The Journey to God: Bailey’s Rendition of the Gilgal Story

Meet Bailey – a very special girl with a very special gift.  And, she is using her talents to glorify God and help us tell the Gilgal story.

In honor of our 15th anniversary, Bailey painted her rendition of the Gilgal story from the book of Joshua.  Her special gift will hang in our lobby for all to see and remember God’s faithfulness.   Here is the story behind her creation.  Enjoy! Continue reading

Happy Anniversary Gilgal – Celebrating 15 Years of God’s Faithfulness



Today, May 9, 2020, marks 15 years for our ministry of restoring homeless women with addictions.  We are so grateful for the many ways God has been faithful to us and thank each of you who have played a part in our story.  Without your prayers, financial contributions and countless donations of time, talent and resources, we could not do what we do!  Change Happens at Gilgal. Thank you for being a part of it!

We look forward to all that God has in store for us in the future.  Be sure to follow us on social media and sign up for our online newsletter to keep current on all that is happening at Gilgal.  You can also visit: to learn more.

Congratulations Porsha – May 2020 Graduate

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Join us in celebrating Porsha W. for  successfully completing the Transformations @ Gilgal program. She becomes our second Gilgal graduate for 2020.  Thank you to everyone who invested in her while she was with us!

Way to go Porsha!  We are extremely proud of your accomplishment!

Happy Mother’s Day From Gilgal: Meet Sara H.


MEET SARA H.  (Gilgal Resident 2011-2012)

My name is Sara H.(formerly Sara D.), and I was a resident of Gilgal for about 10 months from April 2011 to February 2012. I was 25 when I entered the program. I did not graduate, but I learned so many essential life skills during my stay at Gilgal.

When I chose to leave, I left with my boyfriend, who is now my husband, and thought, “I’ve got this,” and felt certain I could manage on my own.  I was unaware of the struggles that awaited me.  I was a meth user for about 15 years.  It cost me everything I’ve ever loved and cared about.  At that point in my life, I had one child. Mother’s Day meant nothing to me.   I didn’t care about her and didn’t want to be bothered with caring for her.  Nor did I want to take care of myself.  Continue reading

Volunteer Appreciation: A Message from the Gilgal Board

Vol-Apprec-Slider-April-2020---Board-UpdatedA Message from the Gilgal Board 

Dear Gilgal Family and Friends

Barbara Catherine SmallMy name is Barbara Jackson and I have been serving on the Gilgal board for five years.  Taking on the role of Gilgal Board Chair has been one of the greatest joys of my life. I learned about Gilgal in 2013 when my daughter Catherine had a piano recital there.  She later started teaching piano lessons with residents, and I tagged along to socialize and bring brownies.  Little did I know how quickly I would fall in love.  I soon found myself serving on the Board and helping with the agency’s Blue Jean Gala.  Seeing God’s continual faithfulness through the lives of the Gilgal women and this ministry has amazed me many times over.

And here Gilgal is now celebrating 15 years of God’s faithfulness during this most unexpected time we are facing as a nation. But of course, we all know that none of this has God surprised.  He has put each of us here for such a time as this – especially our FAITHFUL volunteers, without whom Gilgal would not exist.

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COVID-19 Has Not Changed Our Mission: Jasmine’s Story

Jasmine T:   Grateful for Gilgal

For the past 15 years, Gilgal has served homeless women with drug and/or alcohol addictions.  COVID-19 has not changed our mission.  We are still a 24/7 operation and our Board and staff are working tirelessly to ensure seamless continuity in client programming and critical services.  Our Phase 1 (non-working) clients are sheltering in place while working their program.  Our Phase 2 (working) clients in essential jobs are riding MARTA to work daily. Clients in non-essential jobs have been laid off of work or have had their hours drastically reduced.  But, that does not change their resolve.

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FAITHFUL: Joyce Bray, Gilgal Volunteer



Meet Joyce Bray 


My name is Joyce Bray and I am a retired teacher, a career where I served for 35 years. After retirement, I joined Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) and later started the Atlanta chapter of “Here’s Life Inner City” (HLIC), one of eight chapters and cities in operation at the time. This ministry provided pastors of inner-city churches with food called “Boxes of Love,” Easter baskets, book bags, blankets, and other items for the poor. HLIC-Atlanta would regularly host packing parties with the help of volunteers from the churches and send out these items along with a gospel tract to spread the Word of God to the needy. Continue reading

FAITHFUL: Charles McCord, Gilgal Volunteer


Meet Charles McCord 


My name is Charles McCord, I served 6 years as a junior officer in the U. S. Army.  After leaving the Army, I switched uniforms and began my career at IBM and worked there for 28 years. I started at the IBM office in the Boston suburb of Waltham where I met my wife Donna.  We eventually transferred to Atlanta.

Donna and Val Cater, Gilgal’s Founder, knew each other through IBM training classes they had attended together in the early 1980s.  When Val was bringing Gilgal to life in 2005, she asked Donna to come to an exploratory Board meeting to hear her Gilgal vision.  Donna asked if I would drive her there since she was unfamiliar with the area.  I, of course, agreed, and soon after was also serving on the Board. Continue reading

Gilgal Statement Regarding COVID-19


March 12, 2020 With the news about COVID-19 (commonly known as Coronavirus) continuing to unfold, many are thinking of personal safety and the protection of their loved ones. With that in mind, the leadership team at Gilgal wants to assure its stakeholders that we are committed to taking necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the virus among our residents, staff, and visitors. Continue reading