With a deaf mother on dialysis, Pamela Webb spends her time smoking marijuana, participating in underage drinking, and once had a living from depositing fraudulent checks. After years of doing so, she now plans to make a change to do better things in her life to help her impoverished family. She now gives back to the community in return for a chance to feed her family.
Webb is one of the thousands of impoverished and homeless in Atlanta who seeks food from a local food bank, Fountain of Hope. With an overall goal to feed the needy and give them hope, they are providing food and other resources to over 15,000 families per month.
Those like Webb want to be able to find hope for a better future.
“It’s hard for a young African-American female like myself to find a job. It’s hard out here for a young lady like me. It’s hard, not easy. I have to get what I want because I have to work for what I want,” says Webb.
Starting in California, Fountain of Hope moved to Atlanta to distribute surplus amounts of food to non-profit agencies and churches in Atlanta. They also provide food and physical needs to the low-income households and homeless in the area. Allowing those who are in need to receive food without any story or identification. They do programs in the community such as boxes of hope, afterschool snacks for children, once a month church, and a thanksgiving turkey giveaway.
“The purpose was to be able to give a man a loaf of bread and tell him about God,” says Pastor Martin Potratz. “Everyone can come. All are welcome, the door is always opened. You can come and be blessed and encourage while being here.”
Webb was asked by Potratz in 2014 to join Fountain of Hope as a permanent volunteer. Every day she wakes up and goes to Fountain of Hope to help others in need. In return, she receives a box of food every Friday to help feed her mother, brother, and younger sister.
“I pray to god to help me, to guide me, to do certain things, and to go out and see the world for myself and travel over the United States and third world countries,” says Webb.
Webb thanks the Fountain of Hope for keeping her from illegal activities and homelessness. She plans to start college at Georgia State University or Albany State University to obtain a medical degree. Her dreams now ae to help others overcome their obstacles.