About North Fulton Community Charities
Since 1983, North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) has addressed homelessness and hunger in North Fulton. Each year the agency serves close to 10,000 individuals with emergency need in the cities of Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park and Roswell.
Qualified residents can receive:
- Emergency financial assistance for housing, utilities, medical care, transportation and other necessities.
- Food and staples
- Clothing using vouchers to purchase clothing from the NFCC Thrift Shop.
- Education for work force development and life skills workshops to help move toward financial stability and self-sufficiency.
In 1982, a group of concerned citizens and faith partners met with Mary Drake, a Director with Economic Opportunity Atlanta, Inc. (EOA) to discuss ways to address the growing poverty north of the Chattahoochee River in north Fulton County. They proposed a program that would assist residents with short-term emergency financial assistance and a food pantry. The founding churches – Northbrook United Methodist Church, North Fulton United Methodist Church, Northminister Presbyterian Church, Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church, Roswell Presbyterian, Roswell United Methodist, St. David’s Episcopal Church, and St. Thomas Aquinis Catholic Church helped NFCC officially incorporate in 1983 and earned it’s 501c3 tax status 1988. In the first year, the agency served 465 families with over $43,000 in emergency assistance and $17,000 in food.
NFCC has incubated many agencies in North Fulton to address hunger and homelessness in the community. NFCC Housing Committee, officially formed in 1991 to address the need for affordable, transitional, and emergency housing in North Fulton. Several Housing Committee members, including Barbara Duffy, served as advisors and facilitated the creation of Habitat North Fulton in 1992.
The Housing Committee realized additional housing programs were needed in the community. By 1993, the Committee converted to a separate agency – officially, Housing Initiatives of North Fulton, Inc dba Homestretch. They created an agency to provide transitional housing to working residents using a sliding scale rent and attend budgeting programming. Homestretch became the first of many housing programs started by NFCC.
NFCC helped create The Drake House, named after Mary Drake in 2004 to address the growth of homeless mothers in the community. NFCC served as the fiscal agent and worked with Leadership North Fulton to develop the programming. The agency’s 16 apartment units become the first emergency housing, limited to 180 days, in North Fulton.
Family Promise formed in 2011 with NFCC acting as the fiscal agent. Family Promise, offered emergency housing for families with children using local congregations as shelter. NFCC supported the agency with faith partners and leadership.
Since 1983, NFCC has addressed homelessness and hunger in North Fulton. The need for crisis, transitional, and affordable housing continues to be a problem in the community. NFCC’s programs and services have grown to meet the challenges of North Fulton residence needing short-term assistance. The community continues to volunteer and offer generous support to help their neighbors – working families, single mothers, seniors, and veterans. The domino effect of poverty is stopped when we help a family remain in their home with food and resources.
To help ease hardship and foster financial stability in our community.
To provide opportunities for the whole community to thrive.
- Collaboration – We believe our community is best served when we work together to share resources, knowledge and support with others to serve all residents.
- Compassion – Our clients, in times of crisis, need kindness and concern to help them realize the community they live in cares for them.
- Dignity – We believe everyone should be treated with respect and their self-worth should not be compromised based on their current situation.
- Inclusion – We believe that ALL residents of the community should be able to enjoy the benefits of the community.
Did You Know:
Over 4,000 families are served by NFCC each year.