"Life takes us to unexpected places...love brings us HOME"
How do you begin to pick up the pieces after a great loss? Suddenly and tragically Saturday evening Walter Jackson, Vice President of our Flagship HOPE Inside at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, left this earth in body, but today was evidence that he remains with us in spirit.
Healing began today, a homecoming of sorts, what a beautiful thing to behold as current HOPE Atlanta team members, former employees, partners, past and present fellows and interns convened and communed at 101 "Jackson" Street, to pay tribute, to share stories, to reminisce and remember a great and humble servant leader. Laughter is good for the soul and powerful medicine, as we sat around and talked about old times, tears of sorrow became tears of joy. Memories that now will become legacy, today we started the process of moving forward.
Walter Jackson's service, his passion, his impact will be remembered. Today was evidence of how he touched each and every one of us deeply. Our team is ready to continue his commitment to the community - to create a space where all are able to be inspired, learn with dignity, and leave empowered.
Walter lives on within all of us...he will be terribly missed. Deceased...yes - but not DECREASED - we will make you proud sir. Rest well my dear brother, colleague and friend.
James Bailey, CEO, Operation HOPE, Atlanta