Thank you for your support in 2012!

We had a tremendous success in our inaugural Golf Classic back in October.  We thank each and every one of you who sponsored, volunteered, and participated in the event benefitting our cause as well as those who have volunteered and sponsored our Saturday morning feedings.  We hope to have more Saturday morning feeding opportunities in 2013.  Thank you all so much, and happy new year!

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2012 Spring Cookout was a Success!

The Feeding the Homeless Project April 26 held its Cookout and Corporate Sponsorship Luncheon.

View the Atlanta Business Chronicle Article

View the event slideshow here

The 2nd annual event took place at at 64 Perimeter Center East, owned by Rubenstein Properties, and included principals from some of the biggest names in Atlanta commercial real estate including Colliers International; The Brookdale Group, Transwestern Realty, CBRE, Habif Arogetti & Wynne, Cushman & Wakefield, Cresa Partners, Lee & Associates and Grubb & Ellis.

Feeding the Homeless Project Inc. is a nonprofit formed to address the plight of the homeless on the streets of Atlanta, bringing attention to problem and providing volunteers to battle it.

Fred Henritze of The Brookdale Group was recognized for his support of the charity as well as such firms as Habif Arogetti & Wynne, Wells Fargo and Moore Ingram Johnson and Steele for being instrumental in putting together the event, which honors the work done to help the homeless over the past year.  Transwestern Realty and Colliers International were also honored.

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2nd Annual Spring Cookout Luncheon & Corporate Sponsorship Drive

Hope you can join us for our 2nd Annual Spring Cookout Luncheon / Corporate Sponsorship Drive from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on April 26 2012 in the front courtyard of 64 Perimeter Center E. Last year, Ackerman Co., Cushman & Wakefield, Grubb & Ellis, Collier International, Cassidy Turley, Lee & Associates, CRESA Partners, PM Realty, RCG Ventures, Transwestern, Lions Share Financial and many others attended our event and supported Feeding the Homeless Project, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization.

Hope you can join us this year for brat’s & burgers & see how your organization can get involved in a rewarding community service project!

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Feedback from Lisa Dunavin, Cushman & Wakefield

I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the opportunity to be of service on Saturday.  My entire team and I were overwhelmed with a sense of heart-felt appreciation at being able to help those who are most in need in our community, and consequently, we were rewarded immeasurably by it.  As you already know, there but for the grace of God, goes you or I.   FTHP, Inc.’s work over these many years is truly an inspiration to us all.  Thank you for all that you do.   

My Best,

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Comments by Mike Mcmillen, RCG Ventures

In the Real Estate world, we are sometimes sheltered from the hardships that exist in places we do not visit on a daily basis.  However, seeing the sincere appreciation and gratitude from those we are helping has shown our Company how “little” things can make a “big” difference to others.   Furthermore, after volunteering, I think everyone involved has realized that even though we all have tough and challenging days, it is nothing compared to what those living on the street deal with on a daily basis.

Mike Mcmillen
RCG Ventures

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Comments by Chip Roach, PM Realty Group

What a truly great experience! Not only did we have participation by our employees but their families  came as well! It was a great sight to see everyone working together to help their less fortunate brothers and sisters. The line to the food did not disappear for a hour and a half and they were all respectful and orderly. The comment I heard from our group is how can we get more involved. Thanks for allowing us to be a part of your graciousness!!
Charles (Chip) S. Roach, Jr., CCIM | Senior Vice President
PMRG | PM Realty Group

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Giving back to the community

Monday, September 19, 2011, 3:00pm EDT – Atlanta Business Chronicle by Brett Hunsaker

Myself and 15 others from my firm were given the opportunity to volunteer and serve 225+ homeless Atlantans breakfast through the “Feeding the Homeless Project.” This group goes out to the Atlanta community twice per month to prepare and serve grits, sausage, biscuits and gravy, and eggs with fresh coffee and juice to various areas in need. The “Feeding The Homeless Project” is lead by several commercial real estate brokers: Hugh Pafford with Colliers International started this group years ago, along with his team: Kevin Hermetz with Ackerman & Co., Tim Farley at Carter, and John DeCoute from Lee & Associates provide this service in downtown Atlanta every week! We all have bad days, tough times with our jobs, the economy, family issues, etc, but if you take the time to give back and help those less fortunate, it will give you a great perspective on your life. And as for Hugh, John, Kevin and Tim, thanks for letting me do some good – I was the real winner! Brett Hunsaker is executive managing director of Grubb & Ellis Co.

