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Taking on Tuesday

September 6 — It's back to work, but luckily it's a short week. Let's get you up to speed. 

🌤 Mostly sunny with a high of 85° today. 

🗳 Nearly 100,000 Georgians have requested an absentee ballot for the November 8 general election.

🏥 Fulton Commission Chairman Robb Pitts said Wellstar is already in talks with potential developers to sell its Atlanta Medical Center property in Old Fourth Ward. 

✈️ More than 65,000 attended the Dragon Con sci-fi and fantasy convention over Labor Day weekend. See photos from the parade here

✏️ Local school district leaders are introducing academic and social recovery programs with the goal of returning to pre-pandemic achievement levels.

💵 The Atlanta Neuroscience Institute is launching a new fundraising arm

📚 Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Sandy Springs recently opened a new lower school building, the final project of a $32.5 million capital campaign.


NATIONALLY 

📁 Judge Aileen Cannon granted former President Donald Trump’s request for a special master to review documents that the FBI seized from his Florida home. 
 
⏱ Today's newsletter is 3️⃣ stories.

• Helping Midtown's homeless
• Dunwoody Preservation Trust

AND 
• Volunteer opportunities 

Have a good day!
Collin + Sammie


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1. Untangling homelessness in Midtown

🏠 Public safety organization Midtown Blue and Intown Collaborative Ministries (ICM) are nine months into a partnership to help the homeless find permanent housing.


Since the collaboration began in January, 44 people experiencing homelessness are being assisted by the program, and 31 of those are in the queue to receive housing from the city when it becomes available – some within the next 45 days. 

“We’ve found people who are chronically homeless, people who have had negative interactions with the service provider system and have been let down, or have their guards up,” said ICM executive director Brad Schweers said. “It really takes personalized attention to every single client to break through and build trust.” 

➡️ Read more about the program from Ellie Hensley with Midtown Alliance here. 

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2. History is alive in Dunwoody 
 
📚 
History is the glue that holds us all together. Yet, when it’s presented as lists of mere names, facts and dates in a textbook, it can seem lifeless and meaningless, even to curious adults. The Dunwoody Preservation Trust (DPT) is committed to delivering history in ways textbooks can’t.

Through kids camps and adult education series, the trust makes learning fun. In particular, its History Alive series has brought residents closer to the history in their own backyard. The series began in 2013 when then Co-President Monica McGurk formed a committee to figure out how to make historic preservation more relevant to the community.


“We asked ourselves, ‘How do we bring history to life to make the DPT mission more accessible and relevant," McGurk said.

➡️ Read more about the Dunwoody Preservation Trust here. 
*ROUGH DRAFT CELEBRATION* 🎂 Happiest of birthdays to Martine R. of Druid Hills, who's keeping up with Atlanta happenings via Rough Draft in Majorca! 

🎈Get in touch to learn more about how you can wish your friend or relative HBD. 
3. Volunteer opportunities    
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HANDS ON ATLANTA


🗳 Poll Worker – On Sept. 20, celebrate National Voter Registration Day (a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating our democracy) by signing up to be a poll worker. If you’re a “techie” your help is  needed to manage the electronic voting machines.
 
🍽 Equitable Dinners – On Sept. 21, join Equitable Dinners and rock your civic engagement by being in the 5000. Launched by a one-person play, each table will share stories, connect with strangers and neighbors, and be inspired to make a positive difference (pictured).

📌 Guiding Students - Interact with students from Title 1 schools in the Metro Atlanta community. In a structured environment, volunteers will help students have new experiences and visualize brighter futures through enriching activities.

*PARTNER MESSAGE* 💡 Innovative Housing Summit on Sept. 16 brings together subject matter experts to explore housing solutions to the growing demand for more missing middle housing in the Southeast. Tickets include a copy of Dan Immergluck’s Red Hot City, admittance to the reception following the summit, and access to the tour of the Cottages on Vaughan on Sept. 17. Purchase tickets here.
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