After exhaustive research of homeless services in the Atlanta area and review of statistical data on the exponential growth of the homeless population of single mothers with children in North Fulton, the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program in March 2004 undertook the challenge of creating an emergency housing facility. Leaders in the community gathered financial and volunteer commitments from business and civic leaders, faith based organizations, Fulton County, the City of Roswell and the United Way of Greater Atlanta to create a new non-profit that addressed the need. Their work resulted in the establishment of The Drake House, named after Mary Drake, a Roswell native who advocated for those in need and a founder of North Fulton Community Charities.
· 2004 – Leadership class volunteers identified the lack of for emergency housing for homeless single mother, 16-unit apartment complex in Roswell property identified, inaugural Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ fundraiser held in Roswell
· 2006 – HomeAid Atlanta, the non-profit arm of the Atlanta Home Builders Association, completes renovation of all 16- units, Door open homeless families that June. Board of directors approve purchase The Drake Center, across the cul-de-sac to house the professional staff, food pantry, laundry facilities, classrooms, computer lab, and library.
· 2008 – Capital Campaign begins to pay off mortgage for the Apartments and Center
· 2011 – The Drake Closet Opens in Roswell
· 2012 – Capital Campaign raised $1.5Millon to pay off Mortgage
· 2013 – Drake Closet Opens in Alpharetta
· 2015 – HomeAid completed renovation and ADA requirement for Drake Center adding classroom space
· 2016 – 10th Anniversary Celebration, After School Enrichment Program starts, The Drake Closet opens in Sandy Springs