Our story


It all started when…

Jesse’s House Inc., originally known as the Forsyth County Youth Shelter, was founded in 1998 as a result of a 1996 needs assessment survey for the north Georgia region conducted by Kennesaw State University. The survey identified that there was a need in Forsyth County for an emergency shelter for at-risk girls, ages 7-17. We currently serve girls up to age 21 who are still in DFCS care.

From humble beginnings in a donated 2-bedroom home and significant contributions from the community, Jesse’s House began operation in May 1998. In the home donated by the Larry Morris family, Jesse’s House, was able to serve seven residents with a maximum-allowed stay of 90 days. The shelter was named for Larry Morris’ father, Jesse.

Jesse’s House has continued to respond to our community’s growing needs. The new shelter serves a capacity of 12 female youth. Each youth is provided with an individual bedroom as well as a library/computer lab, fitness room, game room, basketball court and common room. They are allowed to remain in our care until more permanent housing can be found. 

Since inception in 1998, Jesse’s House has served over 900 female youth from over 21 counties in Georgia. Jesse’s House takes pride in providing a safe haven and excellent care of these young ladies during a difficult period in their lives.

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