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

             Serving Metro Atlanta & Northeast Georgia

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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 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 

 Other testimonials here


by Wells Fargo through ‘Days of Giving’



The IMPACT! Group was honored by Wells Fargo with a $1,000 grant at the Days of Giving celebration in North Atlanta on Oct. 28 at the Marriott Perimeter Center. Wells Fargo Area President Scott Asher led the ceremony.  “To some a $1,000 grant may seem small, but we know each of these great groups will be able to make a huge difference with this,” he said.  “And collectively this will have a major impact in our community.”


Tom Merkel, President/CEO of The IMPACT! Group (TIG), said “These funds will go directly to the operations of our IMPACT! For Vets program, which provides a complete spectrum of housing options as well as financial literacy for our Veterans and their family members. Of the 48,000 veterans who live in Gwinnett County, approximately 3,600 of them are facing serious housing issues or homelessness. Therefore, we greatly appreciate and are honored that Wells Fargo recognized our work with Veterans and their families. The need is there and it is encouraging for us to see that our community partners, such as Wells Fargo are helping us take action.”


This support from Wells Fargo Bank is an example of the many collaborative partnerships The IMPACT! Group is building to further expand our growing mission for Vets. In addition, TIG is in the process of rehabbing five (5) houses and placing Veterans and their families who are currently facing homelessness into these homes.


(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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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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