The Backpack Project is proud to share that Homeless Heroes Day 2017 exceeded our goal of hand-delivering backpacks to one thousand people who were experiencing homelessness in Atlanta. While exciting and fast-paced, Homeless Heroes Day was also a service-learning experience that facilitated learning about homelessness as a social issue and empowered teams from participating companies to experience what it’s like to create the impact, not just fund it. Through the support of this year's participating companies - U.S. Health Advisors, Quality Technology Services (QTS), JOYN, and State Farm - we were able to pack 1,089 backpacks for those in in the Atlanta homeless community who were seeking support.
Thank you to our distribution partners - The Salvation Army of Atlanta, Women's Community Kitchen, The Gateway Center, Shepherd's Inn, and My Sister's Place - for hosting us. A group of our volunteers had the unique experience of working with The Salvation Army's Veterans on the Move program to assemble 250+ care packages that will be sent to active duty soldiers, and we couldn't be happier to honors Veterans Day in such an exciting way.
Hosted by our Signature Sponsor, Quality Technology Services (QTS)
Women's Community Kitchen Distribution
The Salvation Army of Atlanta Distribution
U.S. Health Advisors and JOYN
We would like to give a special thanks to the event sponsors: DaVinci's Donuts (breakfast), Colgate (oral care supplies), Bombas (x2 pair socks per backpack), RefrigiWear (premium thermal clothing), and QTS (event space and resources).
Homeless Heroes Day wouldn’t have been nearly as informative without our two wonderful speakers, Kem Hobbs (The Salvation Army of Atlanta) and Patricia Smith (Solomon's Temple). Kem and Patricia delivered talks about Trends in Homelessness and Mental Health and Homelessness, respectively, and took turns answering questions about some of the issues surrounding homelessness.
Every event needs a cohesive bond, and ours was named Jordan Agolli. Thank you Jordanfor hosting Homeless Heroes Day and incorporating your experience, proactive thinking, and dedicated planning to ensure that the event ran smoothly and lived up to its potential.
Thank you to our incredible photographers and videographers:Bruce Payne, Evan Soloff, Dave Ross, andBritney Remale. Your effort to document the spirit, energy and impact of Homeless Heroes Day 2017 will empower us to continue to grow both this event and The Backpack Project is the years to come.
Finally, this event could not have happened without the support of Butch Goldi (QTS), Abby Johnson (QTS), Kate Tioaquen (QTS), Amanda Chapman (JOYN), Darrell Giannotti (USHA), Shannon Dempsey (USHA), Renate Reed (State Farm), and the entirely of TBP’s staff. We extend a wholehearted thanks to each of you for the integral role you played in serving more than 1,000 people experiencing homelessness in Atlanta and serving our nation’s heroes on Veterans Day.