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Causes: Employment Preparation & Procurement, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Services, Job Training

Mission: ACSS empowers homeless individuals to achieve economic self-sufficiency and their ultimate potential to thrive in life.

Target demographics: Homeless adult men and women.

Programs: Our programs include CareerWorks, a job readiness training and placement program; Veterans Employment Assistance Program, a targeted initiative aimed at helping veterans re-integrate into the workforce; the ACSS/Gateway Recovery Program, a transitional housing program that provides substance abuse treatment to adult men in recovery; Café 458, a life stabilization program and restaurant for homeless adults with mental and physical disabilities; and an 8-Week Computer Training Program. Additionally, ACSS operates social enterprise ventures – Café 458 Weekend Brunch and CST Janitorial Services – which provide unrestricted revenue for the agency and job opportunities for homeless individuals.

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency (ACSS) is helping to empower homeless individuals to achieve economic self sufficiency. Through ACSS CareerWorks programs, participants receive all the resources a homeless person needs to plan and carry out a successful job search. The result? Nearly 70% percent of our graduates find employment within 3 to 4 months!

ACSS is also cutting edge in their approach to development. In keeping with their mantra of self-sufficiency, significant portions of the organization's funding is earned through social enterprise. Cafe 458 serves Sunday brunch with all proceeds going to ACSS. And, CST Cleaning Services provides program graduates an opportunity to work and build job experience. CST Cleaning Services cleans offices, restaurants and outdoor grounds. They have some impressive accounts including the Governor's Offices! And, interestingly, though not exclusively for veterans, all current ACSS CST team members are veterans.

Board Member

Rating: 5

ACSS is an incredible organization that helps the homeless in metro Atlanta become self sufficient primarily through a 4 week job readiness program. I've been involved with the organization for over two years now and am very impressed with its staff, clients and most importantly, the impact its had on the community.