Grant Park-based Nicholas House held its monthly Open Door Tour recently.
Former Atlanta Falcon’s cheerleader Shay Latte of Inman Park and best-selling financial author Ornella Grosz were so impressed and taken with the programs and families, that they whole-heartedly joined the family of Nicholas House Volunteers.
The two ladies, accompanied by veteran volunteers Grant Park's Dahna Chandler and myself, took an in-depth tour of the facility. We met the staff, families in residence and learned all about the different programs and resources available for families in need.
Most importantly, Latte and Grosz discovered how they could use their unique talents to contribute to the support programs that are available for the children and parents in residence.
Latte will coordinate ongoing dance and acting sessions for the children and young adults to encourage self love and appreciation of the arts, while Grosz will offer financial literacy and planning workshops to the parents to help them learn how to get back on their feet and maintain stability.
Nicholas House is a transitional housing facility in Atlanta that helps homeless families achieve self-sufficiency by providing a temporary place to live while identifying and addressing the root causes of their homelessness, so they never become homeless again.
Along with select youth activities, and programs designed to continue aid to the families after they leave the shelter, Nicholas House institutes other services including:
- Transitional group housing for families of any size or makeup in order to keep them intact and off the street
- Homeless to Homes (H2H), which moves families out of a shelter and into their own apartment for greater independence and accountability
- Adult Education and Training, which helps to create new futures by defining goals and providing the educational and training support to make dreams a reality.