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

FAITHFUL: Christina Grier – Gilgal Volunteer

Meet Christina Grier

A Story of How One Person Can Impact the World — One FAITHFUL Act at a Time 

How and when did you get involved with Gilgal?  

I got involved initially on December 21, 2019 as a volunteer with the Hank Stewart Foundation.  Each year the foundation hosts an event for Christmas where over 100 volunteers create a red-carpet experience for the residents through personal assistants offering make-overs, haircuts, new clothing and gifts.  Volunteers also provide breakfast and lunch for residents as well as staff. They even do yard work and help with small repair projects.  It is an exciting day and I was immediately hooked! Continue reading

FAITHFUL: NHBW Enriching Lives Thru Education and Love






The National Hook-Up of Black Women (NHBW), Inc. has been faithfully serving with Gilgal for the past eight years.  Their partnership came as part of the National Reading for Life Initiative, which is a national program recognizing the importance of reading and focusing on ensuring that all adults and children have access to reading materials. During the 2012 NHBW Annual Meeting, a partnership with Gilgal wa established through Ms. Deborah Summers, the National President at that time. Continue reading

Congratulations Jennifer – March 2020 Graduate

Celebrating Jennifer H.

Gilgal’s First 2020 Graduate

Hi, my Name is Jennifer H.

It is hard for me to believe how quickly the time has flown since coming to Gilgal.  In the beginning, I felt like completing a year was an impossible feat.  And truthfully, it has only been in the last two months that I really buckled down and “got” what God was attempting to teach me all along.

You see, there are a lot of myths out there about addiction.  The truth is it can happen to anyone at any time – and I am living proof of that.

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Gilgal is Celebrating 15 Years – Thank You for Partnering with Us!

Gilgal is Celebrating 15 Years!

GIL-19178-15YearsOfGilGal-FinalOn May 9, 2020, Gilgal will celebrate 15 years of restoring homeless women with addictions.   At the start of this journey, I never would have dreamed where God would take us as a ministry.

Our vision to assist women in breaking the cycle of defeat that lead them to drug and/or alcohol addiction and replace it with a cycle of victorious living through Christ Jesus has not changed.

We remain a Christ-centered, long-term, recovery residence for women experiencing homelessness due to drugs and/or alcohol addiction.  Continue reading

Merry Christmas From Gilgal: Meet Chitquita C.

HELLO! My Name is Chitquita C.

As a kid, Christmas was an exciting time of opening gifts and having fun with my foster brothers and sisters.  You see I spent 10 years of my life in DFCS custody. I actually grew up in a group home just down the street from Gilgal.  I loved my mother very much, but she and my father were unable to care for me and my siblings.  She died when I was 17 and after that my world fell apart.

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Metro Atlanta SISTUHS Bring Christmas Cheer to Gilgal

THANK YOU SISTUHS!SISTUHS Bring Stockings Dec 2019

Thank you to Bretta Carithers, and the Metro-Atlanta Professional Chapter of SISTUHS, Incorporated for blessing the women of Gilgal today! We appreciate you stopping by with Christmas cheer and personalized stockings for the Gilgal residents.

Your generous and giving spirits have brought joy to us throughout the year! We are grateful for all the many ways you blessed us in 2019, and look forward to our continued partnership in the year ahead!

Thank you!!!!