Overcoming Hardship:

The Story of The Elizabeth Foundation

After finding a path out of her own struggles with homelessness and addiction, Tracy Thompson found her calling. She committed herself to helping people who the world has forgotten. Having experienced life from their perspective, she is uniquely qualified to build connections and rapport with the people who are in fragile living situations. She can empathize with them in ways most others cannot, because she was one of them for many years. Not only does this connection allow her to recognize the value of things as simple as a clean pair of socks, it also promotes a level of trust. This trust is essential when someone is ready to move up – to get into rehab, to seek treatment, to find their own way out of their struggles.

After finding a path out of her own struggles with homelessness and addiction, Tracy Thompson found her calling. She committed herself to helping people who the world has forgotten. Having experienced life from their perspective, she is uniquely qualified to build connections and rapport with the people who are in fragile living situations. She can empathize with them in ways most others cannot, because she was one of them for many years. Not only does this connection allow her to recognize the value of things as simple as a clean pair of socks, it also promotes a level of trust. This trust is essential when someone is ready to move up – to get into rehab, to seek treatment, to find their own way out of their struggles.

As part of her journey, Tracy has sought out, built, and nurtured partnerships with a number of agencies that serve the community in different ways. From housing referrals to syringe-exchange services, from food donations to legal assistance, Tracy has built a strong network of resources to assist the people most in need. This led to the creation of the Elizabeth Foundation, an organization whose mission is to support and empower these outreach efforts. The Elizabeth Foundation was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 2018, and has continued to build the networks and infrastructure to support the work. The Elizabeth Foundation’s board now consists of social workers, people in recovery, committed community members, politicians, and activists. The Board is made up of people who are committed towards helping the Elizabeth Foundation serve as many people as possible.

At the core of the Elizabeth Foundation’s mission is the inherent worth and dignity of every human being. Regardless of the circumstances of their life, regardless of the mistakes they may have made, or the misfortunes that may have befallen them, we don’t judge. If someone is ready to take a step towards a better life, we will help. If they’re not ready yet, then we will do what we can. We will keep them fed, clothed, and healthy. We will remind them that they are human beings, and we will be there for them when it’s time to try and turn things around.

About - The Elizabeth Foundation
About - The Elizabeth Foundation

IN THE NEWS

The Elizabeth Foundation was recently featured on CBS 46 Atlanta as they discussed “The Hill,” Atlanta’s largest homeless camp.