This center is an effort to inspire Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn and Old Fourth Ward to tap into their communities and help families build better lives through employment services, economic programs, educational achievement, child and family services, housing services, and more.
The Martin Luther King Sr. Community Resources Collaborative brings together the resources and services of multiple organizations and houses their offices on site so that the community can easily find these services and these organizations. Instead of the community services working in isolation to help the community, the collaborative brings together all of the organizations, such as faith based institutions, economic development groups, nonprofit social service organizations, government agencies, philanthropy and others focused on improving the community.
Current partnering organizations include:
- Casey Family Programs
- Nsoro Educational Foundation
- Operation HOPE
- Ebenezer Baptist Church
The collaborative believes that communities gain strength by achieving together and learning to be self-reliant. The organizations hold the same values, such as:
- Providing information, expertise, and resources within the community that are essential to being shared in order for the community to thrive
- That decisions about community improvements should be made collaboratively and through the building of consensus
- The people that are living and working in the community are the people who are best positioned to make decisions about the resources and services that the community should have
- The services provided must reflect the ethics, integrity, competence, and respect the rights and differences of those in the community that they are serving.
The collaborative hosts many different events for the community to help give them easier access to information and services. Some past events have included a Business Leader Event, which helped people in the community learn about tax benefits, the federal bonding program, solutions to fill vacancies, that second chance employment works, and how to prepare candidates to be great employees. Another event held was Criminal Record Restrictions/Expungements and how to help reach opportunities even with a record, a Back To School Youth Fest that helped parents and students learn about great programs, get school supplies and uniforms, as well as enjoy the day together while learning about the different services they could access. WIth over 150 people in attendance the event was a huge success.
If you are interested in donating to the Martin Luther King, SR. Community Resources Collaborative click here.