Atlanta charity to benefit from “Idol Gives Back”

Safehouse in Atlanta will receive some funds from this week’s American Idol telethon:

Safehouse founder Philip Bray said a producer at “Idol” knew Dr. Gerald Durley, former president of Morehouse College. Durley recommended “Idol” support SafeHouse. On April 9, producers flew into Atlanta to film footage about SafeHouse, which received about 30 seconds of airplay Tuesday night.

“The main thing was exposing them to the good works and people making a difference in Atlanta,” said Bray, who founded the charity 25 years ago. It now raises $2 million and several million more in volunteer and in-kind services. The organization, he says, draws thousands of volunteers a year and served 187,000 meals last year. Based in downtown Atlanta near the Ritz Carlton Hotel, he says SafeHouse does both preventative and intervention-type outreach featuring mentoring and parenting classes. With more poor people leaving the in-town core (due to rising real estate prices and torn-down public housing), the organization opened a satellite office in DeKalb County a few years ago.

Bray has no clue how much money he’ll ulimately (sic) receive.