About us

We are combating cruelty and delinquency in youth of present day America.

Our name was derived from the following biblical scriptures:

Luke 8:2
And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils (KJV)

When Mary Magdalene came before Jesus she was healed and changed. When our youth come to us, we want to do whatever we can to mend their broken spirits and show them that God loves them.

 Ezekiel 46:9
But when the people of the land shall come before the LORD in the solemn feasts, he that entereth in by the way of the north gate to worship shall go out by the way of the south gate; and he that entereth by the way of the south gate shall go forth by the way of the north gate: he shall not return by the way of the gate whereby he came in, but shall go forth over against it. (KJV)

When youth come into our shelter, they will come in with various problems. However, the way that they enter will be different from the way they exit.

Magdalene’s Gate is a faith based 501(c)(3) non profit that will provide temporary shelter for youth between the ages of 7-17. Though we are a faith based organization, we will accept any youth regardless of their religion or race. The youth that will reside in our shelter will include at-risk, homeless and/ or runaway youth. Once these children are in our care we will provide educational, therapeutic, and family counseling services to help them with dealing with the past and present trauma in their lives. We are currently raising funds for a location to shelter our youth.

Our Mission

Our mission is to enrich and enhance the lives of runaway, homeless and at-risk youth between the ages of 7-17 in the Gwinnett County area by providing immediate assistance and referral services through partnerships with community organizations

Our Vision:

Magdalene’s Gate will be the leading place of refuge for homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth between the ages of 7-17 in the Atlanta Metropolitan area. Our name will be a known resource to youth since we will be providing temporary housing and assistance to restore their lives.

By committing to help this future generation we are: 

  • Helping to eliminate underage prostitution
  • Reducing the risks of underage drinking in their lives
  • Reversing the upwards trend of sexually transmitted diseases among teenagers
  • Promoting abstinence through responsible sexual education
  • Combating abuse in the lives of the youth
  • Decreasing their chances of being incarcerated
  • Reducing suicide rates among these teenagers
  • Minimizing addictions to illegal drugs and other substances
  • Reducing their chances of being part of a gang
  • Increasing their self esteem by giving them a better self image of their lives
  • Encouraging them to become leaders amongst their peers by demonstrating strategic decision making abilities
  • Increasing hope and expectation for a better future
  • Promote tolerance of diverse cultures
  • Decreasing adolescent obesity through various physical programs

Our Goal:

Our goal is to be a temporary housing facility for youth in the state of Georgia with the ability to serve every county. We are in hopes to service at least 40-50 at-risk, homeless and/or runaway youth per month through our outreach services and community partnerships. The youth that we serve on a short term basis will have an increased knowledge of the available resources and paths they can take to improve their living situations.  


our board

Shawndra Merriweather - Executive Director
Kristine Jones- Kristine@magdalensgate.org 
Sharon Palmer- Sharon@magdalenesgate.org
Walter Gabriel- Gabriel@magdalenesgate.org

Get in touch

Magdalene’s Gate would love to hear from you. Please contact us with your feedback, comments, suggestions, and/or questions.



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P.O. Box 490094, Lawrenceville, GA 30049
(678) 600-5027