What do Harry Houdini, Halle Berry, Jewel, and Dr. Phil all have in common? They were all homeless at one point in their lives.
We’ve all had experiences when it felt like life was kicking us in the shins or punching us in the gut. Our car breaks down or our job is eliminated. We NEED help.
When our best friend suffers from bouts of depression, our neighbor’s child is diagnosed with cancer, or we read about a family whose house burned down, we WANT to help.
It doesn’t take a lot to give back. A quote by Margaret Mead says, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” Helping hands strengthen and make our community more dynamic.
According to World Cancer Research Fund International, America is sixth in the world for countries with the highest cancer cases. Luckily for us, Gwinnett has ranked number one in the world for Relay For Life fundraising efforts. In 24 years, Gwinnett’s Relay For Life has raised more than $39 million to fund patient services and cutting-edge research.
Each year, thousands volunteer to help with projects ranging from staffing community events, to painting and repairing buildings, installing playground sets, and cleaning up nature trails as part of Gwinnett’s Great Days of Service. In 2016, there were 63,700 volunteers who completed 403 projects serving 65 agencies, 110 Gwinnett County Public Schools and 10 cities.
From charities to churches, Gwinnett is filled with people and organizations willing to help. After all some of the most famous people in the world were homeless, and all they needed was a chance. Where will you lend a helping hand?
Annandale Village has over 45 years helping adults with developmental disabilities live fulfilled lives by providing residential, health, and social services, plus independent living services.
A Helping Hand When You’re in Need
Food and Shelter
Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services – Fogcss.com
Animal Rescue, Rehab and Adoption
Look under Animal Welfare at GwinnettCounty.com
Find the right church of you at LoveGwinnett.com/churches
Other Sources of Help
American Red Cross
Atlanta Legal Aid
Battered Women’s Shelter (Partnership Against Domestic Violence) Atlanta
Battered Women’s Shelter (Partnership Against Domestic Violence) Gwinnett
Child Abuse Reports
911 or 855-422-4453
Partnership Against Domestic Violence Gwinnett Hotline
D.F.A.C.S. – Department of Family & Children Services
Gwinnett Children’s Shelter
Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office: Main Number
Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office:
Gwinnett County Juvenile Court
Gwinnett County Magistrate Court
Gwinnett County Police Main Number
Gwinnett County Police Criminal Investigations
Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department/Jail
Gwinnett County Solicitor’s Office
Gwinnett Sexual Assault Center/Rape Crisis Center
Men Stopping Violence
Suicide Prevention Hotline (24 hours)
Young Adult Guidance Center