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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Dedicated to delivering responsive services that addresses our diverse community needs (homeless veterans, men, women and children) and enhance the quality of life for the poor, the indigent, the needy and the disenfranchised in our city.

Results: As of 2011, we have served over 9600 hot meals and 14.250 sack lunches to homeless individuals; provided over 3.000 coats to homeless and needy individuals; 1.200 blankets; and assisted 8 families with a 2nd start of life by helping them acquire housing.

Target demographics: Free Food Pantry in Buford, Georgia. We give out free clothes and furniture to families in need. We also feed the homeless once a month. We do back to school drives and toy drives for children during season time.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 580 homeless individuals, in which we successfully got 10 people off the streets. We provide between 45-60 families food each week, totalling up to a maximum of 400 pounds of food.

Geographic areas served: Gwinnett County

Programs: feeding, clothing and providing hygiene products to the homeless and we have a food pantry in Buford Georgia as well as toys and furniture.

Community Stories

99 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Courtney-Renee D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

These people go above and beyond. I made one phone call and explained my family's situation. They made sure I was connected locally with any reasources that could be helpful and even kept in contact to make sure I had found the help I needed. Today they brought me the clothes they had gotten together for myself and my husband.
It's th first time we have had good clothes in awhile it made both of us feel good and now I will have something nice to wear to work. Times are tough right now and the world around us is changing. It's very comforting knowing people still care for eachother.

kaleb

Client Served

Rating: 5

They brought us very nice clothes, great food, and house hold items they was a huge help to us in are time of need they delivered a smile they where so happy and feeled us with joy special thanks to Ajyl Parker-Oden, LeAnne Mitchell, Tammi Nimmer, Tammy Pittman-Forde, Canidida Mendez, Randy and Lori Brown. Me and Courtney are so thankful for all of your help

Client Served

Rating: 5

After taking in a homeless mother with five young children I realized that my resources was not sufficient to provide for them. The family had absolutely nothing and they needed clothing, food, and encouragement. Being a woman with no children my thoughts started to overwhelm me. I reached out to Calvin Stennis CDC Inc and the support was immediately. From encouraging words and conversation to taking care of the immediate need of the family. Clothing and food was provided. The three oldest kids was going back to school and was in dire need of decent clothing. Thanks a million to this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

These people are the best. I had a very rough day when. I was supposed to meet them to pick up a car race bed for my son.... when Mrs. Lorri called for me to meet them o broke down and it was amazing how she made me feel. She came over to my place and dripped it off with no questions asked. And it so happened that is was my sons birthday and they had no idea. When we talked I brought up that it was his day and it was also her husband's birthday. She out of nowhere had a birthday cake for my son. Today I also met them to pick up a nice dresser for my kids room and they had food for me and my kids and to top it off a spiderman blanket for my son. These people are amazing. She checks on me and helps me through my time without even knowing how much they really have helped me so far.
I feel so blessed.... they are the best people ever
Thank you

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful wonderful staff. My name is King and I came all the way from Texas at the start of October 2020. My journey here was pretty hurried but in all; interesting. When I got to Georgia I had a couple tasks to take care of and I had to sleep outside for a couple days. The nights were super cold and after about 3 days I decided to reach out to find whatever kind of help I can find/get.

The day I decided to actually start my search it was the start of a weekend and most places if not all didn’t answer. Out of all of the ones I called, the only people to call me back was Calvin Stennis. A lady by the name of Lorri filled through, sent me so many different resources for food, shower , accommodation and even went as far as helping with personal donations to support me while still looking for even better resources that could help me till I get right on my fee! Whatever basis the organization was made on to help those in need. They are definitely keeping to it. I am forever grateful to them and Ms lorri especially. Gods blessings to them all. Big Thanks from the bottom of my heart ❤️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Lorri and Randy are amazing. They’ve helped me more than once and they were able to get my children mattresses — very nice ones! I’m eternally grateful for them

Tiffany NewSeason W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are the SWEETEST ppl!!! They made sure we had a little of everything! I'm so happy that I met them!!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a nurse and had a patient yesterday with ongoing hospitalizations and health problems. He shared that he is financially in ruins. His spirit was so defeated. I asked if he needed food and contacted Lorri and Randy to help him. They went to his house the same day to deliver him food! These two are angels on earth!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lorri and randy are true blessings. She went out of her way to make sure we had enough food and I thank god for them. If it’s not enough they will make it enough❤️They always find a way to help others in anyway they can. God bless both of them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is the best. They gave me boxes of food. Which really helped me and my kids and I really appreciate them. I will be referring family and friends.

