Welcome to St. James and The Connector!

Welcome to your St. James UMC online community! We hope you will be able to get better connected by using our group communication tools. For instance, you can look for groups and ministries that may be of interest to you and then join one or ask for more information. Find out more by signing up or login.

The Bigger Vision

Renovate. Renew. Restore.

The Bigger VisionWe’re not only renovating our new home at The Bigger Vision, we’re renewing and restoring the lives of those affected by homelessness. The Bigger Vision treats guests of the shelter as if they were our own family. We invite guests into our home, offer a warm meal, and listen with a sympathetic ear. We treat guests with the respect and dignity that we would extend to any other human being, and we offer help to anyone seeking to make a positive change.

We’re Making a BIGGER Difference!

This past year, there were over 400 individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Athens-Clarke County on any given night. Despite the efforts of many organizations, over 200 families were left without a bed during the night. This is a significant number of people who lack shelter space, which is where Bigger Vision fits in. Established in 1998 as a response to the needs of the homeless in Athens, The Bigger Vision dedicates its services to sheltering those individuals who lack permanent housing. Our mission is to provide the individual who is temporarily homeless a warm, dry place to sleep each night on a first-come, first-served basis.

WE HAVE BIG NEWS! The Bigger Vision has purchased a new facility to serve as our permanent home. After moving from 5 different locations since 1998, we will now be located just on the outskirts of downtown. This new facility will allow us to accommodate 35 guests each night, which is double our previous capacity. In the future, this building also has enough space to fulfill our “Bigger Vision” of providing case management, life skills training, job training, a food/clothing pantry, and more! 

Want to Help Us Out or Learn More? Contact Us At: BiggerVisionofAthens.org 706-340-6062

HELP US MAKE A BIGGER DIFFERENCE!

Our goal of renovating and paying for our permanent home is a huge step in fulfilling our mission, but we cannot get there without the help of our friends. You can help out! We need:

  • SHELTER VOLUNTEERS
    • to do evening visits,
    • provide warm meals,  &
    • overnight supervision.
  •  DONORS who are willing to make a DIRECT impact on homelessness in Athens by pledging support to The Bigger Vision.
  • PRAYER for the homeless individuals we assist.

FAST FACTS

  • Formed in 1998 to shelter the homeless
  • 5 different locations in 12 years
  • Over 6,000 meals donated annually
  • Over 4,300 volunteer hours per year offered
  • Over 2,500 bed nights provided annually
  • Purchased new facility in 2010 
  • 100% of funding from local community

Ready to Donate Now?

Checks may be made payable to:

The Bigger Vision of Athens
 P.O. Box 8022
 Athens, GA 30603

Or donate on our website using PayPal: BiggerVisionofAthens.org
 *All donations are tax deductible