“When this work is done, it will be a place where lives are improved and will be part of an overall transformation in this neighborhood,” Reed said. “We’re just getting started.”
The move comes after Families First raised more than $12 million in a “Family Matters” capital campaign, with significant philanthropic gifts from donors including the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation, John and Sue Wieland, and The James M. Cox Foundation, among others. Cox Enterprises includes The Atlanta Journal-Constitution among its holdings.
Families First CEO Kim Anderson said the organization sees its move from Midtown to Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard as a homecoming. The event serves as a reminder “that families are first, because children should never, ever be last,” she said.
In addition to the capital campaign, the nonprofit sold its Midtown headquarters to help purchase the school. Work is scheduled to begin next month and the organization anticipates its completion in the spring.