Like most charitable endeavors, Angel’s House has its roots in a group of concerned members of the community who saw a need and set about to help. It began with monetary donations for presents at Christmastime and grew into an annual humanitarian fund for children in foster care. In October 2000, a crisis developed when the lack of an urgent foster care facility forced children and social workers to stay overnight at the county Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) office. DFCS called on this concerned community group for help. They quickly secured a room at the local men’s shelter, and this temporary solution convinced the group that a county emergency shelter was desperately needed. The newly formed Newnan-Coweta Children’s Shelter Board went to work raising the one million dollars needed to fund construction of a permanent home and start-up program.
Community support was also overwhelming, and on August 21, 2002, ground was broken for Angel’s House. Another milestone was reached when the house was dedicated in February, 2004. Georgia’s First Lady, Mary Perdue, gave the keynote address. She remarked that “this project is what I would like to see all over the state of Georgia.”She emphasized that the community response to a much-needed shelter is “of far greater value than anything the state can provide.”
Angel’s House opened it’s door to children on June 21, 2004. Currently licensed to accommodate a maximum of ten children, some only stay temporarily and are later placed with relatives, but an average of seven to ten children live at Angel’s House on a daily basis. Since opening this special home has been a safe haven for over 265 children.
Angel’s House runs just like a home with the group leaders serving as house parents. It is heartwarming to visit, smell the meals being prepared, watch the girls interact, do their homework, and spend time in the garden.
HOW WE GOT OUR NAME
Home-grown country music legend Alan Jackson and his family took special interest in the shelter and helped to make the dream come true. He and his wife, Denise, were instrumental in raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the shelter by putting on a special concert, as well as donating their Corvette to be raffled. The Jackson’s were offered the honor of naming the shelter.
They chose the name Angel’s House as it is their prayer that each child seeking shelter in the facility will be surrounded by “heavenly and earthly angels”. The Jackson family in Newnan continue to show their love and support of the Angel's House through Run for Angels sponsorships and donations! We appreciate Alan Jackson and his fans' continued support!
WHERE WE ARE TODAY
Angel’s House will celebrate its 20th Anniversary in 2024!
Since opening our doors in June 2004, our program has evolved but the mission has stayed the same--to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of every child who walks across the threshold.
Our service area predominantly remains Coweta County, but our shelter is open to children in state custody throughout Georgia. Many of the children who come to Angel’s House on an emergency basis walk in with only the clothes on their backs. The length of stay varies from overnight to 904 days, based on the specific need.
Community support is extremely necessary and deeply appreciated to meet the needs of these children. In addition to our residents, Angel’s House continues to provide emergency 23-hour stay for Coweta County DFCS “special needs” cases.