BCM newsletter | September 2023

“Heaven-sent” financial education lifts weight off of single mom’s shoulders

She’s a single mom of two sons – ages 11 and 17 – and her job as a Customer Care Specialist transferred her from New Jersey to Georgia in January of 2021.

That was the wake-up call about her financial situation.

“Life before BCM was a little challenging,” Kendra said. “I had just moved, and in the same week, my vehicle was totaled. I’d broken my lease at my former apartment because of an infestation of roaches. 

“I was drowning a little bit, being a single mother and just trying to maintain. I didn’t see any way out.”

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Program Update: Budget for LifeTM

Budget for LifeTM is our money management program that teaches principles for financial success. We're proud of the accomplishments in this year's program, and we're already looking ahead to our goals for 2024.

In 2023, we had 35 participants, and our goal for next year is to increase our capacity by nearly 50% to serve 50 individuals/families. The course curriculum is also being refreshed, along with our budget coaching structure to help create a new and improved experience for each participant.

We're so excited to roll out these changes and additions – stay tuned for more updates!

Giving to BCM Georgia changes lives.

This year alone, generous donors like YOU have helped people like Jakeya, Demond, Shaday and so many more find or maintain safe housing.

You've helped people learn how to manage their income and expenses.

You've helped people know that there are others there to cheer them on as they take the next step forward.

And while it's not always easy, you've helped show people that financial stability IS possible.

Through our Budget for LifeTM, Foundation 3TM and Emergency Assistance programs, we can help make Atlanta a caring community where everyone has a home and the opportunity to thrive.

As we look toward expanding programs – and keeping up with more needs than ever before – this time of year, we really need your help. Please give to BCM Georgia today to help make this goal a reality!


Church Supporter Highlight | Buckhead Church

We're blessed with many philanthropic partners, but one of our biggest supporters is Buckhead Church. We are incredibly grateful for their exceedingly generous support, encouragement and partnership in our work!

This time of year is when Buckhead Church and all the campuses of North Point Community Church ramp up Be Rich – a church-wide effort to Give, Serve, and Love area nonprofits. Watch for volunteer opportunities starting in September to help impact the community for good along with Buckhead Church and North Point Ministries.

We had an AMAZING time out on the green – and together we grossed nearly $350,000 for families in need!

We're SO thankful! This year's Tee It Up Tournament was such a beautiful day full of great golfing and generous giving. Congratulations to the winners of our contests:

First Place Gross - Morgan Stanley: Whit Yates, Gee Aldridge, Matt Swann, Sandy Burgess

First Place Net - Holder Construction: Greer Gallagher, Jon Lewis, Nick Weaver, Ryan Edwards

Second Place Net - Woodall Team: Jordan Stowe, Rawleigh Taylor, Jerry Over, and Mike Robinson

Third Place Net - Voya Financial: Blaine Clotfelter, Brandon Manning, Robert Collins, Tim Arnoult

Longest drive - Jonathan Brazeal, House of Raeford 

Closest to pin - Brad Wall, Evergreen Construction

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in this year's event to help make a way for more people to achieve economic empowerment. We couldn't do this without you!

THANK YOU also to our Tee It Up 2023 Eagle Sponsor:

our Birdie Sponsors:

and our Par Sponsors:


  • Allison-Smith Co.
  • Angel Oak Companies
  • CBRE
  • Chick-fil-A - Stone Mountain
  • Cresa
  • Evergreen Construction 
  • Fidelis Private Wealth Partners
  • Holder Construction 
  • House of Raeford Farms
  • John Cook Group
  • Moontide
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Pleiad Foundation
  • Pigtails & Crewcuts
  • Rheem
  • Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church
  • ServiceMaster
  • Tennessee Homemade Wines
  • U.S.Kids Golf
  • Voya


  • Ronnie Brown/ Bob Cunningham
  • Chris Hamilton
  • Roy Jenkins
  • Eddie Nolan
  • Bob Suddreth
  • Glen Warren/ Oran Woodall

The mission of BCM Georgia is to keep people from becoming homeless and work to elevate their possibilities for economic empowerment. Learn more at bcmgeorgia.org.