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.
In the early years, NFCC operated only with volunteer support and donations from the community. In 1988, Mary Drake retired as Director from the EOA and started working part- time to oversee the new organization. The agency initially operated out of the EOA at the North Fulton Human Services Center. By 1990, the agency moved to a small office inside the Community Clothes Closet (CCC) and hired, Barbara Duffy full- time as the first Executive Director. NFCC and the Community Clothes Closet, now known as The NFCC Thrift Shop, merged in 1991 to combine shared resources and volunteers to aid to a growing number of North Fulton families in need.
NFCC early services provided for basic needs – short-term emergency financial assistance, food, and clothing. The Board formed a Housing Committee to address the need affordable housing, emergency shelters, and supportive housing programs to help prevent families from needing frequent support from NFCC. Community groups and volunteers formed several outreach programs to further help NFCC clients. Programs grew to consist of a Holiday Program (1984), Warm Coat Day (1994), Budget Classes (1997) and Back to School Day (1998). Other early programs assisted with dental care, after school and summer programs. At one point, NFCC had a Mobile Outreach Program to reach residents with limited transportation to reach needed services at the North Fulton Human Services.
NFCC community outreach and education programs continued to grow throughout the late 1990s. By 2004, NFCC was stretched to the limit of the North Fulton Human Service Center and needed room to grow. The agency found and purchased a 20,000 square foot building a few miles away on Elkins Road. The facility with an expanded food bank, thrift store, and caseworker offices opened in the new location in August 2005 – just in time to help close to 1,000 Hurricane Katrina Evacuees. NFCC closed a successful $3,000,000 Capital Campaign for the building, renovation and growth in 2006 and retired the debt on the building in 2009.
NFCC officially established the Family Enrichment Program in 2010 to help families move toward self-sufficiency and financial stability. The program offered free workshops and life skills classes in the areas of job readiness, GED tutoring, financial and computer literacy and English. Volunteers and staff held classes in small conference rooms and in the lobby. NFCC acquired more space in 2012 and created a separate Education Center directly across the street from the main offices.
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 Homestrech. 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.
A community of self-sufficient families.
To build self-sufficiency and prevent homelessness and hunger in our community by providing emergency assistance and enrichment programs.
- 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 about to enjoy the benefits of the community.
Did You Know:
The government says housing is “affordable” if a family spends no more than 30% of their income to live there.