Lynn B. Friedman - Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty: Atlanta Buckhead New Hope AME Church Receives People Fleeing Hurricane

Atlanta Buckhead New Hope AME Church Receives People Fleeing Hurricane

Atlanta Buckhead -
New Hope AME Church Receives People Fleeing Hurricane


Reverend Richards, newly arrived in June 2017,  received an urgent call from a colleague in Savannah. A group of about two dozen people from Savannah were fleing Hurricane Irma. The church immediately opened its doors to offer shelter to the people arriving from Savannah.


Once the news of the arrivals spread in the neighborhood, many neighbors along the street emailed each other and, in true Atlanta spirit, food donations began arriving into the church kitchen.



A hot Fried Chicken dinner, complete with Mac and Cheese, Sweet Potatoes and Hawaiian rolls was provided by some neighbors to help the guests enjoy their Saturday evening.




The New Hope AME Church started in the 19th century. According to the Church History, the "late Mr. James "Whispering" Smith, a white resident of the Buckhead community, decided to give two acres of land to be used for a church and school for 'Negroes'.'The will was dated on May 29, 1872. [ ... ] Eight days after affixing his signature to his last will and testament, Mr. James Smith passed away."


The land which James Smith gave to New Hope was the site of the first New Hope Camp Meeting. Many years passed before the congregation was able to build its first structure. A complete history of the New Hope AME church appears on the church's website - a full and fascinating details that paint a vibrant picture of the community history.


Atlanta - the center of hospitality - proudly assists again!

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Comment balloon 4 commentsLynn B. Friedman • September 10 2017 01:11AM


Lynn this is the spirit we need to have.  We are our brother's keeper.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 2 years ago

What a wonderful story Lynn. Thanks for sharing it with us. It really is true that love makes the world go round!


Posted by Karen Hellier, Freelance Writer for Professionals, North Georgia (Freelance Writer) almost 2 years ago

George Souto 
Yes, the essense of the real America.

Karen Hellier 
Thanks for stopping by - I was in your neighborhood for the Eclipse!

All the best - Lynn

Posted by Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers (Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...) almost 2 years ago

Great southern hospitality! I miss Georgia and Buckhead as well, plan to visit next year.

Posted by Pete Xavier, Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide (Investments to Luxury) almost 2 years ago