In late 2013, God impressed upon 10 men in Dahlonega to attend to the needs of the homeless in Lumpkin County. A group of like-minded individuals quickly joined to form what was to become North Georgia Interfaith Ministry.
In March 2014, a Board of Directors was established, and the ministry was off and running, investigating ways to best address homelessness. Visits were made to other counties to see their solutions. Money from individuals and concerned businesses was donated.
In the spring of 2015, The University of North Georgia donated four duplex houses to the ministry. The houses were moved to a two-acre tract of land that was also generously donated, as were many other services, such as clearing land, constructing structures, and other work necessary to establish the facility.
The two-acre site with houses ready for occupancy was named “Jeremiah’s Place,” after the well-known verse in the book of Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future .”
We opened our doors to our first family in December 2015, one week before Christmas.