Impact Newsletter: Westside History is Black History that Made American History (February 2023)


Westside History is Black History that Made American History

During #BlackHistoryMonth, we are highlighting some of the places, people and events that form the rich history of our neighborhoods — English Avenue, Vine City, Ashview Heights and Atlanta University Center (AUC). Take a moment to dive into the rich history of our Westside communities.

Around Town

Home on the Westside

Finding Home on the Westside - Steve Wilson’s Story


In December of 2022, Steven Wilson became one of our newest Home on the Westside homeowners when he moved into 850 Proctor Street in the English Avenue neighborhood near Kathyrn Johnson Memorial Park. For Wilson, buying a home in the community where he was raised is special.

“The process for Home on the Westside was surprisingly simple, and it made me feel really at ease. I ended up with a wonderful home in a wonderful neighborhood back where I grew up…and I’m feeling like I’m back home again,” said Wilson.

He joins three Proctor Street Home on the Westside homeowners with two more closing on their new homes in March. Check out his home buying journey.

In the News

Donor’s Corner

Volunteer Spotlight

Q: How did you first hear about the Westside Future Fund?
A: I met John Ahmann while he was jogging on the Beltline and I was giving out hand sanitizer via my company Pureneed at the beginning of COVID. He asked me how much my sanitizer was and I told him it was free. Then he asked me “how much will 50 bottles be, I would like to give them to the homeless.” I was shocked and excited at the same time. I only had 48 bottles and bottled the last two while he was standing there. That’s when I found out all about Westside Future Fund, and the rest was history. Ever since then I have made it my business to pay it forward by volunteering.

Q: What is your favorite part of serving with the WFF Volunteer Corp?
A: My favorite part of serving with the WFF Volunteer Corps is being a part of something bigger than myself. WFF brings different people together to work as a team. I enjoy getting out of the house, meeting my neighbors, setting goals, and accomplishing them.

Q: What inspires you about this service opportunity?
A: It’s the feeling you get from helping others that keeps me coming back. Knowing I have the power to change lives and service the community means a lot to me. Being a part of the rebuilding and development of the historic Westside inspires me.

Q: What do you want others to know about the Westside Future Fund and why it’s so important?
A: WFF has put smiles on many faces. They are like angels sent from heaven, and they need everyone’s help rebuilding underdeveloped communities like the Westside of Atlanta. Our community can count WFF, they provide us with hope. It’s important that communities have leadership like this organization to move toward a brighter future.