Joining Hearts continued its over 20-year relationship with Jerusalem House by donating $50,000 to help the non-profit house low-income people living with HIV.
The grant, which was awarded in December, brought the total amount Joining Hearts has donated to the non-profit since 1997 to $950,000, according to Jerusalem House executive director Charlie Frew.
“It’s been pretty amazing,” he told Project Q Atlanta. “They really helped us mold this agency, so they’ve been key to where we are today.”
The $50,000 grant has gone toward housing and supportive services.
“Joining Hearts funds an apartment unit in one of our master-lease programs, so they actually take care of a family,” Frew said. “Also the money is used to make sure that our kitchens are up to speed.”
The grant has also been used for general client assistance like clothing, medication, food cards, MARTA cards and cab fare to get to doctor appointments.
“The point is we’re trying to directly benefit the residents of Jerusalem House,” Frew said.
One of those residents is Khalid Morris, who has used Jerusalem House’s services off and on since 2003. The non-profit subsidizes the rent for Morris’s (photo) studio apartment in Virginia Highlands.
But Morris said the support goes beyond that.
“The most is helping me get back and forth with doctors’ appointments and medication assistance,” he told Project Q. “Some of the people they’ve sent over, like the resident care people, I’ve made friendships with them that will last a lifetime. A couple of them were from Africa and they taught me a lot about my own background and given me the opportunity to learn how to cook.”
“For me it’s been wonderful. I’ve been loving every minute of it,” he added.
Jerusalem House will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a black-tie gala on March 14, 2020 at the Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta hotel.
Joining Hearts has raised $2.5 million for its beneficiaries since its founding in 1987. Most of the money is raised through its parties, including Love on the Rocks in February, Change of Seasons in May and the big annual pool party in July.