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Our Values

The mission of Intown Collaborative Ministries is to prevent and reverse homelessness and hunger in Intown Atlanta.

We envision a thriving community equipped to provide prompt and effective support for those experiencing homelessness and hunger.

Our work is guided by these values.



Treating all people with respect and compassion  



Focusing on delivering long-term solutions for our clients while ensuring we will be here for as long as we are needed 



Fostering a community where clients, staff, board, and volunteers are able to achieve their potential



Establishing mutual trust and responsibility among our clients, staff, and board while being good stewards of our resources  here for as long as we are needed 



Building meaningful partnerships with our clients and others to address homelessness and hunger in our community 



  • 2009


    A fire in the offices of Intown Community Assistance, an organization that provided emergency relief to the individuals experiencing hunger and homelessness in the neighborhood, shutters operations.  A group of clergy from the area churches and synagogues come together to address the need in the neighborhood.  Intown Collaborative Ministries is founded.

  • 2010


    Our food pantry begins operations to alleviate the immediate hunger of our neighbors experiencing food insecurity.

  • 2011


    To address the need for food security and community in two low-income housing units in the neighborhood, Intown Collaborative Ministries begins two Food Co-ops.

    In the first year, 54 co-op members receive groceries of their choosing, including fresh fruits and vegetables, twice a month for $10 monthly membership fee.

  • 2012


    The Clothing Closet, a boutique-like "shop" for low income neighbors and individuals experiencing homelessness to meet basic needs for clothing and hygiene products with dignity opens.

    The Heading Home program launches with 1 part-time staff member.  The program helps individuals experiencing homelessness who live in temporary shelters to find permanent homes.  In the first year, 21 individuals are housed.

  • 2014-2015


    A part-time Director of Food Ministries joins the team to manage the weekly Food Pantry and Food Co-ops.

    In August 2014, the part-time Homeless Outreach staff person begins a program working to contact, assess, and connect neighbors experiencing chronic homelessness (individuals with a disabling condition experiencing homelessness for a year or more) with needed services.

    Intown Collaborative Ministries switches to a June-July fiscal year.

  • 2016


    The Homeless Outreach Program begins a pilot testing period.  One full-time employee begins developing a program, following the Housing First model, that combines intensive caseh management and navigation for neighbors experiencing chronic homelessness.

    The Heading Home program is closed with the closure of three temporary shelters in the City of Atlanta that were primary partners of the program.

  • 2017


    The Food Pantry moves to Druid Hills Presbyterian Church.

    Due to the success of the pilot program, Intown is awarded a 3-year federal CABI (Cooperative Agreement to Benefit Homeless Individuals) grant to expand the Homeless Outreach Program from 1 to 4 full-time employees.  The expanded team of case managers and peer support specialists is fully operational in April 2017.

  • 2017


    The Food Pantry experiences a 15% increase over 2017 in the number of guests seeking assistance.  On average 150 guests are served each week in the pantry.

    The Homeless Outreach Program refines the four-step process for assisting the individuals experiencing chronic homelessness in the 30306 and 30307 zip codes: engage, enroll, navigate, house.

    From the dozen agencies working with chronically homeless people in the City of Atlanta, 35% of the people wo moved into ousing in 2018 came from Intown.

  • 2019


    In recognition of the success of the Homeless Outreach Program, Intown is awarded a grant from the HomeFirst, a public/private partnership between the City of Atlanta and the United Way Regional Commission on Homelessness.  The funds allow Intown to add 6 full-time employees to the Homeless Outreach tem and expand the service area from 9 square miles to 133 square miles, covering the entire City of Atlanta.

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