How MAC Helps
Since our founding, MAC has helped in over 139,000 emergency situations and provided over $8,000,000 of assistance to low-income families in the following ways:
- Rent and Utilities: MAC provides assistance to low-income, working households that are in a temporary financial crisis to prevent eviction and disconnection of electricity, gas, and water. Last year, MAC made 399 rent payments and paid 548 utility bills.
- Groceries: MAC has a food pantry that provides non-perishable food for households experiencing a temporary shortage. Even though MAC’s clients are below the poverty line, many are not eligible for food stamps and need help with putting food on the table. Last year, MAC provided 4,751 bags of groceries to 2,325 people in need, including over 500 hungry children.
- Transportation: MAC provides MARTA passes for people job hunting, or with a new job, until they receive their first paycheck. Last year, MAC provided 1,522 transit passes.
- Clothing and Shoes: MAC’s clothing closet provides men with interview and work outfits. MAC also purchases nonslip shoes and black pants for restaurant workers and steel-toed boots for construction workers. Last year, MAC gave out 1,212 outfits and specialty work pants and shoes.
- Georgia Identification: Without ID, finding a job is nearly impossible. MAC helps pay for people to get a state ID. MAC assisted with 32 vouchers for people to obtain Georgia ID last year.
- Referrals: When clients are in need of more than MAC can provide, staff refer clients to partner organizations. MAC received over 3,700 referrals from United Way’s 211 Information System last year.
“MAC got me turned around and back on my feet so I decided to pay it forward by donating to MAC whenever I can. Things were really bad for me—lots of storm clouds, but MAC helped me and then I wanted to help too. The feeling I get helping someone else is the silver lining in my cloud.”
– Anna, 2014 rent recipient turned 2017 donor