Nell Benn, LCSW
Nell Benn joined the Agape Community Center as Executive Director in January 2003.
During Nell’s tenure at the Agape Community Center, Nell has worked tirelessly on behalf of underserved and economically challenged children and families in the Atlanta community by creating programs that empower and inspire children to dream for a better tomorrow. Nell’s passion for education, innovative approach, and strong desire to truly make a difference in the lives of others led to the creation of model programs in Atlanta. These programs have positively impacted the lives of hundreds of children by meeting their most basic needs, providing support for families, and fostering an environment that promotes academic achievement and post-secondary opportunities. These programs and services include an after school program, a mentoring institute for high school students, a nutrition backpack program, and extreme bedroom makeovers just to name a few.
Nell’s success at the Agape Community Center includes a sevenfold increase in both the number of children served and the operating budget. In 2011, Nell led her agency in receiving 2 distinguished awards. The Agape Community Center was the recipient of the 2011 Sue Wieland Embracing Possibility Award through the Atlanta Women’s Foundation and the 2011 Carl V. Patton President’s Award from Georgia State University for Outstanding Community Partner. Nell considers Agape to be a blessing in her life and contributes the success of the Agape Community Center to a strong board of directors, an outstanding team of employees and Agape’s dedicated and committed volunteers that give their hearts and souls to the children and families in their community.
Nell holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Georgia Southern University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University. In May 2002, Nell was appointed by former Governor Roy Barnes to the Georgia Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists, where she served for 3 years. In addition, Nell currently serves on the Advisory Board for Georgia State University School of Social Work, the Board of Directors for Atlanta Berean Community Development Corporation and the Board of Directors for Groundwork Atlanta.