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Gwinnett Children's Shelter, Inc.

Where Hope Lives

aka Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children's Shelter, Inc.   |   Buford, GA   |  www.homeofhopegcs.org

Mission

Strengthening children, youth and families in crisis by providing a broad array of counseling and support services in a safe and nurturing environment.

Notes from the nonprofit

We will use this space to share a note from one of our kids when they were leaving. She was 12 years old and had been sleeping in the car for 3 months with her mom, 7 year old sister and 2 year old brother... "Dear GCS, it has been a blessing being with you guys from the time I woke up and from the time I went to sleep. No other shelter since we've been homeless has been this generous and heart-warming like you have. I have had so much fun with the nannies & with the donation & the Falcon's games & most of all you! I shall visit you guys one day, but till then, don't forget about me! I shall never forget about you! I Love You GCS!"

Ruling year info

1986

Executive Director

Ms. Maureen Kornowa

Director of Operations

Ms. Renita Pollard

Main address

PO Box 527

Buford, GA 30515 USA

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EIN

58-1662180

NTEE code info

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Family Services (P40)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Gwinnett County alone has over 6,000 homeless every night and the average age of a homeless person is 6 years of age. Our program is a two generational approach providing a safe, loving, nurturing environment for our children where they are free from the worry of homelessness. Our approach is designed to keep the family unit together and address the root cause of each family situation and lead them to independence. We provide life skills training in terms of budgeting, financial management, resume writing, career building and the like. Since 2014 we have graduated well over 100 families out of the cycle of homelessness.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children's Shelter

Our program is a transitional shelter serving homeless children and their young mothers. We provide customized life plans designed to keep the family together and set mom on a plan to independence. We provide all the necessary life skills training so that we KNOW mom can navigate life upon graduation of our program which reduces the rate of recidivism to the need for social services. We keep our children in a loving. safe family like environment where they are free to be children while mom works on her customized life plan. We welcome volunteer groups to help in many capacities.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

"BEST OF GWINNETT" by Gwinnett Magazine 2017

"Best of Gwinnett" by Gwinnett Magazine 2018

"Best of Gwinnett" by Gwinnett Magazine 2019

"Public Service Award" Gw. Chamber of Commerce 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

% of guests who comple the customized Life Plan within 72 hours of admittance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Children and youth, Homeless people

Related Program

Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children's Shelter

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each young mom is required to complete a customized Life Plan with our Social Worker within 72 hours of admittance to our program. We began in June of 2014 and have grown annually.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children's Shelter is addressing the growing homeless population with a viable SOLUTION to the issue.
We take our guests from homeless to hopeful and into a home of their own.

Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children's Shelter has a two generational approach. First, we keep our children in a safe, home-like environment. Each child has a Child Advocate here who is the liaison to the school and mom. Her goal is to see each child's needs are met and they are happy and free to dream of all the things children should dream of.

Each young mom in our program has a customized life plan done with her, and for her, designed to see her to independent living. Her success is our success.

Replacing homelessness with independence is a great return on investment.

Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children's Shelter has a proven track record since beginning this business model in June of 2014. We have a team of leadership and professionals who rally around each family to help them reach their goals. We have a 45 acre campus (lien free) with sports fields and play areas. We have walking trails and a fishing deck over the creek. Each of our buildings gives us the capacity to house as many as 22 families at a time. We have a commercial kitchen and cafeteria where we provide 3 meals per day and 3 snacks per day. Our Executive Team consists of our Executive Director, Director of Operations/Social Worker and our Director of Finance. Each case is managed by our Director of Operations, Case Manager and each child's case is managed by our Child Advocate. We have full time house staff known as Residential Advisers and we have overnight awake staff. We operate 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

Now in 2022, we have clarified our strategic priorities for moving forward through 2025:

Grow our programs to respond to the needs of homeless children and their mothers.
With our current facility and programming scope, we now have the opportunity to help at least 22 families every month work toward independent living to see their American dream come true. In 7 years time, starting with just 5 family guests, we have graduated over 100 families out of homelessness. With our approach now proven, we can guide 350 more families to independence within the next five years.
Grow individual, corporate, and philanthropic support for sustained change.
Home of Hope at GCS has embraced the truth that it takes corporate, civic, religious and private communities to help grow and sustain our mission. We are now working to grow a culture of givers who understand that replacing homelessness with independence, is a great return on investment.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Gwinnett Children's Shelter, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 08/23/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Doug Meyer

n/a

Term: 2022 - 2024


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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/28/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data