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lorribrown 06/04/2020

Telicia, it was a blessing to be a blessing to you and your family. Please feel free to call us with any needs you may encounter, we are only a phone call away. Randy and Lorri Brown

Client Served

Rating: 5

I personally feel like Mr. And Ms . Brown are a blessing from the sky. A true gift from GOD ! Very kind and understanding. Ms. Lorri Brown and Mr. Randy Brown I appreciate everything you've done for me andy family. Thanks much . Words can't explain how thankful I am . GOD bless

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ms. Lorri has been such a blessing to many people. Her and her husband's dedication to helping others is to be commended. They provide the community, with much needed resources.

1 Lexi P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lori and Calvin are amazing!! They helped me And my family out during our struggle! They blessed us with a generous amount of food and I am forever grateful for this amazing nonprofit organization!! They are truly a blessing and are really serving God by being a blessing to those in need!! They came to my rescue! Thank you Ms Lori!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

These people are so generous! They love to help others! They will do anything to help this community. I’m so glad to have meet such wonderful people. God has blessed us with them! Thank you for all the work you do!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

September 5 2020 on the day of my birthday God made a way by sending a destiny helper to my inbox. Ms Lorri Us an angel ! I am so thankful for you and the kindness that you had towards me. Also consistently following up to make sure I got the help I needed. May God bless you ... your good work will never go in vain

Client Served

Rating: 5

I feel so blessed to have met Mrs. Lorri Brown. She has blessed me tremendously followed up with me to make sure u got the help I needed. God truly bless this woman and May her good works never be in vain! Thank you so much for helping me trough such though times. #believinginhumanity #destinyhelper

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As you all know COVID has left lots of family in need for help me and my family have been going through a hard time . But thanks to Lorri and this Organization I see a light at the end of the tunnel . They have made it possible for me to keep light over my family head

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I are forever grateful. This foundation is truly amazing. They are making a big difference in the world.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ms. Lorri and Mr. Randy, helped me when I was in need countless times. I have been blessed with getting food for my family as well as toys for my son during the holiday hours. I am truly appreciate the love they have for what they do and the people they help. They are always smiling and laughing no matter who they are dealing with.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Sandra . I found Lori and Calvin on Google food bank. I called and spoke to Lori . She stepped out above and beyond to help me . they drove to Macon and came back to Suwanee to bring us grocery. I was Surprised they came at 9: pm at night to bring us food . and came back the next day and bring us vegetables and fruits . Lori and Calvin are 2 very loving, caring and blessed people .I love you guys Sandra. Thank you so much .if any one needs help call Lori and Calvin.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just so happen to see them on Facebook offering milk. I have a big family (we have 8 kids and adopted my sisters 3 when she passed away), so I reached out to them.. Not only did they bring us milk but they brought us a ton of food for our family!! It was truly a blessing!! With kids being out of school they eat so much lol. They were such sweet people. Thank you so much your truly a blessing to my family!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mr. Calvin Stennis and his wife brought some food to my home for my family and we really appreciate the help they have provided for us. God bless this organization

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has truly Blessed me with food for my family especially during this time of hardship. Mr. Randy is a good man, looks out for everyone! May God continue to bless this organization! Thankyou for all that you do in the community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has helped my family in many ways. Ms Lorri and Mr Randy and been like family. They show immense kindness to the community and go above and beyond what most nonprofits are willing to go. I truly feel God works through these people to bless others they come in contact with, either through food, conversation, clothing, Christmas toys or uplifting scripture messages they are always providing something to help or uplift . They are pilars in any community they are in . God bless is organization and all those who volunteer there.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has helped my family in truly hard times when I lost my job and during my pregnancy. The care and respect received was amazing. They are genuine about helping those in need without making you feel you are a burden to them or society. Sometimes that's all a struggling family needs to re cooperate. We are truly grateful to be blessed by this organization.

