I joined the Board this year because I think BCM's approach is the most strategic and effective I've seen in preventing homelessness. BCM combines effective life skills training with rent and utility assistance (and food pantry) to enable clients to remain in their homes through a crisis and then become better prepared to handle future crises.
Buckhead Christian Ministry (BCM) is a lifeline for all the people they serve. It provides food, helps with rent and utility assistance and the thrift store provides needed clothing and household supplies. Not only that, but each client is treated with respect and kindness. There is even a volunteer position at the front desk named "hospitality" so each client is greeted warmly and offered a place to sit and rest until their name is called. During this very busy holiday season, BCM provides Thanksgiving Baskets to as many clients as we can. In addition in December there is a Joyous Toys store where parents can "shop" for gifts for their children. These toys have been donated by BCM's supporters. BCM is great!!
BCM provides emergency services such as rent assistance and food to help the working poor in 15 area zip codes. In addition, the transitional housing and 70/30 programs provide clients with life skills and money management. With an incredibly talented staff of social workers and a very well-trained volunteer contingent, these programs have demonstrably changed lives in our community. BCM's used clothing and household effects store makes these items available to our clients at a very low cost. BCM is fortunate to an excellent professional leadership team exhibiting dedication and solid hard work.
I am now in my third year working with some the most Blessed people I have ever met. Not only are they Blessed, their work for the poor and unfortunate in our midst is reward enough for my simple contribution. As a board member and head of the finance committee I have seen the Lord continuosly provide all of the resources we need on a day to day basis.
BCM is a wonderful organization that has helped countless working parents learn how to help themselves through life changing interactions with kind and helpful BCM volunteers. The BCM staff and volunteers do not stop with making sure these desparate families have enough food, clothing, and shelter, they truely change their lives by showing them how to manage thier money and helping to prepare them to find gainful employment. By creating an environment where these individuals understand that BCM is not just a place to recieve a free hand out, but rather a place that expects them to work toward a better life for themselves and their families. It is amazing to see the way BCM improves the self esteem and self worth of these individuals that want so desparately to improve their lives, but just need some guidance and understanding. The value BCM provide to our community is difficult to quantify, but the results are truely amazing. I am proud to be associated with such a great group of employees, board members, volunteers, financial supporters and clients.
Now more than ever, Buckhead Christian Ministry's mission of preventing hunger and homelessness is vital as there or more and more who find themselves in a short or mid-term crisis situation with no where else to turn. In addition to providign temporary financial assistance, the transitional housing program can provide meaningful and lasting change for not only those assisted, but anyone whose lives they touch.
BCM is a never ending source of inspiration to me as I work with the organization. Watching volunteers council with clients and work to help them figure out solutions to their problems is most impressive. Not only do they provide financial help but programs are in place to educate and encourage budgeting and thrift to prevent financial woes from recurring. I enjoy working with the staff as they seek to keep the various programs operating and to fine tune their efforts to better serve their clients. Money is always carefully spent and planning is done to ensure that none is wasted. The organization and everyone involved serve as a never ending inspiration to help me know how fortunate I am and to inspire me to seek to try to help others.
BCM is a ministry that serves the working poor of Atlanta. One of the best things I like about BCM is the relationship between BCM and the client. It is not a hand out but more of a co-op program. Another great thing is the professional staff who are trained socail workers. This is their expertise and know how to work with people in need. This is their full time job whereas some people try to do it on a part time basis. Being the past Chair of the Board, I worked closely with the Executive director and the director of development. BCM is an extremely well run organization. I beleive 81% of your money goes straight to client services. That iwhat Ilook for when I make a contribution to a charity. BCM is just a wonderful resource for our churchs to help them in this area .
BCM is one of the finest organizations I have ever been a part of. The people who work for BCM are so committed to the cause and care so much for the their clients. They also care so much for each other. Helen has done a great job assemlbing a wonderful team of people who go above and beyond the call of duty on a daily basis. I am honored to be associated with BCM