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.
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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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