Thank you so much. Your kindness and generosity has helped us greatly.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They have helped bridge the gap for families for years. Committed to the well being of others by action and not words. Whether it’s Food,Clothing,Furniture,or just words of encouragement they have been there to Help. I would recommend them to anyone who needs help or would like to Help them serve others. Take the time you won’t regret it.
Much Love
Dean

Maritza Ivette S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was going to be homeless with my 4 children. We were living in a hotel but couldn't afford rent because my unemployment didn't deposit. This organization stepped in and donated to help us keep a roof over our heads & provide dinner. I'm so thankful!

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lorribrown 06/04/2020

It was my joy to make sure you and your children had a meal today, no child should go hungry and I realize that as a mother, we only want our children cared for first. Even though you are in Florida, if there is anything else we can help you with, just let me know. Randy and Lorri Brown

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Just wanted anyone in need to know that this charity truly is for the people. I personally believed that most charities use the resources others provide for themselves which I have seen before!! BUT this specific NON PROFIT organization helped me at no cost whatsoever. My apartments burned down and they offered to get me the food, furniture, and clothing that I needed which I greatly appreciate. ❤️❤️

1 leilarufus

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi everyone it has been a long time since we talked or to let our friends and family know whats going at Calvin Stennis cdc Inc. we had to make some changes. Are new Website address and email has changed you can reach us by our new website address cs-cdc.org if you would like to know whats going on in are program. Also Email us @ [email protected]
you can send us and email and we would get back in touch with you as soon as possible, I am not as good as my wife. In doing this but. I will give it my best For more information Contact Randy Brown 678-887-2796 Please Call

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks this organization it help me when I need it food and most of all Christmas presents for my kids.thanks to lorri and her crew and it helps alot

Rachael20

Client Served

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful group. God bless. Came through for my family at a drop of a hat when we were in true need.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization and every staff member invloved deserves more than five stars for their compassion and generosity that they give by helping those in need .and they do it with such a loving and cheerful heart
Thank you for being a blessing to
me and my family..



Catherine80

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just want to say yall are savers. I am so greatful for what yall gave us. We were wondering how we were going to get food for my bf lunch and what we were going to have for dinner tonight. Now we have a week's worth of food!! So happy we found yall!!! Yall deserve all the stars, not just 5. Thanks again for everything and hopefully I can give back by becoming a regular volunteer whenever yall need help!! :D

Client Served

Rating: 5

You guys deserve 50 stars! An awesome experience and a blessing ! I love it thank you thank you thank you !

Lily053

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is lillian long..i have been there 3 times so far and Miss lauery and her husband have been a blessing to our household with plenty of food and not out dated ... i give them five stars there r diffently true givers.and care for the needy

Salma115

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

You guys are amazing ! I really appreciate you guys for everything you've done for my daughter & I . God bless u ! Thank you thank you thank you you deserve 10 stars !

Salma M - Bethlehem , GA

Client Served

Rating: 5

Today I had asked if anyone had some milk for my 2 months old bc my breast milk supply is low and Mrs. Stennis quickly contacted me letting me know she had some for me as well as needed clothes for my baby. God left angels in this world to help the less fortunate and this organization is one of them. God bless then for all that they do and God bless their hearts. We need more folks in the world like them. Thank you so much once again.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a Marine Corps Veteran dealing with unemployment and mental health issues my family was on a little rough path economically. We where referred to this great organization first for assistance with food and some winter coats. They welcomed us with open arms and made us feel like we where not in need at all, but it was more or less okay to take what we needed, in fact that was Mrs. Laurie's words when it came to the coats "take what you need". We felt very comfortable and we where the ones being appreciated for coming to get the help, they kept saying "this is what we are here for" it was our first time getting assistance like this because of the fear of being shamed or looked down upon, none of that was present NONE at all! A few days after we left I got a text asking if we received all of the coats we needed and if we needed anything else. So at the time we needed a new twin mattress, and after feeling so comfortable our first visit, we asked if they had one. They replied back that they did not have a mattress at the time but that they would put us on a list and if one came available they would contact us. Well, they kept their word and contacted us with not only a twin mattress and box spring in almost new condition but a dresser, mirror and a bunk bed that just they morning before getting their text we where standing in our kitchen talking about our need for a bunk bed now that our grandchildren had moved in with us. This organization has been a God sent organization in our lives we are greatful for their generosity and support they have given to our family. THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH!

