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BurgerFi raises funds for HomeStretch

Restaurant sponsors different nonprofit every three months

From left, Ron Altman, Pamela Burton and Terrie Altman present a check for $5,000 to Homestretch Executive Director Rose Burton.

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — With the community’s support, BurgerFi has once again donated $5,000 for a local nonprofit as part of its new quarterly program.

HomeStretch recently received $5,000 from the restaurant to help support their mission to break the cycle of homelessness in North Fulton. The nonprofit provides temporary housing and skills programs for local homeless families and children.

The organization helps people with everything from finding stable housing and employment to teaching life skills and financial independence.

HomeStretch Executive Director Rose Burton said the organization was grateful for the support.

All of the funds will go directly into HomeStretch’s services. The organization has 39 housing units. All of their affordable units are currently full, and they have a few vacancies in their homeless housing program.

“It’s a good thing – we’re turning them over and helping everybody quickly,” Burton said.

Each quarter, BurgerFi dedicates its efforts to helping one local charity. The program was started with Foster Care Support Foundation last year, but BurgerFi has also previously supported St. Jude’s and Wounded Warriors.

During each quarter, BurgerFi spotlights the chosen nonprofit by highlighting it on its social media and on signage throughout the restaurant. BurgerFi encourage customers to donate and will match any donation for up to a total of $5,000.

“We have a platform here to help the community,” said BurgerFi franchise owner Ron Altman. “We have a lot of customers that come through here that can translate to a lot of new donors and volunteers for these charities.”

The current quarter’s nonprofit is The Drake House, which provides short-term crisis housing, education and empowerment programs to homeless women and children in north metro Atlanta.

Ron and his wife Terrie are also sponsors and judges this year in The Drake House’s annual Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ in late August.

“You can get blinded in an affluent place like Alpharetta or Milton to the needs that are underneath the radar, like homelessness,” Ron Altman said. “But it’s a huge need here that these organizations are supporting.”

BurgerFi plans to keep the program running indefinitely and is reaching out to other charities to spotlight.

“As people see needs out there, we’re really open to ideas of organizations to support.” Ron said. “Helping local youth is something really important to us, which is why we started with the Foster Care Support Foundation. Our eyes are wide open to see where the needs are and where we can help.”

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