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CAC Sledgehammer Ceremony Honors Campaign Donors, Kicks off Renovations

Tamara Carrera, CAC Executive Director, left; Elizabeth Kelly, President of the Sandy Springs Society; Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul; Shelly Dozier McKee, President of CAC Board of Directors; Dr. Joe B. Martin, Senior Pastor of Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church.  See more photos.

More than 100 guests attended CAC’s Sledgehammer Ceremony on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 kicking off renovations of the building at 8607 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs to allow for the expansion of services to help neighbors in need.

Guests included early supporters of CAC’s Building Hope $2 Million campaign which supports the purchase and renovation of the building, expansion of programs and the addition of two satellite sites.

At the one year mark of the three-year campaign, supporters to date have contributed $1.525 million so far toward the $2 million goal. Strong early support from CAC’s board of directors, volunteers, member congregations and many individuals and foundations has been instrumental in CAC’s ability to secure additional, larger gifts.

Among supporters and dignitaries in the audience were Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul; Elizabeth Kelly, President of the Sandy Springs Society and Dr. Joe B. Martin of Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church, all of which have been significant annual supporters of CAC for many years.  The city of Sandy Springs has provided human services grants to CAC every year since the city was incorporated. The Sandy Springs Society, a philanthropic community organization, has provided grants for programs and equipment annually and Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church helped to establish CAC in 1987, housed the operations for many years on their church campus and has continued to provide financial, in-kind and volunteer support.

CAC maintains the same mission today that was established 30 years ago upon CAC’s founding, to provide basic needs and to promote self-sufficiency. Since 1987, CAC has become a valued resource in the community assisting neighbors in need seeking help with food, clothing, and emergency financial assistance for rent and/or utilities to prevent homelessness. When CAC purchased its current building at 1130 Hightower Trail in 2005 the additional space enabled CAC to expand basic needs services and establish the education program to promote self-sufficiency.

Funds raised in the Building Hope Campaign will allow CAC to take the next steps needed to reach and serve more individuals and families with basic needs via a larger food pantry and two satellite sites, to expand self-sufficiency programs with more classes and a new job center, and to increase sustaining revenue through thrift shop sales at the CAC Boutique.

View Ceremony Photos on CAC’s Facebook page!

Click here for more information on CAC’s Building Hope Campaign.

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