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SWGC Serves Community Need with Hospital Phone Charging Stations



hospital chargers
From left, Sandy Vecellio, Cheryl MacMillan, Kim Anker, Stacy Waits, Sonja Bozoian, Angie Noble, Jill Morris, Margie Asef, Jason Chandler, Beth Coffey, Cindy Murphy

Imagine you’ve rushed a friend or loved one to the hospital emergency room to find you’ll be waiting several hours to hear about their condition. In the mad dash you’ve forgotten your phone charger and as luck would have it, you have about 10% power left.

This scenario plays out daily at hospitals across the country because patients and visitors are likely there unexpectedly and haven’t prepared to spend long hours waiting or are unaware of COVID protocols that may limit or not allow visitation of loved ones.

Low mobile device batteries only add to the stressful emotions of a hospital visit, but this could be remedied by using portable device chargers strategically located at nursing stations. 

The Southwest Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce worked to ease this stress by providing mobile device charging stations for Northside Hospital Duluth

With a goal of raising $750 to provide at least six charging stations, the organization realized by the April 1 deadline that it had greatly surpassed that target.

SWGC this month donated $1,100 for phone charging stations to Northside Duluth Hospital via the Gwinnett Medical Foundation.

SWGC Board member Jill Morris works at Northside Duluth and shared this critical need with the chamber.

“Patients arrive at the hospital with hopes to be quickly treated and return home. Grabbing a phone charger is not always on their last-minute packing list. With the past years’ limited visitor policy around the country, having a means to communicate with loved ones via phone or iPad becomes essential to their feelings of connection to home,” said Morris.

“If they do not have a charger, then those important connections can be completely cut off.”

Cindy Murphy, Associate Director of Development & Operations for Northside Hospital, explained the impact of the donation.

“Our nurses and floor techs are the first to offer their chargers to a patient in need. However, people forget to return them, or the needs outweigh the supply. Having a station where the cords are safely secure, and the phones are protected, is another need met by the hospital,” Murphy said.

Murphy credits the Southwest Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce with helping meet a community need.

“Thanks to the generosity of the Chamber members, we are now providing comfort in another way. It is an excellent gesture of meeting the needs of others,” she said.

The SWGC’s core objectives revolve around engagement, connecting and making a difference in our communities of Norcross, Peachtree Corners and Berkeley Lake.

“By providing these charging stations, we hope to eliminate a barrier that has separated loved ones during challenging times,” commented Chairwoman Margie Asef.

Information: southwestgwinnettchamberofcommerce.org

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Water at Work Ministry Partners with House of Light Orphanage



Water at Work Ministry, an Atlanta-based charitable organization is proud to announce its partnership with House of Light Orphanage.
This is Pastor Lucas who opened the house of light orphanage in 2006 with the goal to care for his own child with disabilities and others who could not receive care elsewhere. Pictured with his is Water at Work’s Executive Director Dan Blevins (a Peachtree Corners resident).

Water at Work Ministry, an Atlanta-based charitable organization dedicated to providing clean water solutions to communities in the Dominican Republic, is proud to announce its partnership with House of Light Orphanage, a haven of care and education to 40 orphans with disabilities.

Together, these faith-based organizations are inaugurating a sustainable water production business to ensure access to safe water for the orphanage residents and the surrounding communities in Ciudad Juan Bosch.

This business will help sustain House of Light’s mission to provide nurture and education to children, many of whom have experienced physical and cognitive challenges since birth and abandonment by their families. 

A dedication and grand opening ceremony for the water plant was held on Tuesday, May 14, with representatives attending from Water at Work Ministries, Rotary International, Be an Angel Foundation, the local Bella Vista Rotary Club, House of Light Orphanage and the local community.  

With the opening of Water at Work’s new sustainable water plant, the House of Light Orphanage will have a consistent and reliable source of clean water to meet the needs of the orphans and the surrounding community, ensuring access to water that is safe for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene.

The plant has a production capacity of 5,500 gallons per day, and is designed to be a sustainable business that will generate revenue through water sales. Clean water will be produced and affordably sold in five-gallon bottles in the surrounding communities.

Profits generated by the water business will defray the orphanage’s expenses, thereby contributing to its continued viability and moving it toward financial independence. 

This project is just one more example of how this Atlanta-based nonprofit organization is working to empower and elevate local economies in the Dominican Republic.

