The Drake House is fortunate to have a team of volunteers to support and supplement the efforts of the staff. For all that they do to enable us to continue our mission to empower single mothers and their families, the Board of Directors and The Drake House staff extend their sincere gratitude to all volunteers. It is our hope that you will thoughtfully consider joining our family of volunteers.

Interested in volunteering?

We have a variety of roles that require different time commitments. As a general guideline we prefer a weekly or every other week commitment.

The Drake Center is looking for weekday volunteers to assist with donation management, data entry, food pantry, tutoring, facility up keep, special events and limited openings for mentors. Mentors encourage and support a mother or child as they move through the empowerment program. We have a special need for male mentors. Mentor training is required and is provided by Christy Merritt, Director of Programs.

The Drake Closet seeks friendly volunteers who would like to come in on a regular basis for one or two shifts weekly. Each shift is 2-3 hours in length and both stores are open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10-5 and on Saturdays from 10-4. Volunteers will assist on the sales floor, provide customer service, hang/straighten/organize store merchandise and help with special events as needed. Once a volunteer application has been submitted and a background check completed, volunteers can choose their shifts each week based on their availability. For more information, please email us at .

Requirements for Volunteers

An important goal of The Drake House is for all residents, staff and volunteers to have a safe and fulfilling experience while at The Drake House and The Drake Closet. Our policy requires that all staff members, residents and volunteers understand and sign off on The Drake House Child Protection Policy. We are required by law to report any instances of abuse or neglect, including lack of supervision, to the Georgia Department of Children and Family Services. All volunteers are required to read the Volunteer Handbook.

  1. Complete an on line application, including reading the Child Protection Policy and Volunteer Handbook
  2. Register for an Orientation.
  3. Complete a background check.
  4. Attend the General Volunteer Orientation Session held at The Drake Center, 10500 Clara Drive, Roswell, GA 30075.

       Volunteer Orientation Dates 2017

  • Thursday, February 16th  Noon or 6pm
  • Thursday, March 16th, Noon
  • Thursday, April 13th, 6pm
  • Thursday, May 13th, 6pm
  • Thursday, June 15th, Noon
  • Thursday, July 13th, 6pm
  • Thursday, August 17th, Noon
  • Thursday, September 14th, 6pm
  • Thursday, October 19th, Noon
  • Thursday, November 16th, 6pm

(Age requirements for regularly scheduled volunteers: 13-15 years of age must be accompanied by a guardian. Volunteers still in high school are not allowed one-on-one contact with our residents.)

Volunteers with weekend availability are encouraged to become involved with the planning committees for our special events, cover the Saturday shifts at The Closets, or assist with landscaping at one of our locations.


Corporate, religious, civic, and service groups play an important role in helping us to maintain TDH facilities and complete special projects.

One-time volunteer group members do not have to attend orientation or complete background checks. Groups with minors are required to have guardians sign The Minor Waiver form.

Group leaders need to contact Melinda Szegedi, Volunteer and Resource Coordinator to select a date and project.  770-587-4712 ext.305

The best size group for our facility is between 8-12 people. Larger groups can be accommodated by special request and when a special project arises.

Typical group projects include cleaning and sanitizing the rooms of The Drake Center or apartment, painting, landscaping, sorting donations and restocking the food pantry.

Donations to cover the cost of project supplies are greatly appreciated.

Volunteers Ages 12 and Younger

For safety and issues of confidentiality we ask that they help in the following ways:

  • For their birthday party ask guest to bring an item for The Drake House- food, cleaning supplies, etc.
  • Hold a lemonade stand, dog wash, pet sit, make friendship bracelets or sell hair bows and donate the money to The Drake House.
  • Gather friends and attend The Drake Walk in the spring or Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ in August.
  • Hold a supply drive and have fun making the posters and fliers.

Court Ordered Community Service

The Drake House has extremely limited availability for court ordered community service. Requests must be made directly to Melinda Szegedi, 770-587-4712 ext. 305 and acceptance will be made on a case by case basis.


The Drake House provides short-term crisis housing, education and empowerment programs for homeless single mothers and their children in North Metro Atlanta, designed to provide stability for the children and assist the family in working toward self-sufficiency.

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