Jarrell Hosts Supply Drive for Local Nonprofit at 4th Annual Kentucky Derby Party

(Atlanta, GA) – Jarrell, an Atlanta-based software firm, hosted a supply drive last month for one of the city’s most respected nonprofits, Gateway Center, whose mission is to “end homelessness, and particularly chronic homelessness, by providing the support and framework people need to achieve self-sufficiency. Through therapeutic programs and services, Gateway helps homeless individuals in metro Atlanta move into transitional and permanent housing.”

As part of their 4th Annual Kentucky Derby Party, Jarrell decided to tack on an event that would ask their 120+ partygoers to do something for their community: give. Every year Jarrell hosts friends, staff and clients to attend a party where mint juleps are the drink of choice and traditional Kentucky hot browns are on the menu; red roses decorate the tables and wide brimmed hats are on the top of nearly every female guest.

“While we have a lot of fun at our party, we decided that with a group this size, we could also do something good for our community”, says Jarrell CEO Mike Jarrell. “So we asked our guests to bring hygiene items to help clients of Gateway Center during the upcoming summer months.”

With 120 guests expected, the hope was for a couple hundred items. At the end of the party, the Jarrell team counted 1,259 individual items. “I’ve never been prouder of my circle of friends and colleagues” said Jarrell. Guests packed boxes full of soap, shampoo, razors, sunscreen, backpacks, washcloths, chapstick and bug spray.

Gateway Center was a client of Jarrell’s back in the fall of 2016 and after seeing the incredible mission and opportunities created for the city’s chronically homeless population, Jarrell decided they needed to incorporate the nonprofit into their party. Becky Aguiar, Director of Account Services said “We decided to support Gateway Center after seeing the pure mission of such dedicated staff. We heard stories of people whose lives were literally changed from living on the streets all because of the services offered at Gateway.”

Jarrell looks forward to next May when they, and their guests, can continue making a difference in a city that they hold so dear to their hearts.

For more information on Gateway Center, please visit www.gatewayctr.org.