3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God…
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)
As African people, our ministry is holistic, touching the spirit, our relationships, our minds as well as the practical economic and physical realities we are now facing. We are encouraged by our ancestors who faced even more challenging times than these, with even fewer resources than we now have. They made a way out of no way. So will we!! We hope that the resources provided here will help you and your family to survive and even thrive as we “shelter in this time of storm.”
The Glorious New Creation
17 For I am about to create new heavens
and a new earth;
the former things shall not be remembered
or come to mind.
18 But be glad and rejoice forever
in what I am creating;
for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy,
and its people as a delight.
19 I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
and delight in my people;
no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it,
or the cry of distress.
20 No more shall there be in it
an infant that lives but a few days,
or an old person who does not live out a lifetime;
for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth,
and one who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed.
21 They shall build houses and inhabit them;
they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
22 They shall not build and another inhabit;
they shall not plant and another eat;
for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be,
and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
23 They shall not labor in vain,
or bear children for calamity;
for they shall be offspring blessed by the Lord—
and their descendants as well.
24 Before they call I will answer,
while they are yet speaking I will hear.
25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
the lion shall eat straw like the ox;
but the serpent—its food shall be dust!
They shall not hurt or destroy
on all my holy mountain,
says the Lord.
As a reminder, all church events are cancelled until further notice. Please see the COVID-19 information and statement from FAC Leadership. Click here for PDF statement.
Ministries on the Move
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Resources from Friends and Family
All Georgian’s over age 16 can now obtain a COVID-19 vaccine. Make an appointment at one of the mass vaccination sites (distributing the Pfizer vaccine only) here. An adult authorized to provide informed consent for the vaccine must accompany any eligible 16 or 17 year old vaccine participant to the appointment and will sign the informed consent documentation prior to immunization. Any eligible 16 or 17 year old vaccine participant must bring proof of age to the vaccination appointment in the form of government issued identification or a birth certificate.
Additional vaccination sites are listed here. Type the name of your county into the search bar to highlight the sites nearest to you.
If you’re a Georgia renter who has fallen behind on rent payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may qualify for assistance. The Georgia Rental Assistance Program can provide up to 15 months of rental assistance and utility assistance, paid directly to landlords and service providers on behalf of tenants. See if you qualify here.https://georgiarentalassistance.ga.gov/faq
If you live in Atlanta, you can also access the Atlanta COVID-19 Emergency Housing Assistance Program administered through the United Way. Incorporated City of Atlanta residential renters who have experienced a loss of income because of COVID-19 can receive assistance with the payment of their past due rent, utility and/or security deposit assistance dating back to March 13, 2020. Apply through the United Way website here.
Georgia Department of Public Health COVID-19 Test Scheduling Site where any Georgian, regardless of symptoms, may schedule a COVID-19 test here.
Link to City of Atlanta COVID-19 information: here
Link to DeKalb County COVID-19 information: here
Link to United Way 2-1-1 COVID-19 Assistance: here.
2-1-1 is a full-service contact center which connects people to the assistance they need to address everyday challenges of living as well as those that develop during emergencies. United Way 2-1-1 is free, confidential and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year in 140 different languages. You can connect to 2-1-1 by:
- Texting the keyword “211od” to 898-211 to receive CoronaVirus resources. You can also text 211od to 898-211 to find resources available to you in your zip code.
- Dialing 2-1-1 and speak with a Community Connection Specialist
- Visiting 211online: unitedwayatlanta.org and search our comprehensive database or chat with a Community Connection Specialist
- Emailing a Community Connection Specialist at contact email@example.com
Stay connected with free or low-cost Internet service through Everyone On. Click the link and select the criteria that apply to your household. The site lists offers available through both Comcast and AT&T.
YMCAs across the metro-area are distributing meals for early learners, families and seniors. See the full list here.
At the South DeKalb YMCA, a drive thru pick up snack and dinner is available from 2-4 p.m. Monday – Friday. Seniors can pick up on Thursday from 2-4. The South DeKalb YMCA is located at 2565 Snapfinger Road, Decatur, Georgia 30034.
The Atlanta Community Food Bank has more than 50 sites for food distribution. Click here for that list.
APS FOOD DISTRIBUTION
APS has streamlined meal distribution to provide meals each Monday rather than 5 days per week. Students can receive five-day meal bags, containing five breakfast meals and five lunch meals each Monday. Those meals will be available at the 10 APS school sites via drive through and walk up. Those five-day breakfast and lunch meals will be delivered through the bus delivery service on Monday. Please check the APS website for the route schedule).
A bag of weekly groceries will also be available to families at the five anchor sites (Bunche Middle School, Cleveland Avenue Elementary School, Douglass High School, Phoenix Academy, and Sylvan Hills Middle School).
If you would like to volunteer at any APS food distribution sites, please click here to use this sign up genius.
DEKALB COUNTY FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Meals for students are being distributed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Students will receive a two-day meal package on each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Meals can be picked up at 21 meal sites as well as 9 recreation centers. Bus meal delivery also follows this plan of meal service on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Check here for the bus distribution points and delivery route schedule.
The Atlanta Community Food Bank is providing staple food items for DeKalb families on a weekly basis at the following school sites:
Sequoyah Middle School
Chapel Hill Middle
Early Learning Center at Terry Mill
CHANGES TO SNAP RULES and BENEFITS
Some SNAP rules have changed because of COVID 19, and the new rules could allow you to receive important benefits during the crisis. Contact the Benefits Outreach team of Atlanta Food Bank at (678) 553-5917 to find out if you qualify.
1) SNAP households may receive a supplemental benefit (more than the regular monthly amount) for the months of March and April 2020. If you just enrolled in SNAP, you may still receive the benefit for the time that you have been on the program. Extra benefits will be loaded to the EBT card automatically.
2) No SNAP recipients are required to file evidence of work through the end of May 2020. If you lost SNAP benefits because of work requirements, you may be eligible now.
3) The re-certification deadline for current SNAP households has been extended by 6 months. Households that were required to re-certify (re-apply) for SNAP in March, April, May, June, July or August of 2020 will have their deadline automatically extended six months past the original deadline.
4) GA DFCS has closed many of its physical offices to prevent transmission of the virus. You are encouraged to apply online or request an application over the phone. In-person visits to DFCS may only be permitted with an appointment.
5) Other benefit programs, like Medicaid, school meals, and WIC, also have new rules because of COVID 19. Even if you were not eligible for these programs in the past, you may be able to receive them on an emergency basis. Call Atlanta Community Food Bank at (678) 553-5917 for more information.
Not sure whether these rules apply to you or your family? The Atlanta Community Food Bank can help. Call (678) 553-5917 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get information right away.
If you have been served with an eviction notice or are being evicted, please contact Darrius Woods from Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF) at email@example.com. He is working remotely and can help guide you.
Georgia Legal Aid also has a resource list that may be helpful: https://www.georgialegalaid.org/resource/covid-19-resource-list
Unemployment applications can be submitted online here: https://dol.georgia.gov/ or call your local career center to apply by phone. The career center locator is online here: https://dol.georgia.gov/locations/career-center
SAFETY OF LOVED ONES IN LONG TERM CARE
If you have concerns about the safety and well being of a spouse, parent or other loved one living in a nursing home, contact the Georgia Long Term Care Ombudsman Program at 1 866 552 4464 or visit https://georgiaombudsman.org
28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
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