Box 3, Folder 13, Document 63

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‘\ Economic Opportunity Atlanta, Inc.

O F A\ - 101 Marietta Street Bldg. « Atlanta, Georgia 30303 e« Telephone 688-1012
T. M. Parham ,

Executive Administrato:

il “Rs you tree hese programs have in the past four ye

: November 8, 1968

Mr. Boisfeuillet Jones

EOA Board of Directors

210 Peachtree Center Building
230 Peachtree Street, N.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Dear Mr. Jones:

Attacucd is a sheet from the weekly Economic
Report for this week notingethat Mr. David Rockefeller is
urging business to icbbye"for social programs


this week, it world seem ee ene that those members
business se ols who believe that
have had positive effects should w begin an effo#t to stress
the desirability of their continflance. Such an fort would
not have to be a blanket endorgement of all curfent activities
but weéuld emphasize the main Ahrust of creatin§g opportunity and
rendering unnecessary obstac¥es to social and-fuman growth.


brought thirty million dollars in federal grauts to the At
community. Our social problems have not been eliminated but
Many needed programs, too costly for local resources, have been
made possible:

-.--5300 job placements have been made during

the past twelve months through EOA Centers...

330 Neighborhood Youth Corps slots were avail-

able for school dropouts...80,000 hours of

Mr. Boisfeuillet Jones ; November 8, 1968

part-time work were available for youngsters
in the summer program...1100 boys have been re-
cruited this year for Job Corps enrollment...
1048 persons were enrolled in ACEP training
programs...EOA staff positions provided
for residents of target neighborhoods.
-..-OEO-EOA |funds supported twelve day care
centers praviding two-thirds of all available-
"public" day care slots available in the
community (800 of approximately 1200)...EOA
Neighborhood Centers helped develop five youth
centers in neighborhoods with sparse recreational
facilities...a number of low income youngsters
have been given otherwise unattainable educational
opportunity through thé Upward Bound Program...
2300 children received the benefits of Summer
Head Start Programs.

..-OEO-EOA supvorted legal services have success-
fully challenged antiquated welfare regulations
and given a new degree of equity’ to the poor in
their dealings with those who exploit their
ignorance..:the Comprehensive Health Center will
provide a badly needed experiment in delivery of
preventive njedical services to 28,000 residents
of an inner-city slum...the Employment Evaluation
Center, now joperated by Georgia Vocational Re-
habilitation Agency and a valuable part of the
LEY Ss employability effort, got its start with
a two million dollar grant from OZO...Planned
parenthood is serving 7500 women in nine centers
with a large share of the funds from EOA...
Senior Citizens Service, largely through EOA
support, provides counselling, recreation, train-
ing, and transportation to 2500 aged participants
monthly...forty senior citizens work in the Foster

Mr. Boisfeuille:t


November 3,


---Aides in fourteen Neighborhood Service j
. Ss 96 persons curing the
™m 5,763 new requests
were received for social service assistance...
total atcentence ait more than 2000 community
meetings during the vast twelve months was
124,250 and) provided a badly needed means of
expression and communication for the poor...
countless acts of kindness have helped relieve
immediate distress. é
aN ‘

Of course, no one argués fhat these programs have been ver
fected. Much has been learned, but we are still graopling daily
with such tough questions as developing leadership among the
poor, moving groups toward constructive activities, motivating
the hard core unemploved, stretching limited dollars and using

eft ivel te Regardless of criticisms, the fact
ny raked g é and intangible, have been achieved
that have made this community a better olace to live. It is
goins back to a time when such programs were
x t if federal funding is severely diminished
the programs will be impossible toc During these
years when thirty million dollars in onev has been
wavailable, only appronjimately five hundred ousand dollars
been allocated by city] and county governments.

I: hope that Atlantta business end political leadership
will express themselves strongly to the new national adminis-
tration on the value of these efforts to continued community

nd da | a

growth a

Mr. Bi ey
Mr. Albert
Me, Curtis


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