Sue Wieland Embracing Possibility Award

In 2006, Sue Wieland and her husband John made a $1 million gift to The Atlanta Women’s Foundation. That generosity continues to be honored with the annual Sue Wieland Embracing Possibility Award. The award is a special grant of $20,000 given annually to one of our grantee partner organizations. The selected organization demonstrates outstanding ability to make significant change in the lives of women and girls through their ongoing work and by using an example of one individual that the organization sees as a shining example of their program.

"What you keep you lose and only what you give remains your own."


2021 Sue Wieland Embracing Possibility Award
Recipient Families First &
Shining Example Honoree Ebony Williams

For 130 years, Families First has been providing empowering solutions for Atlanta’s most vulnerable population. In 1890, Families First started as an orphanage on the Westside of the city on what is now the Spelman College campus. Today, they are committed to setting up youth for success by young adulthood by providing them with key services to overcome life’s challenges and reach their goals.

Families First recognizes the cycles of poverty are not broken by one program or service alone so they offer a combination of services and supports, build resilient families, and ensure foster and underserved youth are successful and independent by young adulthood. Through their collaborations with community partners, virtual services, and locations throughout the state of Georgia, Families First is able to impact youth and families by providing counseling services, health and wellness education for pregnant teens, early childhood education, life skills for youth in foster care, parenting classes, supportive housing, adoption facilitation and placement, and so much more.

Families First is a partner in AWF’s Promoting Women and Girls’ Mental Health & Wellbeing Project.

You can read more about Ebony Williams and how Families First played a critically important role in her life on the AWF blog.


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