Rebecca’s Tent in the Atlanta Jewish Times
Rebecca’s Tent Establishes David and Sue Benner Resettlement Fund
Rebecca’s Tent today announced the establishment of the David and Sue Benner Resettlement Fund, to honor the Benners’ outstanding work in supporting homeless women as they rebuild their lives. DONATE NOW
Rebecca’s Tent is a 32-year-old shelter for homeless women located at Congregation Shearith Israel in the Morningside area. Since 1983 Rebecca’s Tent has provided
emergency shelter, hot meals, job coaching and skills training to hundreds of homeless women during the winter months.
For more than two decades, both David and Sue were dedicated volunteers at Rebecca’s Tent and were long-time members of the organization’s board of directors. Last year, David served as the chair of the board, and oversaw the shelter’s finances, programming, and long-term plan. David passed away in May 2016. He was predeceased by Sue in 2014.
The David and Sue Benner Resettlement Fund will enable the Shelter to expand its mission to support formerly homeless shelter residents as they move into stable, more permanent housing. The Fund will provide money for transportation expenses, furniture,
and other vital relocation costs to former shelter residents.
David and Sue’s children — Veronica Rumble, Cindy Phillips and Franklin Benner — generously donated the seed money for the Fund, which will begin accepting tax-deductible donations immediately
Both David and Sue demonstrated a strong commitment to helping homeless women, and to the shelter’s role in providing a safe, supportive and welcoming haven for women in need.
This new fund will enable David and Sue’s work with the shelter to live on. DONATE NOW
Rebecca’s Tent has served nearly 1,000 women since 1983 helping them learn new life skills, find temporary and full-time employment and transition into more stable housing.
The Shelter serves 18-25 women each year and the Follow Up Program serves 8-12.
In the five year period from 2009-2014 Rebecca’s Tent had the following outcomes:
- 101 homeless women were served
- 50% of shelter residents were employed
- 37% transitioned to permanent housing
- 29% transitioned to more stable but temporary housing
- Emergency shelter was provided to homeless women for 643 nights
- More than 20,000 meals were served
- More than 1,000 weekly MARTA cards were provided to shelter residents