Safe Haven After Class (S.H.A.C) is a holistic development program for children and teens living with their families in the Haven Hotel located at: 4893 Memorial Dr, Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Why did Safe Haven Start?
Many of our City's most undeserved residents are living out of hotels, unable to secure affordable housing and viable employment. The cycle of poverty spirals families caught in these situations leaving them with very limited options. The COVID-19 Pandemic effects, the mass displacement of lower income residents from the city due to gentrification/unaffordable housing, job layoffs, or the dwindling of section 8 availability are a few of the many reasons lower income residents find themselves struggling to keep a roof over themselves and their loved ones. Hotels like Haven Hotel have provided affordable solutions for shelter and are therefore constantly at capacity. Currently the hotel has 149 rooms booked with residence and over 40 children and teens call the Haven Hotel their home. When the children get off the bus each day they have very little to do in the afternoons and are subject to negative influences, predators, and unproductivity... especially due to the fact the majority are being raised by single parents trying to work and survive.
What does the Safe Haven Program accomplish?
Haven Hotel, in an effort to meet the needs of its residents has made space available and entered into partnership with Restore Life Inc. to provide holistic after school programming. The program will accomplish the following objectives:
How much needs to be raised for the program to succeed?
Start up costs
Space Build out: $10,000 - Complete
Gear (Computers, instruments, mics, cameras: $20,000 - Complete
Vehicle/bus: $40,000 - Still needed
Total start up funds still needed: $40,000
Liability and theft Insurance: $3,600 (annually)
Personnel: $70,000 (Program director $36,000. Mentor stipends and TLAB rental - $34,000)
Vehicle : $12,000 (Insurance, gas, maintenance, driver stipend)
Food: $12,000 (snacks and dinners during program)
Family Assistance fund: $12,000
Total Program Operations need for pilot program and 2022: $113,000
“Exciting Changes In Grove Park”
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Restore Life Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia. An Atlanta-based non-profit organization that discovers and develops effective local leaders as empowered dispersants of resources for community development announces the appointment of its new Board Chair Jacques Hall Jr. Mr. Hall recently joined the Board on February 28, 2022.
Jacques is a Top Producing Licensed Realtor at The American Realty Professionals of GA. He became licensed before he finished High School at Lakeside High in Dekalb County. Since graduation, he has worked in various positions in Banking and Finance and several high-profile law firms. Having a deep passion to see African American Youth find their path in life, Jacques serves as a mentor and source of hope within his community. He co-leads “Village Investment Mentoring Group”, an organization that focuses on educating children in urban contexts on financial literacy.
Mr. Hall has served as “The Summer Camp Director” for a Christian camping organization in Spring City, TN that focused on exposing urban youth to quality camping by partnering with the local Church.
Mr. Hall’s vision and goal for Restore Life. ”In order for an organization to thrive, it takes vision. To partner with an organization that already embodies vision and follow-through is but an honor. My goal as is to partner with my dynamic board of directors and executive directors to grow and fulfill the God-given vision for Restore Life”.
One of Jacques’s favorite quotes is: “No one has ever become poor by giving”. ~ Anne Frank
Co-Executive Director Daniel Iverson stated, “I am excited about Jacques leadership and how he will develop the Board and move it forward”.
Restore Life’s Vision: To see Metro-Atlanta flourish by empowering grassroots movements that restore human dignity. Restore Life is looking forward to uniting and empowering grassroots leaders for change.
The 6 R’s of Restore Life Culture: Relationships, Reconciliation, Redemption, Restoration, Resilience, Renaissance.
Thank you to all Restore Life Supporters!