Center for Family Resources emergency assistance programs.

The Center for Family Resources provides direct financial aid in a crisis as well as housing, employment, and education services. Other assistance available in Cobb County Georgia includes free food, referrals, and social service support.

Resources for basic needs, including food and energy bills

During a crisis situation, a resource known as Direct Services can help a qualified family with their basic needs. This can be useful when an unexpected event occurs, such as the death of a family member, the unplanned loss of a job, divorce, or medical emergency occurs. The Center for Family Resources can help during this timeframe.

For families that qualify, they can receive very short term help with paying rent, utilities or a mortgage. Any aid paid out is one time only, and in some cases a loan will be issued to families. While funding will vary, normally a few hundred dollars or so is available. This program helps to prevent homelessness in Cobb County.

Other support from Center for Family Resources includes transportation in order to get to work or maybe an interview. The Center for Family Resources also runs a free food pantry in the region, as this can help families with preventing hunger.

Low income housing and support services are arranged. The Center for Family Resources and their Housing Services division provides individuals and families with affordable, independent living options. They will arrange apartments for those that need them. The families that qualify can also receive access to various other supportive services, including budgeting workshops, childcare, transportation, car repairs, and other life-skills classes.

The non-profit will put people into their own affordable apartments, so this is not a shelter program. Assistance with security deposits or paying first months rent on the units may be available as well. CFR also work with both private landlords and other to address the lack of affordable housing in Cobb County. Some examples of the categories of housing includes the following.




  • Extended Housing Program - It is run in partnership with CSBG-ARRA. The resource provides low income apartments for families for up to 6 months. They will also be able to work with case managers on locating a permanent home in Cobb County Georgia.
  • Short-Term centers - These are shelter type programs for a small number of residents. Some costs will need to be involved from the family.
  • Transitional Housing is available. Clients will be placed into case management and other support services so that they are in a better position to obtain self-sufficiency. Participants will need to put a portion of their income towards paying the rental costs.
  • Permanent, affordable housing - The resource from Center for Family Resources is known as Cambridge Woods. Residents of the center must have an income that is equal to, or above, three times the monthly rent on Cambridge Woods.

A thrift store is operated by CFR in Marietta. It is available for families moving into the housing units, the homeless and low income. Atlanta Mission Thrift Store , which is located at 1140 Roswell Road SE Marietta, Georgia 30062, will offer gently used clothing, furniture items and other household goods.




Self-sufficiency such as employment

Center for Family Resources education and employment programs are key to self-sufficiency. The non-profit provides consumers with Employment Resources/Education Services. They are targeted at both the unemployed and people looking for new skills. The programs assist participants to obtain and retain employment. They will help participants to earn a sustainable wage and also assist them with meeting the demands of the job market in Georgia.

  • Job Readiness - An on site case manager provides individualized instruction and counseling in interviewing skills, resume preparation, job search and retention skills.
  • GED Prep - This is a sub-site of Cobb Adult Basic Education and is focused on non-traditional student.  Classes are offered in the evenings and afternoon.
  • Workshops for Career Builders - These are stand alone sessions providing tools and skills for the workforce.
  • Life Skills Training - This is wide ranging. CFR can provide budgeting, counseling, credit repair, and more.

The job training and educational services from Center for Family Resources are offered in the evenings in Marietta. This will enable working parents to attend. Free child care is also offered to participants.

For more information on Center for Family Resources, the address is 995 Roswell St NE Ste 100, Marietta, GA 30060. Call the center at (770) 428-2601.



By Jon McNamara

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