40 Years of Neighboring

FCS is creating flourishing neighborhoods in Atlanta. Neighboring, dignity, and development are at the heart of everything we do. See what 40 years of neighboring looks like and the vision for what’s ahead. Watch our video!

Establishing a New Restaurant

Our neighbors have told us they love the grocery store and the coffee shop, and they see a restaurant as a next step for the neighborhood. As with our other businesses, we see a restaurant as a “third space,” a social space outside work and the home for neighbors to overlap and gather.

As we look to the upcoming year, we want to listen to this next vision. We want bring back such a place, a place to gather around a table and establish warm memories. FCS has acquired J’s Gas Station, which sits at that entrance of the neighborhood and hasn’t pumped gas for twenty years. This building is clearly visible from Carver Market and Community Grounds, and it is often one of the first places visitors to the community see when they arrive in South Atlanta.


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To Kill or to Cure

In all likelihood, our first president died from malpractice.

Lest we judge the attending physicians too harshly, we must remember that they were employing the best treatments available. They had no way of knowing that bloodletting was just as likely to kill as cure.

Actually, there is a time-honored practice that is right now being debunked. For centuries it was believed that charity was a cure for poverty.


A Christmas Miracle at P4P

“We really worked to make it beautiful this year,” Pamela Stringfield, Neighborhood Engagement Coordinator, noted when talking about this year’s Pride for Parents store. “We wanted the message to be ‘we’ve prepared a place for you, and it’s a place for you to come and have fun and enjoy being here.’ We wanted a space that was functional, but really pretty, too.”

Neighbors noticed the effort.


Kicking off 2019

2018 was one of my most fulfilling years at FCS. Our 40th Anniversary celebration topped off the year and set the stage for 2019. Seeing so many faces, the hands that have built FCS in one place, was a special moment. Such moments continue to fuel my soul as I think about the coming year. Maybe you have read the CS Lewis quote, “there are far, far better things ahead than any you leave behind.” Surely, we have faith that even greater things are on their way.