Local Interview with I Care Atlanta in Lawrenceville, GA
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To begin with, we would like you to briefly tell us about your organization
I Care Atlanta is devoted to stabilizing lives by reaching out to the working poor and homeless men, women, and children in Metro Atlanta and surrounding communities.
- What do you do exactly?
And what was the reason that encouraged you to start this organization?
Our mission is to feed, educate, and reach out to the working poor and homeless men, women, and children in the greater Atlanta Metro area, addressing their personal needs while furthering their opportunities!
We provide and In House Food Pantry as well as Mobile Outreach Food Services. Our Learning Resource Center offers GED classes, tutoring, Financial Planning Workshops, along with volunteers to help with Resume Writing and Job Searches. We are always looking to expand our outreach with more resources.
- What motivates you?
Describe your mission passion
Anthony Delgado is living proof that people can change with the helping hand of another. Fighting a losing battle with alcohol and drug addiction, he found himself on the streets of downtown Atlanta thirteen years ago. After living in Woodruff Park and staying in various shelters Anthony witnessed first-hand the coldness of homelessness.
Seeing life come full circle, Anthony believes he is now answering his call and making a difference in the day to day struggles of the less fortunate.
- Tell us about your goals
We operate out of a 3,500 square foot warehouse in northwest Atlanta, located in the same industrial plaza as our Learning Center. ICA received funding last year to purchase two additional refrigerated trucks and two delivery vans to better manage the pickup and delivery of food to meet the growing need. Food distribution has seen a 26% increase in 2017 and is on track of a 30% yearly increase. In which I Care Atlanta is working diligently to handle this growing need. Despite a growing number of companies that donate food, ICA must also rely on its ability to purchase discounted food from Food Banks and fund its operations to serve approximately 55,000 individuals this year who struggle with food insecurity. These funds will insure that our program staff can work regular and consistent hours to pick up and distribute food and to coordinate food, education, and referral services with clients, volunteers and program partners, as well as for the expenses associated with the organization’s vehicles (i.e. fuel, maintenance, and insurance).
- What was the hardest/toughest moment you had to deal with?
Obstacles you faced when dealing with bureaucracy, permits, funding, etc. Something you would like to point out to anyone who might be starting their own organization.
Finding people to believe in me and support my mission. From living in the streets of Atlanta to founding I Care Atlanta my life has truly come full circle. I live a life mission is to give back to the community where I knows it is needed most, because I was there: homeless addicted and lost.
One evening I was at Panera, meeting with my pastor discussing the future, when he saw the manager get ready to throw away a huge bag of the leftover bread. I kindly asked if I could take that bread to my church to be given to the homeless. That trash bag filled with leftover bread was gone within 45 minutes, and I Care Atlanta was born. Over the last thirteen years, We have parlayed that one bag of bread into food enough to feed over 450,000 people in 2016 and I Care Atlanta distributed over $1.56M of food.
- What was the most fulfilling moment that happened to you?
My life continues to be fulfilled everyday with new people I meet and stories I hear about the impact I Care Atlanta has had on their lives. I still see some families I helped 10 years ago, kids are grown mom and dad are healthy and have made a life for themselves. I run into men I was with in the shelters or on the street, they are now holding down a job, in an apartment and just come by to visit or volunteer time to help others.
The fact that people come back after years is a blessing. We helped them out when they were down on their luck and now they are in a position to help others. It’s a great joy to see volunteers in our office who used to be clients.
- What separates you from the rest? Why you?
I have been there! I was that homeless guy on the street, with a sign, sleeping under the bridge. I know what its like to not have anyone to help you or anything to believe in. God turned my life around completely and now its my turn to inspire others with my story and I Care Atlanta’s mission.
- Do you have any upcoming events in the forthcoming months?
Christmas for Kids event is Dec. 14
Holiday Meals distributed Dec. 19-21
Like us on FB for upcoming events for next year and volunteer opportunites
- What is it that you love most about what you do?
The ability to give back and spread God’s love. Giving people a smile, some words of encouragement, food on the table for the night, and kids lunch for tomorrow. We at I Care Atlanta hope to at least take the pain or pressure away from their daily struggle and look at it as a Hand Up rather than a Hand Out!
- What is the biggest challenge you’re faced with today?
Funding and Resources! We are optimistic about ending homelessness by combining our relentless efforts with the many strong local partnerships we’ve built over the years. And we will not stop until every homeless person within our reach has been helped and our resources exhausted.
- Anything else you would like to add?
Thank You for spreading the word for us !
Contact: How can people reach out to you?
Your organization’s name, phone, address, e-mail and links to your website and social media
Anthony Delgado- President & Founder
I Care Atlanta, Inc.
5879-B New Peachtree Rd, Doraville, Ga.30340
Main: 678.615.3341 | Direct: 678-760-5504