I worked in Nonprofit Management for over 20 years in Atlanta and also spent two years evaluating nonprofits for major donors. The Real Life Center is in a category by itself! Not only do they make a real difference in people's lives, but they also handle everything in a systematic and professional manner. Other church-based organizations I tried to help with just pass out food and clothes. The Real Life Center helps people as clients and assists them to make a plan with progress, not just handouts. I personally help with client resumes and resume/job classes. I am a small donor and hope to do more. I also help collect and pick up Christmas Gifts, especially for the teenagers.
In such as an affluent area as Fayette and Coweta Counties, the Real Life Center is such a blessing to people in crisis to have somewhere to turn. Many of them were affluent and embarrassed to be in need, and they are treated as clients in such a respectful way!
You could not support a better organization.
I had the incredible blessing of being the Client Care Coordinator at the Real Life Center for almost 7 years. I saw many come through the front door so beaten down by life circumstances. They would leave full of hope after experiencing the grace, mercy and love of the many Godly volunteers and staff that they would come in contact with while at the center. They were never treated as "less than" but always with honor and respect. The Real Life Center meets physical, emotional and spiritual needs. They are the hands and feet of Jesus! I still volunteer with them whenever I can because the Real Life Center has a piece of my heart!
The Real Life Center is a wonderful example of a non-profit done right. They serve the community in many capacities not limited to food and clothing donations. They also follow families to make sure that they are going to be ok. They are very good stewards of donations and have a volunteer staff that is eager and enthusiastic. In this time of economic uncertainty, it is good to know that The Real Life Center is there for families.
What an amazing place the Real Life Center is!! The Executive Director, staff, and volunteers have such amazing love for the hurting clients that come through their doors. It is an honor to serve with this organization.
I started working at the Real Life Center in 2011 as an assistant to the Executive Director. I have sense expanded my role into a Project Manager over seeing all of the IT projects at the center as well as making sure the Executive Director is kept happy and does not have to worry about Admin stuff.
This organization is one of the best that I have been involved with. They have many different ministries within the organization and are associated with a church, but do not require the people they help to be Christians. They have a clothes closet, a food pantry, a bread ministry, financial counselors, financial assistance, and even more. They also have a thrift store to help increase their budget. All of the staff and volunteers go out of their way to help, and if there is nothing they can do, they are great with referrals and very involved with other nonprofits in the community.