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More than just tables: Colony Square donation furthers City of Refuge mission

For City of Refuge founder Bruce Deel, the tables and chairs are more than a place to sit

One of Atlanta's largest shelters got a helping hand Friday in their mission to help transform locals' lives.

Midtown Atlanta's Colony Square donated 180 chairs and 70 tables to City of Refuge's warehouse location in southwest Atlanta, as Colony Square continues its own renovation.

For City of Refuge founder Bruce Deel, the tables and chairs are more than a place to sit. The furniture offers an important starting point for conversation and transformation.

"Where do we gather? Where do we have moments of conversation?" Deel said of the delivery's importance, adding some of City of Refuge's locations are having to serve food outside or on the floor in lieu of a table.

The donation comes as Colony Square seeks to re-purpose materials while undergoing its own renovation at 14th Street and Peachtree St. NE.

"We're excited that as we start to transform our corner...and you continue to transform 30314 that we can work together to make the neighborhoods better," Liz Gillespie with North American Properties, Colony Square's developer, said.

Since 1997, City of Refuge has operated in Atlanta, helping those in crisis and working to revitalize neighborhoods, much of that work now happening in the shadow of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

"Having more tables and chairs will serve a great purpose for us to sit down with somebody in crisis and begin a journey together," Deel said.

According to a spokesperson for North American Properties, Colony Square's donation comes as interior demolition begins in The Atrium, which is undergoing its own transformation into a food hall, business hub and shopping destination. The first phase of Colony Square will open in July 2018, 50 years after its original groundbreaking in 1968.