In 1986, five Midtown congregations came together with the Midtown Alliance to combine their outreach efforts. Knowing that combining their resources would enable them to offer better service to more people, these congregations created the Midtown Assistance Center, a federally recognized, non-profit organization, qualifying under 501(c)(3) regulations. Midtown Assistance Center opened with the mission of helping to sustain the working poor through a temporary financial crisis by providing assistance with rent, utilities, food, work shoes, tools, and public transportation.
Today, the Midtown Assistance Center is located in the Atlanta First United Methodist Church and has the support of eleven congregations as well as the Midtown Alliance, many businesses, foundations, individuals, government entities, and volunteers. Members of its board of directors represent a cross section of the community. Though much as changed at the Midtown Assistance Center since 1986, our mission has remained the same- to provide emergency assistance to the working poor of midtown and downtown Atlanta to prevent homelessness and hunger during periods of crisis.