The IMPACT! Group
Transforming lives and strengthening communities
                      with quality housing solutions

             Serving Metro Atlanta & Northeast Georgia

The IMPACT! Group is a 501(c)3 nonprofit community development corporation. Our agency offers a spectrum of housing assistance services that help families from all economic backgrounds. We operate two divisions. Click below to learn more about our work.

IMPACT! Housing
helps homeless families with children move to self-sufficiency and permanent housing.

HomeOwnership Center
provides homebuyer and homeowner education and counseling and free foreclosure prevention help to residents.

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Thank You to the congregation of John's Creek Christian Church who held a "Worship Without Walls" service at one of our Veteran's houses. They gave so much love so we could provide a home for a Veteran and their family!!  

Now that's making an IMPACT!!

 I had the pleasure to both meet and work with Mrs. Brigitte from The IMPACT! Group starting early during the year 2011 to the present.  She has really been patient and helpful during the past two and a half years while I have been modifying my mortgage.  She has worked tirelessly with my mortgage company and exhausted each and every option.  She has been a great help to me as well as an asset to The IMPACT! Group.  She went above and beyond the call of duty many times by searching for new programs that may help me in my situation.  I don't know what I would have done without her over these past two years.

From the heart,
Terri P

I would like to thank The IMPACT! Group for all the hard work that they have done for me.  My home was in foreclosure status when I came to The IMPACT! Group.  I had been working with my lender for two years trying to get a loan modification due to hardships that I encountered from a divorce.  I tried unsuccessfully to get a loan modification from my lender and turned to The IMPACT! Group desperate and stressed out because I was afraid I would lose my home.  Brigitte was assigned to my case, she gave me words of encouragement and was dedicated to resolving my issue with my lender. She became my voice for communicating with my lender for the five months it took to get my home modified.

I would like to thank The IMPACT! Group for all the hard work they do for families that find themselves in hardship situations.  I would like to give a special thanks to Brigitte for fighting my battle that I thought sometimes was a losing battle.  I am one of the success stories and living stress free with an affordable mortgage.

Mae C 

Mrs. Alice, Mrs. Terry and most of all Mr. Tom, President of IMPACT,
Words cannot express my heartfelt gratitude for making my son's holiday a blessed and fulfilled day.  Your generosity is unmeasurable.  My love will always hold dear to the IMPACT Group.  Your mission matters, and I look forward to giving back in some form to show my appreciation.  When clients are difficult and funding is few, please remember you are loved and needed.

 Always, Nicole and Jaleb

 Other testimonials here



We are pleased to receive a donation from Allstate Foundation in honor of their agent Trevor Roseberry. Trevor has volunteered with our agency for over 12 years.  It is community leaders like him, when The Good Hands People give back, our hometowns are better, safer place to live.  
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(Lawrenceville, Ga., July 1, 2014) – Five houses located within Gwinnett County parks will be leased to veterans and their families under an agreement approved by commissioners on Tuesday. The agreement gives The IMPACT! Group sole responsibility for administering the program and all operations and maintenance costs related to the properties. The houses are located at the following Gwinnett County parks: Graves Park, Harbins Park, J.B. Williams Park, Lenora Park and Little Mulberry Park. Established in 1992, The IMPACT! Group is a nonprofit corporation that provides affordable housing in Gwinnett. Tom Merkel, the group’s President and CEO, said, “We greatly appreciate the cooperation from Gwinnett County in support of our current $2 million IMPACT! For Vets capital campaign focused on delivering much-needed housing and specialized services for nearly 3,600 homeless veteran families in our community.” Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said, “Gwinnett County is very pleased to partner again with The IMPACT! Group and its volunteer board by providing this opportunity to help homeless veterans and their families in Gwinnett County.”

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Photo Caption: Tom Merkel, President/CEO of The IMPACT! Group (left) graciously receives their Challenge Grant from Julie Keeton Arnold (center), CFNEG Grants Committee Chair and Bill Short, CFNEG Board President (right)

The Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia (CFNEG) was elated to present a check today for $50,000 to The IMPACT! Group in support of their current $2 million IMPACT! For Vets capital campaign focused on delivering much needed housing facilities and specialized services for veterans.

Judy Waters, Executive Director of the CGNEG, shares "We are so excited the The IMPACT! Group was able to secure the matching funds in record time and that we can put these funds to good use right away.  With nearly 3,600 homeless veteran families in our community, it is important we act quickly to launch these new programs that offer vital support and services to military families in need."

At the Community Foundation's Board Meeting, Bill Short, CFNEG Board President was privileged to present the $50,000 check to Tom Merkel, President and CEO of The IMPACT! Group, saying "Investing resources like this into our community to enable programs and services for those in need is what our Foundation does best.  We are honored to present this check to The IMPACT! Group and commend you on your dedication and commitment to serving veterans in our community.  We are excited to see what good you will do with these funds and the lives you will change."  Merkel responded, "We are grateful to the Community Foundation for issuing us this challenge.  It really was the catalyst we needed to launch our IMPACT! For Vets campaign and it has given our new program a real foundation for success."


2010 Recipient of the D. Scott Hudgens Humanitarian Award
By the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
The award noted IMPACT!'s comprehensive work in homeless prevention assistance and housing development.

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