Ben Parks of Lazarus

Ben Parks of Lazarus

Ben and I met at Lazarus' annual Christmas Dinner below the skyline of the city to discuss the mission of Lazarus, his heart toward the homeless and how being open to conversations can create change in all of us.

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Adam & Becca Stanley of Blueprint 58

Adam & Becca Stanley of Blueprint 58

Adam and Becca's lives exemplify what it means to love your neighbors. To be closer to the kids and families they serve through their organization Blueprint 58, they made the bold decision to move their family into a neighborhood in downtown Atlanta. 

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Kitti Murray of Refuge Coffee Co.

Kitti Murray of Refuge Coffee Co.

I heard about Kitti Murray and Refuge Coffee Co. through the wonderful folks at Plywood People. After hearing how she saw a beautifully diverse neighborhood in Clarkston and decided to create a community over coffee to foster conversation and relationships, I knew I had to meet her.

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Julie Ann McKevitt of Paint Love

Julie Ann McKevitt of Paint Love

I first met Julie and heard of Paint Love at the 2015 Plywood Presents. I sat down with Julie to hear about her journey as an artist, how Paint Love came to life and how you can get involved in this incredible organization that spreads love and support through art.

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Jeff Shaw of Out of Darkness

Jeff Shaw of Out of Darkness

Jeff is authentic, and when I sat down to talk to him about Out of Darkness I could see how his passion for seeing women rescued is pervasive in all areas of his life. It's not just about the rescue of women, but it's also about shifting mindsets, perceptions and behaviors. 

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Terence & Cecilia Lester of Love Beyond Walls

Terence & Cecilia Lester of Love Beyond Walls

I first heard of Love Beyond Walls at the 2015 Plywood Presents. Once hearing more about their story, I quickly realized that this was not a new venture for them. They had been living a lifestyle of service for many years. Now, it just has a name in Love Beyond Walls. 

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Lesley-Ann Drake of Path To Shine®

Lesley-Ann Drake of Path To Shine®

Lesley-Ann has a contagious passion to see children succeed and to have their families empowered to help continue that success through Path To Shine®. She also sees the value in volunteering and dedicates time to ensure that her volunteers are well-trained and cared for. 

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Kelley Stagnaro of BeLoved Atlanta

Kelley Stagnaro of BeLoved Atlanta

Kelley's soft-spoken nature is like a safe haven, much like the space that her and the team at BeLoved Atlanta have created for women who have survived prostitution and trafficking. She sees the value and possibilities in these women who have often been beaten up by society. 

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Leroy Lamar of Serenity's Steps

Leroy Lamar of Serenity's Steps

Leroy treats people – that others would often discount and disregard as a lost cause – as his family. Leroy is an inspiration, because he extends grace instead of judgment through his organizations, Serenity's Steps and That Grace Restored. He admits where he has had stereotypes in the past, and he has had a change of heart through his willingness to be a friend to people in his community. 

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Katie Patel of Atlanta Mission

Katie Patel of Atlanta Mission

Katie took a leap from corporate world to the non-profit, Atlanta Mission, to pursue her calling to serve people who are currently experiencing homelessness. Katie's caring nature creates a welcoming environment that is dignifying for all people regardless of their current state in life. 

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Pastor Paul Palmer of Atlanta Dream Center

Pastor Paul Palmer of Atlanta Dream Center

From the moment that we sat down to do the interview, I could immediately see why everyone loved him so much and why he's had such an indelible impact in the community through the Atlanta Dream Center. His compassion, authenticity and willingness to love those that have been overlooked by society make him one of the kindest people that I've ever met. 

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