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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Homeless Shelters, Human Services, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment, Thrift Shops

Mission: Atlanta Union Mission is a non-denominational Christian ministry that provides a continuum of addiction recovery and emergency services to as many as 1,100 homeless and addicted men, women, and children every day of the year. Established in 1938 as a shelter for hungry and homeless individuals displaced by the Great Depression, the Mission has grown to six facilities. The Mission provides emergency food and shelter, residential addiction recovery programs and transitional housing.

Results: FY 2009: 908,709 Meals Served (2,400 daily) 332,742 individual bed nights provided 257 Graduates from residential recovery program 74% of graduates clean & sober six months later 83% of cash donations go to programming

Geographic areas served: Atlanta, North Georgia

Programs: Provided emergency shelter services, including nutritious meals, hot showers, clean clothing and warm safe beds, to homeless men, women and children. For those individuals willing to commit a minimum of six months to recover from life controlling issues such as drug and alcohol addiction, domestic violence and codependency issues, atlanta mission provides residential recovery programs and transitional housing. Recovery program services include individual and group counseling, life skill and self-esteem courses, work therapy, spiritual guidance and job search preparation. Childcare services include pre-school and after-school programs for children whose mothers are guests in both the emergency shelter and long-term recovery programs. Atlanta mission served over 829,000 meals and provided in excess of 284,000 nights of shelter.

donated merchandise to the public or sold at discount prices through seven thrift stores as a service to the community and to support the exempt purposes of the organization. Contributed a portion of the donated merchandise directly to men, women and children staying at the mission as well as to needy individuals in the community.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Merry McCall W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful place that I now call home on Tuesday nights. I volunteer with the children weekly and love hearing their stories of how Atlanta Mission has helped them and their moms have a place to stay.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great ministry! Love serving for this place. I truly believe this place is making difference in people and to the community.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered here numerous time and it is really cool to see the changes they are having on the lives of the people they serve. The men at the shelter are super appreciative and love the volunteers. The organization seems great and really serve a need in the city

1

Donor

Rating: 1

Despite numerous attempts I cannot get the Atlanta Mission to remove me from their mailing list. I made a small donation to them a few years ago on behalf of a third party and now receive on average a mailing a week. They've long ago eaten up any money I donated and refuse to stop sending additional solicitations despite multiple emails and phone calls.

Review from CharityNavigator

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Volunteer

Rating: 2

Definitely think leader of this non profit is out of touch with the true issues of homelessness. All of the money is NOT going to this charity!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The leader of this organization seems out-of-touch with the real needs of the people; Too much funding going into a few people pockets and not enough into the program. There needs to be a leader who understands social problems and who are in touch with the challenges of poor people.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been taking a group of men down to the AUM to serve b'fast every other Thursday for the last year. I sit with the men and listen to their situation. I try to encourage them with prayer and a kind word. It is more of a blessing for me than it is for them. The staff are individuals going through the progam. They are empathetic and responsive to the needs of the folks just joining the program. I see God at work at the Mission in so many different ways. All are blessed who come in contact with the program.

6

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with AUM for over a decade. It is truly hard to explain the sense of fullfillment that I receive when I hear the testimony of those men and women who have fallen through societies' saftey net and were in dispair until their life was turned around because they encountered Christ through AUM. They know that they are loved and worthwhile. This changes everything. AUM provides emergency relief,but even more important, hope

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I began by serving on the Atlanta Union Mission Board in 1976 with the idea that I could provide assistance as a physician to the new influx of clients with mental illness. Since that year I have been on the Board in one capacity or another, however not in the role as physician. My involvement became much deeper with service on committees, to providing gifts for clients, to raising money, and even to chairing the Board. Whenever I think that I might have completed my service over 33 plus years I am convinced and compelled to remain as a volunteer and Board member, hoping that I can contribute in any other or new way to this fine organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been blessed by serving at Atlanta Union Mission for the last 26 years. We began with what we thought was a one time volunteer painting day and we have never looked back. We have watched so many lives saved from addition and homelessness through the love of the caring staff. It is indeed a privilege to serve the Lord by ministering to the men and women of Atlanta Union Mission.