Total loan: $6,000


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Lithonia, GA, United States / Services

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Doris's story

I am an African American lesbian female with one adult child. We grew up poor in a small Mississippi town in a Pentecostal household with my great grandparents. We saw the impact and transform lives by serving the community. I facilitate in local jails then upon release, connect offenders with community sponsors for second-chance/re-employment. As a single parent, I started Platform of Hope with my savings account in a storefront in Decatur, GA. We serve clients in extended-stay environments with a mobile brigade that provides food, clothing, and essentials. Most clients within extended stay environments live day-to-day and are unable to afford fees. With 7,000 people in Atlanta, GA homeless each night Platform of Hope is determined to open a women and children's shelter to ensure safe and stable 90-day housing. POH supports homeless single parents within shelters and extended stay motels. Funds are used for used clothing, food, medicine, moving costs and/or deposits for utilities for stable housing move, transportation via rideshare for interviews, jobs, doctor appointments, and grocery stores. POH supports weekly distribution and DELIVERY of food, medicine, and supplies/necessities to immobilized senior citizens within four low-income apartment housing communities. POH supports released female offenders re-enter society by providing transportation for court appointments, restitution, probation fees, interviews, uniforms, doctor appointments, costs for identification (IDs, birth certificates, etc) food, used clothing, toiletries, etc.. serves as a yearly Back to School bash across two states; Georgia and Mississippi. Students receive backpacks and school supplies. In 2020, POH provided 25 laptops to under-served families for virtual learning. serves under-resourced families residing in extended-stay motels and/or shelters with the yearly distribution of toys, tablets, bicycles; ages 0-14. We need this loan to ensure these programs are provided in-house.