Faith Community Outreach Center (FCOC) in Albany Georgia is a homeless shelter for women and children. It was founded by Janice P. Thompson "as a place where low-income women can obtain the skills necessary to become self-sufficient and productive members of the community". Prior to the founding of the center, the only women's shelter in Albany Georgia was Liberty House for battered women. After the City of Albany conducted a study that found the one care element missing in the city was a homeless shelter for women, Mrs. Thompson was moved to reach and touch.
"I was a certified jail counslor/minister and I saw first-hand the redundancy of ladies leaving [jail] and then finding their way back in the system a couple of months later. They told me they had nowhere to go but back to the places they'd come from. They weren't strong enough to overcome that cycle." Janice Thompson
In 1989, Faith Community Ministries, founded an outreach mission that helped over 9,000 people with various economic and social needs. On August 31, 1997, through Faith Community Ministries, Mrs. Thompson opened a shelter for women who have no family, nowhere to live, no income as well as for women who are sick. In October 1997, Faith Community Outreach Center, Inc. became a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, due to the labor of love by Dr. Everett Cordy of Albany State University.
"I have done my best. Now it is in the hands of all of you and God." Dr. Everett Cordy
FCOC has 20 beds that are available for up to 90 days. Residents are cared for as they look for permanent housing and employment. Through its partnership with Albany Technical College, FCOC helps women obtain a GED. FCOC is also in partnership with the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles' Re-entry Partnership Housing Program. FCOC staff members work with residents in the areas of spiritual development, personal development, vocational development, community involvement and independent living preparation. These are the developmental strategies that empower the residents to free themselves from various dependencies.
Since its inception, Faith Commununity Outreach Center has helped over 40,000 homeless women and children find hope and love leading to a change in the destiny of their lives.