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site, which is set in the woods about 100 yards off Noonday Church Road, about five miles northwest of the Square.
A shelter for safety
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Bowman said Cobb County police seldom get calls to the homeless camp. Georgia Power operates a large batch of transmission lines in the area and owns five parcels of land around the woods, according to the Cobb County Tax Assessor office.
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partners with United Way PATH outreach program to get people out of the woods and back on their feet.
Safety is a basic need, and alleviating that worry is one of the first things the shelter provides, Henderson said.
There are three other empty lots owned by Noonday Baptist Church and two other private companies that are surrounded by residential neighborhoods.
The woman was 52 year old Wanda Kight, who was staying at the camp site a half mile from where she was first spotted.
Officer Mike Bowman said Cobb County police arrested Melvin Hood, 53, in the attack on Kight and Raymond Matthews, 49.
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Martin was born in Louisiana, where she was abused and locked in a room with five siblings until she was 7 years old, when Child Protective Services took them from her mother custody.
One homeless mother, Ladawn Martin, has been sleeping on the streets of Marietta with her four children, ranging in age from 2 to 8 years old.
Kight and Matthews, who was severely burned, were both transported to Grady Hospital in Atlanta early Wednesday morning. Hood was charged with two counts of aggravated battery.
As opposed to a more urban environment, where the homeless population is visible, a suburban environment you have people that are out of sight, Henderson said.
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Henderson said he anticipated a high level of anxiety at the shelter following the fire, but throughout the day the people at Elizabeth Huarache All Black Womens Inn were calm. to wait for dinner service.
A man was arrested Wednesday morning and accused of starting a fire in a tent community of homeless people in west Cobb that injured two people, one seriously.
ages and races in Cobb County include families, including single women with children.
The average stay for a person at the shelter at 55 Elizabeth Church Road is six weeks. The Loaves and Fishes Kitchen on Elizabeth Inn campus serves almost 80,000 meals a year. Wednesday morning.
Henderson said any organization that serves the homeless in a suburban county like Cobb has to make itself plainly visible to those seeking help.
is different than it looked years ago, Cagle said. is a cross section of our population.
MUST Ministries, a faith based, nonprofit charity that serves people struggling in poverty, operates an emergency shelter called Elizabeth Inn just 2.5 miles from the homeless encampment.
In the past year, MUST Ministries has placed six people into housing, provided shelter for 12 people at the Elizabeth Inn and helped four others overcome specific situations to live independently again.
There is no such thing as a typical homeless person, Cagle said. Some have mental illnesses or physical disabilities, but more than half of the adults that stay at the Elizabeth Inn have some college education.
Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services also responded to a call to assist patients and extinguish the fire. Bowman said as soon as officers arrived in the area, most of the people in the encampment had fled.
After meeting their immediate needs, Henderson said Elizabeth Inn gives a homeless person a consistent environment in which to develop community living skills, such as dealing with a medical condition or reconnecting with estranged family members.
Arson investigators were at the scene Wednesday to determine if an accelerant was used to ignite the blaze.
want to make sure you are sleeping and living in a safe environment, Henderson said.
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