Our History

  • 1938 — Atlanta Union Mission is established on Crew Street as a soup kitchen to feed homeless men displaced by The Great Depression.
  • 1947 — Atlanta Union Mission gains 501(c)(3) status and is inducted into the community as a non-profit organization.
  • 1967 — Atlanta Union Mission expands its services to offer recovery services to men facing homelessness. The Potters House, a 550 acre farm opens in Jefferson, Georgia offering long-term residential recovery programming for men who are homeless due to addiction.
  • October 1969 — Atlanta Union Mission opens facility on Ponce de Leon, becoming first entity in the city and the United States to offer services to homeless women.
  • 1982 – Atlanta Union Mission’s Women’s Services facility moves to current Howell Mill Road location. Originally named Dorcas’ House, it was renamed My Sister’s House.
  • Late 1980s – Atlanta Union Mission moves its emergency shelter services for homeless men to current location on Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd.
  • 1992 – Village Atlanta opens in College Park as a facility offering long-term residential recovery for homeless women with children
  • 1996 – Fuqua Hall given to Atlanta Union Mission as a transitional housing facility for homeless men
  • 2003 — Atlanta Union Mission’s My Sister’s House opens an expansion of its facilities providing emergency services and long-term residential recovery services to 264 women and women with children each day.
  • 2004 – Village Atlanta reopens as transitional housing facility for women and women with children.
  • 2008 — Atlanta Union Mission’s Community Center opens as an expansion to its The Shepherd’s Inn facility in downtown Atlanta and is able to serve 1,000 meals and provide shelter to 450 men every day.
  • 2009 – The Carpenter’s House is temporarily closed.
  • Spring 2010 – Atlanta Union Mission’s Thrift Store & More expands to metro Atlanta opening stores in Marietta and Roswell
  • June 2010 – Village Atlanta is temporarily closed.
  • September 2010 – Atlanta Union Mission changes its name to Atlanta Mission laying the foundation for the next seven decades of service
  • 2011 - Atlanta Mission thrift store opens in Duluth