Solving Homelessness Together

Homeless Coalition Meeting Notes for December

Thursday, December 20th Meeting Notes:


  • New Street Beats will be availible the 2nd week of January.  
  • The 2012 CoC applications have been submitted.  The CoC is due January 18th.
  • HMIS Training is available by appointment. Please contact: if you need training or are interested in using an HMIS system. 
  • Homeless Resource Network needs VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) volunteers this year to help assist people in filing their taxes. You can find out more info about VITA here:    Remember, anyone with a household income of $51,000 or less can go to a VITA site and get their taxes done for free!  Spread the word!
  • Valley Rescue Mission's Family Services will be closed during the month of December and will re-open after the first week in January. 
  • New Horizons Annual Employment Expo for the Homeless will be Thursday, January 24, 2013.  This event will be held at Open Door. Set-up for the event will begin at 8:00am and the event will be held from 9:00am-2:30pm. We will serve a hot lunch beginning at 12:30 pm. Please contact Tami Blackshear if your organization will be able to participate: 706-596-5723 or
TEARS Inc. (Teen Empowerment Awareness with Resolutions)

1011 South Railroad Street 
Phenix City, AL. 36867

Phone:  334.291.6363

TEARS Inc. offer many programs and services for youth within our communities from School-Based programs, Counseling Services, Martial Arts, and more. Be sure to visit for more information. 

One of the programs that is offered at TEARS Inc. is the "TEARS Student Assistance Program" which is a general outpatient program for adolescents having substance abuse and/or dependency concerns. Programs are offered for children between the ages of 12-18 that are medically stable and not currently psychotic, suicidal, or at risk to hard self or others.

They also have a shelter for homeless and runaway girls aged 13-17. It provides a safe drug-free environment, as well as food, clothing, toiletries and a caring staff. 

"TEARS, Inc. was founded in 1996 by Mrs. Angelia C. Walton. She built the platform of TEARS through HIV/AIDS education to local churches and schools. In September of 1997 the organization received 501(c) (3)non-profit status.       

Over the past few years, we have had the privilege of working with young people of all kinds of backgrounds. We, along with our volunteers, have seen first hand just how much one encouraging word or deed can truly affect the lives of others in a positive and powerful way. This has always been the driving force behind our phenomenal growth and continued support from our board members, donors, and volunteers."

Next meeting:
Thursday, January 17th, 4:00pm

Location: Chattahoochee Valley Episcopal Ministries  
Columbus GA 31906 <(click for google map)