YOU can make an impact for our most vulnerable neighbors during the COVID-19 crisis.
Many of our friends have reached out to us wanting to know how they can help homeless families during this turbulent time. We will use this page to keep you updated on our response and ways that you can make a difference.
Nicholas House will continue to meet the needs of homeless children and parents by providing housing, case management and other services. Looking ahead, we are concerned about both the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable families as they are laid off, have their hours reduced or are unable to work due to lack of childcare while schools are closed.
Nicholas House has committed to the following actions to better serve both the families in our apartment-based and shelter programs as well as families at risk of homelessness:
- Increased rental support for families in our apartment-based programs who are experiencing job loss and cutbacks due to the health crisis;
- Expanded homelessness prevention program to meet the rising need in our community;
- Expanding after-school program to an all-day camp for children in our emergency shelter so that their parents can continue to work while schools are closed;
- Coordinating with the health community and other homeless service providers for a system-wide response and following best national practices follow prevention safeguards with multi-level plans in place to both ensure there is no illness and address any issues for families in our shelter;
- Cancelling our New Beginnings Awards Luncheon fundraiser and all events and onsite volunteer activities until this crisis has passed to ensure the health of our community.
With our fundraiser and volunteer activities cancelled, we are working to do more with less. Much less.
Without the anticipated funds from our fundraising event or the support of our volunteers who provide meals, adult education and other services to the families in our shelter every day, the needs of the families– and the costs to meet those needs– are greater than ever. Today, we truly rely on your support to lift up the families we serve.
P.O. Box 15577
Atlanta, GA 30333
Other Ways to Help
- Order needed items for families in our emergency shelter from our Amazon wishlist
- Organize an item drive for families in Nicholas House programs and delivering them to our shelter (please coordinate with Rodriquez Foster by email at least 24 hours in advance to determine what is needed and drop-off times; drop-offs should take place 10 am – 3 pm). Most needed items at present include:
- Hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, masks, gloves and other sanitizing supplies for families at the shelter;
- Kroger and Publix gift cards to meet nutritional needs of families;
- Individually packaged snacks for children in day camp.
- Coordinate a meal delivery for families in the shelter (please coordinate with Rodriquez Foster by email at least 24 hours in advance)
- Share information about Nicholas House’s needs on social media or via email
- Start a Nicholas House Facebook fundraiser (click here for a link to start your own)
Questions? Other ideas of how you would like to help?
Contact Norma Nyhoff at (404)272-1718 or by email.