Today we’d like to introduce you to Candice Macon.
Candice, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
After going through a very difficult divorce, my children and I experienced a battle with homelessness. I am blessed to have several friends and family members who allowed us to stay with several of them at different times during that period so we never had to stay literally on the streets, however, we have experienced living in a shelter briefly, seeking the assistance of food banks and government agencies. I can recall several occasions where I was turned away from many agencies, even churches (I am a single mother of four children).
It was during this experience that I learned first-hand the need for the type of assistance our program plans to grow to provide. Many people in the Metro Atlanta area are homeless for many reasons other than just “laziness” or “lack of work”. Some need help due to mental illness, alcohol abuse/ drug addictions and criminal records. While others simply don’t have the proper credentials they need to apply for work or shelter. With proper funding, our program plans to not only provide the basic needs to the homeless but also a platform to help them become self-sufficient and provide resources to gain and maintain self-sufficiency.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Our biggest struggles have been funding it’s hard to get people to believe in the Genuity of a new nonprofit organization. With so much fraudulent activity these days it’s hard to trust where your money goes. With social media being so popular and technology as advanced as it is today, we plan to utilize it to actively stay involved and allow it to be open publicly viewed our community so that our donors can see that their generosity is being used as they intended it to, which is to help others be able to help themselves. They say it takes a village to raise a child and I feel that we are all God’s children and we all need help sometimes when we fall down, to get back up again.
Please tell us about Macon A Way Foundation Inc.
Little to no criteria to meet requirements to receive services.
Ongoing support services and resources to gain and maintain self-sufficiency.
mobile services where we seek out individuals for our program.
100% free program
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would have developed this program years ago back when I had perfect credit and could open a line of credit to fully fund my non-profit organization. Before all the student loans in my adolescent years. Where I tried to figure out what career field I really wanted.
I’ve always had a passion for helping others and excelled in the customer service field… I have and work history in many many fields from cosmetology to bartending even being an EMT paramedic! So if I had it to do it all over again the only thing differently I would do would be she have tried to mature faster to be where I am today. Because I feel everything that I’ve been through has made me who I am today and is truly taught me from the inside the need and how to be able to help the homeless.
- Address: 8486 Campbellton St #1603
Douglasville Georgia 30134
- Website: www.maconaway.com
- Phone: 1-833-Make-Way
- Email: email@example.com
- Facebook: @MakeAWayToday
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