ROSWELL, Ga. — Drake House Founder and Director of Programs Christy Merritt officially stepped down from her position July 1.
After 16 years, Merritt will no longer be serving the organization she has fostered since its inception. The non-profit charity welcomes Cheryl Carter as the new director of programs. Merritt is confident in the organization’s long-term decision as she enters retirement.
“I’d like to spend more time with my family and discern how else I might serve my community,” Merritt said. “My…career at The Drake House was more rewarding than I could have ever imagined. What a privilege it has been to walk alongside families during a desperate time and offer them a respite with dignity and respect.”
The Drake House celebrates 15 years of serving mothers and their children experiencing homelessness in the north Metro Atlanta area. The organization continues to provide housing and enrichment programs to families in need in the hopes of creating financial stability. Serving approximately 50 families with 120 children per year, the nonprofit is dedicated to creating opportunity for those less fortunate to become contributing members of the community.
“The Drake House is a gift to the community, from a community of compassionate and generous residents and businesses who genuinely care about those experiencing hardship,” Merritt said. “Our faith and civic community have been steadfast supporters, without which we would not have such a robust program. Having the support of volunteers from our community truly is what sets us apart and makes The Drake House such a special place.”
Stepping into her new position, Carter brings 30 years of non-profit experience to the organization. As a recipient of the “Outstanding Community Service Award,” she has served numerous organizations working to eliminate homelessness and prevent recidivism. Throughout her time in the field, Carter financially benefitted families helping to increase household income, credit scores and family savings accounts.
“We are thrilled to have Cheryl join our team,” Executive Director Nesha Mason said in a statement. “She has a proven track record of helping and aiding the families she serves. She will play a vital role in the program success of the families at The Drake House.”
As The Drake House bids “farewell” to a longtime leader and influencer, Merritt remains hopeful in the organization’s future. They are striving to improve their outdoor and classroom space as their reach full capacity of 32 families. She looks forward to their current developments allowing for the aid of more families.
“This firm foundation of client-focused growth and long-term relationships…will allow for future development to meet our families’ ever-changing needs and economic challenges,” Merritt said. “Additional space is needed for our after-school program…This program enables us to help our children overcome any setbacks in learning what their family’s instability might have caused, giving them opportunities to excel and enjoy learning.”
Merritt looks back fondly at her time with the organization as they look ahead to future improvement.
For more information on The Drake House, please visit www.thedrakehouse.org. The organization depends on financial support from community partners, individual donors, and fundraising events. To learn more about how you can contribute, please contact Megan Riddle by email at email@example.com or by phone at 470-508-9936.