PLACE OF FORSYTH COUNTY INC

Where every Person, Dollar, and Hour has PURPOSE.

aka The Place of Forsyth County, Inc.   |   Cumming, GA   |  www.theplaceofforsyth.org

Mission

"The Place assists residents of the Forsyth County area with essential needs and to be self sustaining." Working to ensure that no one in our community will go hungry, and to prevent homeless and deprivation by assisting the vulnerable populations. The Place has been changing lives in Forsyth County since 1975.

Ruling year info

1998

President & CEO

Joni Smith

Main address

PO Box 2607

Cumming, GA 30028 USA

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Formerly known as

The Place-Rural Social Services

EIN

58-2355072

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Thrift Shops (P29)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Overall, The Place of Forsyth County addresses the difficult circumstances faced by those living in poverty. These situations run the gamut of needs and implications such as: evictions, utility disconnections, job loss, lack of transportation and health care, food insecurity, loneliness, youth delinquency, and essential needs (furniture, school supplies, clothing,etc.)

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?

Emergency Assistance

Emergency Assistance or Financial assistance is used for residents in crisis with threat of eviction/foreclosure or disconnection of utilities. This program also provides emergency heat during the winter months. All assistance is need based and justified through proof of income and expenses, and other documentation. Our assistance must be effective and resolve the crisis.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Providing emergency assistance with limited life sustaining medications for clients in need that do not have insurance. Additionally we can address limited basic emergency dental to eliminate suffering and pain. Funded by an annual grant from The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Main Food Pantry distributions, daily Surplus Bread room, a weekly Wednesday Noon Day meal, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas food distributions.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Community Meal on Wednesdays provided by various groups such as Churchs, businesses, etc.. Everyone is welcome.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Day old bread, desserts, and boxes of food items that are slightly damaged are picked up by our agency vehicle from two Publix grocery stores in Forsyth County. These food items are shared with residents in need. The surplus room is supervised by volunteers to help us to ensure that the food items will be shared. These items are a great supplement to the bags/boxes of food we distribute. Local growers also bring their fresh produce that is also shared in this room. The Surplus pantry is based strictly on an honor system and no one is required to justify their need for these items.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Voucher for a needed item from our Thrift Store may be given if a need is shown and the item is available.

Population(s) Served
Adults

This program is to provide for the needs of the children of our clients to ensure that their basic needs are met. Additionally we seek to ensure that each school age student will have a new backpack and school supplies to start the school year off on a positive note.
A very limited number of YMCA Day Camp scholarships are also provided to approx. 16-20 children ages 6-12 each year.

Population(s) Served
Families

Where we work

Awards

The Don Hendricks Partnership Award 2011

Forsyth County Schools-Don Hendricks Foundation/Northside Hospital

Nonprofit of the Year 2019

Chamber of Commerce

Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce 2013

Hands On Network 2013

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

The Place of Forsyth is currently working on expanding our services and programs into neighboring counties, establishing homes for youth aging out of foster care, and increasing the effectiveness of our workforce & education development program.

We have been in communication with area agencies to determine gaps in service and how best to provide assistance in other counties.

Provide housing for youth aging out of foster care.

To enhance our workforce development program, we will consultant with other similar programs to determine best practices and to identify strategic partnerships.

Established over 45 years ago and with wise financial practices, The Place has established the credibility, human resources, and revenue streams necessary to expand its programs and services.

We have identified and established community partners in the geographical areas of intended expansion.

In 2020, we purchased a home that will house girls aging out of foster care.

We have pivoted our delivery model for workforce & education development and are currently in discussions with potential partners.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Just prior to COVID we investigated opportunities to digitize our food distribution process so that clients could select the items they wanted from an iPad/tablet. Their bag would then be packed accordingly. Our goal was to decrease the weight time of our clients. When surveyed, our clients said they prefer to wait and "shop" in the store. So, we actually did not make the change.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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PLACE OF FORSYTH COUNTY INC

Board of directors
as of 4/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robert Otwell

Rebecca Powell

Julie Brennan

Wendy Goodrow

Jessica Holt

Derrick Hershey

Dawn Hooper

Stephen Kight

Judy Vitucci

David Fountain

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/19/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/22/2021

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.