Rebecca’s Tent exists to enable homeless women to obtain permanent housing on a sustainable basis by providing shelter, employment tools and community support during the coldest months of the year. Chartered by Congregation Shearith Israel in 1983 as the Shearith Israel Shelter, Rebecca’s Tent (renamed in 2015 to reflect the mission to serve a more diverse group of women) offers services free-of-charge to homeless women, eighteen years of age or older, in DeKalb and Fulton counties.
In addition to providing shelter services including three nutritional meals daily, we assist homeless women with employment training and transitional housing services. These services work together; women who stay at the shelter are required to attend weekly case management meetings with staff members and to seek employment (with assistance provided by staff). In addition to thirteen beds, our facilities offer access to computers, telephone/message services, kitchen, laundry facilities, showers and an area to relax. The women are also provided with MARTA passes that enable them to attend job interviews, job fairs, appointments and other obligations. Clients are also encouraged to take advantage of weekly Life Management Skills and Empowerment Activities led by community volunteers, featuring tools to help them overcome obstacles to employment and independence. Services offered with these programs include Counseling, Job Readiness Training, Empowerment Workshops, Resume/Computer Coaching, Conflict Resolution and Job Training. These services are designed to offer a holistic approach to helping participants transition out of homelessness and into sustainable employment and housing.