Partners of FCS Urban Ministries
Charis Community Housing is a faith-based community development ministry providing affordable housing options for mixed-income communities. Charis’ core practices are neighborhood focused, homeownership, re-neighboring and strategic partnering.
Equipping individuals and families to strengthen themselves economically, CED impacts the lives of low-income families by increasing their purchasing capacity and placing economic power back into the hands of the community. CED currently runs four business in the South Atlanta neighborhood: The South Atlanta Marketplace, Community Grounds Cafe, Refugee Beads, and the South Atlanta Bike Shop.
Moving in the Spirit is a nationally recognized youth development program that uses dance as a vehicle to positively transform the lives of children and teens in Atlanta, Georgia. Moving in the Spirit educates, inspires and unites young people through dance, in order to help them become successful, compassionate leaders.
The mission of Urban Recipe is to provide food for those in need in a way that affirms dignity and builds community. Urban Recipe uses the need for food to edify its members, especially through its unique nationally recognized Urban Recipe program, which empowers, creates relationships and provides food security, as well as fighting homelessness.
Divisions of FCS Urban Ministries
We help neighborhoods build community with at-risk youth through the Beltline Bike Shop. We try to identify young leaders capable of creating better futures for themselves and their future children and families. We mostly do so on a one-on-one basis. We are building what we call a web that will help support a healthy community. We think that by identifying motivated youth we help them to develop healthy relationships as well as work and life skills we will help lead struggling youth into productive lives, motivating them to dream of a bright future.
Common Focus is committed to the building of community by creating dialogue that leads to action. Our commitment is to create common focus, common action and common good.
FCS Community Chaplaincy works with all the ministries of FCS to enlist train and deploy community chaplains in our focus neighborhoods. The Chaplain offers the ministry of Christian presence, modeling compassionate service and helping to call together spiritually gifted and committed neighbors toward the purpose of community renewal. Find more information HERE.
EIRO (i.row) is a collective of strategic, imaginative partnerships joined together for the sake of God’s shalom in our shared city. Led by chaplains Shawn and Holly Duncan, EIRO utilizes assets by linking churches, businesses, schools, and civic groups so that all aspects of the community can flourish. Offering spiritual formation, Christian community development initiatives, and immersion experiences, EIRO strives to bring God’s peace to our piece of earth.
Pathways2Life:“relating to engage the disconnected youth for physical, emotional, and spiritual transformation.”
We exist to come along side students in pain by relating to engage them and the 3 support sytems (School, Family, Church).
Prevention We build relationships with schools to engage through education to help students navigate pertinent life issues.
Recovery We establish our Pathways2Life support groups to provide students a safe place to process pain, equip them with life long tools for living, and build supportive relationships to come alongside them on their journey.
Intervention All of our programs provide platforms for establishing relationships to assist youth and families in crisis.
Discipleship We equip, train, and empower church leaders to come alongside students in discovering identity, belonging, and purpose.
Introducing our newest economic development partner, Refugee Beads. Refugee Beads exists to inject hope, a sense of community, and financial support into the lives of refugees living in the Atlanta area.
Twice a week, Ruth Ann North gathers with a group of refugee women who are married to pastors. Together, they create jewelry, swap stories, and encourage one another. The jewelry they create is then marketed across America in stores, craft fairs, and online to provide these families with desperately needed income.
In this way, Refugee Beads empowers and encourages ethnic leaders to reach their own people groups and connect with a new culture.
South Atlanta Bike Shop is a youth development program of FCS Community Economic Development. Youth from our community, ages 11-18, can earn “shop bucks” by working in the bike shop and spend these to purchase bicycles, bicycle accessories, replacement parts and pay for bike trip registration fees.
The bike shop repairs donated bicycles and places them for sale at affordable prices in the South Atlanta Marketplace.