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Buckhead Christian Ministry, Inc.

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Causes: Emergency Assistance, Financial Counseling, Homeless & Housing, Housing & Shelter, Human Services, Religion, Religion-Related

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)

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In addition to being a volunteer for over seven years, I am also a donor and Board member. About a year ago I assisted BCM with gathering client feedback in connection with establishing a new strategic plan. The feedback that was so often mentioned by clients was that the assistance provided by the staff and many volunteers at BCM was given with a joy and graciousness and respect for the individual that meant so much to each client. Put another way, the volunteers and staff at BCM were very genuine in the desire to serve their fellow man.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at BCM for 5 years and truly appreciate the opportunity to have a hands on way to help my neighbors in need. The community of volunteers and staff at BCM are passionate about bringing hope to all clients. Through food, financial assistance, clothing, housing, or direction to other resources, BCM lends a hand and heart to thousands of Atlantans in need. I could not imagine a more genuine place to spend my philanthropic time and money.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I haved worked cosely with the staff at BCM as a member of the board for over 3 years. I have also volunteered and worked with clients in the money management program. I have seen how BCM can really change lives, eaither through the simple gift of food or financial assistance or through a longer term transformation via continuing eductaion and transitionl housing. I think the staff genuinely care about the best interests of the clients and I think that donors funds are used prudently.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I used to be a client of Buckhead Christian Ministries and they helped me and my daughter by accepting us into the Transitional Housing Program. Since my time there I have progressed in life including becoming a volunteer for BCM. BCM is an extrodinary ministry making profound impact in the community by helping those in need and equipping them with the tools to survive every day life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Dudley F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.