Buckhead Christian Ministry, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Religion

Location: 2847 Piedmont Road Atlanta GA 30305 USA

Mission: Buckhead Christian Ministry helps people in financial crisis meet their basic needs and achieve self-sufficiency. BCM provides both emergency and housing assistance, as well as life-skills education, while placing special emphasis on the needs of low-income workers. BCM fosters community by engaging volunteers in bringing hope and compassion to people of all faiths.

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Rating: 5 stars  

In addition to being a volunteer for over seven years, I am also a donor and Board member. About a year ago I assisted BCM with gathering client feedback in connection with establishing a new strategic plan. The feedback that was so often mentioned by clients was that the assistance provided by the staff and many volunteers at BCM was given with a joy and graciousness and respect for the individual that meant so much to each client. Put another way, the volunteers and staff at BCM were very genuine in the desire to serve their fellow man.

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I feel strongly that BCM is a good steward of its funds and is devoted to helping others. That gives me a good feeling that working for money simply doesn't provide

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to find reasonable cost ways to get their worthwhile activities spread to more potential donors and supporters

Rating: 5 stars  

I joined the Board this year because I think BCM's approach is the most strategic and effective I've seen in preventing homelessness. BCM combines effective life skills training with rent and utility assistance (and food pantry) to enable clients to remain in their homes through a crisis and then become better prepared to handle future crises.

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The live testimonials from those who have gone through the program are powerful....things as simple as learning how to create and monitor a household budget are making a difference (and will have a ripple effect to the next generation as current clients pass the knowledge on to their children).

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Grow the service territory.

Rating: 5 stars  

Buckhead Christian Ministry (BCM) is a lifeline for all the people they serve. It provides food, helps with rent and utility assistance and the thrift store provides needed clothing and household supplies. Not only that, but each client is treated with respect and kindness. There is even a volunteer position at the front desk named "hospitality" so each client is greeted warmly and offered a place to sit and rest until their name is called. During this very busy holiday season, BCM provides Thanksgiving Baskets to as many clients as we can. In addition in December there is a Joyous Toys store where parents can "shop" for gifts for their children. These toys have been donated by BCM's supporters. BCM is great!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the numbers of clients that have been helped. The organization has continued to provide new services (transitional housing, money management, new trhiftstore location, etc.) as the need has arisen and as funds have been available. The fact that BCM provides so many different kinds of volunteer activities is especially attractive - it can meet so many people's need to serve.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The only changes I would make would be to have more financial support come to BCM so they could serve more clients in need and be able to provide services to prevent hunger to those who need additional food. More partner churches and more foundations, etc. to give to BCM would be the only thing I would change.

Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered at BCM for 5 years and truly appreciate the opportunity to have a hands on way to help my neighbors in need. The community of volunteers and staff at BCM are passionate about bringing hope to all clients. Through food, financial assistance, clothing, housing, or direction to other resources, BCM lends a hand and heart to thousands of Atlantans in need. I could not imagine a more genuine place to spend my philanthropic time and money.

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I have personally experienced the results of this organization in the faces of the clients which we help. The impact on a family if you help pay a utility bill or provide rent assistance, for example, is tremendous. I see the faces of these clients as we change their situations for the better and it is the reason I volunteer at BCM.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the life skills and money management classes already offered to perhaps those not in a housing program. The classes are critical to stopping the cycle of poverty, so the more people we could train, the more we could help them change their future.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a financial contributor for about 5 years. I first heard of BCM when our church listed it as a charity it supports because of the work BCM does, its successes with families in our community, and the high percentage of donations that go right back into the community. BCM provides the basics (rent, food, heat, clothing) to families and individuals in need until they can get back on their feet, and become self-reliant.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Food bank, thrift shop

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No recommendations at this time.

Rating: 5 stars  

BCM provides emergency services such as rent assistance and food to help the working poor in 15 area zip codes. In addition, the transitional housing and 70/30 programs provide clients with life skills and money management. With an incredibly talented staff of social workers and a very well-trained volunteer contingent, these programs have demonstrably changed lives in our community. BCM's used clothing and household effects store makes these items available to our clients at a very low cost. BCM is fortunate to an excellent professional leadership team exhibiting dedication and solid hard work.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the faces of those who have been helped by BCM.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Be able to raise more money to provide assistance for more people in need.

Rating: 5 stars  

I am now in my third year working with some the most Blessed people I have ever met. Not only are they Blessed, their work for the poor and unfortunate in our midst is reward enough for my simple contribution. As a board member and head of the finance committee I have seen the Lord continuosly provide all of the resources we need on a day to day basis.

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I always leave every meeting and effort with more than I came with.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money.

Rating: 5 stars  

BCM is a wonderful organization that has helped countless working parents learn how to help themselves through life changing interactions with kind and helpful BCM volunteers. The BCM staff and volunteers do not stop with making sure these desparate families have enough food, clothing, and shelter, they truely change their lives by showing them how to manage thier money and helping to prepare them to find gainful employment. By creating an environment where these individuals understand that BCM is not just a place to recieve a free hand out, but rather a place that expects them to work toward a better life for themselves and their families. It is amazing to see the way BCM improves the self esteem and self worth of these individuals that want so desparately to improve their lives, but just need some guidance and understanding. The value BCM provide to our community is difficult to quantify, but the results are truely amazing. I am proud to be associated with such a great group of employees, board members, volunteers, financial supporters and clients.

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As a board member I have been able to see how much our managment staff and volunteers have do with our current budget and know that we have so many individuals that we are not able to help because we do not have the resources we need. There is significant demand that we can not satisfy, but we will expand and enhance our programs and services as our financial support increases. I encourage anyone that is interested to please contact me or anyone at our BCM office to set up a visit.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can not think of anything other than expand the programs and services, but that requires additional capital.

Rating: 5 stars  

I haved worked cosely with the staff at BCM as a member of the board for over 3 years. I have also volunteered and worked with clients in the money management program. I have seen how BCM can really change lives, eaither through the simple gift of food or financial assistance or through a longer term transformation via continuing eductaion and transitionl housing. I think the staff genuinely care about the best interests of the clients and I think that donors funds are used prudently.

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I have worked directly with the staff extemsively and worked with clients in a volunteer capacity

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide the means for the staff to provide more appointments to thsoe in need.

Rating: 5 stars  

I used to be a client of Buckhead Christian Ministries and they helped me and my daughter by accepting us into the Transitional Housing Program. Since my time there I have progressed in life including becoming a volunteer for BCM. BCM is an extrodinary ministry making profound impact in the community by helping those in need and equipping them with the tools to survive every day life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I was a member of the Transitional Housing Program

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not make any changes. This ministry is doing very well.

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