Rebekah19

Client Served

Rating: 5

Went no knowing what to expect. Thinking we would just get cans but left with winter cloths.was even offered the coat off her back if I needed it.

LaVerne F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

While I live in another state because of my personal connection to the Brown's I have watched them for several years do what a lot of people only talk about. It's really difficult to articulate the effectiveness and impact that Lorri and Randy Brown are making in the ATL area as a REAL Non-Profit. Lorri's heart is for helping people in anyway possible and God has blessed her to have a spouse (Randy) who gets in the trenches with her. The real mission work in the Kingdom is feeding, clothing, and nourishing the poor and needy without regard of race, creed, or color this is the heart of this non-profit. I can only imagine how many people have gone to bed thankful that they had a meal on a particular day, a blanket to brace the night time cold, or a coat to from point A to point B . All because of Calvin Stennis CDC. Lorri and Randy are not talking about it they are all about it!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Lorri founder of the Calvin Stennis CDC along with her husband Randy have done and outstanding job in providing for the destitute and homeless population ing the ATL area. I have knowm Lorri since 2008 and she has always rose to the occasion in assisting other people in whatever area she can. In 2013 the Calvin Stennis CDC has taken their organization to another level as they diligently fulfill the needs of hurting and hungry people. The ible says the poor you have with you always but not everyone is willing to serve the poor as this organization is. Their walk matches their talk. God Bless them in the days to come.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Let me just say, if you are in need or want to donate this organization is the real deal. The Brown's are amazing people doing God's work. They are really making a difference in our community. I have been on both ends, in need and I have also made some donations. There is not a food pantry anywhere in this county that allows you to pick your items, but Lorri says "go shop, get what you would like." Amazing!!! Thank you Randy and Lorri for truly making a difference in my life.

1 Cori2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi I am a single mom with 3 children who works on a commission type of job. My job is very very slow this time of the year people don't want to pay their bills so that cuts into my commission I met Lori on Facebook and I had no idea how wonderful her and her husband are. I went to pick up food after having to reschedule many time she was still able to help me which was a blessing in itself I expected to get two bags of food most of them maybe can Food that would end up in the cabinet being donated back to a food drive when I got there it was unreal the hospitality that she showed me when I got home that evening with the food my kids could not believe it ! This by far was a gift from God for me and my children to meet Lori and her family the next day I received a beautiful text from her that stated" as long as we are living you and your children will never want for food again" unbelievable! Lori and hubby I love you guys very much I don't have money to give you all right now but as I told you me and my children will volunteer any help that you may need in any items of theirs that they no longer can wear love you guys.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Most helpful non profitorganization, I've dealt with.I presented an issue with gifts during the holidays and Ms.Lorrie Lorrie vigilant I her spirit to help and is an all around blessing.

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing people that do outstanding work in our community. I have seen them in action and their work is inspiring. They will always find a way to lend a hand to people in need while treating them with respect.

Families in need can always rely on them to get back on their feet. It is nice to read about all the stories from people that have been struggling and found both moral and financial support in this organization.

Thank you for all that you do for the community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lori was so helpful so loving she not only helped me but help a great friend in need after a fire at there home !!! I can't wait to be able to donate and help others in there time in need just as Lori was able to bless my family

Casey17

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been on both ends of this organization. I have donated and received help from Lorri. She is always so kind and treats me as family. She is truly a blessing to the community.

