About Us

our mission

Catholic Charities Atlanta provides transformative services that enable families to overcome barriers and achieve self-sufficiency.

our values

We value the dignity and uniqueness of each person and strive to provide compassionate service, advocating for social justice and building partnerships with the community.

our approach

We provide a holistic combination of accredited social services that remove barriers to self-sufficiency and wholeness.  We tailor our services for the unique circumstances of the people we serve.

Overview of CCA


Staff Leadership

  • Vanessa K. Russell Chief Executive Officer
  • Kate Walker, LMSW Director of Performance & Strategic Initiatives
  • Kylie Gainey
    Kylie Gainey Immigration Legal Services Director
  • Monifa Holman, LMSW Senior Director of Family Stabilization Program
  • Marla Juliano
    Marla Juliano Senior Director of Engagement
  • Nicole Grice
    Nicole Grice Director of Services
  • Lisa F. McLean
    Lisa F. McLean Director of Supporter Engagement
  • Amy Sanislo
    Amy Sanislo Marketing & Communications Manager
  • Christie Crane Manager of Volunteer Resources
  • Jacqueline Walker
    Jacqueline Walker Manager of Community Engagment

Board of Directors

  • Bishop Bernard (Ned) Shlesinger
    Bishop Bernard (Ned) Shlesinger Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta
  • Mike Dowdle, Chair
    Mike Dowdle, Chair Founder, Circadian Ventures
  • Jack Nichols, VICE CHAIR
    Jack Nichols, VICE CHAIR Retired CFO and Community Volunteer
  • Mike Flanagan, Board Secretary
    Mike Flanagan, Board Secretary Great Southern Bank
  • Vanessa K. Russell
    Vanessa K. Russell CEO, Catholic Charities Atlanta
  • Albert Assad
    Albert Assad Atlantic Consulting Solutions, Atlanta, GA
  • Steve Crim
    Steve Crim C&S Specialty Underwriters, LLC
  • Jennifer Daniels
    Jennifer Daniels Flying Laboratories LLC
  • Jay Ferro
    Jay Ferro Clario, Global Data Technology
  • Kricket Harrison
    Kricket Harrison SMART Success, Inc.
  • Jeff Hogan
    Jeff Hogan Merrill Lynch, Bank of America
  • Justin R. Howard
    Justin R. Howard Partner, Alston & Bird LLP
  • John Hunt
    John Hunt Atlanta office of Stokes Wagner, ALC
  • Carolyn Johnson
    Carolyn Johnson CEO of Canonbury Homes, Inc.
  • Sandy Ho
    Sandy Ho Carter's
  • Dave W. Markert
    Dave W. Markert Tech, Sales, Marketing, & Business Dev
  • Jean Ann McCarthy
    Jean Ann McCarthy Senior Finance Executive
  • Rocco Testani
    Rocco Testani Partner, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
  • Katy Walker
    Katy Walker Walker Group
  • Ralph Williams
    Ralph Williams Heagney Logan Group
  • Betsy Palmer
    Betsy Palmer Corebridge Financial

Special Advisors

Xavier Balderas                       Lisa Menendez

Tom Bickes                               Nicole O’Brien

Brandon Doty                          Steven Russell

Craig Faerber                           Joe Scollo

Brad Stafford                           Catherine Fuss

Greg Thompson                       Noni Gonzalez

Russell Wagner                        Beau Keatley


1. Main Office

2401 Lake Park Drive, SE
Smyrna, GA 30080


No Client Services are offered at our main office.  The main office is the location for administration including management, volunteer services, finance, development, fundraising, communications, and marketing.

2. Chamblee Office

3669 North Peachtree Road
Chamblee, GA 30341


Services offered at this location include counseling, English instruction, citizenship and naturalization classes, financial literacy education, foreclosure prevention counseling, parenting education, veterans services, public benefits screenings, and mental health counseling. Many services are offered in both English and Español.

3. Northlake Office

Northlake Office Park
2305 Parklake Drive
Suite 150, Building 9
Atlanta, GA 30345


Services offered at this location include refugee resettlement, immigration & legal services, and refugee parent services. Many services are offered in both English and Español.


Administrative Office Contacts

Main number: 404-920-7725

  • Volunteer Services 404-920-7785
  • Development and Fundraising 404-920-7758
  • Finance 404-920-7778
  • Marketing and Communications 404-920-7759

Information and Referral Services


  • Certified, bi-lingual intake specialist provides confidential access to information, assistance, and referrals
  • Callers are assisted in locating resources and services in the Metro-Atlanta region, in Georgia, and across the United States

Case Management Services

770-429-2369 x 1

  • Case management is a service to facilitate coordination, communications, and collaboration with clients, providers, ancillary services, and others in order to achieve goals and maximize positive client outcomes based on individual and family assessments.
  • Services include information and referral services, disaster response, benefits screening and application services, in-home parenting education, and veteran’s support services

Educational Services


  • Free classes are available to adults over the age of 18 who are interested in improving their English language skills.  Interactive classes are taught by trained instructors and volunteers.  Levels include Basic, Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.
  • Classes include English language/civics classes and citizenship preparation classes.

Housing Counseling Program


  • Our bi-lingual staff helps families to stabilize their current living situation, providing services intended to help them achieve self-sufficiency.  One major component of these services is our housing counseling program.
  • This program includes homebuyer education seminars, pre-purchase counseling, financial literacy, mortgage default/delinquency counseling, and foreclosure intervention and prevention.

Counseling Services

770-429-2369 x 1

  • The goal is to help clients gain the skills to effectively manage their issues and improve the client’s ability to cope with life’s challenges.
  • Services include outpatient mental health services for individuals, children, adolescents, couples, and families addressing issues such as depression, family and marital discord, behaviors due to consequences of addictions, anxiety, sibling conflicts, parent-child relationships, adolescent issues, grief, and loss.
  • We offer specialized services in the areas of play-therapy, psycho-educational workshops, and parenting seminars.
  • Services are available at various Catholic parishes and Catholic Charities’ locations in English and Spanish.

Immigration Legal Services


  • A multi-lingual staff specializing in immigration law provides comprehensive immigration legal services.
  • We assist eligible immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and their families obtain legal status, naturalization, and removal defense.
  • We offer informational workshops about immigration law, public education, and advocacy, and we specialize in assisting victims of domestic violence, political asylum, trafficking, other crimes, detainees, and minors.

Refugee Resettlement Services


  • We provide Refugee Resettlement Services to refugee families arriving in the Atlanta area.  The extensive resettlement services aid refugees in becoming self-sufficient as soon as possible.
  • We receive and place refugees who have suffered persecution in their home country and are beginning a new life in the United States.
  • We provide job readiness and employment services to help refugee families become economically self-sufficient and provide refugee parenting services.

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