SafeHouse Outreach Inc.

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Breaking the cycle of poverty by giving a hand-up and not just a hand-out, SafeHouse Outreach (SHO) is a nonprofit organization that aims to transition people from homelessness to a point of stability and independent living. SHO provides practical, emotional, and physical assistance and support for the in-need and at-risk, and helps integrate them back into society through time-tested programs. This is made possible by selfless, generous, and loving SHO staff, volunteers and friends.

Recognized by mayors, governors, and the President of the United States, the SafeHouse Outreach offers a hand-up and not just a hand-out, and is active in finding a solution for those in crisis. Nationally and internationally, the SHO is sought-after to replicate their efforts in other communities.

Contact information

Mailing address:
POB 54098
89 Ellis Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303-2402


Phone: (800) 900-4787


Organization details

EIN: 582130936

CEO/President: Mr. Josh Bray

Chairman: Edwin Turnipseed

Board size: 12

Founder: Mr. Philip Bray

Year founded: 1982

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2019


SHO's vision is to be the premier service provider sought after by those on the streets of Atlanta and the paramount training facility for those who desire to effect change in the hearts of those who are hurting.

We serve our neighbors through time-tested programs. These programs are made possible by our dedicated staff, loving volunteers, and generous friends. The SafeHouse Outreach, based out of our 89 Ellis Street location, is responsible for all programs and service actions for those experiencing homelessness.

Our goal is to address barriers that individuals experience when facing homelessness. The department is divided into four programs: IMPACT, Atlanta Guardian, Problems Solvers, and the Career Development Program.

Mission statement

SafeHouse Outreach's mission is to restore lives through faith, love, and compassionate service.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating718 of 94141 of 59
Fund acquisition rating817 of 94353 of 59
Resource allocation rating873 of 94353 of 59
Asset utilization rating121 of 9417 of 59

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$15,875$57,756$37,307$824$7,819
Short-term investments$172$9,355$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$1,821$0
Total current assets$179,216$390,863$304,024$269,839$154,817
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$686,467$658,014$738,476$713,429$1,098,379
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$686,467$658,014$738,476$713,429$1,098,379
Total assets$865,683$1,048,877$1,042,500$983,268$1,253,196
Payables and accrued expenses$67,912$14,672$105,432$9,504$102,450
Other current liabilities$30,234$28,220$23,575$17,921$15,700
Total current liabilities$98,146$42,892$129,007$27,425$118,150
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$633,755$660,838$684,254$704,520$718,580
Total liabilities$731,901$703,730$813,261$731,945$836,730
Net assets20182017201620152014
Without donor restrictions$133,782$345,147$229,239$251,323$416,466
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$133,782$345,147$229,239$251,323$416,466
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$995,673$1,044,835$931,013$909,266$695,884
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,453$649$0$0$0
Other revenue$0$120,547$12,909($171,173)$32,362
Total other revenue$1,453$121,196$12,909($171,173)$32,362
Total revenue$997,126$1,166,031$943,922$738,093$728,246
Program services$832,310$787,283$675,445$715,739$672,271
Management and general$227,987$145,972$125,210$101,886$50,377
Total expenses$1,208,491$1,050,123$966,006$903,236$754,519
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)($211,365)$115,908($22,084)($165,143)($26,273)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($211,365)$115,908($22,084)($165,143)($26,273)


Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 7/13/2021. To update the information below, please email:


In 1982, Philip Bray took to the streets to rescue child prostitutes and runaways who were being sexually exploited in Atlanta, Georgia. Inspired by his own experiences, he wanted to reach out to those who the Church considered unreachable.

At 7th and Peachtree Streets, a booth in a local hamburger restaurant became the headquarters for SafeHouse Outreach on Friday and Saturday nights.

Within 6 months, over 200 volunteers came together with manpower and compassion to reach out to anyone in need. SafeHouse Outreach outgrew the booth and moved to a storefront off Peachtree Street.

The volunteers held midnight church services on Fridays and became known within the city as a place where the unreachable could come for assistance. This was the beginning of how the SafeHouse Outreach or SHO became a full-service community development organization.

Partnering with local churches and corporations, the SHO expanded their outreach with afterschool programs in 16 inner-city communities, crisis pregnancy services, rehab and job placement, and assistance for the hungry.

For over 35 years, SafeHouse Outreach has been instrumental in impacting lives and changing communities.

Recognized by mayors, governors, and the President of the United States, SafeHouse Outreach offers a hand-up and not just a hand-out, and is active in finding a solution to those in crisis. Nationally and internationally, SHO is sought-after to replicate their efforts in other communities.

With the help of community partners and willing volunteers, SafeHouse Outreach will continue its mission to transform lives in the city of Atlanta and beyond.

Program accomplishments


Volunteer: No time is better spent than in service to others. Without our faithful volunteers, SHO would not be able to provide the level of service and reach we do for people in need.

Donate: We rely on the generosity of both individuals and businesses to ensure we continue to provide high-quality services to Atlanta's homeless and vulnerable. A little kindness goes a long way.

Missions: Show your love for the homeless, at-risk, and vulnerable by being right by their side. Our Mission Teams and Total Immersion trips allow you to serve and experience life in the homeless community.