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History

Celebrating 23 Years of Breaking the Cycles of Homeless, Poverty and Domestic Violence

  • 1991 – The organization began as an outreach ministry of Christ Episcopal Church (Norcross, GA) as Rainbow House. A parishioner bestowed $25,000 for a house to be leased and converted into a duplex to house two families.
  • 1995 – Rainbow House expanded to include additional leased houses, incorporated, changed its name to Rainbow Village, Inc. and became a registered 501(c) (3) non-profit.
  • 1998 – Scott and Jacqueline Hudgens donated $500,000 for the purchase of two quadraplexes in Duluth, Georgia.
  • 2007 – The Hudgens Family Foundation made a second contribution of $500,000 for the acquisition of adjacent property to the existing village for future expansion.
  • 2011 – Launch of a three-year $7.7 million capital campaign to bring online a new, all-inclusive village that will allow us to expand our programs, offer on-site child care, and triple the number of families we can serve.
  • 2012 – In April 2012, Rainbow Village opened the Family Service Center and two new apartment buildings as part of phase one of the capital campaign.
  • Over the past 23 years Rainbow Village has evolved into a model program whose comprehensive approach addresses the full complement of physical, emotional, financial, and educational needs of families who have suffered the trauma of homelessness, poverty and/or domestic violence.

Partnerships/Collaborative Efforts

Since its inception in 1991, Rainbow Village’s numerous, long-standing collaborative partnerships, from civic clubs to faith-based organizations to Fortune 500 companies, have yielded the volunteer power and program support necessary to provide the full complement of services necessary for families to break the cycles of homelessness, poverty and domestic violence.

Rainbow Village is funded and supported by individuals, community organizations, foundations, corporations, federal, state and local governments. These federal, state and local government agencies have reviewed and monitored Rainbow Village and have found Rainbow Village to be exemplary in their fiscal management and leadership.

Rainbow Village is a vital part of the community through its participation in:

  • Civitan
  • Georgia Alliance to End Homelessness
  • Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
  • Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services
  • Gwinnett Community Council
  • Kiwanis
  • Rotary
  • United Way

Rainbow Village’s amazing bank of donors and partners has contributed significantly to our mission through the giving of time and talent. Church and community volunteers donate home furnishings, provide assistance in the after school program, assist with job training, provide meals for evening sessions and assist with the maintenance of homes and grounds. All families participate in at least one community workday monthly and are responsible for the upkeep of their homes and outdoor areas. In-kind donations have also saved significant dollars on the bottom line and the thousands of volunteer hours contributed lend to our lean staff more hands, minds and feet so we are able to accomplish our work most efficiently and effectively. The extensive index of partnerships is listed in our Partners section.