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Apres Diem “Feeds the Soul” by Supporting ACSS

Dine at Après Diem on Thursday, November 29th and 20 percent of the total receipts for the day will be donated to Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency!

ACSS also receives $1 from each purchase of this month’s signature drink, “Tooth and Nail.”

Après Diem is located in the Midtown Promenade shopping center: 931 Monroe Drive C-103 in Atlanta. Thursday’s benefit is part of “Apres Diem Feeds the Soul,” an annual series supporting the work of 10 diverse non-profit organizations that “protect, nurture and ‘feed the soul’ of our community.”

You can RSVP on our Facebook invite page, or simply stop by. On Thursday, Après Diem is open from 11:30 a.m. to midnight.



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ACSS Golf Classic: Play 18 Holes to Help End Homelessness

Tee Up with fellow business and community leaders to join the fight to tackle homelessness!

Play golf, win prizes, and enjoy lunch and dinner in support of Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency’s mission to empower homeless individuals to achieve economic self sufficiency and their ultimate potential to thrive in life.

The number of men and women experiencing homelessness is increasing daily. Your participation supports men and women who are ready to break the cycle and leave homelessness forever. Proceeds from the event directly fund ACSS’ services, which include assessment, job readiness and life skills training, career planning, case management, job placement assistance and a range of supportive services.

Sponsorship packages, individual and group golfing opportunities are available! You may purchase online, or download our registration form. For more information, please contact Dana Johnson at 404-446-4682 or

When: September 24, 2012

Where: Bears Best Atlanta by Jack Nicklaus – Suwanee, GA

Lunch: 12:00 p.m.

Shotgun Start: 1:00 p.m.

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Georgia State Panther Football: Be a Fan and a Philanthropist!

For the second year in a row, Coach Bill Curry and the Georgia State University Panthers are teaming up with the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency to raise awareness and funds to help break the cycle of homelessness in Atlanta.

On November 5th, GSU will pay tribute to all 1st responders, active military personnel and veterans during their game against St. Francis at the Georgia Dome. A portion of the ticket proceeds will go to ACSS, a non-profit organization that empowers homeless persons, including many veterans, to achieve economic self-sufficiency and their ultimate potential to thrive in life. Join us for the game and become part of the fun… and the solution!

$15 tickets can be purchased online here. When ordering, please use promotions code: ACSS

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ACSS Inspires Triathlete: A Message from Hawaii

ACSS board member and triathlete Bishop Leatherbury

ACSS Board Member and triathlete Bishop Leatherbury is in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii to compete in the October 8 Ironman World Championship — a race that combines a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and a marathon, all of which must be completed in less than 17 hours! As he embarks on this grueling triathlon, he hopes to raise funds and awareness for ACSS. Today, he emailed us this update from Hawaii:

IronMan World Championship race week is here and the race is now less than two days away! As we wrap up this phase of the IronMan World Championship fundraiser, more than 122 people have contributed a total of $17,815 to support the great work of the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency. THANK YOU so much for your support!

On Friday, before departing for Kona, I attended the graduation ceremony for the 13th ACSS graduating class. It was a thrill to hear them enthusiastically and energetically yell their class affirmation “Powerful Achievers, Victorious Warriors.” I also had an unexpected treat – Mr. Hampton who usually hands the graduates their certificates of graduation was unable to attend and I had the honor and privilege to hand each graduate their certificate and congratulate him or her on achieving this important milestone in the journey to self sufficiency. It was really encouraging to see the energy and enthusiasm of our VIPs embarked on a new beginning.

I headed to the race on Saturday and arrived in Kona with my son Rob and my training partners Mike Wien (and his wife Nannette) and Michael Berger. There were quite a few athletes on the plane to Kona and I could feel the energy and excitement building as we arrived in Kona. Sunday morning, we took our first swim in Kona Bay – the water was crystal clear and we could see the coral reefs and schools of fish below as we swam. We start each morning with a swim and trip to the “coffee bar.” That’s right, during race week there is a Hawaiian outrigger catamaran anchored a half mile offshore, giving out coffee and a cookie to anyone who cares to swim out that far. On Monday, we rode our bikes to Hawi, the turnaround point in the bike segment. The road to Hawi is famous for its headwinds and crosswinds. The winds have been known to gust over 30 miles an hour and to knock the occasional competitor off the bike. The legendary winds lived up to their billing – this was my friend Mike’s fourth ride to Hawi and he said he has never seen them as bad. It was a bit scary but the good news is that I know I can handle it and the ride was real confidence builder.

