Join JCI Atlanta for another great speaker. This month, we are going to have James Barnett, the founder and the executive director of Cloth Your Neighbor as Yourself. He will share with us his amazing story of how he came about creating this organization and their current activities.
James Barnett was born in 1985 into a middle-class religious family who took him to church 2-3 times a week. But from an early age, he had concerns with the western church- one that found itself sitting comfortably in pews while people from all over the world sat uncomfortably in the margins. What's worse, he knew he was part of the problem. Knowing that the best critique of a bad thing is the practice of something better, at the age of twenty-four, he decided to sell everything he owned to live intentionally homeless. For the next two years he found himself living in cardboard boxes and eating out of dumpsters with those whom Jesus deems "the greatest" in God's Kingdom (Luke 9:4).
Though he wasn't looking to start a nonprofit, he created CYNY out of necessity when he saw that his homeless friends needed shoes and socks. When a pair of steel-toe boots helped his friend land a construction job and, consequently, housing, he realized the empowering qualities of clothing. Being that there were no nonprofit clothing models that gave 100% away, he decided to meet the need. Clothe Your Neighbor as Yourself was born.
All that James does as the Executive Director at CYNY is in response to an insanely loving God. The same God who flung from his fingertips the stars across the sky and then threw on skin to join us in the dirt. (Philippians 2:5-8)
Five years later, he now runs CYNY full-time from Atlanta, GA where he lives with his babe of a wife, Kristin, and wiener-dog, Paisley.
Guests: $10/Advance; $15/Door