Bigger Vision is a winter emergency shelter. We house 34 guests every night from mid-October to mid-April. When the shelter opens at 6:00 PM, our guests receive a hot homemade meal provided by volunteers in the community, access to showers and laundry machines on an alternating schedule, encouragement and relaxation through conversations and games with volunteers and other guests, a comfortable bed for the night, breakfast in the morning, and help connecting with other organizations in Athens that can help them get back on their feet.
To provide a safe and comfortable environment during the winter for those in homelessness in Athens, GA.
We envision an Athens, GA where every individual has a safe and comfortable place to stay each night.
In 1998, Ann Clark, in partnership with Saint James UMC organized, what was then called, The Community Overflow Shelter. On cold nights, Saint James' fellowship hall would house those who were unable to stay at The Salvation Army. The following year Barbara and Richard Andersen took over the operations, and, in 2007, The Bigger Vision of Athens was incorporated as its own 501(c)3 non-profit. The location changed 6 times over the years, but, in 2013, 95 North Avenue, Athens GA was donated to us as a permanent location to house our work in Athens.