Pamela Burrell was a divorced mother of two with a culinary arts degree from Howard University when she became unexpectedly homeless. Determined to provide for her children, she joined the U.S. Army and was deployed to the Middle East. While serving there, she received a phone call that changed her life forever. Her 4-year-old daughter had been murdered by the person Pamela had entrusted with her care.
After discharge from the Army, she fell in and out of homelessness as she struggled to regain her hope. During this time, she often counted on the Action Ministries Atlanta’s Women’s Community Kitchen for meals. In 2013, she discovered the Action Ministries Housing program, applied for assistance and moved into Welcome House. Now, she volunteers at the Women’s Community Kitchen and at Action Ministries Housing, where she encourages callers on the intake line seeking assistance and reaches out to homeless veterans like herself.
In 2015, Pamela was named an 11Alive Community Service Award winner and a Kauffman Service in Action award winner for Outstanding Individual Volunteer. To help others who have suffered loss, she has written “Don’t Cry for Me,” a book and documentary telling her story.