About Us

our mission

Since 1953, Catholic Charities Atlanta has been providing help and creating hope for those in need.  We offer professional services that eliminate barriers to self-sufficiency, stabilize families, and transform lives.

our values

We value the dignity and uniqueness of each person, compassionate service, advocating for social justice, and a partnership with the community, including the Archdiocese and its parishes.

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.


Staff Leadership

Board of Directors

  • Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory
    Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory Archdiocese of Atlanta
  • Mike Flanagan, Chair
    Mike Flanagan, Chair Senior VP, Regions Bank
  • Rosemarie A. Thurston, Secretary
    Rosemarie A. Thurston, Secretary Partner, Alston & Bird, LLP
  • Vanessa K. Russell
    Vanessa K. Russell CEO, Catholic Charities Atlanta
  • Craig Faerber
    Craig Faerber CFO, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia
  • Lori Clos Fisher
    Lori Clos Fisher Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Brian Fitzgerald
    Brian Fitzgerald Principal, The Koblentz Group
  • Matthew Gries
    Matthew Gries Director of Tax Research & Planning, UPS
  • G. Roth Kehoe
    G. Roth Kehoe Partner, Holland and Knight
  • Barry McCarthy
    Barry McCarthy EVP, Head-Network and Security Solutions
  • Maura A. McKenna
    Maura A. McKenna Senior VP/ Relationship Manager, City National Bank
  • Lisa Menendez
    Lisa Menendez Wells Fargo Advisors
  • Carlos Navarro
    Carlos Navarro Executive Director, JP Morgan Chase
  • Joe Scollo
    Joe Scollo Partner, C&S Specialty Underwriters. LLC
  • Greg Thompson, CPCU, ARM, CPL
    Greg Thompson, CPCU, ARM, CPL President, Markel Specialty
  • Keith Donnelly
    Keith Donnelly Partner, Bain & Company
  • Mike Dowdle
    Mike Dowdle Co-Founder, CPO Commerce
  • Xavier Balderas
    Xavier Balderas Of Counsel with Carlock, Copeland & Stair, LLP
  • David Stainback
    David Stainback Principal, Forensic Services PWC
  • Rocco Testani
    Rocco Testani Partner, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP


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


  • 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


  • 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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