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Group feeds Atlanta’s homeless, serves over 225

Monday, September 19, 2011, 3:00pm EDT By Devika Rao

Engaged in a five-year effort to feed the homeless living on the edge in the inner city of Atlanta, Feeding The Homeless Project is carried on by volunteers with only one purpose — to feed hungry people on Atlanta’s streets.Last Saturday, at an early 6:45 a.m., 15 volunteers gathered on the corner of Pryor and Mitchell Street and set up a mobile kitchen to feed the homeless of Atlanta. Upon arrival, the parking lot had at least 10 people, and the line quickly grew to 200 people who awaited a fresh meal. “We come out twice a month to areas in the city where there are people in need and serve them a hot breakfast,” said organizer Hugh Pafford. “Even if it’s only for an hour, these men and women are treated with dignity, respect and they get a chance to feel normal.”Volunteers prepared and served grits, sausage, biscuits and gravy, and eggs with fresh coffee and juice to over 225 people—a record breaking number since the effort started in 2006.  Along with various locations in downtown Atlanta, the mobile kitchen has fed people in The Bluff, Jefferson Station and more.Whether it is time, food donations, or financial support, the opportunity to volunteer is always available. Moreso, the effort’s goal is to expand its mission by adding two additional grills so the group can serve more than one area on a Saturday morning. “We want to reach out to more areas and ultimately involve more volunteers to give back in this simple way,” said Board of Directors member Tim Farley, whose cheese grits have become all the rage on the street. “We aren’t trying to solve the hunger problem, but we just want bring some warmth and comfort to people who need it most.”To volunteer with Feeding The Homeless Project, e-mail Tim Farley at

In other news: RA Sushi of Atlanta raised $9,800 toward the chain’s seventh annual “Nicky’s Week” that was held between May 29- June 24 for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Atlanta’s total added to the total of $218,825 raised for the hospital that pioneers in research for pediatric cancer and other catastrophic diseases.

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A Worthy Cause to Feed

ATLANTA, G.A.  – May 26, 2011 – A group of Atlanta’s commercial real estate professionals and other volunteers have worked quietly, efficiently and effectively over the last five years feeding a worthy cause. Feeding The Homeless Project, Inc (FTHP) is a 501c3 non-profit organization seeking to address the plight of homeless men and women on the streets of Atlanta. This non-denominational, faith-based effort brings awareness of the homeless problem in the city and provides volunteers with the opportunity to become directly involved in the cause. Using a mobile trailer equipped with a commercial grill and burners, FTHP volunteers have been serving up a hot breakfast to Atlanta’s homeless men and women early on Saturday mornings for several years.

FTHP started small as a vision of Hugh Pafford of Colliers International. Charged with the notion of helping those less fortunate, Pafford began by bringing awareness of Atlanta’s homeless population to his friends and colleagues. Working with a group of volunteers and a mobile trailer, Pafford watched his desire to help feed the hungry come alive. Over the years competitors and colleagues from across the real estate industry have joined together working alongside Pafford in this effort to serve those less fortunate in the community with these mobile meals. Pafford’s efforts have transitioned into an inspiring initiative, and in an effort to achieve greater sustainability a Board of Directors for FTHP was formed. John DeCouto, Tim Farley, Hank Hall, Kay Hocutt and Kevin Hermetz have shown consistent support to the organization over the years and will now join Matthew Howard and Hugh Pafford on the board.

The board has breathed new life into Pafford’s vision helping the organization obtain 501c3 status allowing them to be able to accept charitable donations. Donations are used to prepare and deliver hot meals and other essentials. Hygiene kits are often distributed along with coats, hats and gloves in colder months. While the food is being prepared, volunteers serve coffee and have conversations with the men and women as they arrive.

Today, a barbecue will be hosted in the parking lot of 66 Perimeter Center East. David Canady of Rubenstein Partners, along with the new Board of Directors of FTHP, will host the kick off event to offer opportunities to their commercial real estate colleagues to help support and expand the effort. The board hopes to increase the number of street feedings that will happen annually by encouraging companies to sponsor one weekend a year. By broadening the base of volunteers supporting their charitable efforts, new groups can form, more trailers can be purchased, and other efforts can mobilize throughout the city wherever a need is recognized.

Over the years it has become evident to the members of the board that the growing need of the homeless is obvious, but a channel for volunteers to direct their efforts is also needed. Many have already been inspired by the organization and found a focus for their desire to serve others. The board hopes to continue delivering this spark through their message.


Kay Hocutt:

About Feeding The Homeless Project, Inc

Feeding The Homeless Project, Inc. (FTHP) is a non-denominational, faith-based effort, seeking to address the plight of the homeless men and women on the streets of Atlanta. The organization serves a dual purpose of bringing attention to this ongoing and growing problem and providing volunteers with the opportunity to become directly involved in the cause. As a 501c3 non-profit organization, FTHP is able to accept charitable donations used to prepare and deliver hot meals and other essentials such as clothes, shoes, hats, gloves and toiletries to men and women directly on the streets of Atlanta. Volunteers bring these mobile meals and emotional support wherever the need is greatest.

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