Our monthly outreach day falls on the 3rd Saturday of every month. We call this SERVE SATURDAY. And it's as simple as that! Through the BLESS General Store and our BLESS Build Team we serve the Allatoona Community. Partners such as the Street Store, Bookmobile and Red Door Food Pantry join us as well to provide additional resources to the people we are serving including food, clothing, and books along!
There are 10 things you can't purchase with food stamps/EBT cards : hair care products, deoderant, toilet paper, laundry detergent, dental cleaning supplies, soap, diapers, women's sanitary products, cleaning products and lotion/sunscreen.
Years ago we learned that part of the financial struggle in the Allatoona Community was not having funds for or access to many of these products. And so the BLESS General Store was born. Since 2016 this program as grown exponentially, as we now serve over 100 families per month!
We believe that not having these products are detrimental to living a healthy and sanitary lifestyle. And it is through this program that we have been able to lift a small financial burden as well as provide something that is so crucial to our every day lives.
One of our basic needs is shelter. Most of the housing in the Allatoona Community are mobile homes or homes valued under $50,000. Every month families face tough decisions about whether or not to fix a hole in their roof or put groceries on the table. We have met many families that have been living without electricity or water for months because of the cost to fix problems. Many elderly adults in this community have extreme health conditions that can only get worse by living in these conditions. Not to mention the young children that call these places their home.
No one should have to live this way. Until we find a more permanent housing solution, we are committed to helping families with small repairs and renovations so they don't have to raise their kids in extremely dangerous situations. The Build Team works every month and during the entirety of BLESS Weekend to help these families live in a more sustainable and healthy environment.