The Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition, in addition to other outreach services, operates the state’s only needle exchange.
In Georgia, that’s illegal.
That, coupled with the stigma of its mission, means the non-profit is struggling. It has just a few months worth of funding on hand, and workers fear they may have to close their doors at the end of the year.
This is part of a partnership between WABE and Creative Loafing looking at Atlanta's non-profit sector entitled "The Heavy Lift." Claude's story is part of a feature in that series on the Atlanta Harm Reduction Center's needle exchange program.
In this second installment of "The Heavy Lift", a partnership between WABE News and Creative Loafing, WABE’s Jim Burress profiles two non-profits: One’s mission is to provide tools to those in need. The other’s is to provide tools to those in need.
For the humanitarian relief agency CARE, people are its tools. More than 10,000 of them work all over the world on everything from disaster relief to global health crises to women’s empowerment to finding safe places for displaced refugees.
Creative Loafing has rolled out a series of articles looking at metro Atlanta’s non-profit community. The project -- titled “The Heavy Lift” -- is a collaboration between the weekly paper and WABE. We spoke to the two journalists behind the series: from Creative Loafing, News Editor Thomas Wheatley, and from WABE, reporter Jim Burress.