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Saint Lost & Found rents house for Atlanta LGBT homeless youth

Saint Lost & Found, an organization providing emergency shelter to homeless Atlanta LGBT youth, has rented a six-bedroom house in West End and hopes to move in six people seeking homes this week.

"In the state of Georgia, you can house six people in addition to the staff member, so we will be putting six kids in there. But we do have an extra bed," said Rick Westbrook, an organizer of the organization founded by Atlanta's chapter of Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

"We plan to have six permanent residents in there until we can help them get into their own apartment or another shelter," Westbrook said.

Westbrook, who was looking for beds to put in the house this afternoon, said the gas and electricity to the rental house were turned on today.

"We hope to have the kids moved in no later than Wednesday," Westbrook added.

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Emergency shelter sought for homeless LGBT teens

LGBT activists discuss youth homelessness at Rush Center

There are no hard numbers indicating how many homeless LGBT youth are sleeping on the streets of Atlanta, but something needs to be done immediately to provide 24-hour emergency shelter, according to a group of local activists.

At a town hall forum at the Phillip Rush Center on Nov. 2, Rick Westbrook, a member of the local chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, announced the Sisters have set up a 24-hour hotline for LGBT youth to call when they are seeking shelter.

A “Saint Lost and Found” fund has also been set up by the Sisters to raise funds to pay for rooms at a hotel where teens can get off the streets.

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Grassroots effort underway to find emergency shelter for Atlanta LGBT homeless youth

Community activist Rick Westbrook

The Atlanta chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence has set up a fund and help line to find emergency shelter for LGBT homeless youth in Atlanta who are not able to locate immediate housing through other resources, such as shelters and LGBT youth agencies.

The phone numbers, up and running now and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, are 678-8-LOST-25, or 678-856-7825. A Facebook page for the Saint Lost and Found fund has also been created and a website, is expected to be live later this week.

At a packed town hall forum Wednesday night at the Phillip Rush Center, gay activist Rick Westbrook, also known as Sister Rapture Divine Cox, announced he and other Sisters were forming the Saint Lost and Found fund to accept private donations to help LGBT homeless youth find a place to sleep and eat when other local resources are not immediately available. Westbrook also does community outreach for Positive Impact.

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Atlanta Braves Foundation awards grant for anti-bullying campaign

Atlanta Braves stadium Turner Field

The Atlanta Braves Foundation announced today $150,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations. The Braves Foundation, the charitable arm of the Major League Baseball team, will present the grants to representatives from each of the organizations at tonight's game, the penultimate of the 2011 season, against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Among the recipients is the Anti-Defamation League Southeast Region, which will use the funds in an ongoing anti-bullying campaign called “No Place for Hate,” according to a representative of the Braves.

The "No Place for Hate" campaign connects the Anti-Defamation League with local schools and provides tools and training necessary to combat youth bullying.

Several Braves players are also featured in an anti-bullying video currently being shown at Turner Field on game days.