Housing. Help. Hope.
A promise made 20 years ago. A promise that still resonates today.
This year we celebrate the 20th anniversary of CaringWorks. Since 2002, CaringWorks has demonstrated that men and women can escape homelessness and lead healthy, productive lives.
Built on the single idea that all people—no matter their social or economic standing—should have a chance to improve their quality of life, CaringWorks has served 10,000 clients throughout our 20-year history. Since our inception, we have grown exponentially to become one of Georgia’s leaders in providing permanent supportive housing. We serve hundreds of individuals each year through unique programs and services that are specifically tailored to the needs of those facing chronic homelessness.
Through quality supportive housing, behavioral health, and a myriad of support services, CaringWorks is breaking the cycle of homelessness, one person, one family, at a time.
Our 20-Year Impact
For 20 years, CaringWorks has been successfully empowering individuals to achieve stable housing and self-sufficiency, but our far-reaching impact extends beyond the individual. By equipping our clients with the right tools and support for long-term success, they regain their place as contributing members of the community.
A lot has changed since 2002, but our focus has not. We remain committed to our mission as we pursue a path forward to grow in our effectiveness and capacity to serve.
Help Us End Homelessness
With support from our volunteers, donors and partners, CaringWorks has made incredible progress over the last 20 years. Together we can continue to reduce homelessness, empower individuals, and strengthen communities.
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CaringWorks has served 10,000 clients over the last 20 years. Learn first-hand about some of their experiences, their achievements, and the opportunities that have transformed their lives.
CaringWorks is Established
CaringWorks launched with four housing programs (including three afterschool centers), four staff, and a shoestring budget of $156K. The organization was built on the single idea that all people, no matter their social or economic standing, should have a chance to improve their quality of life.
Hope House Opens
Located in downtown Atlanta across from City Hall, CaringWorks opened Hope House, a 70-bed residential facility providing quality housing and structured support to adult men experiencing homelessness.
CaringWorks Earns Accreditation
The organization earned its first Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) Accreditation, which signals a service provider's commitment to continually improving services, encouraging feedback, and serving the community. All CaringWorks programs are CARF-accredited, and they earn re-accreditation every three years.
Major Grant Award Increases Capacity to Serve
CaringWorks was awarded its first Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant. These funds—and subsequent SAMHSA grants—have enabled the organization to significantly expand its impact and the services it offers.
Key programs launch to address critical unmet housing and treatment needs
CaringWorks launched a residential treatment program at Hope House, providing additional services including substance abuse treatment, mental health services, and recovery support.
CaringWorks also launched its Deaf Bridges to Recovery (DBR) homeless program (formerly called the Deaf or Hard of Hearing program), becoming the only program of its kind in the Southeast. The program includes residential treatment and recovery services for homeless individuals who are Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Deaf-Blind, Deaf Plus and Late-Deafened. Only four comparable programs currently exist in the United States, yet estimates show that thousands of homeless individuals need these services.
Additionally, the organization launched a “housing first” approach to permanent supportive housing so that clients have a safe place to live as they receive other supportive services designed to help them reach their own level of independence and self-sufficiency.
CaringWorks becomes a Medicaid-funded specialty provider for peer support services
Medicaid funding for peer support services expanded the behavioral health services available to our clients. These services help clients achieve their goals by promoting socialization, recovery, wellness, self-advocacy, development of natural supports, and maintenance of community living skills.
CaringWorks becomes a Medicaid-funded provider for outpatient services
By becoming a Medicaid-funded provider for outpatient services—known as Tier II services—CaringWorks can better align our housing and behavioral health services to promote optimal client outcomes. Personalized treatment plans with services delivered in our clients’ homes provide an important level of support to help clients achieve stability and success.
CaringWorks earns two awards for service quality and innovation
CaringWorks earned the Community Impact Award from Georgians for a Healthy Future, and the Bridge Builder Award from the Georgia Alliance to End Homelessness.
City of Atlanta awards CaringWorks a new permanent supportive housing program
CaringWorks recognized as Outstanding Behavioral Health provider
The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) named CaringWorks as an Outstanding Behavioral Health Provider. DBHDD has six regions across the state. CaringWorks is located in Region 3 and was selected among hundreds of other agencies represented in the region.
ASPIRE program launches to improve quality of life and health outcomes
CaringWorks launched ASPIRE (Advancing Self-Reliance, Pride, Independence, Resilience and Empowerment), a new program aimed at improving the overall health outcomes and quality of life for each of our clients. The program centers on a customized approach that starts with our in-house nurse meeting with each client to conduct a general health assessment, set health goals, and develop a personal health plan. Then, we come alongside them with services and education to provide access to proper nutrition, exercise, mental health resources, and other positive health-affirming behaviors.
CaringWorks is named one of Atlanta’s largest nonprofit organizations
The Atlanta Business Chronicle recognized CaringWorks as one of Atlanta’s 75 largest nonprofit organizations.
CaringWorks responds to COVID-19 with increased support
CaringWorks quickly adapted to the challenges of COVID-19 and increased efforts to provide access to housing and services, serving more clients than ever before. The organization expanded its staff, and launched new programs such as RISE Fulton, a permanent supportive housing for senior women, and MOVE DeKalb, a program serving single mothers with children. Additionally, through SPARC, a collaboration of providers and funders focused on racial equity, CaringWorks helped enlighten our entire philanthropic community with training on the challenges that racism plays in perpetuating homelessness in Atlanta.
CaringWorks celebrates 20 years
Leveraging a team of 70+ employees and nearly 40 contractors on an operating budget approaching $13 million, CaringWorks now operates 15 housing programs, a residential addiction treatment program, and a social enterprise venture that offers comprehensive outpatient behavioral health services.