The Story of
Sister DeBorah & REDEEMED Projects
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August of 1993, REDEEMED Community Outreach was incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. Its founder is Sister DeBorah Williams. She knew that five factors had to be put in place for the REDEEMED projects to make an impact in the community. These five factors include the following: providing Outreach, Resources, Education, Economic Development, Employment, Empowerment, and Mentorship programs.
Thus, the name R.E.D.E.E.M. Projects was born.
REDEEMED is a grassroots, faith-based nonprofit. We are committed to improving environmental health and providing safety, food, housing, and job training to the community. This endeavor began by developing co-operative gardens, a farmer’s market, and fruit orchards right where we live. They have been built inside adopted parks and on abandoned lots to replace drug infested and abandoned properties. The outreach introduces agribusiness and entrepreneurship to residents to HELP create generational wealth to sustain their own lives!
Evangelist Sister DeBorah Williams,
Founder of REDEEMED Projects
The Mother Clyde Memorial West End Garden was birthed from REDEEM Outreach projects. Several projects were targeted for three populations: housing the Homeless, job training for the Unemployed, feeding the Hungry in low-income families. Master Gardener Sister DeBorah teaches these-populations agriculture, agri-business, urban farming and life skills. Since then, REDEEMED Projects has formed four additional annual projects:
• West End Neighborhood Association (W.E.N.A.)
• West End Farmers Market ATL
• Park Pride Adopted Parks (fruit orchard and garden)
• National night out fight against crime Zone 4 Block Party
The 30 years of services that REDEEMED has provided for the West End Community and have culminated in numerous awards and accolades including:
• National Night Out 2010 All-Star Award
• Atlanta Community Tool Bank Inaugural Legacy Builder
• City of Atlanta Chief’s Award for Zone 4 2012
• Zone 4 Neighborhood Watch Award 2012
• Cox Conserves Heroes Award 2012
• Mayor Reid City of Atlanta Phoenix award 2013
• Councilmember Winslow Community Service Award 2019
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The Benefits of a Community Garden
Provides fresh, affordable produce
Provides fresh, affordable produce
Builds a sense of community
Not only does the food go into feeding people, but the work of cultivating brings the whole neighborhood together.
Gets people active & improves physical health
Gardening, farming, it's hard work! A great way to stay active!
Educates about gardening, nature & cooking
What do we do with all this food? We eat it! And teach cooking coures.
Article from United Way Of Metropolitan Atlanta
"West End resident helps bring together people and resources to improve neighborhood
If you could bottle success, it would easier to repeat that success elsewhere. DeBorah Williams is doing just that with, of all things, bottled homegrown peppers.
When Williams, a minister who works with shut-ins and prison inmates, first moved into her West End neighborhood eight years ago, the area was as dangerous as any in Atlanta. “I used to watch the drug dealers gather at the vacant lot on the corner. People were afraid to leave their houses.” She started with the idea of getting seniors to make a community garden on the land there. The group got permission to use the land and started a flower garden, but Williams felt that youth needed to be involved, too. “I thought ‘Oh no, we’re not going to breed any more drug dealers here!’ But there had to be something to draw them in. We had to find some money to pay them to work the garden during the summer.”
Catholic Social Services, operating a United Way-supported Grassroots Organizing program for neighborhood development, offered a $4,000 grant to pay stipends to three teens to work the garden. It was also decided to grow vegetables that the seniors could keep as a reward for their effort. Five years later, with the help of other grants, The West End Community Garden Club now employs six local youths helping the seniors. A bond has been created between young and old that would not have happened otherwise.
But that’s not the end of this story. Two years ago Williams had the vision of bottling peppers in vinegar and selling the product in area restaurants and stores. With the help of the agriculture department at Georgia State University, the vision was realized and the “Atlanta’s Own Hot Urban Success” brand started showing up on the tables of local eateries. Not satisfied with this, Williams has been working with 12 other community gardens around Atlanta to replicate the intergenerational concept. She is hot on the trail of a block grant to buy a small piece of property and open a curb market where “Atlanta’s own, community has grown” produce could be sold and the proceeds used to create more jobs and to fund local projects for participant gardens.
“This is an incubator for others to go by,” Williams says. “Employ youth, get the neighbors to know one another, reduce crime. Because every corner where you put a garden only lets people know that somebody cares, somebody’s watching. This is big!”
Amazing what a little “seed money” can do.
United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta has a plan that addresses the root causes of crime, breaks the cycle of violence and helps make sure basic needs are met. Involving citizens — adults and youngsters — in their community is one of the strategies that is helping this plan make a significant impact neighborhoods in Metro Atlanta."