ALBANY, GA (MARCH 30, 2024) As the city of Albany, GA celebrated Easter weekend with various activities and events, there was a less fortunate population that wasn’t able to partake in the festivities. While everyone else was busy with last minute shopping and fun-filled events, there were unhoused and food deprived individuals struggling to get by.

However, amidst all of this, there was a glimmer of hope as non-profit organizations and faith-based groups came together in a show of unity and compassion. Led by Will Davis, Chair and Founder of Level Up Young Man, along with members from Life Church, Life Line Catering, HEART Organization, Inc., and The Salvation Army of Albany, GA, they joined forces to serve the less fortunate in the community.

For Davis, this collaboration is not just about providing temporary relief through meals and clothing, but also about directing individuals towards long-term solutions. He believes in the power of partnering and collaborating with other organizations to provide wrap around services that can help people get off the streets.

Food was provided by George Aistrop, owner of Life Line Catering, who not only loves to cook but has a passion for serving others. Despite having a full-time job that keeps him on the road for most days of the week, he makes it a point to set aside two weekends per month to serve those in need in the Albany community. According to him, “God has blessed me with cooking skills, and I believe in using them to help God’s people.”

Members from Life Church were also present, serving food and offering prayers for those who requested it. Just like Davis, they also believe in collaborating with other organizations to improve Albany not just physically and mentally, but spiritually as well.

Through this joint effort, nearly 100 people were fed and clothed throughout the day, as reported by Level Up Young Man. While Davis was pleased with the turnout, his main concern lies in the long-term results. He believes that true success lies in helping these individuals get off the streets and onto a better path in life.

This partnership between non-profits and faith-based organizations is an excellent example of how working together can bring about positive change and improve the lives of those in need. It is a reminder that while we may have our own separate goals and missions, coming together with a common goal can create a bigger impact.

In a time where division and discord seem to be prevalent, this act of unity and compassion serves as a beacon of hope. It is a reminder that we are all in this together, and by working together, we can create a better, more inclusive and caring community for all. As we move forward, may we continue to see more instances of collaboration and partnership between non-profits and faith-based organizations, all in the effort to improve our cities and the lives of those who call it home.

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