About The Drake House
More than 55% of poverty level-families in Alpharetta and John's Creek are single female households, and just over 41% of homeless students in Fulton County attend school in North Fulton County. The Drake House was established to offer support programs and housing solutions that keep families together and put them back on their feet.
The Drake House is a 501c3 organization that works to respond to the growing number of homeless women and children in North Fulton. We involve members of our community in the effort to keep single mothers and their children united under one roof as they work toward self-sufficiency. The Drake House assists families toward becoming financially stable, contributing members of the community through a variety of educational, empowerment, and mentoring efforts, including:
- Helping families remain in the community
- Keeping children in their public schools
- Preserving the family unit intact (boys over the age of 12 are allowed to remain with their family, rather than go to a men's shelter)
- Creating opportunities for employment to aid in the transition to stable housing
We are the only agency in the region offering a private crisis-housing program.
Every year, our private housing serves approximately 50 families and 100 children. In 2017, we added to the housing program to serve up to 16 more families.
The Drake House History
The Drake House started in 2004 as a Leadership North Fulton class project to address the growing number of homeless women and children in the area. Community leaders gathered donations and volunteers from business and civic leaders, faith-based organizations, Fulton County, the City of Roswell and the United Way of Greater Atlanta to create a non-profit that could address the need.
The doors opened in June 2016, and the center was named The Drake House in honor of Roswell native Mary Drake, a founder of North Fulton Community Charities who advocated for those in need.
“Words cannot express how grateful we are for the opportunity living at The Drake House. What a wonderful experience, a piece of mind and motivation. Especially the Monday night classes. We are forever grateful and appreciate it all.
For everything you’ve done… for being the people you are. Thank you."
You can support families in your community too.
Make a donation to The Drake House and help keep families together under one roof.