2018 Advocacy Training
Join us on Tuesday, January 23 for our annual advocacy training in partnership with Presbyterians for a Better Georgia! You’ll learn from experts, including William McFarland from Housing Georgia and Laura Colbert from Georgians for a Healthy Future. The priorities for this year’s legislative session include: homelessness, housing, gun violence, and healthcare. Dinner included. Register here.
Read all about our holiday party, wisdom from our fall interns, and our food co-op holiday celebrations! Take a look here and make sure to subscribe to get all our newsletter updates straight into your inbox!
Annual Holiday Party
Friday, December 15th, we are hosting our annual Christmas party for staff, guests, and volunteers! We’ll have food, refreshments, and even a holiday sing-a-long! The festivities will last throughout our morning hours, so be sure to stop by to celebrate the season with us.
Hot off the press – our November Newsletter is here! Check it out here for updates on our Main Frame program, fall fundraising events, new intern, and more!
This #GivingTuesday, keep your giving local with #GAGivesDay! Georgia Gives Day provides a great opportunity for Georgia nonprofits to gain new donors and volunteers as well as raise some extra funds for the end of the year. Give to the OAC here!
3 Ways to Support Us This Fall
While we usually celebrate fall with our Cheers for Change fundraiser, we’re doing things a little bit different this year! While you can look forward to Cheers for Change in spring of 2018, this fall, we are partnering with some other organizations for three exciting events. We hope to see you at one (or a few!) of these fall events, and we can’t wait to share Cheers for Change with you again next spring!
1. Hands Around the Hill
What: Hands Around the Hill is a partnership between several organizations in the downtown area, including Reforming Arts, Jerusalem House, and Central OAC. They will be hosting a wine tasting and silent auction that serves to benefit all partnering organizations.
When: October 8th at 5pm
Where: Ziba’s Bistro in Grant Park
Tickets: $50, can be purchased here
2. Carry the Torch
What: This luncheon will raise funds for agencies serving throughout the Atlanta community and help increase awareness of real solutions for the homeless in our city.
When: October 25th from 11am-1pm
Where: Georgia World Congress Center
Registration: donations encouraged, register here
3. Monday Night Brewing
What: MNB is opening a new location and is celebrating with their $100k in 100 Days initiative. We will be featured during public hours their public hours as a part of this initiative, and 50% of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to the OAC.
When: October 26th from 6-8pm
Where: Monday Night Garage (new Westside location)
No tickets or registration required! Click here for more event details.
Celebrate 20 years of service with us all year long!
Our 20th anniversary was on September 1st, but we’re continuing the celebration all year long! We are honored to have served Atlanta over the past 20 years, and we hope to serve for 20 more and beyond! To help us continue to serve our community, visit our donations page.
We will be closed Tuesday, September 12th.
See below for a list of shelters and other hurricane resources.
We will be closed Monday, September 11th.
Due to predicted inclement weather, Central OAC will be closed on Monday, September 11th. Please see the following list for open shelters available to hurricane refugees and those living outside to seek shelter from Hurricane Irma:
- Park Avenue Baptist Church (Lydia’s House): email [email protected] for information
- First United Methodist Church: providing space in their sanctuary and classrooms
- Wesley Foundation at GA Tech: safe space available in their building, which will remain open
- Lutheran Church of the Redeemer: providing space in sanctuary and classrooms as needed
- Jefferson Place (men and women) – day shelter and night shelter for Monday night beginning at 12pm on Monday
- Atlanta Mission: day shelter for current residents and 30 cots for men beginning at 3:30pm on Monday
- Salvation Army: day shelter and 20-30 mats for men
- City of Refuge: 10 beds for women – day shelter for current residents
- Gateway: 40 chairs in Lobby–men, women and children, day shelter for current residents – NOW AT CAPACITY
- Safehouse: day shelter only
- Alpharetta Community Center: 175 Roswell Street Alpharetta, GA 30009
Visit Georgia Emergency Management for a full list of shelters and campgrounds across the state.
We’re turning 20!
Central OAC was established as a separate nonprofit in 1997, then called the Central Presbyterian Outreach Center. We’ve come a long way since then, but we’re taking a look back on how far we’ve come. Through name changes, location changes, staff rotation, and program adjustments, we’ve continued to serve those in Atlanta who need us the most. Help us keep our doors open for another 20 years and beyond, and give back.
Thank you to all who supported us at Central ArtWorks 2017!
We are grateful to all sponsors, donors, volunteers, and attendees who made this year’s Central ArtWorks such a success! With your help, we raised over $17,000 to overcome and prevent homelessness! If you missed the event but are still interested in purchasing art by our guests, stay tuned for our online store featuring notecards, prints, and art books. Photos of the event are available to view here, thanks to Bowtie Photos LLC.
Central ArtWorks 2017
On May 4, 2017, join us for our 4th Annual Central ArtWorks art show! This year’s theme is “Art Opens Windows.” The show will feature art from our art program here at Central OAC, created by our guests.
Thank you for joining us at Cheers for Change 2016!
Your support helped us raise over to $12,000 to help us support sustainable solutions to homelessness!
Congratulations to our 2015-2016 Main Frame Class Graduates and David York, Volunteer of the Year!
On Friday, August 19th, Central OAC held our 3rd annual Main Frame celebration! We recognized 43 graduates of the program this year, as well as our volunteer of the year, David York and Community Partnership of the Year, Payless Shoe Source – Five Points Atlanta. We are so proud of all of our graduates, and we are elated that many could not attend the celebration because they were at work in their new jobs! We look forward to seeing what all of them will continue to accomplish after graduation.
Thank you for supporting Central ArtWorks 2016 – We Make Art! With your help, we raised over $11,000 to support sustainable solutions to homelessness!
Help us reach $15,000 by purchasing a copy of the We Make Art book or greeting cards here!