“Single mom escapes homelessness with help from CaringWorks,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution Inspire Atlanta

CaringWorks CEO Carol Collard and client Amber Burns were recently featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Inspire Atlanta for a story about escaping homelessness.

Amber Burns had spent much of her adult life on the run – living out of her car, sleeping on a friend’s couch, and fleeing from domestic abuse and the demons of addiction.

“Homelessness and addiction wear you down emotionally, mentally and physically,” shared Burns. But after a decade, she decided she had enough.

She enrolled in a drug treatment program and upon graduating connected with CaringWorks. Through CaringWorks, Burns received subsidized rent for an apartment, furniture and other services including counseling, job training and courses on finances and building credit. The 38-year-old single mother and her two young daughters are in a stable home now.

Burns has a CaringWorks counselor who helps her set reachable goals. She works part-time as a personal assistant and takes classes at Georgia State University. Her interests are in the earth sciences and she dreams of being a naturalist and teaching in a state or national park.

“Believing you deserve another chance in life is half the battle,” Collard said. “It may not be the second chance, it may be the fifth chance, but whatever you need individually to get where you want to go is what we want to provide.”
In the past two decades, the agency has helped more than 10,000 people in its quest to end homelessness in metro Atlanta.
Burns had plenty of people tell her that she would never break the cycle of substance abuse and homelessness. She has remained clean and housed since 2017.
“It took a lot of fight and a lot of strength, but it was so worth it,” she said. “Nobody has to live and feel that way – scared and alone.”
To see the full interview, visit the Atlanta Journal-Constitution webpage here


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Built on the single idea that all people—no matter their social or economic standing—should have a chance to improve their quality of life, CaringWorks has served thousands of clients throughout our 20-plus-year history. Since our inception, we have grown exponentially to become one of Georgia’s leaders in providing permanent supportive housing. We serve hundreds of individuals each year through unique programs and services that are specifically tailored to the needs of those facing chronic homelessness.

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August 2023