About Us

22Athens Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization created for the purpose of identifying gaps in the current array of homeless services for Athens-Clarke County and developing and implementing programming to fill these gaps through opportunities afforded by the Navy Supply Corps School Base Reuse Plan.

Vision

Each and every individual deserves an opportunity to thrive in the community. Regardless of circumstances, everyone has the right to develop potential to lead a full, productive and personally meaningful life. We envision a community where needed services are co-located close to affordable and safe housing, quality childcare and affordable healthcare so that individuals and families have access to all the services they need. We believe our community is stronger when all of its members are active members of the community. All of our services are dedicated to fulfilling this vision.

Mission

Our mission is to serve our community by empowering individuals and families who have experienced homelessness to realize their greatest human potential, become as independent as possible within their families and community, and establish a valued role in society. By co-locating services, we strive to give individuals and families access to services to:

• Meet their basic needs (food, clothing, shelter)

• Link to needed services such as childcare, medical treatment, behavioral healthcare

• Complete education and/or training

• Obtain and maintain employment

• Provide a nurturing and supportive home to their children

• Assure the success of their children in school and after-school activities

Who we are ARCH is made up of members of organizations who came together to identify these gaps, develop proposals to fulfill these needs, and who are dedicated to working collaboratively to see these services become a reality. Representatives from various local agencies serve on the ARCH board:

ARCH Board Members

• Evan Mills, Advantage Behavioral Health Systems-Chair

• Shea Post, Athens Area Homeless Shelter, Secretary

• Samanta Carvalho, Athens-Clarke County Housing and Economic Development

• Olivia Long, AIDS Athens-Treasurer

• Laurie Wilburn Bailey, Advantage Behavioral Health Systems

• Paige Cummings, Athens Nurses Clinic

• Dawn Criss, Clarke County Department of Family and Children Services

• Julie Meehan, Community Member