Georgia Mjartan named as one of Southern Living’s Southerners of the Year
Little Rock, AR
When Georgia Mjartan was asked to take over Our House, Little Rock’s primary homeless shelter, in 2005, she walked into a flood-damaged building that was even more under water financially. Now, Mjartan had breathed new life into the organization, which serves 1,000 people a year and operates an innovative, 20,000-square foot youth center that has served as a model for homeless shelters and programs in 39 other states. She has also become an advocate for foster-parent mentoring programs that allow foster children to stay connected to their biological parents while the families receive training and assistance to get back on their feet.