Georgia’s Latino population has exploded over the past 20 years, with Hispanics now representing 11 percent of the residents of metro Atlanta. As the number of Latinos in the state continues to grow, so do the socio-economic disparities that exist for Latino families. One-third of Latinos in the Atlanta region, for instance, live in poverty, and thousands of Latino families face hunger.
Our Family Services Department professionals work closely with families to meet their basic needs and assist them in times of crisis so that they can achieve stability and self-sufficiency.
Our experienced social workers, all of whom are bilingual, meet with clients face-to-face and follow up with them periodically for up to 90 days to ensure they have access to the tools they need to succeed. The department also provides community referrals and resources to our clients, as well as hosts partners on an almost daily basis to talk to our families about various topics, including family planning, financial literacy and child development. We also offer free parenting classes.
Family Services opens Monday to Friday at 8:30 a.m. and clients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are unable to come in the morning, please call 404.638.1839 from Monday to Thursday between 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Homelessness Prevention Program
Finding affordable housing near schools and public transportation hubs is one of the biggest challenges our families face. Making sure that Latino families are financially secure and able to stay in their homes is a priority for us.
We work closely with families to make sure they are able to pay their monthly rents. In the event a family is facing unusual hardship or an emergency, we conduct an assessment and offer rent assistance for one month. If you want to make an appointment, call us at 404.638.1834.
Food and Clothing
When many of our families go through hard times, they sometimes are not able to afford food or clothing for themselves or their children. We have a food pantry stocked with non-perishable food items and basics such as diapers, baby formula, wipes and toothpaste. We also have a closet full of garments for toddlers and children, as well as for males and females of all ages and sizes.
We welcome donations all year long. For donations to our food pantry or clothing closet, please drop your items on Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 2 and 5 p.m. Or call 404.638.1834 to make an appointment.
Many families are eligible for federal benefits such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) yet they don’t know it. If your child is a U.S. citizen, your family may be eligible to apply for food stamps, even if you work. Our social workers can help you determine if you qualify and help you apply for benefits.
PeachCare for Kids and Medicaid
Are you looking for health insurance for your children? They may be eligible for Medicaid or PeachCare for Kids, which provide low-cost medical coverage. If your child is under 19 and a U.S. citizen, you may qualify.
To find out if you or your dependents are eligible for PeachCare for Kids or Medicaid, click here.
Other Health Insurance Options
The Affordable Care Act mandates that all persons who reside in the U.S and have legal immigration status must have health insurance as of January 1, 2014. Those who do not have coverage may face steep fines.
We offer parenting classes on our premises and throughout the community. The classes are free and taught in Spanish. They cover different child rearing methods, stages of child development, communication and your children’s rights.
For more information, contact Martha Kuhn at 678.205.1018 or email@example.com.
Club de la Tercera Edad/Seniors Club
For older first-generation and retired Latinos, it can be hard to find social groups where they can interact with folks who speak Spanish. Our Club de la Tercera Edad was founded decades ago with these individuals in mind, and it’s still going.
Annual Health Fair
We present an annual health fair that offers free services and screenings. The Health Fair is presented with Univision 34 Atlanta, Northside Hospital, Grady Health Services and Clínica CIMA.
If you would like to participate as a provider in the 2017 Health Fair, contact Cynthia Román at firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Partnerships and Resources
We partner with community organizations, health care providers, nonprofits and government agencies to offer our clients information, referrals and services that are beyond our scope of work.