Dtrich T.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Beautiful People who run such a powerful organization and really help the local community !
-Tionna

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hello our names are Thomas Day and Margaret Sweat we went yesterday to MRS Lorri Stennis Browns pantry and she not only give us food but she also gave us food for 3 more families that MEANT alot to us she also gave a family some kitchen item's and towels whose house burnt we took the things and the food to the families and they cried THANK GOD FOR MRS LORRI HER FAMILY AND THE ORGANIZATIO WE LOVE YALL

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Mrs lorry is an awesome person she was so.kind and thoughtful she gave us food and help eith christmas gift iam a mother of 4 boys her help was in the right time

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NIAC owes their time and credit to God for his guidance. Also for The Lord bringing Lorri and Randy Brown into our lives. We want to thank CDC Calvin Stennis foundation for helping us get our organization together. The warm welcome and caring inspirations have been well noted and inspired as well. We hope to continue helping one another to reach their goals. God has given us our work to help people, feed, clothe them, and lots of Gods love.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Like with many, life has gotten hard and funds almost non- existent. It's been difficult finding work and its truly discouraging and quite humbling to be where I am. In this dark time, it's truly a blessing to have someone lend a helping hand. Lorrie provided me and my kids with a box of food, but more so, a box of hope. Angels are amongst us everywhere. I'm grateful to have met one.
Kelly H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I received two boxes of food and several coats to help my family throughout this holiday season. I just recently moved to the area and needed q little boost to get on my feet. Ms Lorrie was very welcoming and made me feel comfortable.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recieved food and coats from them everyone was kind and made sure was taken care of. Lori herself gave my baby two toys and held her while I got food, they are a true blessing and I was glad I was able to come

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They have been a blessing to our family and provided us with food for our house god bless this family and what they do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for the food I received today!!It was truly a blessing

Khadija C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am normally too prideful to ask for help from others.. I was hesitant and a l'il overwhelmed today at the pantry. Mrs. Lorrie and her assistants were extremely nice. They didn't make me feel like a charity case. I am forever grateful for the blessing I received today. God Bless you and thank you.
~Khadija

Client Served

Rating: 5

God bless the Brown's! They helped our family in our time of need. We are so thankful to them and this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

You are amazing souls we are so thank ful for everything they did for my sisters family today, that had nothing to eat because my brother in law has not been able to work well and when he does it is only enough for bills that they r behind on. They have three amazing pieces of heaven and thanks to your organization they are able to have a few meals for the next few days thank you so much and God bless you all

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very blessed to receive help from this organization. I have four children and i didn't know what i was going to feed them. I got in touch with Mrs. Brown who help me with food. I was able to pick my own food and it was actually enough to feed my family for a while. I am very grateful for Mr. And Mrs. Brown. Thank You!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I went through four operations and money was tight this organization not only gave me foods but let me shop for what my kids really want to eat and they were caring and willing to help in any way possible the food was excellent quality

Client Served

Rating: 5

This charity helped me tremendously with food for my family!! I got to choose the food my family eats!! They did not make me feel like less of a person for needing help! They were very friendly people!! I pray the world finds more people/charities like this one!!!
Oh I got my trunk full of groceries!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Miss Lorri and Randy helped me in my time of need. Very kind and sweet people. Made my day with the help I received from them. Thank you so much. God bless you

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have four children and was need in assistance for food. I met Mr's. Brown of Calvin Stennis CDC Inc., and she was very polite. She was so kind and generous. She loves what she does-helping people. She's very understanding to people's situations and doesn't look down on a person. She does not treat you like a client, she treats you like family. She helped my family tremendously and we thank her and appreciate her.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Absolutely an amazing spiritual couple! God bless them! They were unbelievable and God is clearly working threw them! It was such a life savor for our family and my friends family who had to temporally stay with us! God is good!

Client Served

Rating: 5

God brought Lorri Brown into my life when needed help. My son and son in law parents have fallen into a hardship. It was great, best food bank I've ever seen, have volunteered at many in the past. Best part you pick what you need and can use instead of handed a box. I'm looking forward to being able to pay it forward when I'm done with Cancer treatment. If you can donate or help sponsor, please do. If you need help, please visit. You will be blessed and can bless others. God is great!

Client Served

Rating: 5

They were there when I needed them the most!. They are the nicest people I have encountered when having to get help and I pray theu have many blessing there way! Thank you