Kids Home Initiative Art Project

01-18-2018 · Kids Home Initiative · Cole Society


When Jeffrey Janus joined the Cole Society, he was seeking ways he could give back to his community. The Roswell resident had seen the flyer requesting donations of art for the Kids Home Initiative, and he was intrigued. Kids Home Initiative is a program of United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Regional Commission on Homelessness. It is a comprehensive solution to help families avoid or escape homelessness, regain secure and successful futures, and keep their children in school.

The Art for Kids Project aims to collect 1,000 pieces of art for formerly homeless children and their families that are moving into permanent housing. The hope is to help brighten the homes of kids and their families with art.

United Way helps link housing assistance, public school system resources and case management services to provide integrated support for the whole family to help children at risk of being homeless regain security and stay in school. To date, the Kids Home Initiative has assisted a total of 101 families find stable housing and 378 children stay in school and remain on track for graduation.

Janus is taking art classes at Spruill Arts Center in Roswell and coordinated a drive from fellow art students to collect approximately 50 pieces of art. He reported that he is “thrilled to be able to support kids and families and enrich their lives with art.”

If you would like to donate art to the Art for Kids Project, please contact Amy Barrow at abarrow@unitedwayatlanta.org.