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History

Celebrating 25 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 Village, Inc. became an independent registered 501(c) (3) non-profit, operating for charitable purposes.
  • 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 an $8.8 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 – Rainbow Village opened the Family Service Center and two new apartment buildings as part of Phase One of the capital campaign.
  • 2015 – Rainbow Village opened a third new apartment building and the Early Childhood Development Center, completing Phase Two of the capital campaign.
  • 2016 – Rainbow Village celebrates its 25th year of serving homeless families with children and hosts a slate of commemorative events throughout the year, and works to complete Phase 3 of the capital campaign!

Partnerships/Collaborative Efforts

Since its inception in 1991, Rainbow Village’s numerous, long-standing collaborative partnerships, from civic clubs and community organizations 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’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. 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.