Atlanta, GA (CBS46) The Trinity House in Atlanta has operated as a transitional home for men in need since 2004 but the building dates back to the late 1800's.
“This was the place where Dr. King's body was brought to in 1968,” Executive Director Derek Duncan told reporter Ashley Thompson.
The house serves as a 36-bed residential recovery program for men who are homeless or suffering from addiction. Shelter and resources are provided to help them get back on their feet. They can stay for up to two years.
Trinity Community Ministries usually helps others but now the organization is in need. The building's 60 windows need to be replaced.
“Each winter we really notice it,” Duncan said.
Some windows are stuck open while others allow rain and draft inside.
“I know Trinity House provides so much to so many people already,” Scott Phillips, a volunteer, explained. “Windows frankly was not going to be in the budget.”
Phillips began to volunteer at Trinity House 15 months ago as a way to give back.
“I’m in active recovery myself,” he told reporter Ashley Thompson.
He said about a week and a half ago he caught Duncan outside examining the windows.
“I said Mr. Duncan what you thinking about? And he shook his head and said, ‘I’ve got to find a way to fund all the replacement of these windows.’”
Phillips saw it as an opportunity.
“I was out taking pictures and he said I’m going to take on that project for you," Duncan explained.
Phillips launched a GoFundMe. Nearly $50,000 has been raised, thanks in large part to a donation from Atlanta-based filmmaker Tyler Perry, who gave $25,000.
“What a blessing he is to so many,” said Phillips. “The world is a better place with him in it.”
The goal is to raise $75,000, replace all the windows and continue working to better the lives of men in need.
To donate, visit the GoFundMe page.
To learn more about Trinity Community Ministries, visit www.tcmatlanta.org.