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Fulton County Youth Commissioners to distribute care boxes to citizens living on the streets
Fulton County Youth Commissioners to distribute care boxes to citizens living on the streets

ATLANTA -- Fulton County Youth Commissioners will take to the streets of Atlanta and Fulton to distribute H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Everyday) Boxes on Saturday, Mar. 23 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.  Youth Commissioners will assemble at the Fulton County Government Center starting at 8 a.m. and distribute H.O.P.E Boxes to locations used by the homeless, primarily in District 5. 

The primary purpose of the H.O.P.E. Box initiative is to disseminate information regarding sources for assistance in low-income areas throughout Fulton County. Each box includes a H.O.P.E. resource card, which highlights County services.  Information is provided regarding how  and where to find shelter, rehabilitation, health services, employment search assistance and other programs offered by Fulton County and collaborating organizations that are designed to help homeless citizens to achieve stability and an improved quality of life.

Since the inception of the program in 2009, Youth Commissioners have distributed at least 20,000 H.O.P.E. Boxes.

Men who were once homeless and now live in Jefferson Place Transitional Housing will help Youth Commissioners to target locations that homeless citizens use for shelter. 

The locations include:

  • Majestic Lodge - 4120 Fulton Industrial Blvd SW  Atlanta, Ga.
  • Pelican Apartments - 3900 Fulton Industrial Blvd SW. Atlanta, Ga.
  • Homeless Compound - Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway behind the Bankhead Train Station
  • Under Bridge - Peter Street & Metropolitan Parkway
  • Pine Street & Peachtree Street
  • Peachtree Street & Garnett Street

The H.O.P.E. Boxes contain toiletry items such as soap, shampoo, hand sanitizer, a toothbrush and toothpaste.

Additional activities planned by Youth Commissioners in 2013 include a Prom Safety Campaign, which will promote prevention of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and prevention of violence. 

The campaign will also promote prevention of texting while driving, prevention of bullying and prevention of weapons use by teens.  The young Commissioners who are committed to making a difference in Fulton County will also promote a “50 Days of Nonviolence” campaign in the schools to promote peace and prevention of all forms of violence.

For more information, contact Fulton County Youth Commission Program Coordinator Reginald Crossley at (404) 409-7761 or send an email to Reginald.Crossley@fultoncountyga.gov.

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