About Us

Our Mission

Lift Up Atlanta mission is to provide the homeless and low income families in the metro Atlanta area with safe housing, food, clothing and other services designed to help them meet their basic needs, to support their education, and to empower them to reach self sufficiency.



Founded in September 2011 by Rosalind Garner, Lift Up Atlanta is designed to meet the basic needs of the homeless and low income families including food, clothing, hygiene needs, educational services etc.  It seeks to fill the gaps in the current provision of services to the homeless and low income families in the metro Atlanta area and to empower them to become self-sufficient again.



Lift Up Atlanta will provide several services to local homeless shelters, other nonprofit organizations, low income families and to the homeless directly.  The programs will include:

  • Backpack Program – Every summer, Lift Up Atlanta will provide backpacks filled with school supplies for children in local homeless shelters and disadvantaged youth.
  • Educational Training — Lift Up Atlanta provides FREE career workshops and computer training classes in various locations in the metro Atlanta area to those in need
  • Life Skills/ Empowerment Program – Volunteers will be recruited to provide life skills classes that provide information about credit, budgeting, resumes, interviews, education etc.  This program is designed to give the customers skills to get jobs and basic life skills.
  • Food Drives – Lift Up Atlanta will continuously build a food pantry to provide food to the local homeless shelters and food banks.  This will help to provide food baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Annual Christmas toy drive – Lift Up Atlanta with the help of volunteers will provide new toys to children in need.

Meet Our Program Directors

Job Readiness Program Co-Director – Mark Cruz

Mark is a 12-year airline management professional, currently employed at Delta Air
Lines in Revenue Management. Previously, he worked at US Airways, also in Revenue
Management. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Business Administration from
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Mark is passionate about giving back to the community in the same manner that the
community served him when he was in the employment application process after
graduating college. Mark has participated and continues to participate in various
community service projects such as Habitat for Humanity, Medshare, and “KaBoom!”.
Mark is originally from Tampa, Florida.

  
Job Readiness Program Co-Director – Holly Yan
Holly Yan is a journalist for CNN Digital, covering both national and international news. Prior to CNN, she was a TV reporter in Dallas. Holly is committed to helping end the suffering faced by the homeless and needy in our community. She joined Lift Up Atlanta in 2013, distributing food and clothing to the homeless, and is now a director of the Job Readiness Program. Through the Job Readiness Program, she has helped clients from a wide array of difficult circumstances carve a path to greater self-sufficiency.

Tawanna-Kelley Computer Training Program Director – Tawanna Kelley
Tawanna is originally from Baltimore and settled in Atlanta in February of 2011 and began working with Lift Up Atlanta very shortly after her arrival because of her need to give back to her community. She has worked in the corporate training world for more than 17 years with a variety of companies and industries. She’s trained a wide variety of computer software to a very diverse group of learners throughout her career and wanted to use her computer knowledge to help others.

Latest News

2017 Christmas Toy Drive

Make a Difference This Holiday Season Donate New Toys for 500 Needy Children Everyone Please Join Us To Make This Happen Churches Fraternities / Sororities Businesses Neighbors and Friends Co-Workers Social Organizations Host a Christmas Toy Drive This Holiday Season…

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2018 Summer Fun Festival

Lift Up Atlanta’s 2018 Summer Fun Festival Fun for the WHOLE Family June 16, 2018 10am to 5pm Gwinnett County Fairgrounds 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA 30046 There is something to do for everyone! Hosted by Shavon Toombs Music provided…

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2017 Thanksgiving Food Drive

Lift Up Atlanta’s goal in 2017 is to feed 300 families in need this Thanksgiving. We need YOUR help to make this happen.  Your church, business, school or organization can host a Thanksgiving food drive and donate the much needed…

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