Atlanta Mission

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Atlanta Mission is the city's largest and longest-running provider of services to homeless men, women and children.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Atlanta Mission
2353 Bolton Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30318


Phone: 404-588-4000


Organization details

EIN: 580572430

CEO/President: Mr. James Harold Reese

Chairman: Mr. Shan Gastineau

Board size: 22


Year founded: 1947

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1988


Our vision is a community united in ending homelessness, one friend at a time. Atlanta Mission provides emergency shelter, temporary shelter, recovery programming, job attainment and transitional housing for more than 950 men, women and children daily. We believe that a relationship with Christ is the key to restoration, redemption, and sustainable change for everyone. We invest in the spiritual, personal, and professional development of people, restoring and equipping them to intentional living. We believe that in empowering and coaching people toward excellence, we impact the quality of all we do.

Various factors lead to homelessness - job loss, eviction, family tragedy, addiction, domestic violence, a major health condition, and more. The common denominator is a major crack in their life foundation. Our programs are multi-pronged and multi-layered, designed to meet people where life has led them.

Mission statement

Atlanta Mission transforms, through Christ, the lives of those facing homelessness.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating506 of 81798 of 150
Fund acquisition rating497 of 81789 of 150
Resource allocation rating477 of 81792 of 150
Asset utilization rating426 of 81792 of 150

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,641,099$2,527,817$444,764$412,644$384,997
Short-term investments$17,452,123$17,485,452$17,694,484$16,667,579$17,384,074
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$24,679,258$22,733,244$21,014,877$19,371,696$19,343,294
Long-term investments$1,536$1,536$0$0$93,382
Fixed assets$22,571,977$19,271,173$19,392,571$20,264,530$20,750,498
Other long-term assets$50,792$50,792$50,792$57,778$57,778
Total long-term assets$22,624,305$19,323,501$19,443,363$20,322,308$20,901,658
Total assets$47,303,563$42,056,745$40,458,240$39,694,004$40,244,952
Payables and accrued expenses$686,370$700,042$386,821$597,042$376,915
Other current liabilities$482,323$487,373$492,424$497,475$0
Total current liabilities$1,168,693$1,187,415$879,245$1,094,517$376,915
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$13,517$48,410$81,467$113,676
Total liabilities$1,168,693$1,200,932$927,655$1,175,984$490,591
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$10,409,193$7,373,830$7,148,100$6,780,536$7,684,968
Permanently restricted$1,050,000$1,050,000$1,050,000$1,050,000$1,050,000
Net assets$46,134,870$40,855,813$39,530,585$38,518,020$39,754,361
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$21,551,729$17,143,652$14,438,911$12,503,161$11,108,652
Program service revenue$2,618,835$2,618,265$2,643,769$2,760,635$2,883,239
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$878,740$1,558,446$2,267,919$209,534$392,333
Other revenue($161,330)($247,763)($147,324)($139,325)($86,983)
Total other revenue$3,336,245$3,928,948$4,764,364$2,830,844$3,188,589
Total revenue$24,887,974$21,072,600$19,203,275$15,334,005$14,297,241
Program services$15,126,836$14,950,208$13,503,237$11,871,594$12,389,266
Management and general$1,925,790$1,734,059$1,480,179$1,422,841$1,460,619
Total expenses$19,674,198$19,429,491$17,707,982$15,996,841$16,188,508
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$5,213,776$1,643,109$1,495,293($662,836)($1,891,267)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$5,213,776$1,643,109$1,495,293($662,836)($1,891,267)


James H ReeseCEO$284,164
Michael SouthernChief Financial Officer$149,425
Jeff CornelisonChief Operating Officer$118,090
Vanessa CareyVP of Women/Children Services$109,080
Heather ClarsonChief Development Officer$106,557

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2019

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 12/28/2020. To update the information below, please email:


Since its 1938 beginnings, this Christian nonprofit ministry has grown from a small soup kitchen to a multi-facility organization serving Metro Atlanta's large homeless population. In 1938, Atlanta Union Mission was established on Crew Street as a soup kitchen to feed homeless men displaced by The Great Depression. Today, Atlanta Mission provides emergency shelter, rehab and recovery services, vocational training, services, and transitional housing. We serve more than 1,000 homeless men, women, and children every day.

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