Nicholas House’s mission is to help homeless families become self-sufficient by providing them with a temporary place to live while addressing the root causes of their homelessness so that they never become homeless again. We are working with the Continuum of Care and partners in the city of Atlanta to make family homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring in Atlanta by 2020. Nicholas House is committed to assisting its families attain three goals that form the basis of self-sufficiency:
1. Earn a living wage;
2. Maintain the physical, mental and social health of the family;
3. Maintain safe and stable housing.
Sadly, families are increasingly the face of homelessness. On average, there are 1,100 family members, 800 of whom are children, homeless in Atlanta every night. According to a January 2016 report, 37% of Georgia's homeless are families; in Fulton County, their numbers rise to 42% and in DeKalb County, 51%. The average age of a homeless person is only 9 years old.
Why Support Nicholas House?
Since our founding in 1982, Nicholas House has helped more than 10,000 people get back on their feet. Nicholas House has three unique elements that set it apart from other homeless service providers:
1. We are the only shelter in Atlanta that takes in homeless families regardless of composition, including single dads, large families, and families including teenage boys. Whereas most shelters divide up families by age and gender, we believe that in the midst of a trauma as big as homelessness, no family should be separated.
2. Our programs are accountability-based. Upon entry into our programs, all clients identify personal goals that will help them become self-sufficient with their case manager and meet to assess their progress toward those goals every 90 days in order to re-qualify for continued participation in the program.
3. We are outcome-oriented. We track our clients’ progress for up to two years after they graduate, so we know that our programs are effective—75% of the families we serve remain stably housed a year or more after graduation.
Youth Services Program
At Nicholas House, we know that not just homeless parents, but also children need support and care to help them recover from the trauma of homelessness and head toward a bright future. Homeless children are eight times likelier to have to repeat a grade in school, four times as likely to drop out of school and much likelier to have social, emotional and behavioral challenges than their stably-housed peers.
To help meet the unique needs of homeless children in our programs, Nicholas House provides comprehensive Youth Services including a free After-School Program for children in our emergency shelter, tutoring opportunities, a free eight-week summer camp and winter camp. Thanks to the consistent support they enjoy at Nicholas House, the children make considerable progress while in our programs-- and have ambitious plans for when they grow up!
100% of the children in our shelter matriculated to the next grade level
85% of students improved their report card by a letter grade or more
29% of children in our shelter were on the honor roll
89% of children measurably improved their behavior
Your Gift Makes a Difference!
Your contribution will make a real impact for homeless children and their parents and allow us to continue comprehensive housing and case management services tailored to the needs of every member of the family-- and allows homeless children to make big plans.
Do you want to help homeless children and their families have a bright future? Give today!
To learn more, volunteer, or donate, visit nicholashouse.org