As of January 2020, Georgia had an estimated 10,234 experiencing homelessness on any given day. Studies show that homelessness can be a traumatic event that influences a person's symptoms of mental illness. Having ever been homeless and the time spent homeless can be related to higher levels of psychiatric distress, higher levels of alcohol use, and lower levels of perceived recovery in people with previous mental illness.
No Reservations Needed (NRN), a homeless outreach initiative, was established ten years ago by Music Veteran Executive Shanti Das to bring awareness to the economic instability in our communities and promote mental well-being. Now, as the founder of Silence the Shame, Inc. (STS), Das continues to empower the community to give back and support unhoused Georgians to promote hopeful and healthy living. STS is a mental health education and awareness non-profit organization dedicated to empowering and educating communities on mental health and wellness. We have successfully partnered with the Atlanta Mission to serve authentic holiday meals to over 400 men annually to promote social connectedness and healthy living. In addition, STS has partnered with V-103 Radio Station, Keshia Knight Pulliam, and several other influencers, sports figures, and community leaders to empower the men to keep achieving their housing goals.
This year, we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of NRN with the Atlanta Mission Men Shelter on November 22, 2021, and hosting a Christmas Brunch on December 7, 2021, for My Sister's House Women and Children Shelter.
Consider becoming a sponsor or donating either cash or an in-kind gift. Your gift will support the homeless and educate communities on mental health prevention, interventions, and recovery. In addition, you can help erase the stigma of mental illness in underserved populations.
 Continuums of Care to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
 Homelessness and Mental Illness: A Challenge to Our Society. (2018) Peter Tarr, Ph.D. Retrieved 8/2021 https://www.bbrfoundation.org/blog/homelessness-and-mental-illness-challenge-our-society