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Our Mission

To reach out to those in Atlanta who are looking for a second chance at life through training and employment opportunities.

About Us

Gathering Industries is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that strives to assist those looking for a second chance in Atlanta by helping them help themselves through training and management skills programs. Gathering Industries educates individuals in the culinary field to help them find sustainable employment and the possibility of a brighter future. In collaboration with a host of Atlanta restaurants and the Atlanta Mission, Gathering Industries works to give a hand up, not a handout.

We are a Christian-based organization that focuses on spreading the love of God and the compassion of others to those in need. While our vision is to deliver a second chance one job at a time, we view every interaction as an opportunity to inspire hope and encourage change in that person's life. Each member of our team works hard to convey the kindness of Christ and makes sure to help every individual feel welcomed and loved.

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More than 7,000 individuals experience homelessness in Atlanta on a given night.


More than 2,000 individuals are unsheltered in Atlanta on a given night.


70% of homeless people feel as though they are discriminated against for their housing status.


As many as 32% of adults in homeless families are employed, but unable to afford housing.


1,300 homeless individuals in Atlanta are homeless along with their families.


Having seen homelessness up close and personal, Gathering Industries understands the need for a helping hand. Unfortunately, today's society has ostracized the homeless and categorized them as worthless and lazy.


The truth, however, is that many of these individuals are hardworking citizens who have fallen on hard times or are facing homelessness due to job loss or the loss of a loved one. While we understand the reality of alcohol and drug use in the homeless community, we also know that good people get caught in bad situations. We realize that all people make mistakes and decisions they later regret and acknowledge the need for forgiveness and a second chance.

Meet Our Team


Alex O. Reethof

Executive Director, Founder


Chris Hardaway

Director of Operations and Chef

Meet Our Board of Directors


Kelly Romich

Kelly Romich is an attorney with AT&T in Atlanta, Georgia.


Alex O. Reethof

Alex Reethof, “ChefTainer," has worked in and around the Hotel and Restaurant industry since 1974.

Ed Lee

Ed Lee

Ed is the Principal at Ed Lee, LLC, specializing in hotel development, asset management services and leadership consultation.

At Gathering Industries, we offer:  “A second chance for those who seek it.”