Central OAC Mission Statement
Central Outreach & Advocacy Center’s mission is to open doors to overcome and prevent homelessness.
History of Central OAC
It all began in a closet. The year was 1980 when a young woman we’ll call Mary knew she needed help. She had a place to live, but her minimum wage job allowed little for utilities and food. Her family was hungry, so she swallowed her pride and walked in the front door of a nearby church – Central Presbyterian. She spoke with the Associate Pastor who listened to her story and arranged for her to pick up groceries for her family. From that humble beginning, Central Outreach and Advocacy Center became a separate non-profit 501(c)3 organization in 1997.
Today, there are over 20,000 individuals experiencing homelessness in Atlanta, and even more families teetering on the brink of losing their homes. In response to this difficult reality, Central OAC offers programs and services – including supportive services, employment readiness training, and public policy advocacy – to equip and empower our guests to find a way out of homelessness.