2017 Harvest for Hope Gala



Many thanks to everyone who supported the


Preliminary results indicate that we raised a net profit of $72,902.38, an increase of 80% over the 2016 Gala. Proceeds will be utilized to add life coaching, new educational classes and a richer job assistance curriculum to the Center’s existing programs. “We all have the privileged opportunity to provide the first step towards hope and to be a catalyst for long-term change,” explains Cathy Berggren, Executive Director of the Real Life Center. “Our new programs will allow our families to learn new skills, build confidence and feel empowered.” Part of the proceeds also will be utilized to enhance and refine operational processes so the Center can serve more families in 2018.




A special thank you goes out to Dr. Dwight “Ike” Reighard, CEO and President of MUST ministries for delivering an empowering keynote address.  We also appreciate Stephen Walker who served as our Emcee extraordinaire.

We are grateful to our Sponsors, Auction Donors, and Volunteers for your commitment to our mission.  Click here for photo gallery.


We honor our Diamond and Platinum Sponsors


Click here to read unique stories about our Platinum Sponsors.

Click here to read unique stories about our Diamond Sponsors.




We are grateful to our Gold, Silver, and Bronze Sponsors




Thank you to our Auction Donors




About Real Life Center


Our Mission

Our mission is to walk with those who are hurting in Fayette and Coweta counties in Georgia by providing a safe environment, sharing the love of Christ, and promoting long-term change.

This mission is accomplished through an innovative process of holistic care. This strategy includes caring for each person physically, emotionally, relationally, financially, mentally, and spiritually.

Our programs: food, clothing, assessment counseling, financial assistance, financial counseling and budgeting, educational classes, career assistance, extensive network and referral, fresh fruit and vegetables from our orchard.

Click here to read a family story.


2016 Highlights

  • Assisted 4,107 families or 12,670 individuals
  • Distributed over 487,600 pounds of food
  • Distributed 23,564 pounds of fresh produce from our Real Life Orchard and Garden
  • Served 1,996 families at our Mobile Food Pantry
  • 94.4% of the families we reached achieved stability at the end of their first 3 months
  • 63.9% of the families we reached achieved more than 50% of their 1-year goal
  • Out of 110 families who received 25+ services in 2016, 53% of them took at least 1 class
  • Volunteers gave 20,574 hours
  • Our Real Life Stores in Fayetteville and Tyrone generated $104,624 of net income

Change One Life … Change A Generation!


Real Life Center, an Auxiliary Ministry of Dogwood Church