About Us

The Gwinnett Children’s Shelter is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 agency that grew out of a volunteer effort involving the PTA, business and community leaders and countless individuals who became aware of the growing need for services for the abused,  abandoned, and runaway children of Gwinnett County and surrounding communities.

Planning and development of the shelter began in 1986 and the first child was served in the fall of 1987.  Over the past 25 years the shelter has grown to offer far more than emergency shelter services.  We now offer an array of services that impact more than 6,500 youth and 300 families annually from all across the North Metro Atlanta area.

The Gwinnett Children’s Shelter is a residential care facility that provides both long- and short-term services to youth 12 to 21 years of age who have experienced abuse, neglect, violence, abandonment, and/or are in need of supervised care. The Gwinnett Children’s Shelter provides services to children of every race, creed, color, and religion, providing an opportunity for the children to attend public schools, develop self-esteem, and experience trusting relationships with peers and adults. Our programs focus on enhancing each child’s ability to function successfully in society with attention to accountability and safety.

The Gwinnett Children’s Shelter operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Children come to us from many circumstances and walks of life. Some have been walking a scary path since birth, while others have taken a wrong turn and are looking for a new direction.   It is our goal to end their hurt, start the healing, and help them develop into healthy individuals who will be the foundation of our thriving community.