The Place emergency assistance programs and social services.

Information, advocacy, and referrals are all offered as part of programs administered by The Place. The charity organization works to help those that are less fortunate, including the elderly, low income, and working poor in Forysth County Georgia.

The Place's community service activities revolve around the resources that are offered as part of the Direct Emergency Assistance Program. The purpose of this is to help Forsyth County residents with a short term hardship.

The non-profit may offer clients access to short-term emergency basic survival needs when circumstances make it difficult for them to do so for themselves. Services include referrals to other area agencies or maybe one time, cash assistance for paying bills. The program is paid for primarily by private donations and an endowment fund from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Inc. What may be offered includes.

  • A few hundred dollars for bills or rent in a crisis.
  • Assistance for Elderly Residents in Forysth County. This may include emergency financial assistance with retaining existing housing, prescription medications, clothing, help paying for heat and utilities, and free food.
  • A Medical Fund from the Place is a voucher-based program to help uninsured Forsyth County Georgia residents with obtaining emergency dental or medical care. It can also assist with critical life-sustaining prescription medicines.
  • Programs are for Hispanic Residents in Georgia. This may include emergency financial aid, advocacy, and referrals provided by bilingual staff members.

The Place's Food Pantry is offered in collaboration with area schools, churches, businesses, civic groups, and Forsyth County citizens. The goal is to assist those in the local community who are needy, facing a crisis or who might otherwise go without a meal or adequate food.

The charity does depend on a variety of sources for donations, in order to always have a ready supply to meet this fundamental need. The program's aim is to feed any and all who are in need and no one from Forsyth County will be denied a bag of food.




Their Food Pantry supplies supplemental bread, vegetables, produce, and breads. In addition, free Thanksgiving or Christmas Food Boxes are distributed each year during the week of the holiday. The boxes will be prepared according to the size of each family, with a grocery store gift card included for the purchase of a ham, turkey, or other meat.

Youth Services fills the unmet needs of low-income or less fortunate children living in Forsyth County. The Place's main program has an objective to increase self-esteem and build on children's potential, so that they grow to become valued citizens of our community.

Some of the other resources provided for youth include scholarship funds for the YMCA Summer Day Camp or the distribution of back-to-school supplies. There is also free holiday and Christmas activities such as free toys, Easter Baskets and a Christmas Gifting Program. Families in need, especially around the holidays, are encouraged to call the YMCA Holiday Giving Tree for Kids Program at 678-341-6337.

The Thrift Store is available for all Forsyth County families, regardless of income. The center offers clients a unique second-hand boutique shopping experience. The store stocks an abundance of household goods, furniture, quality clothing, hygiene items and other items.

Income qualified, very low low-income residents can shop using the non-profits voucher system, which provides for basic needs of adults and children. In addition, The Place will have clothing for adults looking for work or returning to work. The general public is also welcome to shop for items at affordable prices from the Thrift Store.

All funds generated by the Thrift Store and items sold there go to support agency operations, so that services are always available to Forsyth County residents when needed.




In addition to all of that, The Place also works with local churches in Forsyth County. They also partner with agencies and organizations to provide assistance with obtaining needed wheelchairs, walkers, heaters, fans, and winter outerwear for struggling Forsyth County community residents.

The main location, including for the thrift store, is at 2550 The Place Circle, Cumming, Georgia 30040. Call (770) 887-1098.


By Jon McNamara

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