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Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

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.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 4

ACSS has enlightened me greatly with tools to be successful and self sufficient. The classes are AMAZING and the knowledge is priceless. As a graduate of the program *COHORT 40*, I am very pleased to have been a part of this program and would recommend to anyone in need of personal affirmation and self sufficiency.

Ruiz Shane


Rating: 3

Thanks buddy for making me aware, good to know this.

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a former board member, and have heard first hand many many success stories from graduates of the ACSS program. I think one of its keys is that they give clients all of the tools they need to get a job but the client ultimately gets the job him/herself, which preserves one's dignity and results in a significantly longer term of employment.

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.


Client Served

Rating: 2

I utilized their service. I went through the program because I was told that they would help me find a job. However, I was disappointed in that I was given no job leads and even when I shared information with them regarding the places where I was job hunting (and they had contacts there), they would not contact the company on my behalf. I primarily performed my own job search and located my own job. The marta cards that they provided were very helpful and allowed me to travel around and search for work.


Rating: 5

Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency is a wonderful organization that helps homeless people thrive in life. I recently volunteered at Cafe 458 and prepared and served lunch to about 60 homeless men and women. I enjoyed the whole experience. The staff, the volunteers the people I served all made it an enjoyable day. I will definetely be back to volunteer again. I have told so many people about my experience and they have since signed up to volunteer. Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency is doing wonders for the people they serve each day!