SafeHouse Outreach Inc.

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Breaking the cycle of poverty by giving a hand-up and not just a hand-out, SafeHouse Outreach (SHO) is a nonprofit organization that aims to transition people from homelessness to a point of stability and independent living.

SHO provides practical, emotional, and physical assistance and support for the in-need and at-risk, and helps integrate them back into society through time-tested programs. This is made possible by selfless, generous, and loving SHO staff, volunteers and friends.

Recognized by mayors, governors, and the President of the United States, the SafeHouse Outreach offers a hand-up and not just a hand-out, and is active in finding a solution for those in crisis. Nationally and internationally, the SHO is sought-after to replicate their efforts in other communities.

Contact information

Mailing address:
SafeHouse Outreach Inc.
89 Ellis Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303-2402


Phone: 404-523-2221

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 582130936

CEO/President: Mr. Josh Bray

Chairman: Edwin Turnipseed

Board size: 12

Founder: Mr. Philip Bray

Ruling year: 1982

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2019


SHO's vision is to be the premier service provider sought after by those on the streets of Atlanta and the paramount training facility for those who desire to effect change in the hearts of those who are hurting.

We serve our neighbors through time-tested programs. These programs are made possible by our dedicated staff, loving volunteers, and generous friends. The SafeHouse Outreach, based out of our 89 Ellis Street location, is responsible for all programs and service actions for those experiencing homelessness.

Our goal is to address barriers that individuals experience when facing homelessness. The department is divided into four programs: IMPACT, Atlanta Guardian, Problems Solvers, and the Career Development Program.

Mission statement

SafeHouse Outreach's mission is to restore lives through faith, love, and compassionate service.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating731 of 102552 of 81
Fund acquisition rating911 of 102770 of 81
Resource allocation rating810 of 102765 of 81
Asset utilization rating178 of 10259 of 81

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$39,381$15,875$57,756$37,307$2,645
Short-term investments$211$172$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$340,067$179,216$381,508$304,024$269,839
Long-term investments$0$0$9,355$0$0
Fixed assets$653,520$686,467$658,014$738,476$713,429
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$653,520$686,467$667,369$738,476$713,429
Total assets$993,587$865,683$1,048,877$1,042,500$983,268
Payables and accrued expenses$25,246$67,912$15,281$6,083$9,504
Other current liabilities$0$3,200$4,000$0$0
Total current liabilities$25,246$71,112$19,281$6,083$9,504
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$75,000$0
Total long-term liabilities$641,943$660,789$685,058$782,829$722,441
Total liabilities$667,189$731,901$704,339$788,912$731,945
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$326,398$133,782$344,538$253,588$251,323
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$326,398$133,782$344,538$253,588$251,323
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$1,245,054$906,170$939,446$893,132$889,792
Program service revenue$0$0$0$12,909$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,880$1,453$121,094$0($184,806)
Other revenue$133,339$89,503$105,491$62,230$33,107
Total other revenue$135,219$90,956$226,585$75,139($151,699)
Total revenue$1,380,273$997,126$1,166,031$968,271$738,093
Program services$864,258$890,310$787,889$675,445$715,739
Management and general$151,396$169,987$145,973$125,210$101,886
Total expenses$1,186,280$1,208,491$1,050,730$966,006$903,236
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$193,993($211,365)$115,301$2,265($165,143)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$193,993($211,365)$115,301$2,265($165,143)


Joshua BrayChief Executive Officer$56,174
Philip BrayPresident$47,286

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

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In 1982, Philip Bray took to the streets to rescue child prostitutes and runaways who were being sexually exploited in Atlanta, Georgia. Inspired by his own experiences, he wanted to reach out to those who the Church considered unreachable.

At 7th and Peachtree Streets, a booth in a local hamburger restaurant became the headquarters for SafeHouse Outreach on Friday and Saturday nights.

Within 6 months, over 200 volunteers came together with manpower and compassion to reach out to anyone in need. SafeHouse Outreach outgrew the booth and moved to a storefront off Peachtree Street.

The volunteers held midnight church services on Fridays and became known within the city as a place where the unreachable could come for assistance. This was the beginning of how the SafeHouse Outreach or SHO became a full-service community development organization.

Partnering with local churches and corporations, the SHO expanded their outreach with afterschool programs in 16 inner-city communities, crisis pregnancy services, rehab and job placement, and assistance for the hungry.

For over 35 years, SafeHouse Outreach has been instrumental in impacting lives and changing communities.

Recognized by mayors, governors, and the President of the United States, SafeHouse Outreach offers a hand-up and not just a hand-out, and is active in finding a solution to those in crisis. Nationally and internationally, SHO is sought-after to replicate their efforts in other communities.

With the help of community partners and willing volunteers, SafeHouse Outreach will continue its mission to transform lives in the city of Atlanta and beyond.

Program accomplishments


Volunteer: No time is better spent than in service to others. Without our faithful volunteers, SHO would not be able to provide the level of service and reach we do for people in need.

Donate: We rely on the generosity of both individuals and businesses to ensure we continue to provide high-quality services to Atlanta's homeless and vulnerable. A little kindness goes a long way.

Missions: Show your love for the homeless, at-risk, and vulnerable by being right by their side. Our Mission Teams and Total Immersion trips allow you to serve and experience life in the homeless community.