Strengthen Our Foundation

CAC launches $800,000 Capital Campaign

New building on Northwood Drive that will house CAC’s south Sandy Springs branch office and food pantry.

Community Assistance Center (CAC) has methodically and intentionally grown since 1987 to meet the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors as THE primary provider of Human Services in the cities of Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. By working together, CAC has been a stabilizing force for community members as they face the financial difficulties of everyday living as well as during an economic crisis like the global pandemic.

We have thoughtfully invested in facilities in order to reach and serve more in need. Funds are now needed for capital improvements to 1130 Hightower Trail and 8607 Roswell Road as well as for the build-out of a “new” south Sandy Springs branch on Northwood Drive.

1130 Hightower Trail: Capital Needs $290,000

CAC occupied a small donated space at Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church in Sandy Springs until 2004 when it purchased the building at Hightower Trail (built in 1985). CAC Initially occupied a portion of the building and rented out the remainder but quickly needed full use of the facility to house growing program operations. In 2016 CAC purchased the building at 8607 Roswell Rd and moved the Food Pantry and Thrift Shop there. The vacated space at Hightower Trail was used to expand CAC’s Adult Education program and manage the Youth Program in house which includes: Tools for School school supplies, Summers Lunches, and Adopt-a-Family holiday gift program.

CAC’s administration offices and the Financial Assistance program are also housed at Hightower Trail. Some improvements and upgrades to the 3-level facility have been made since the purchase which include the replacement of roof, HVAC units, carpet, and garage door as well as some build-out of the lower level space.

In 2021-22, CAC plans to expand Adult Education and pilot an Employment Program which will also operate in the Hightower Trail facility.

Now is the perfect time for CAC to complete much needed upgrades to the 36-year old structure. Improvements needed include:

  • Reception area renovations
  • 5 bathroom renovations
  • New client interview rooms with privacy and security
  • Exterior windows replaced
  • Ceiling tiles replaced
  • Exterior cleaned and painted
  • Replace exterior signage

In 2018 CAC established a south Sandy Springs branch office in donated space on Northwood Drive to offer residents with transportation challenges access to services where previously they had none. As a result, in 2019 CAC was able to serve an additional 500 families. The small space housed interview offices only. We provided a shuttle service to 8607 Roswell Rd for families to utilize the Food Pantry and Thrift Shop for clothing and household items.

New South Sandy Springs Branch: Capital Needs $390,000

Northwood Drive Re-Opening 2021

The building that housed CAC’s south Sandy Springs branch was sold and a new development is underway slated to open in the 4th quarter of 2021. CAC actively participated in discussions with the developer, other non-profits, and the City of Sandy Springs yielding valuable community input for the multi-use project which will consist of retail spaces and storage rental as well as a park for local residents.

CAC will re-open its south Sandy Springs branch in a 3,500 sq. ft. retail space at a rate of $5 per sq. ft. for the term of a 10-year lease. This is a triple net rate therefore funds are needed to complete the build-out of the space. This branch will house a food processing area, client choice market, waiting area, as well as 4 interview rooms which accommodate our clients’ privacy and security. Funds are also be needed for food pantry fixtures and equipment and furniture for client intake rooms and general office operations. Association of General Contractors of GA (AGCGA) is supporting this project with funds and donated services.

Food Pantry & Thrift Shop: Capital Needs $120,000

The purchase of 8607 Roswell Rd was completed in 2018 and approximately $650,000 was invested in upgrades and renovations which includes expenditures for a new roof, electrical and lighting, exterior painting, significant interior construction and more. This facility houses the Food Pantry and Thrift Shop operations.

The parking lot was not resurfaced at that time. Due to the volume of car and truck traffic and resulting deterioration of the surface and safety integrity, it is now necessary to replace the driveway and parking lot in ALL areas around the building. Parking spaces will be re-striped and areas that were not previously designated can be more efficiently configure to accommodate more parking spaces needed for program operations.

During COVID, CAC temporarily moved its food mini-market outdoors to meet social distancing guidelines which required upgrades to the space under the awning behind the building. This area accommodates the market and protects client and volunteers during in-climate weather. Plans are underway to reopen the market indoors as soon as it is safe to do so.

Electrical, lighting, ceiling fans and a concrete parking pad for the dumpster were donated thanks to Eckhardt Electric and Martin Concrete. Where possible, CAC works toward donated labor and goods in order to raise and conserve funds for other key projects.

Improvements Needed at 8607 Roswell Rd

  • Parking lot and driveways Paved & Restriped
  • Side awning at the Thrift Shop donation door
  • Roswell Rd frontage permanent signage
  • Updates in Food Pantry due to excessive wear and tear of daily operations