The ACS Women's Giving Luncheon is going virtual this year!

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 12:00 PM

via Zoom


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Atlanta Children's Shelter
Women's Giving Luncheon

Women Making an Impact to End Family Homelessness


The Atlanta Children's Shelter will host its annual Women's Giving Luncheon on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 12:00 PM. The event will be held virtually this year considering the changing restrictions and state public health emergency order due to COVID-19. Guests can enjoy their lunch while making an impact through philanthropy. There is no cost to participate, and the event will be held via Zoom.

Guests will hear a keynote address, celebrate the Achievers Honorees, and hear a testimonial from our Legacy Honoree. The Achievers and Legacy Honorees are formerly homeless parents who have achieved self-sufficiency with the assistance of the Atlanta Children's Shelter programs.


The Atlanta Children's Shelter brings stability and independence to homeless families in Metro Atlanta that have young children from six weeks to six years old.  For more than 30 years, we have been providing loving quality childcare to homeless children and support services to their parents as they strive for self-sufficiency.  The Shelter provides homeless families with a licensed and accredited early childhood education program that includes nutrition and healthcare services on-site at no cost to families. We also provide counseling, mental health therapy, job skills training, job placement, and housing assistance to homeless parents through our accredited social services program, all on-site and at no cost to the families experiencing homelessness.


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Keynote Address

Sloane N. Drake

Senior Vice President of Human Resources Georgia Power and Southern Company

Sloane Drake is senior vice president of Human Resources for Georgia Power and Southern Company. She leads the HR East Region Organization, which includes talent management, diversity and inclusion, volunteer services, labor relations, health and well-being services, and HR delivery for Georgia Power; oversight of HR for Southern Company Gas; and talent acquisition, talent management and the development of diversity & inclusion strategies for Southern Company.

Drake joined Southern Company in 2001 as a participant in Georgia Power's Professional Development Program, and has held several positions in Southern Company's HR organization, including the dual role as assistant to the vice president of Human Resources and talent manager. In these roles, she supported strategic initiatives across all areas of human resources and led the development of solutions to enhance leadership and employee development, as well as diversity and inclusion. She also led the HR team responsible for HR delivery and staffing for Southern Company's two new nuclear units at Plant Vogtle, located outside of Augusta. Prior to her current position, Drake served as director of Human Resources at Southern Company, where she was responsible for providing HR consulting services for accounting, finance and treasury, marketing services, human resources, system air, general counsel, external affairs, internal auditing and information technology.

Drake graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in psychology. Active in her community, Drake serves on the board of directors for the Anti-Defamation League Southeast, Atlanta Children's Shelter, Technical College System of Georgia, Southeast Labor and Management Public Affairs Committee, and Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission. 


About the Honorees

The 2020 Women's Giving Luncheon will honor

Achievers Shaquira Campbell and Monique Hunter and

Legacy Honoree Ronika Ward.




Ronika Ward came to the Atlanta Children's Shelter in August of 2013 seeking childcare for her two daughters who at the time were 3 months and 2 years old.  Ms. Ward and her family had lost their housing due to lack of adequate income and Ms. Ward's recent separation from her husband. Having grown up in foster care due to her mother's drug addiction in Baltimore, MD, Ms. Ward moved to Atlanta in 2006 seeking a new life.  She obtained a cosmetology license and carved a niche for herself as Master Barber at a Multi-Cultural Salon in Midtown leading to an instructor opportunity at "The Paul Mitchell School" as well as with internationally renowned Wahl Clippers. Ronika has also been a featured model with Bronner Brothers Inc.  She transitioned into permanent housing, and with the help of the ACS Keys to Independence Program she found her own apartment.  Ronika published her life story, Something to Make a Bird Sing, and founded Our Sisters' Project.  Through Our Sisters' Project, Ronika shares her life lessons with other young women of similar circumstances utilizing "Sisterhood" to empower healthy self-esteem, self-awareness, and positive self-image.



Shaquira Campbell, originally from Brooklyn, NY moved to Atlanta after enduring hurricane Sandy. With the relief funds given to her by FEMA she relocated for a fresh start. In 2016 she connected with ACS after falling on hard times again. She had recently lost her housing with her then 4-year-old daughter and 1-month old son. She enrolled in a Child Development Associate program and obtained employment at Grant Park Cooperative Preschool where she currently remains employed. She is now on a mission to pick up where she left off so many years ago, acquiring her nursing degree specializing in midwifery with the full support of ACS.  She is a firm believer in the saying "it takes a village" and for the first time in her life she found that in the Atlanta Children's Shelter. She truly believes that she is thriving today because of ACS.


In 2016 Monique Hunter was a homeless single parent of two, pregnant and seeking employment and assistance after becoming unemployed. Unable to secure safe shelter, she spent 3 months living in her car with her family.  Ultimately Monique found her way to ACS and received high quality childcare for her children and entered the Hire Up Employment program.  In 2018, she was hired at WellStar as a Patient Advocate and moved into her own home.  She plans on starting school this summer at Atlanta Technical College to further her education in the nursing field.  Her favorite quote is "Live. Love. And Laugh", she says that is the best way to live life.  No matter what your situation is and no matter what you are going through you must live, love, and laugh.   



Rose Scott's Fireside Chat with

ACS Legacy Honoree




Rose Scott is an award-winning journalist and host of the midday news program "Closer Look" heard on Atlanta's NPR, station 90.1 FM - WABE. In her role as host, Rose has interviewed foreign heads of states, cabinet members, U.S. ambassadors, numerous consul generals, state and local elected officials as well as civic and social leaders. Rose leads the "Closer Look" team in presenting discussions centered on affordable housing, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, immigration and criminal justice reform. Closer Look has become a signature broadcast for the community and brings together viewpoints from all sectors of society.


Hosted By

Atlanta Children's Shelter
For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sandra Holiday, Executive Director

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