The Place of Forsyth expands offerings to those in need

As the holiday season approaches The Place is currently looking for companies, individuals, families, friends, faith groups and more to host toy drives, donate toys/gift wrap/tape/stocking stuffers, etc. and to contribute financial support. Courtesy of The Place of Forsyth
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As the holiday season approaches The Place is currently looking for companies, individuals, families, friends, faith groups and more to host toy drives, donate toys/gift wrap/tape/stocking stuffers, etc. and to contribute financial support. Courtesy of The Place of Forsyth

As is the case with most nonprofits, the coronavirus pandemic tested the resiliency, ability to innovate and the flexibility of The Place of Forsyth. The Place started in 1975 by four Adrian-Dominican nuns who were looking for a rural location to serve, and over the last 46 years the group has developed a myriad of programs to support those in need, including a food pantry.

“When Georgia entered the shelter-in-place, overnight the number of households seeking food from our pantry increased by 400%,” said Joni Smith, president and CEO of The Place of Forsyth. “Our mission did not change – assist individuals with essential needs and to become self-sustaining – but our delivery model had to evolve.”

The Place food pantry had to transition to a drive-through model, but as time went on it developed an online inventory for its market pantry, so that those in need of assistance could choose the food that they needed.

“Though our work is seen by tangible items like food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance, the real work, the true impact, is found in the intangible when people begin to realize they are not forgotten, that they are not alone, that they are loved, that they do have a purpose,” said Smith.

In addition to the food pantry The Place offers GED classes, parenting classes, opened The Place Cottage for girls aging out of foster care and started a new work training program for adults.

“At The Place of Forsyth, we believe that every person, dollar and hour has a purpose. To that end, we strive to create a culture and atmosphere in which everyone, but especially those seeking assistance, are treated with care, compassion and dignity,” said Smith.


Who’s helping?

The Place of Forsyth

Services: The Place assists people of the Forsyth County area with essential needs like food, clothing and financial assistance.

How to help: As the holiday season approaches The Place is currently looking for companies, individuals, families, friends, faith groups and more to host toy drives, donate toys/gift wrap/tape/stocking stuffers, etc. and to contribute financial support.

Where to donate: Donations can be made at: www.theplaceofforsyth.org or checks can be mailed to: P.O. Box 2607 Cumming, GA 30028

How to get help: Those in need of assistance can apply for assistance at: www.theplaceofforsyth.org

If you are involved in or know of an organization working to bring relief to the Atlanta community during the coronavirus pandemic OR you are with an organization with supplies that you don’t know where to donate, please email us at Shannon.n.Dominy@gmail.com.