Over the past decade, Water at Work has established eight fully-functioning water plant businesses across the DR. Each partners with local churches with the goal of meeting people’s physical needs through water and their spiritual needs through the Living Water of Jesus. 

While many people think of the DR’s pristine beaches and resorts, locals know that poverty is rampant in many parts of the country and countless people have limited access to basic needs, including clean water. With the ongoing crisis in neighboring Haiti, ministries like Water at Work are more needed now than ever before. 

“The partnership between House of Light Orphanage and Water at Work represents a significant step forward in addressing the critical need for clean water in underserved communities,” says Water at Work Executive Director, Dan Blevins, resident of Peachtree Corners. 

“By leveraging sustainable technology and innovative solutions, both organizations will make a tangible, life-giving difference,” he added. 

Water at Work Ministry 
Email: audrie@wateratworkministry.org 
Phone: 404-465-1447

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Rooted Interiors Unveils Largest Transformation Project Yet for a Family in Need



Grandfather's bedroom before and after // photos courtesy of Rooted Interiors

Rooted Interiors, a new non-profit organization dedicated to transforming lives through design, has announced the completion of its largest transformation project to date.

With a commitment to providing complete interiors to individuals and families emerging from homelessness, Rooted Interiors continues to make a profound impact on communities, one home at a time.

The latest project marks a significant milestone for Rooted Interiors as it demonstrates the organization’s unwavering dedication to creating havens where families can plant roots and thrive.

Through meticulous planning, collaboration and the support of generous donors and volunteers, Rooted Interiors has successfully transformed a once hopeless space into a warm and welcoming home for a deserving family.

At the heart of this project is a single mother, accompanied by her two children and her father, who found themselves in dire circumstances after the mother fled from an abusive partner, forcing them to seek refuge at the Family Promise shelter in Athens, Ga.

Upon securing a new home, however, their relief was short-lived as they found themselves in a space devoid of warmth and lacking the essentials of a home.

With no furniture besides a dining room table, no washer and dryer and a malfunctioning fridge, their daily struggles persisted for three long months.

But Rooted Interiors didn’t just redesign the family’s space, they filled it with love and hope.

Through this project, the organization transformed the family’s house into a sanctuary, addressing not only their physical needs but also their emotional well-being. From carefully selected furniture to thoughtful décor choices, every detail was curated to create a space that felt like home.

“We are thrilled to unveil our latest project, which represents our continued commitment to serving those in need,” said Kristina McCalla, Founder and Executive Director of Rooted Interiors.

“Our Rooted in Renewal Program not only revitalizes physical spaces but also renews hope and stability for the family who calls this house their home,” she added.

Rooted Interiors offers a lifeline to families in need, empowering them to thrive and succeed in their journey towards independence.

“This journey is not just about creating aesthetically pleasing interiors; it’s about using the language of design to uplift and restore,” said Kristina McCalla, also Lead Interior Designer at Rooted Interiors.

“Rooted in faith and love, each project is a testament to the belief that everyone, regardless of their circumstances, deserves a place that reflects their humanity and worth. By providing a thoughtfully designed and fully furnished home, we aim to empower families to thrive and succeed in their journey towards independence,” she explained.

As Rooted Interiors continues its mission to fully furnish homes for those emerging from homelessness, this project serves as a testament to the organization’s impact and the generosity of its supporters.

Through ongoing partnerships and community engagement, the organization remains committed to building brighter futures for individuals and families in need. For more information about Rooted Interiors and how you can support their mission, visit rootedinteriors.org.

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Local Non-profit Boy With a Ball Announces Dates for Upcoming Conference



The Love Your City Conference brings together changemakers and champions from local organizations for an opportunity to grow and learn.
via boywithaball.com

Boy With a Ball has announced that its annual Love Your City Conference will take place May 30, 2024, through June 1.

The Love Your City Conference brings together changemakers and champions from local organizations, the marketplace, missional churches and philanthropy. It’s an opportunity to build friendships with today’s leaders sitting beside you.

The conference will have several main sessions featuring historic leaders and insightful, fresh voices, as well as lively workshops, emerging communities of practice, meals as a group and practical equipping tools.

The weekend culminates with the opportunity to go out and experience Love Your City together in a local community.

Joining the conference are many special guests, including:

  • Tyler Prieb, a missiologist, pastor, and entrepreneur based in NYC,
  • Jerry White, Navigators’ International President Emeritus and
  • Andrew Peterson, an author, founder and the conference’s musical guest.

Click here for more conference details.

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