Georgia Avenue Community Ministry

Rating: 5 stars   20 reviews

Issues: Food, Human Services, Economic Development

Location: 645 Grant St., SE Atlanta GA 30312 USA

Mission: The mission of Georgia Avenue Community Ministry is to provide food in an affirming environment for neighbors in need and to do so in a way that the recipients invest in the process to gain ownership in and help to create communities in which to exercise their own giftedness and power.
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
Write a Review

More Info

EIN 27-0000606
Invite people to share their experience with this nonprofit!

Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on
GreatNonprofits

Community Reviews

Rating: 5 stars  

The Georgia Avenue Community Ministry continues to be an organization that provides individual and families with support that empowers and reminds members of their intrinsic worth. The programs of GACM create partnerships between volunteers, staff, and members that highlights the gifts, strenghts and talents of every individual involved and creates a mutually supportive environment where everyone has something to offer. No only have the organization faithfully served the Atlanta community for well over 20 years, but is now having an increased impact around the country as organizations are beginning to learn of their work and replicate the GACM Model. I look forward to seeing the ways the influence of the organization continues to tranform the way many individuals and organizations serve their communities.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
Flag review
1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

I was introduced to the work of Georgia Avenue Community Ministry while working as a social worker in Atlanta. It was immediately evident to me that this organization used a model of support extremely unique in regards to addressing hunger. The Food Cooperative model of GACM provides food security, community building, and participant empowerment and dignity through a process that holistically supports individuals and families. The members of GACM are not only provided with food, but are also provided space to use their gifts, talents, and resources for the betterment of other participants, the group at large, and the organization. This model breaks down the helper/helped paradigm and allows everyone to give and everyone to receive.

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

After moving to another state, I have worked with GACM to train local organizations to start groups using the GACM model. Participants and organizations in our community have been transformed through this process. We constantly receive calls from new organizations interested in this model.

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

more funding to allow GCAM to expand the model to other communities in various parts of the country

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

I find Georgia Avenue Community Ministry to be the most inspiring nonprofit organization that I have encountered. I know how hard it is to provide help and at the same time empower the people you serve since I spent seven years as an executive director of a nonprofit organization. Georgia Avenue Community Ministry accomplishes this balance in a remarkable way. This organization gives encouragement as well as food security in a joyful and respectful manner.

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

So many people have told me what a difference this organization makes in their lives.

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

I would look for support to expand the efforts of this organization.

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

I have stopped by the Georgia Avenue Community Ministry on a few occasions and I follow its ministry closely through contacts with its leadership. I am impressed both with the organization, character, and purpose of this organization. Food security is exactly the sort of radical re-focus that is demanded by the gospel. Teaching brothers and sisters to fish is just not possible in this metropolis. But providing a place and support for brothers and sisters to organize a community to distribute food and other necessities at almost no cost is possible. GACM is proof positive. The Spirit moves freely. The joy of thanks is evident and constant. And the discipline of community is clear. The shareholders have each other in mind and they support one another with all the things that people need from community - hope, encouragement, mutual aid, and gracious discipline. I strongly recommend this organization.

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

Grant Park, GA

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

Expand it to other communities. It truly is a model for others to follow. It will not solve all of the food security issues for the poor in our city, but it has potential to have a huge impact.

 
Flag review
Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

This is a great organization that offers services to their clients in several areas. They are organized and encourage the clients to be involved. I am impressed with their efforts to provide health education awareness messages.

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

I have spoke to and interacted with the clients and plan to provide speakers and information on services that they can access.

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

I would not make any changes to this organization right now.

 
Flag review
Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I'm proud to have been on an initial Advisory Board that helped the Georgia Avenue Church to launch the co-op 19 years ago. Since then I've served on the Board (including as Chair), invited other caring community members with needed skills to support the program as volunteers, consultants, funders, and board members. Given the overwhelming success of the project in utilizing the well-researched principles of "Asset Based Community Develoopment" to REALLY transfor the lives of its members/clients....this is a way of serving food insecure neighbors that NEEDS to be replicated all over town and around the country.

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

Seeing members of the Co-op become passionate and compassion servants themselves - developing their own voices and abilities to become meeting facilitators, board members, managers of finances, neighborhood activists, trainers and coaches for others, better parents.... the list goes on

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

Eventually change the name of the organization to reflect better the broader scope of their outreach.

 
Flag review
Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Georgia Avenue Community Ministry is unique in the field of food security. GACM food cooperatives provide members with much more than nutritious food. Members gain skills, confidence and faith as they come together to sort and pack food in a joyful and caring environment. Through 5 food co-ops low-income 250 families gain housing security, find purpose, validation and support one another in community. GACM has a long history of stability and consistency. They have a model that honors and empowers those members of our society who are often marginalized and dismissed. GACM also has the experience, knowledge and talent to grow and expand food security for all Americans.

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

Through the stories of transformed lives.

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

like to see them gain national publicity.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
Flag review
Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with the Georgia Avenue Cooperative Ministry's Food Coop program through my work at the Atlanta Community Food Bank, which provides much of its food. The Food Coop's five cooperatives each provide essential food and other donated items to over 250 families. Many of these families have children. For as little as $5 every two weeks, each family receives an abundance of basic food items, including meat, bread, fruit and vegetables. For most of these families, this food is the difference between eating regularly and going hungry. Not only that, but the Food Coop reinforces the dignity of its members and helps them improve their lives. Coop members are expected to contribute not only money but their time and cooperation to make the Coop run. This builds confidence, involvement and community. Many Coop members report that belonging to the Coop has helped them in ways that go far beyond the food. The GACM operates a very small and lean organization. Operating on a shoestring budget, Chad Hale and his staff make an enormous difference in the lives of many families in some of Atlanta's poorest neighborhoods.

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

I have seen the enormous difference the Coops make in the lives of their members. Most recently, I visited just before Thanksgiving. To see the impact of the food being distributed, including turkeys for Thanksgiving, and to witness the community spirit, joy and gratitude of the members was truly heart-warming.

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

Expand the program -- open more Coops.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

It is a membership organization. Clients need to apply, and must commit to support the Coop in order to join. By doing this, the Coop creates a sense of dignity and community among its members.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
Flag review
Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The Georgia Avenue Community Ministry and food co-ops are a sign of hope for our Atlanta region. The co-ops are a way for low-income residents to organize themselves into strategic communities which then provide food and care to one another. Through these co-ops, people discover the gifts and beauty in their neighbors, often in people they had discounted. With their vision and hope, with their hard work, with their care for one another, communities are being transformed while people are being fed. -Rev. Dr. David Jenkins, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

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

the ways it has inspired students of mine and transformed lives while attending to food security.

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

help Atlanta foundations, corporations, civic leaders, and local residents discover the great need this is meeting and the number of people it is serving.

 
Flag review