Face Many Obstacles
LaTonya saw problems so deep, that if individuals were given access to the right resources, change would happen. So she started working with Paradise Baptist, a long standing Grove Park church “P” and Atlanta Westside Presbyterian Church, her local church, “AW;” to create a partnership to help reconcile the communities & start working on these needs.
PAWKids Was Born
Why Expand Into Family Services?
After a year, the perspective of the work changed when PAWKids reflected on the deep issues plaguing our families. We learned that children needed a stabilized family in order to thrive; so the idea for Family Enrichment Programs was born.
Why Children's Enrichment in Grove Park?
When we moved into the neighborhood it was characterized by:
47% single parent homes
over 21% unemployment
47% of families' incomes below the poverty line
99% of students qualified for free or reduced school lunch
3 out of 4 schools in the community had been identified as "failing"