Monday evening, I had a real treat. I was Mike’s guest at the IronGents banquet. This is a banquet for all the competitors over 60 years old. Almost 40 of the 150 men and ladies 60+ who will be competing on Saturday attended the banquet. This is truly an incredible group of positive and accomplished people. One of the real highlights was meeting and spending time with 81 year old Lew Hollander. This will be his 22nd IronMan World Championship race. He is one of my heroes and role models. I find it amazing that there will be four men in the race over eighty years old and they are as competitive as any other age group. By the way, the oldest lady competing is 76 year old Harriet Anderson. These amazing people are truly living the IronMan motto of “Anything is possible” and they are a real inspiration.

As the week progresses, people continue to pour into Kona. During our last two morning swims, I was surprised to see hundreds of spectators. The town is now full of competitors, friends and family supporting them and the volunteers. The volunteers are a really special group of people and many come back year after year. I met a volunteer from San Francisco yesterday who has volunteered at Kona for the last 11 years. The volunteers really do make it happen! There is a growing excitement and the positive energy is contagious.

As we head toward race day, I am a little nervous but feel well prepared. As with the 13th graduating class of ACSS, I plan to be a “Powerful Achiever, Victorious Warrior.”

If you would like to follow my progress on Saturday, you can go to and click on the Athlete Tracker. You can enter my name or my bib number (305) and track my progress. The race starts at 7:00 am (noon Atlanta time) and my goal is to finish in around 14 hours.

Friends, as they say in Hawaii, “Mahalo!” Thank you for your support of ACSS!! Without you and the many other supporters of our programs, the homeless men and women of Atlanta would not have this valuable and life changing resource to help get back on the right track and rebuild their lives. If you had planned to donate but have not yet had the chance, you can go to for more information and to donate. And again, thank you so much for all of your kind words of support and encouragement!

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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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Cafe 458 Chef Tony Sharpe to Compete in Boxing-Themed Cooking Challenge

Cafe 458 Executive Chef Tony Sharpe

Cafe 458’s own Chef Tony Sharpe will compete in Culinary Fight Night., 6 p.m. August 23 at the Park Tavern. The unique, boxing-themed event not only highlights Atlanta’s top chefs, but also delivers a charitable punch.

Chef Tony and his team will be representing Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency as they compete with another culinary team representing Atlanta Beltline — two great causes that improve the quality of life for people in Atlanta and beyond.

The chefs will cook head to head, preparing a three course meal inside a boxing ring, while ringside judges and members of the audience score the food in three categories: taste, presentation and creativity.

Click here for tickets!

Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency is a results-driven, non-profit organization committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness through intense job readiness and life skills training. Cafe 458 is an award-winning restaurant that provides balanced meals to homeless clients during the week as they attend programs managed by Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency. On Sunday, the cafe opens to the general public for brunch, with all proceeds (including tips) going back to ACSS programs.

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Ironman: Triathlete Board Member Competes Globally to Raise Funds for ACSS

ACSS board member and triathlete Bishop Leatherbury

ACSS Board Member and passionate triathlete Bishop Leatherbury has accepted the challenge to raise $100,000 for ACSS by competing in the Annual Ironman World Championship to be held in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on October 8, 2011. It’s a race that combines a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and a marathon, all of which must be completed in less than 17 hours!

As Southeast regional managing partner of Tatum, LLC, Bishop has helped many Atlanta leaders to assess challenges, pursue opportunities and mobilize the right resources to solve problems and achieve results. As a valued member of the ACSS board, Bishop has utilized these same skills to help homeless men and women rebuild their lives.

As for competing in the Ironman World Championship, Bishop says, “I am combining two of my passions – my passion for the sport of triathlon and my passion for ACSS and its mission.”

ACSS continues to demonstrate its worth through the year-to-date performance of its programs.

ACSS CareerWorks has graduated 210 (93%) of the homeless clients called Visionary Innovative Partners (VIPs) from the program with 155 VIPs obtaining full-time employment earning an average wage of $9.25 per hour.

Cafe 458 has had 67 VIPs enroll in the Cafe program since January 2011 with 36 new enrollees during the 2nd quarter. Ten of those VIPs obtained permanent housing, and 30 entered shelters or transitional housing. Twenty-two of the VIPs obtained benefits.

Seventy four military veterans (50 males and 24 females) enrolled in ACSS Veterans Reintegration Programs resulting in an additional 31 full-time jobs this year.

“Every morning, nearly 7,000 people in Atlanta wake up with no place to call home,” Bishop says. “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.”

Bishop’s efforts to complete the race and raise money for ACSS provide the benefit for all of us to potentially see fewer people on the street without a place to call home. Please get involved today by making a donation and helping Bishop reach his goal of $100,000. Donors who support the ACSS cause will be provided a tax receipt and the great personal satisfaction of helping the less fortunate to transition back into the workforce and becoming a vital human resource for the community.

To join Bishop’s efforts, please visit:

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