FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

 

General

  • What is the Real Life Center?

The Real Life Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization. It was designed to provide help for hurting families by giving them a means to cope with the financial, emotional, and spiritual hardships of life. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.  In addition to our main Center, we operate two Real Life Stores and a Harvest for Real Life Fruit Orchard.

  • Who is eligible to receive help from the Real Life Center?

The Real Life Center serves permanent residents of Fayette and Coweta Counties.

  • How do I make referrals to the Real Life Center?

Call the Center at 770-631-9334 or send an email to rlc@reallifecenter.org.  You may also go to Ask for Help for more information.

  • Is there a charge to receive services from the Real Life Center?

There is no charge for our services. Many of the community resources to which we refer are also free of charge. However, when a referral is made to a professional within the community, the fee associated with the service is the responsibility of the person seeking care. Services are available to all persons without regard to race, income, gender or religion.

  • You are faith-based.  Must I hear about God in order to receive help?

No. The mission of The Real Life Center is to show the love of God by loving others and to show compassion and provide hope through our programs. We help individuals and families based on their needs, not religious affiliations.

  • Must I be enrolled in your one-year program to take educational classes?

No. The classes are open to the public; however, space is limited and sign-up is on a first-come, first-served basis.

 
Donations and Partnerships

  • How can I contribute financially?

You can make a donation online through our secure server, send a check or gift card to the Real Life Center at 220 Parkade Ct Ste A, Peachtree City, GA 30269, or partner with us through our Cents2Save, AmazonSmile, and Kroger Commnity Rewards Programs.  For more information visit Become a Partner.

  • Can I designate where I want to donate money?

You can choose to contribute to a specific program. If you do not designate your gift, it will be applied to the general operations of the Real Life Center.  For more information Contact Us or contact the Real Life Center directly.

  • What contributions/donations can I make other than monetary gifts?

We accept in-kind donations such as new food items, fresh produce, gently-used clothing, furniture, and household items. You can also donate your expertise, organize a fundraiser or clothing drive, or volunteer at one of our locations. For more information visit Get Involved or contact the Real Life Center directly.

  • How can my business or community group get involved?

There are many ways to get involved: volunteering through a team-building event, holding a food or clothing drive, making an in-kind donation, organizing a fundraiser, or making a financial donation. For more information visit Community Groups and Businesses or contact the Real Life Center directly.

  • How can my church get involved?

There are many ways to get involved: serving with your small group, collecting change, holding a food or clothing drive, or organizing a church-wide event to sponsor the Real Life Center.  For more information visit Churches or contact the Real Life Center directly.

  • How can my school get involved?

Your school can get involved in a variety of ways either on or off campus. This includes holding a food, clothing or book drive, organizing a fundraiser, or helping raise overall awareness in the community. For more information visit Individuals, Families. and Schools or contact the Real Life Center directly.

  • What are your greatest, ongoing needs?

Because lack of food and financial stability are two of the main struggles during difficult times, our top two needs are financial assistance and food distribution. Your gift of food items can help plan a much needed meal. Your monetary gift provides valuable assistance with paying a bill, providing stability, and most of all, a renewed hope. For more information visit Get Involved or contact the Real Life Center directly.


Volunteering

  • What volunteer positions do you offer?

We have five locations where you can serve: the Real Life Center, two Real Life Stores, our Harvest for Real Life Fruit Orchard, and a Mobile Pantry. For details visit Get Involved or contact the Real Life Center directly.

  • How do I sign up to become a volunteer?

Visit Volunteer for more information and to access our volunteer sign-up forms.

  • How old do I have to be to volunteer?

The minimum age for volunteering at the Real Life Center or Real Life Stores is 14 years old when accompanied by an adult; however, children under 14 years old may assist their parent with bread pick-up and delivery.  The minimum age for volunteering without being accompanied by an adult is 16 years old. Children of all ages are welcome to help harvest fruit with their families at the Harvest for Real Life Fruit Orchard.  See Individuals, Families, & Schools for more ways to get involved.

  • I work full time; can I still volunteer?

There are several evening and weekend opportunities at the Real Life Center, both Real Life Stores, and the Harvest for Real Life Fruit Orchard. Visit Get Involved for further details.

  • Can I earn service hours for scouting or school groups?

Students interested in earning community service hours for school or scouting are welcome to serve at the Real Life Center, Real Life Stores and the Harvest for Real Life Fruit Orchard. Prior registration is required, and a Release and Waiver Form must be signed by a parent or guardian.

  • Can I earn court-appointed community service hours?

We apologize that we are unable to offer volunteer hours for court-appointed community service.


Families and Individuals Seeking Assistance

  • What services do you provide?

We provide financial assistance with basic utilities such as electric, gas, and water. We also help with rent and mortgage payments. We have a food pantry, bread ministry, and clothing closet that are available to our families. Resume assistance, financial counseling, educational classes, and resource information are also offered. For more information visit Programs.

  • How do I get financial assistance from the Real Life Center?

You must make an appointment to meet with one of our assessment counselors in order to receive assistance from us. Appointments are taken by phone Monday mornings starting at 9 AM for Coweta County residents and on Tuesday mornings starting at 9 AM for Fayette County residents. The Real Life Center does not assist with walk-in financial needs.

  • Do you help with deposits?

We do not help with deposits for rent or utilities.

  • What do I do if I am in dire need of food?

You may walk in for a one-time emergency food visit during our regular business hours. In order to continue to use the food pantry you need to make an appointment to meet with one of our assessment counselors.

  • How frequently do you assist with financial needs?

The Real Life Center generally assists one time financially during the one-year program. We do not offer financial assistance on an ongoing basis or on a yearly basis. We are constantly enrolling new families, and the funds available are committed to those families with new appointments.

  • I need a job.  Do you offer job placement?

The Real Life Center has resources available to help you in your job search. We also have resume assistance available to current families, but we do not offer job placement.

  • Do you assist with housing?

We can assist with rental payments, but we do not help with housing placement. We do have resources available for the local area.


Providing Necessities for Living,  Equipping People for LIFE