To preserve and enhance the downtown area as the heart of
East Point, communicating a sense of place, community pride and heritage, while providing for a successful business and
Business of the Month
Joshua’s Closet International
Though founded in 2008, Keiana Raven and her father, Antonio Raven, chose to locate Joshua’s Closet International in Downtown East Point in 2013 because they liked its convenient location by the MARTA train station. They also live in East Point, so the location was perfect.
Joshua's Closet International (JCI) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization founded by then teen mother, Keiana Raven, and her family. Created to meet the needs of current and expectant teen mothers, fathers and their families, they aim to provide them with simple necessities like diapers, strollers, baby clothes, strollers, car seats, cribs, toiletries, home safety supplies and maternity clothing. They also provide guidance that promotes a healthy and efficient lifestyle for the teen mother and her baby.
Although they do not condone teenage pregnancy, they do stand for life. JCI has evolved through several stages of development, but making sure they provided a continual positive impact in the area school systems, communities and into the lives of more than 100 teen parents and their families.
Another component of JCI offers life skills classes which focus on decision making, self-worth and promoting healthy relationships. Their curriculum also includes healthy eating, CPR training, financial literacy classes and job readiness.
Their goal is to reduce the high school drop-out rate and assist adolescent parents in becoming responsible parents, encouraging them to remain focused on their dreams and goals and pursue a college or technical school of their choice. JCI’s funding has come from private donors, and local businesses in the community.
1676 Thompson Avenue