WHO WE ARE
ACSS provides workforce readiness, job placement, and life stabilization services to homeless and financially vulnerable men and women, including veterans, to empower them to reach their goals for self-sufficiency
Additionally, ACSS operates Café 458, a social enterprise which, during the week, serves as a meeting and lunch space for program participants, staff, volunteers, and employers. On Sundays, Café 458, with a lot of help from volunteers, serves up its popular Sunday Brunch to the public. Proceeds from the Sunday Brunch support ACSS operations and services.
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ACSS SUCCESS STORIES
Dwight had a successful Army career. As a Sergeant of the Guard in Germany, he was recognized as NCO of the Month for three consecutive months. After leaving the military, Dwight supported his family as an entrepreneur.
Then, life happened. His wife of 27 years died of cancer and shortly thereafter his mother died. While trying to process his grief, Dwight suffered a stroke and found himself alone and homeless. In early 2018, he was referred to ACSS by Hope Atlanta and the Atlanta Mission.
Dwight participated in CareerWorks and the Veterans Employment Assistance Program. He was able to purchase tools to re-establish his carpentry repair business and found employment with Atlanta VA Medical Center in distribution. Dwight credits ACSS with teaching him how to set goals for himself and how to develop financial discipline. He is learning, day by day, how to think positively about his life and how to surround himself with positive people. He is hopeful about his future.
Tony served in the U.S. Army for seven years, handling specialty cargo in Japan, South Korea, California, and Washington. While he enjoyed his work, Tony struggled for decades with a drug problem. He came to Atlanta for a new start in 2006, but struggled with addiction and homelessness for almost eight years.
In 2013, Tony finally sought help and began a recovery program at the Gateway Center, which referred him to ACSS.
Tony completed CareerWorks and the Veterans Employment Assistance Program. He obtained a job in building maintenance at the Hyatt Midtown and completed an OSHA certification program to become a forklift operator. He is making plans to move into his own home and has reconnected with his four grown children, one of whom followed his footsteps into the military.
After a successful government career, Jacqueline lost her job after a layoff. Because of a lifelong habit of poor financial decisions, she was living one paycheck away from homelessness. Even with her education and professional experience, Jacqueline’s joblessness quickly turned into homelessness.
Desperate to find work, Jacqueline turned to the Department of Labor, which referred her to ACSS.
She quickly got back on her feet after completing the CareerWorks program. Her impressive resume and work ethic made finding employment with Fulton County Police Department easy. With the self-sufficiency and responsible decision making she gained at ACSS, Jacqueline is confident she will never experience homelessness again. She recently obtained her Georgia Center for Information Certification (GCIC), allowing her to work in any law enforcement agency in the state.
Glenn lost his job and after several months of unemployment, he was in a desperate situation. He lost his home and was living on the streets in his hometown of St. Louis. Deciding he needed to look for opportunities in another city, Glenn connected with a friend in Atlanta and spent the last bit of money he had on a bus ticket. He was shut out by the friend, so he sought help at a men’s shelter.
The job attainment program at The Shepherd’s Inn connected Glenn to ACSS.
He enrolled in CareerWorks in 2014. ACSS gave Glenn the tools he needed for a successful job search and a feeling of belonging in Atlanta. He found a job with Aramark as a floor tech at Grady Hospital and is saving toward a home.