved researchers from the GSU Psychology Department, the Language Research Center, and GSU Decatur use the facilities of the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. lab to conduct research examining learning and cognitive, emotional, and social development in children at a variety of ages (birth to 17). None of our researchers engage in pharmaceutical or invasive research through this database. In most cases, your child will simply be asked to play games on a computer. GSU Decatur is conveniently located at the corner of Clifton Springs and Panthersville roads just a few miles south of Friends school, and it has free parking. If you would like to join the database or just get more information, look out for our flyer in the elementary school handouts or visit our website at http://thesuccesslab.weebly.com.
Barbara Church, Ph.D.
Sr. Research Scientist and Managing Director of the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Lab
Double Food Stamp Values
Do you count on SNAP/food stamps, or know anyone who does, to have enough to eat? Did you know that food stamp users can get double their dollars (up to $50) at the Decatur Farmers Market and 20 others in the metro Atlanta area? A stamp user just presents the card at the information booth at a WWG farmers market. Visit the Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta (RCCA) website for the full list and more info.
Atlanta Friends Meeting
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