Drumroll please….

Over the last month, many people have wondered what we are doing with the shipping container we purchased as an organization.

We’ll after years of advocating for those experiencing homelessness, we have decided to do something disruptive to ensure people that are being displaced all over the country are never forgotten.

Therefore, we are launching the first museum for homelessness and poverty by converting a shipping container into a immersirve space that will travel and educate people about a issue that should be addressed in our country.

We are calling it, “Dignity Museum.”

Mission:

The Dignity Museum will create an interactive experience for visitors to immerse themselves in the stories of those experiencing poverty and homelessness.

More than 1 million people are homeless in the United States, a quarter of those being children. Historically, homelessness has been viewed as a character flaw, a personality defect to be looked down on. Many of those experiencing homelessness have not been given an opportunity for another option.

Homelessness is systemic, generational, and often times as a result of long-held misconceptions about those experiencing the plight. Their lives are overlooked on street corners, under bridges, and on metal bunk beds in shelters across the country.

The Dignity Museum shares the stories of the forgotten, while presenting the unjust causes for the disparity in resource allocation. The stories of those who were born into poverty, those who became homeless as adults, the kids holding cardboard signs at the stoplight, and their collective fight to beat their circumstances.

Through interactive technology, research, storytelling, exhibits, and thought-provoking questions, visitors will confront their ideas of homelessness and what it takes to escape it.

The museum is designed to take the guest through a journey to promote a hopeful future of equality, opportunity, and justice.

Going Deeper:

Dignity Museum is the first of its kind in Atlanta. This innovative, living museum aims to help Atlantans and national tourists understand the suffering and struggle that many people face that are experiencing homelessness and those who face extreme poverty.

More importantly, Dignity Museum seeks to offer an up close and real view of the conditions in which people live in a way to create empathy and action among those who do not understand the reality of poverty.

Incorporating videography, Dignity Museum’s curated content will capture people caught in the rawness of their struggle in a way that gives them a voice and honors their journey as humans.

Follow our pages on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and watch our video below:

Dignity Museum – Love Beyond Walls from Love Beyond Walls on Vimeo.

To contribute to this project and help us raise the last $6,000 we need to finish our project click [HERE]

Terence

The Countdown Begins!

Today, I took another leap of faith as a social impact leader. We purchased a 40FT Shipping Container to create something that doesn’t exist in Atlanta or around the country. I feel all of the vulnerability that you have in starting a new project. Why? Because this will be our biggest and most meaningful conversion project to date. However, I’m being driven by two things:

Firstly, I’m being driven by the fact that there are many people suffering and need honest advocacy. Second and last, I’m being driven because I know this is what God would have us do to take #lovebeyondwalls

Excited to share the details soon. The countdown just got real.

Terence

We’re Hiring

We’re Hiring a Part-Time Person!

Love Beyond Walls (LBW), a well-respected and growing organization, seeks a part-time person to assist with its mission of giving a voice to the voiceless.

This part-time person will work 10-15 hours each week and will work closely with our leadership team at LBW.

Send resumes and inquiries to info@lovebeyondwalls.org

Love Beyond Walls + Drawing Good

Earlier this year, Love Beyond Walls was selected by The Sketch Effect to be a Drawing Good partner.
 
The Sketch Effect exists to elevate ideas through remarkable visual communication.
 
However, beyond drawing out ideas, they also wanted to draw out the good in our community through Drawing Good.
 
This video was created by the team at The Sketch Effect to help us tell a little bit of our story, how we started, and highlight our empathetic culture.
 
LBW Team

What is Gentrification?

What is Gentrification?

Gentrification is a general term for the arrival of wealthier people in an existing urban district, a related increase in rents and property values, and changes in the district’s character and culture. The term is often used negatively, suggesting the displacement of poor communities by rich outsiders. But the effects of gentrification are complex and contradictory, and its real impact varies.

Many aspects of the gentrification process are desirable. Who wouldn’t want to see reduced crime, new investment in buildings and infrastructure, and increased economic activity in their neighborhoods? Unfortunately, the benefits of these changes are often enjoyed disproportionately by the new arrivals, while the established residents find themselves economically and socially marginalized.

Gentrification has been the cause of painful conflict in many American cities, often along racial and economic fault lines. Neighborhood change is often viewed as a miscarriage of social justice, in which wealthy, usually newcomers are congratulated for “improving” a neighborhood whose poor, minority residents are displaced by skyrocketing rents and economic change.

Although there is not a clear-cut technical definition of gentrification, it is characterized by several changes.

LBW Team