Programs

Providing community outreach and coordinated services and support.

In collaboration with the local community and faith-based organizations, GASSA programs are meeting the needs of the local community.

Domestic & Sexual Violence Counseling Support

Broken Heart Programs Page

GASSA provides counseling for victims of domestic and sexual violence, engages in safety planning, and provides critical
resources to aid victims in times of need such as:

  • Public safety information
  • Domestic and sexual violence crisis lines
  • Information for shelter and emergency stays
  • Legal and medical resources
  • General life-skills planning
  • Emergency shelter
  • Travel
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Supplies for family when needed

Homeless Support Services

We provide for basic needs such as food, water, clothing, and hygiene supplies for those who are homeless and hungry.  To receive basic needs, individuals need only provide us with their name, age and if employed their income verification.

Financial housing assistance is provided when funds are available to cover rent, move-in expenses, utilities, moving expenses and furnishings.

Access to Services: Monday- Friday from 8:00am until 3pm and after hours for emergencies.

Sharing a contact number is encouraged, but never required!

There is no fee for this service!

Homeless Support Service Programs Page

Food Pantry

Food Pantry Programs Page

Our food pantry is open every day from 8:00am to 2:00pm year-round. Individuals and families in need of food are
provided perishable and non-perishable food supplies while supplies last.

We partner with Food Banks to supply us
with food for the pantry.

To receive services, we ask for proof of identity, income, and family size so that we can give the  correct portions. We also use this information for internal tracking and reporting of the number of unique individuals served, number of times someone is served, and age of those served.

There is no fee for this service!

Youth Mentoring

A youth with a healthy self-esteem is empowered to negotiate on his or her own behalf

Youth Activities

Once enrolled, youth engage in a series of one on one and group activities with their mentors that are culturally sensitive and age appropriate including:

  • Tutoring, coaching, homework assistance
  • STEM related activities
  • Helping youth identify, enroll in, and prepare for the ACT and SAT.
  • Helping the youth learn about college and scholarship opportunities.
  • Planning and setting career-related goals.
  • Finding work opportunities, including summer employment & interview preparation.
  • Arranging visits from representatives of specific industries to speak to youth participants about the employment opportunities and details of working within their industry.
  • Engaging in problem solving, conflict resolution, and self-advocacy training.
  • Providing training in life skills, such as how to manage money, find transportation, shop on a budget, buy a car, and obtain insurance.
  • Providing training in health and safety, such as reproductive health, prevention and/or signs of sexually transmitted diseases, safe places in the community, and when and how to access help.
  • Providing Athletic training and professional development that encourages maintenance of personal health and fitness.

Access to Services

Mentoring services are held at local Middle and High Schools, as well at GASSA's central office in Duluth, GA each Monday through Friday at 6pm with occasional sessions on  Saturday.

The schools share GASSA’s program information with each perspective youth’s family. The responsible adult completes enrollment, agrees to support the program goals and to share academic reports which helps the program assess youth progress.

There are minimal to no cost associated with mentoring!

Mentors

Youth and Adult Mentors are recruited from the community and before they are invited to join the GASSA Youth Mentoring Program they must successfully complete:

  • A written application,
  • Criminal background check,
  • Provide two character references
  • Provide two employment references
  • Undergo an interview with at least 2 Board members

With the support of the local community providers, GASSA can reach a ready population of youth who are experiencing difficulties at home or at school, and whose parents are not able to involve them in other mentoring due to costs.

Adult Self Sufficiency

We offer job skills education, resources, and training to help residents gain employment and become self-sustaining contributing members of their community.

We offer education on financial literacy and job-readiness skills to help those we serve to gain a clear understanding of how money is used; how it impacts their life; how to make sound financial decisions concerning money and being better prepared to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency.

Financial literacy topics include:

  • Basic Principles of Money Management
  • Changing Your Life through Better
    Money Management
  • Credit Reports
  • Dealing with Debt for Adults
  • Family Money Skills
  • Income, Savings, and Assets
  • Preventing Identity Theft
  • Rebuilding Financially after Domestic Violence
  • Earning Money by Managing
    Your Own Business

Job skills training includes:

  • Resume Writing
  • Searching for Jobs
  • Nailing the Job Interview
  • Professional Attire
  • Your First 90 Days
  • GED and online technical school classes

Financial Literacy and job skills training classes are offered Monday through Friday, with occasional workshops

on Saturday at local Middle and High Schools, as well at GASSA central office in Duluth, GA.

To enroll, individuals are asked to verify identity, residence, and income.

There are minimal to no fee for these services!