StreetWise Mission

The mission of StreetWise Georgia is to offer the necessary physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual tools to help people stabilize their lives, improve their environment, and move out of a state of dependency into a state of well-being and self-sufficiency.


Mission of StreetWise

Our History

StreetWise Georgia was founded in 1988 when Terry and Pat Powell stepped out in faith, simultaneously left their corporate positions, and devoted their lives to serving families living in low-income areas.
They began by building an extensive resource program in downtown Atlanta, most notably in the government housing communities of Perry Homes and Bowen Homes. There, StreetWise offered a broad range of services to provide more than 600 families that were living below the poverty level with the professional care, love, and faith, that they needed to rebuild their lives.

Making a Difference

StreetWise in the Early Years


Our First Ambassadors at the Lawrenceville Facility

In 2008, many of the downtown government housing projects were dismantled by the City of Atlanta, and the families were moved into suburbs outside the perimeter of Interstate 285. StreetWise responded by maintaining those relationships founded in the inner city, as well as expanding its influence into all of Metro Atlanta.

Today, StreetWise Georgia has its primary operating center in Gwinnett County, at the larger StreetWise facility located at 1770 Cedars Road Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045. We serve more than 5000 families a year and distributing over 1.1 millions pounds of food to families in need. With the passing of our founder, Terry Powell, in February 2020, we still consistently follow and honor his living legacy of the StreetWise mission to meet the needs of the community and enhance our impact, one family at a time!

Terry & Pat Powell, Founders

StreetWise Leadership



Tracy Joseph, Executive Director

Pat Powell, Vice President & Founder

Gary Pipkorn, Director of Operations

Chris Powell, Director of Marketing & Business Development

Karen Cox, Communications Director

Dorothy Ford, Director of Finance

Board of Directors

Alex Owen, Chief Officer

Brad Anderson

Waylon Hoge

Tracy Joseph

Simon Shim