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Are you trying to find a way to help someone struggling for survival? Are you concerned about children going to sleep hungry each night? Do you worry about the person you see walking down the street on a cold, rainy day with no warm clothes? Call the Gwinnett Helpline at 770.995.3339 to learn more about how you might help.


Times are tough and more and more families are losing their homes and have nowhere to lay their heads at night as Gwinnett County has no emergency shelter.� Call the Gwinnett Helpline 770-995-3339 to learn how to make a difference!�


  •  There is currently only one overnight emergency shelter for homeless single women and women with children under the age of 18.
  • The 2010 Census data shows that Georgia’s poverty rate was the third highest in the country with Gwinnett County having almost 14% of its population living below the poverty.
  • During the 2010-2011 school year, the Gwinnett County School system accommodated over 1,655 homeless students.
  • The National Center on Family Homelessness reported that more than 1,5 million children in the United States are homeless each year and that Georgia has the second highest rate of homeless children in the country.  The majority of homeless children in the country reside in very few states, Georgia being one of the highest (America’s Youngest Outcasts, 2009). 
  •  According to the 2008 Gwinnett County Georgia Housing Stability Count and survey, 81% of those homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness in Gwinnett were members of families and 70% of those were children.
  • Per the 2011 Estimates of Homelessness in GA study, from 2009 to 2011, Georgia’s total population grew by 1,48% while Georgia’s homeless population grew by 6,2% and homelessness continued to be a significant problem in Gwinnett County (Every Georgian Counts-Kennesaw State University 2011).
  • Children without a home are twice as likely as other children to experience hunger, to become sick with moderate to severe health problems, to repeat a grade, to be expelled, suspended or to drop out of school and fewer than 25% graduate from high school, according to the National Center on Family Homelessness (America’s Youngest Outcasts 2009).
  • Figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show 1.83 million people in Georgia living below the poverty level, some 18.7 percent of the state. It is the highest level since 1993. 


  • Organize an event for children in need (movie night or dinner)
  • Collect household items & donate to a thrift store
  • Volunteer with a transitional housing program in your area or with Habitat for Humanity in Gwinnett County.
  • Donate art supplies to children in a homeless shelter
  • Start a collection of gently used sports equipment and donate to a shelter
  • Look into the foster care program if interested in providing a home for a child in need.
  • Volunteer with the Salvation Army, Family Promise, the local Co-operative Ministries to help families and individuals in need
  • Collect school supplies and give to children living in a homeless shelter
  • Donate blankets and personal hygiene items
  • Form a group of baking buddies and make cookies for your local shelter
  • Make� first aid kits for families in homeless shelters


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Join us in helping to fight hunger in Gwinnett. More and more people are finding it harder to keep food on their table. Even middle class working families and individuals are seeking food assistance. As a result, the food banks are struggling to keep their shelves full and meet the ever-growing need. Call the Gwinnett Helpline 770-995-3339 for information on the current volunteer opportunities in the community.


� Have a food drive in your neighborhood
� Volunteer at the Lazarus Project
� Volunteer at your local food bank
� Plan a food Drive Concert
� Clip coupons and take them to your local food pantry
� Make posters for your school with facts about hunger
� Volunteer with Great Days of Service and join a food drive
� Have a canned food party instead of a gifts party and donate the
� Educate with a display of facts about hunger and poverty,
and what people can do to help.
� Donate gift cards from local grocery stores to your local Co-operative Ministry


Lazarus Project
Currently, Trinity Life Church is serving 2 meals per week to the homeless, with a vision to eventually serve 3 meals per day, 7 days per week. For more information, contact Pastor Dave Brunson
at 678-376-1668 or

Bread of Life
Phone: 770-513-1007

� Norcross Cooperative Ministry
Phone: 770-263-8268

� Meals on Wheels
Phone: 678-377-4150

� The Quinn House
Phone: 770-962-0470

� Yes We Can Gwinnett
Phone: 770-962-0470
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Food is not the only thing needed�. Clothing, back-to school supplies, household goods, cleaning products, personal hygiene items and so much more are in constant demand.�Join us in providing the basic necessities for all Gwinnett Residents. Call the Gwinnett Helpline 770-995-3339 for information on current volunteer opportunities in the community.


  • Plan a blanket drive in your community
  • Partner with your school, business or neighborhood to plan a school supply collection
  • Donate cleaning products to your local co-operative ministries
  • Buy an extra toothbrush and toothpaste to share with someone in need
  • Plan a coat drive concert
  • Donate gently worn or outgrown clothing items to your local agency
  • Collect toilet paper and take to a shelter, food bank or local co-operative ministry
  • Collect sweat suits to donate to your local homeless shelter or thrift stores
  • Make welcome baskets for families in need
  • Collect aluminum cans and donate the proceeds


Call the Gwinnett Helpline for a list of co-operative Ministries in your area-
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Gwinnett Coalition for Health & Human Services: 750 S Perry Street, Lawrenceville GA 30046
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