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Buckhead Christian Ministry Helpline
(Rent, Mortgage + Utilities only)

Food & Hygiene

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Food & Hygiene

BCM provides non-perishable foods, meat, and hygiene items through our food pantry. Bread, bakery items, and fresh fruits and vegetables are available during some parts of the year. Grocery selections are available week-by-week and are dependent on family size. Food options are offered through an empowering process called client-choice technology. Using a touch-screen monitor, clients are able to select items from the pantry that will be most useful and desirable to their family.

  • Current lease in client’s name or two pieces of current mail in client’s name
  • Photo ID for all adult household members
  • Social Security card or birth certificates for minor household members

The food pantry also provides individuals and families experiencing homelessness with daily snack bags and hygiene items.

Contact Robyn Hazelrigs if you have any questions regarding the Pantry.

  • Photo ID for all adult household members
  • Social Security card or birth certificates for minor household members

Clothing

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Clothing

Buckhead THRIFTique is a boutique-style thrift store that offers free clothing to individuals and families in need. BCM clients may receive two clothing gift certificates in a 12-month period, which are ONLY distributed at the BCM office on Piedmont Road. The value of the gift certificate is determined by family size. Household items are not available to be redeemed via BCM gift certificate but are available for purchase.

  • Photo ID for all adult household members
  • Social Security card or birth certificates for minor household members

Employment Services

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Employment Services

New Worker Support: : For newly-hired workers, BCM helps those who have not yet received their first paycheck by providing gift cards for the purpose of purchasing required uniforms or equipment. BCM also helps these workers by providing transportation assistance. Households may receive gift cards once in a 12-month period and transportation assistance for up to two weeks.

  • Photo ID for all adult household members
  • Signed letter from new employer on company letterhead dated before the first paycheck stating the following:
    • Employee name
    • Start date
    • Anticipate date of first paycheck
    • Requirement for the job (uniform, equipment, shoes, etc.)
    • Company phone number *cannot be a cell phone number*
  • Signed information release. BCM staff must verify all documents before assistance can be provided.

Job Seekers: For those seeking employment, BCM staff and volunteers compile a weekly job listing which is made available to clients requesting job referrals. Please be aware that BCM does not partner with any of the employers on the list and does not guarantee legitimacy or assume any risks associated with the employers.

Computer, Internet, and Phone Access

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Computer, Internet, and Phone Access

BCM clients are encouraged to use the computers located in our office to prepare resumes and access the Internet. These services are provided for the purpose of online job searches and applications. Maximum time for computer use is 30 minutes per day.

Phones are available for use as available at our office.

Rent, Mortgage, & Utility Assistance

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Rent, Mortgage, & Utility Assistance

BCM’s financial assistance ministry is dedicated to forestalling eviction and utility shut-offs by providing one-time financial assistance to individuals and families experiencing a crisis such as illness, death in the family, divorce, or job setback. BCM will pay a portion of rent, mortgage, or utility bills in order to help our clients maintain stable housing. Financial assistance is available to families once in a 12-month period, and no more than twice in five years.

Please call the helpline (404)-239-0038 to make an appointment for an in-office interview regarding financial assistance. If the line rings busy or goes directly to voicemail, please hang up and keep trying as our call center is busy. Once the eight financial appointments are scheduled, the helpline shuts down. This can be as quickly as one hour.

Eligibility for financial assistance:

  • A current lease or mortgage in client’s name. Client must have resided and paid rent or mortgage at that address for a minimum of three full months.
  • Must be employed within the past 12 months or be unable to work due to age or disability.
  • Must have a documented emergency within the past 12 months, including but not limited to:
    • Illness or death in the family
    • Loss of job
    • Reduction in work hours or pay
    • Unexpected expenses (major car repairs, house repairs)

For more information, email [email protected]

Supportive Housing

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Supportive Housing

Through the Foundation 3 program, BCM helps working families that are experiencing or are on the brink of homelessness establish a solid financial foundation. The program targets three essential areas: safe housing, stable employment, and education. While enrolled in the program, participants receive financial assistance for rent and utilities for 12 months. Participants are required to attend weekly case management, which include career-based education, and employment services, among other case specific supports.

To be eligible for participation in Foundation 3, families must be experiencing homelessness or on the brink of homelessness, including at least one of the following:

Must be a Parent(s) or guardian(s)
Must have physical custody of at least one minor child
Must be employed full-time
Must be homeless or on the brink of homelessness, including at least one of the following:

  • Lack of a fixed, regular, and adequate overnight residence, which can include living at a location not intended for human habitation
  • Imminent risk of losing housing
  • Currently fleeing or attempting to flee domestic or dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or other dangerous or life-threatening situations
  • Lack of reliable housing, such as staying with friends or family or living in a motel
  • Frequent moves or history of eviction
  • Periodic episodes of homelessness

For more information, email [email protected]

Financial Education

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Financial Education

Budget for Life™ is a 12-month program, which includes 22-weeks of financial education for working individuals and families. The program focuses on helping participants build the skills, knowledge, and habits to become financially stable and make better financial decisions. Participants are required to attend weekly meetings in either a one-on-one financial coaching session or a group setting.

Candidates interested in applying for the Budget for Life™ program must meet the following guidelines:

  • Have a lease or mortgage in their name
  • Live in Metro Atlanta
  • Have at least one adult in the household who is working full time; in addition, all adults in the household must be willing to fully participate in the program
  • Consent to drug & alcohol screenings, as well as credit report checks and criminal background checks
  • Earn a household income at or below 200% of the poverty level

For more information, email [email protected]