People Helping People
Gala fundraiser being held to continue support of homeless

At 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Atlanta Marriott Gwinnett Place, 1775 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth, Rainbow Village is hosting its annual fundraising gala, A Masquerade: Changing the Face of Homelessness. The mission of Rainbow Village is to provide homeless families in domestic and/or economic crisis a healing environment to rebuild their lives through a community-based transitional housing program that promotes self-sufficiency.

Homelessness frequently breaks up families. The physical and emotional damage, the effect on a child's growth, development and education, the probable separation of family members - all of these disruptive elements can tear a family apart. Rainbow Village offers case management, after-school programs and life skills training to lift residents out of a state of dependency and despair and in to a state of self-sufficiency. All applicants to Rainbow Village's transitional housing program must meet homeless guidelines as defined by HUD.

While still adhering to our mission of serving homeless families, our organization strives to serve the larger community when possible. To achieve its mission, Rainbow Village is dependent upon the generous donations of supporters and volunteers to help us break the cycles of homelessness, poverty and domestic violence in local communities.

Some recent events showcase the benefits that can come when community partners and agencies work together for the greater good. For example, in August, four of Rainbow Village's staff volunteered to help one nonprofit funder with its annual fundraising Golf Fest at Chateau Elan. This month, Rainbow Village graduate families will be hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Brunch at one of our properties. In October, a local church and Rainbow Village's children will be stuffing goody bags for area low income senior citizens. And, from

8 a.m. to noon Nov. 17, Rainbow Village and Gwinnett County Resource Coordinators will be sponsoring the Gwinnett Free Well Family Festival in cooperation with Hands on Atlanta and the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. The festival will offer free health screenings, raffle prizes and children's activities.

We need and welcome your support again with our upcoming gala. We'll have both live and silent auctions, lots of entertainment and plenty of fun. Auction items include wonderful vacation getaways both stateside and abroad, exquisite jewelry and home accessories, sport packages and collectibles and much more. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased online at www.rainbowvillage.org or by mailing a check to Rainbow Village, 400 Holcomb Bridge Road, Norcross, GA., 30071.

For questions about any of our activities or to ask about volunteer opportunities, call 770-446-3800 or go to www.rainbowvillage.org.

"People Helping People" is a weekly column written by the executive directors of nonprofit organizations in Gwinnett County. Today's article was written by Nancy Yancey of Rainbow Village.

Need help or know someone who does? The Gwinnett Helpline directs callers to the appropriate nonprofit agency. Call 770-995-3339.