Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency, Inc.

$1,380.00 contributions
17 donors

Raised: $1380Remaining: $3620

Everyone has goals. Achieving them is a challenge...exponentially so when you are homeless.



Help Larry and others continue to achieve their goals!

Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency (ACSS) was formed through a merger of two long standing nonprofit agencies – Atlanta Enterprise Center and Samaritan House of Atlanta – to embrace a stronger vision for breaking the cycle of homelessness among individuals and families within the Greater Atlanta area. Our mission is to empower homeless individuals to achieve economic self sufficiency and their ultimate potential to thrive in life. 


Facts about Homelessness
  • Each night, more than 7,000 men, women and children - 20,000 per year - experience homelessness in Atlanta, Fulton and DeKalb County.
  • Veterans comprise one-fifth of total homeless population - 40% of homeless adult males.
  • Families with children represent one of the fastest growing homeless populations.
  • Most common reasons for homelessness include lack of job opportunities, alcohol or drug use, and access to affordable housing.

Our Programs

  • CareerWorks offers comprehensive assessments, a rigorous 3-week Employment Readiness Training curriculum, referrals to vocational training, career planning, and job placement assistance.
  • Veterans Employment Assistance Program is a targeted initiative aimed at helping homeless veterans reintegrate into the workforce.
  • Café 458 is a referral-based, life stabilization program that offers disabled homeless men and women restaurant-style meals, individual and group counseling, case management, and support services.
  • ACSS operates social enterprise ventures -- Café 458Sunday Brunch and CST Janitorial Services -- which provide unrestricted revenue for the agency and job opportunities for homeless individuals.

ACSS’ Impact in the Community

  • Successful Program Outcomes
    • 95% Graduation Rate
    • 70% Job Placement Rate (268 Job Placements in 2012)
    • $9.16 Average Starting Wage
    • 75% Job Retention Rate (86% among veterans)
    • 85% permanent housing placement rate in our Café 458 program 
  • Average cost per participant: $3,500
    • Compared to the estimated $35,000 per homeless individual that the community spends on shelter, medical, and government services.

How You Can Get Involved

  • Financial Support: ACSS relies on the financial support from donors to advance our misson.  Every donation helps to transforms lives! Donate online or mail to 75 Peachtree Pl NW, Atlanta, GA 30309.
  • Volunteer: ACSS depends on support from dedicated volunteers to operate all of our wonderful programs.  Visit our website or email volunteer@atlantacss.org or call 404.446.4680 for more info.
  • Donate Clothes, Toiletries or Office Supplies: Our Wish List of needed items includes clothes, toiletries, and basic office supplies.  Donations are tax-deductible and may be dropped off at 85 Peachtree Pl NW between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m, Monday – Friday. 
Melissa F donated $25.00
Thursday, November 14, 2013 9:25 AM
Laura M donated $25.00
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 10:39 PM
Janine B donated $25.00
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 9:41 PM
Jacquelwyn A donated $100.00
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 9:08 PM
Nicole P donated $10.00
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 7:52 PM
Charles E donated $50.00
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 6:01 PM

Updates and Donors' Comments

Melissa F11/14/2013 9:25:00 AM

I support the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency because I want to help break the cycle of homelessness in Atlanta. Homeless individuals de

Nicole P11/13/2013 7:52:00 PM

This life is nothing if we don't give back. I just want to leave this world a little better than when I came into it.

KAthleen R11/13/2013 10:52:00 AM

In honor of our wonderful CEO Dana

Jonathan S11/6/2013 6:30:00 PM

Please join me in supporting ACSS!