Building Hope Campaign
CAC has provided 30 years of assistance to our neighbors in need. In that time CAC has continued to expand to serve more each year and outgrow our building at 1130 Hightower Trail. Plans to serve the needs of the community in the future are underway. In 2017 CAC announced the Building Hope $2.4 Million Capital Campaign. The campaign is supporting expansion of CAC to ensure greater accessibility to those living in poverty, and enhancement of services designed to help clients lift themselves out of the cycle of poverty. The campaign has supported the purchase and renovation in 2017 of the building at 8607 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs that is allowing to CAC expand in these ways:
• CAC Boutique thrift shop expansion to grow earned income to support operations and programs.
• A larger Food Pantry to serve 45 percent more in the next 5 years.
• Addition of 2 satellite offices to allow CAC to reach more residents in need of assistance.
• Expansion of Adult Education program to enhance life and job skills and promote self-sufficiency.
• Creation of a new Career Center to promote self-sufficiency through greater financial stability.
The Need for Expansion
A large percentage of CAC’s clients are working families who live at or below the poverty level. A job loss or reduction in wages can put a family living check to check in jeopardy of eviction and homelessness. Poverty has increased significantly in the Atlanta suburbs in recent years, yet CAC has the capacity to serve just a small percentage of those who need help. Between 2000 and 2011 poverty in the Atlanta suburbs increased by 158 percent. As many as 40,000 of the 150,000 residents (26%) in CAC’s service area have family incomes of $45,000 or less, according to U.S. Census data. Meanwhile, CAC served 5,500 residents in 2016. Of our clients, 80 percent live on $20,000 or less. The purchase of 8607 Roswell Road will allow CAC to serve more clients in need of food and clothing and also allow for the expansion of the Adult Education program and a new Career Center which provide a path to better paying jobs and self-sufficiency. The addition of two satellite locations in south Sandy Springs and Dunwoody will allow us to reach more neighbors in need.
Building Hope Campaign Gets Strong Community Support
In less then 2 years the community contributed $1,809,000 toward the $2.4 million goal! Contributions have come in the form of grants and donations from foundations, congregations, individuals, CAC volunteers and the CAC Board of Directors.
Milestones in the Campaign
May 1, 2018: Building Dedication, Ribbon Cutting and Open House
June 1, 2018: At the $1.8 Million mark, a new donor issued a challenge to CAC to raise $300,000 and they would match it with a $300,000 grant to bring us to our goal of $2.4 Million! See our progress.