Sober Living - "The Bus Fund"

$16,630raised of $15,000 goal
100%

Organizer: Our Buckhead Church Small Group Beneficiary: Sober Living America

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Sober Living America's mission is to connect people with the 12 step community and to lead them into a growing relationship with God.    They are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Atlanta, GA and Jacksonville, FL.  The Atlanta campus is currently housing and rehabilitating nearly 100 men and women living in one community who "admitted they were powerless over their addictions and compulsive behaviors and that their lives had become unmanageable (Step 1 of 12)".  Sober Living America has created a safe haven for those people that have nowhere else to go and no money or insurance to get the help they need.  The recovery program has helped over 50,000 people since its inception  in 1994 (previously named Peachford House).  

Our small group from Buckhead Church consists of 11 men: Ash Pait, Clay Roberts, Donnie Robinson, Eric Penney, Jason Horell, Joe Ayers, Pat Ludeman, Phil Adra, Rick Venetico, Teddy Gillen and Todd Achilles.  Through the course of our regular volunteer efforts we as a group were all touched by Sober Living.  We discovered a need for help and felt that we could make a tangible difference in people's lives right here in Atlanta.  

After spending time with the men and women of Sober Living while hosting a barbecue recently our small group saw firsthand the HUGE demand for transportation within the community.  Without their own resources most residents are reliant on the limited capacity of existing vehicles owned by SLA.  So many times willing residents are unfortunately left behind from church, meetings, work and other healthy activities while the organization exceeds its capacity of riders.  During our time with the group we learned how many of these people were seeking to grow in their faith.  We decided to invite them to church and filled our vehicles beyond capacity to bring as many as we could. It was this moment that our group instantly knew what we had to do.  Something we take for granted like the ability to go to church on Sunday is a luxury these men and women do not have.  After discussions with the leaders of the organization we concluded the best solution was to raise funds for a high capacity vehicle.  A new, reliable vehicle will help the committed residents get to public transportation, church, interviews, AA/NA meetings and ultimately turn thier lives back in a positive direction.  You can be a part of this tremendous transformation.  

The Plan:

Through our network of connections we have identified a generous bus distributor who is willing to help us purchase a bus for pennies on the dollar that would be perfect to serve the community's needs.

What we are asking for:

Please help us hit our target of raising $15,000 by July 31st 2013.  This capital campaign will only be successful with your help, support and the grace of God. All funds donated will be tax deductible and receipts will be provided.  

We hope that after a successful campaign you will also join us in celebrating the gift that you helped provide this incredible organization.  We will have an event and presentation that all donors will be invited to as well as tours and Q&A's about Sober Living.  

Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

..."Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." 

Thank you so much for your support.


Additional Note:  When donating keep in mind the fee you pay Youcaring.com is an optional feeand has a drop down menu that you can select $0 as your donation to the site.  Thank you!

Our small group's mission is "To grow in our faith and relationship with Jesus, together as brothers in Christ, through studying God's word, having courageous conversations, and keeping daily commitments.  We strive to put our sinful nature behind us, allowing the Holy Spirit to renew our thoughts and attitudes so that we may speak the truth in love, lead more people to Christ, and humbly serve the community."  This fundraiser matches up perfectly with our group's calling to serve our community.  
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08/05/2013
by Our Buckhead Church Small Group
Thank you for an amazing, faith building, serviceful and gracious fund raising campaign!  Stay tuned here and to your email for an annoucement and invitation.  You have alll been such a belssing to so many people.  
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07/31/2013
by Our Buckhead Church Small Group
Act 20:35 - "In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
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07/31/2013
by Our Buckhead Church Small Group
Oh my GOD!!!!!  What have you done????  How great Thou art!!!!!!!!  Humbled, grateful, joyful and so many more adjectives still can't fully describe the bleesings you have poured down on this effort.  
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07/30/2013
by Our Buckhead Church Small Group
24 hours to go!  The support is overwhelming! Thank you so much!!!!  
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07/29/2013
by Our Buckhead Church Small Group
AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Such generousity!!!!  Thank you so much!  Reaching the $10,000 is a HUGE milestone.  
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07/25/2013
by Our Buckhead Church Small Group
$9,000!  We are amazed by so many of your thoughtful and generous donations.  Believe it or not our average donation is well over $100!!!!  Why not share this with just 10 more people???  

As always so much appreciation from the group and SLA!!!!  Can't wait to invite everyone to celebrate this achievement you have all been a part of!

THANK YOU!!!!!


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07/24/2013
by Our Buckhead Church Small Group
Over $7,000 raised!!!!!  Great job and thank you to all who have helped.  Please spread the word.  We have 7 days left and we need every possible donation, no matter how small.  Please consider giving something to fund one of the most basic of resources that we take for granted, transportation.  Thank you.  The Sober Living community has been so grateful and appreciative!  Let's finish strong!  
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07/15/2013
by Our Buckhead Church Small Group
Over 1/3 of the way to a new bus for those who need it most.  A bus that will take people to work, interviews, church, AA/NA meetmore and more.  Lets spread the word about this and keep up the momentum.  Thanks to all the supporters!  
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07/11/2013
by Our Buckhead Church Small Group
Over $4,000!!!!  Thank for the aweosme generousity everyone!!!  Can we all try to forward this to 3 people???
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07/10/2013
by Our Buckhead Church Small Group
New Benchmark achieved!!!  20 supporters and over 20% of the goal. Excellent job and thank you to all!!!  
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07/08/2013
by Our Buckhead Church Small Group
Over 15% of the way there!!!  Let's go folks!!!  We know you can help spread the word on this!  Please help Sober Living today.  If you only knew how many of our own negihbors can't get to an AA meeting that may have prevented them from a relapse.  This bus will save lives!  Thanks for your support!  
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07/02/2013
by Our Buckhead Church Small Group
$1,000 mark reached.  I beleive we just got Sober living a Steering wheel column and dashboard!!

Momentum is building!  
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07/01/2013
by Our Buckhead Church Small Group
Website is live!  Exciting things happening here for Sober Living America.  Please join the list of supporters by clicking "Give Now".  Thank you!  
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