Monthly Archives: September 2011

Snapshot of Success: Patricia Graham

All of us at ACSS are thrilled with the success of Patricia Graham.

In three short months since graduating from our CareerWorks program, she has obtained full-time employment and a promotion from sales associate to a commercial representative handling business accounts. And she’s just signed a lease for an apartment. She moves in today!

Here’s how Ms. Graham describes her experience:

“When I came to ACSS, in my mind it was the last house on the block. I was discouraged, frustrated, homeless and had no hope for the future. This was the lowest point I’ve ever been in my life. After leaving the ACSS CareerWorks orientation, I felt hopeful for the first time in a long time. After starting class, I was given a new perspective by the instructors. Within two weeks of graduating from the job readiness training program, I was called for an interview and got the job! I know this was because of how ACSS changed the way I viewed my situation.”

Congratulations, Patricia Graham! We’re proud to have you as an alumna. And thank you for sharing your story on how ACSS is breaking the cycle of homelessness.


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Ten Years After 9/11: Supporting Those Who Supported Us

ACSS board member and triathlete Bishop Leatherbury.

Looking back on 9/11, many Americans are reflecting on the thousands of men and women who answered the call to serve their country. Unfortunately, a disproportionate number of U.S. military veterans are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless.

As an accomplished triathlete, ACSS Board Member Bishop Leatherbury is about to enter the renowned Ironman World Championship to draw attention to the problem and raise money for the solution. He has set a target of raising $100 thousand for ACSS – an ambitious goal to match an ambitious competition.

On his fundraising page, Bishop writes, “In doing this, I am combining two of my passions – my passion for the sport of triathlon and my passion for ACSS and its mission. Every morning, nearly 7 thousand people in Atlanta wake up with no place to call home. It is a sad and troubling statistic – it’s even more troubling when you realize that veterans of our country’s armed services are disproportionately represented among the homeless. ACSS is committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness in metro Atlanta and beyond.”

Click here to join Bishop’s winning team!

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