Buckhead Christian Ministry, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   17 reviews

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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.
Results: In 2011 BCM - Assisted 8,702 people in crisis - Helped 1,680 individuals pay housing or utility bills - Gave 18,510 bags of food - Gave 3,192 snack bags to homeless visitors. - Gave 2,185 people free clothing valued at $110,604. In 2011, 14 families graduated from The 70/30 Project, collectively retiring $48,839 in personal debt (an average of $3,487 per family). 929 children received toys through The Joyous Toys Store.
Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2009, BCM helped more than 9,000 individuals with food, clothing, shelter and financial education. Through our Joyous Toys store, more than 950 children had Christmas gifts to open on Christmas morning.
Geographic areas served: 15 metro Atlanta zip codes
Programs: Emergency Assistance, Transitional Housing for families facing homelessness, The 70/30 Project (homelessness prevention), The Money Management Course, Buckhead THRIFTique (BCM's thrift store)
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Rating: 5 stars  

Now more than ever, Buckhead Christian Ministry's mission of preventing hunger and homelessness is vital as there or more and more who find themselves in a short or mid-term crisis situation with no where else to turn. In addition to providign temporary financial assistance, the transitional housing program can provide meaningful and lasting change for not only those assisted, but anyone whose lives they touch.

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

seeing the ability as an intake volunteer to immediately impacct the lives of those in crisis.

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

expand fundraising focus to serve more

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Rating: 5 stars  

Now more than ever, Buckhead Christian Ministry's mission of preventing hunger and homelessness is vital as there or more and more who find themselves in a short or mid-term crisis situation with no where else to turn. In addition to providign temporary financial assistance, the transitional housing program can provide meaningful and lasting change for not only those assisted, but anyone whose lives they touch.

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

seeing the ability as an intake volunteer to immediately impacct the lives of those in crisis.

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

expand fundraising focus to serve more

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Rating: 5 stars  

BCM is a never ending source of inspiration to me as I work with the organization. Watching volunteers council with clients and work to help them figure out solutions to their problems is most impressive. Not only do they provide financial help but programs are in place to educate and encourage budgeting and thrift to prevent financial woes from recurring. I enjoy working with the staff as they seek to keep the various programs operating and to fine tune their efforts to better serve their clients. Money is always carefully spent and planning is done to ensure that none is wasted. The organization and everyone involved serve as a never ending inspiration to help me know how fortunate I am and to inspire me to seek to try to help others.

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I have experienced the results of this organization by watching clients get their life under controll financially.

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

To expand their efforts into other communities so others could benefit from similar efforts.

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Rating: 5 stars  

BCM is a ministry that serves the working poor of Atlanta. One of the best things I like about BCM is the relationship between BCM and the client. It is not a hand out but more of a co-op program. Another great thing is the professional staff who are trained socail workers. This is their expertise and know how to work with people in need. This is their full time job whereas some people try to do it on a part time basis. Being the past Chair of the Board, I worked closely with the Executive director and the director of development. BCM is an extremely well run organization. I beleive 81% of your money goes straight to client services. That iwhat Ilook for when I make a contribution to a charity. BCM is just a wonderful resource for our churchs to help them in this area .

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I have received alot more from BCM than what I have given

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None. Just need more money to serve so many people in economic troubles

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Rating: 5 stars  

BCM is one of the finest organizations I have ever been a part of. The people who work for BCM are so committed to the cause and care so much for the their clients. They also care so much for each other. Helen has done a great job assemlbing a wonderful team of people who go above and beyond the call of duty on a daily basis. I am honored to be associated with BCM

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Board membership and being a volunteer

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

try to be more like BCM, they are wonderful, giving people

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the privilege of volunteering for BCM for about 1.5 years. Our clients are hard working people of all faiths who have experienced a recent set back and need a temporary helping hand. Our clients are so grateful for even their smallest blessings. The food, clothing or financial assistance that we provide often makes a tremendous difference in their lives. Our clients are my heroes - people that work hard, have not had the same opportuntites that I have had and yet are appreciative while maintaining an incredibly positive attitude under very difficult circumstances. Last but not least, the staff at BCM also works extraordinarily hard and is always focused on doing everything possible within our guidelines to help our clients. BCM is an amazing ministry!

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I personally experience the positive impact that BCM has in the lives of our clients every day that I am there. Just today, we helped a single mother of 3 small children who left an abusive husband and is struggling to work enough hours, find affordable day care while meeting all the fundamental needs of her children. She burst into tears when I told her that we could give her food and clothing today for her family.

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

Helen Cunningham, the executive director, her team and the board do an amazing job of serving so many in our community while always being mindful of how the dollars are being spent. In addition, there is a terrific volunteer team that are very committed to BCM. I would love to find ways to encourage even more people to volunteer.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started volunteering for BCM in 1998 because my mother suggested it. I served on various committees until 2001 when I was able to start volunteering as an intake counselor and helpline attendant. I was so moved by the clients and impressed with BCM's management that I joined the staff in 2002. I have been working at BCM for almost 9 years now, and I am still amazed by what our clients can accomplish wth a little help from our generous partner churches, donors and volunteers. I love that BCM gives people a chance to learn and make a change in their life. I especially love that while we incorporate accountability and hard work into all of our programs, we also balance everything with mercy and compassion. I am so blessed to be a part of this wonderful organization.

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

I have seen people I know through church, work and other places who needed help do to illness and job loss. BCM has been able to help them and thousands of others to meet their basic needs in the short-term and learn skills to make long-term changes as well.

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

Expand The 70/30 Project to serve more families.

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