About Us

About us

“We transform homeless individuals to a path of lifelong success.”

Our vision is: Restoring lives by rebuilding under-served and disadvantaged communities and populations. 

Putting God's Love To Work

Serving The Community

At Vision 21 we are helping our clients gain the skills they need to reach their full potential. Through increasing access to health and education for those who don’t have it, to guiding and developing those who do, Vision 21 helps inspire the homeless community to the future workforce. At the same time, we are growing the talent pool needed by our markets, our clients and our community businesses. We believe that through our people giving their time, skills and knowledge, and with your financial resources, we can make the biggest impact.

Housing The Homeless

We provide safe, clean supportive housing each year for homeless and formerly homeless people to help them learn to live productively and independently, with dignity and hope. Vision 21 has helped hundreds of individuals achieve independence, and we are ready to help many more in the future, until the day that homelessness no longer exists, and until the day that our local communities are as socially rich and as economically vital as possible. 

Our History

Chief Executive Officer

“Reverend Dr. Edwin E. Ford, a dynamic speaker across the nation, founder of Crossroads for Life Ministries, Inc., Vision 21 Concepts, Inc., and the President and Executive Director of the Douglas County Shelter, Inc. This diligent, man of excellence can be found every day with his hands on the plow; whether interacting with the men, maintaining the construction of a shelter, or interceding for his sheep.”

Dr. Ford leads the ministry of Crossroads For Life Ministries which is centered on the Church foremost, but has evolved Vision 21 Concepts, Inc. (Vision 21). Vision 21 is a cutting-edge community organization established with the goal in mind, which serves as a lifeline for homeless men and women, ex-offenders, at-risk youth, unemployed, underemployed and entrepreneur men and women. As part of the mission to “put people’s lives back on track”, Dr. Ford leads the organization mandates through programs that have proven track records of success in moving clients into self-sufficiency, job readiness and emotional stability.

Dr. Ford retired from the Georgia Department of Corrections in February 2006, after fifteen years of exemplary service. Dr. Ford formerly held the position as Community Service Coordinator and his community service programs have been recognized as a catalyst to linking the criminal justice community to the rehabilitative efforts in the Douglas County community. The synergy of these unique careers has truly been the cornerstone of his life and ministry. He has received numerous civic, community and governmental awards for his extensive work within our community to include City of Douglasville Outstanding Citizen, Recognition Proclamation from Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Douglas County Citizen of the Year. In addition Dr. Ford has been certified as an Offender Workforce Development Specialist sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the National Institute of Corrections and is a Global Career Development Facilitator.

Testimonials

Frequently Asked Questions

(Please click on each question for the response.)

  • Ex-offenders
  • Persons being evicted
  • Working poor
  • Chronically homeless
  • Persons living in shelters and transitional housing programs

Vision 21 does not accept sex offenders in any of its Programs.

Vision 21 programs provides housing for homeless men. Our Re-Entry Partnership Housing Program (RPH) provides housing for men and women without children.

The following admission criteria are for all programs except for the Re-Entry Partnership Housing Program (RPH).

  • Must be homeless (with or without supporting documentation) and must lack fixed and regular permanent housing.
  • Must be medically and mentally stable to perform daily living activities, live safely in a community setting and have the ability to fulfill all program requirements.
  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age and not enrolled in high school.
  • Abstain from any alcohol or substance abuse – this is a drug free and alcohol free facility.
  • Not under the supervision of intensive mental health case manager
  • Free of pending warrants for arrest, or sentencing for criminal activity
  • No history of violent crime
  • Not sex offender
  • Be employable
  • Agree to criminal background check
  • Cannot be on drug therapy to stabilize moods or behavior.
  • Cannot have on-going medical problems that will detract from their ability to participate fully in the program.
  • Must be willing to enter into an agreement with the program establishing prescribed objectives to be achieved.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to pay program fees, where applicable.

Our programs are first come, first serve except the Re-Entry Partnership Housing Program (RPH) which is based upon eligibility by the Department of Community Supervision (DCS).

Men’s Assessment Center – State Id or Prison / Jail ID

The Door Housing Program – State Id or Prison / Jail ID, TB test, HIV test, source of income, Birth certificate, Social Security Card

Living for Success – State Id or Prison / Jail ID, TB test, HIV test, source of income, Birth certificate, Social Security Card

Re-Entry Partnership Housing Program – Prison / Jail ID

THOR – State Id or Prison / Jail ID, TB test, HIV test, source of income, Birth certificate, Social Security Card

Men’s Assessment Center – once a year based upon program compliance

Food Pantry – once monthly

Other Programs – based upon Program Compliance

 

Vision 21 office hours are from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday thru Friday, except Federal Holidays,

The Men’s Assessment Center intake hours are from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Monday thru Friday. Walk-ins are accepted.

All other programs are by appointment only. Please contact the Business Office at 678-324-7950.

Men’s Assessment Center – 30 days

The Door – up to 2 years

Living for Success – up to 1 year

Re-Entry Partnership Housing Program – 90 days

THOR – up to 1 year

Men’s Assessment Center – Clients must leave the facility at 6:30 AM Monday thru Friday.

All other programs are dependent upon client work schedule, class schedule or community service.

All programs have a curfew of 10:00 PM Sunday thru Saturday.

Douglas County, Paulding County, Carroll County, Haralson County, Fulton County, Cobb County

Yes. Vision 21 coordinates with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Douglasville Police Department when warming centers are needed.

The Men’s Assessment Center will provide provisions for male guests who require a shower, food, and a bed for the night (when available).

The food pantry is open every 3rd Wednesday at 10:00 AM.

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