The Mansour Conference Center is owned and operated by The Center for Family Resources, and we have been operating in our current location as an office and event space since 2005. The building was christened the Mansour Conference Center a few months after move in, recognizing the impressive capital gift made to CFR by the family of John and Myrna Mansour, long time volunteers and supporters of CFR and its mission.
So what exactly is The Center for Family Resources, and what does it do?
The CFR is a nonprofit organization that works to stabilize and empower families so they may become self-sufficient.
57 years ago, in 1960, CFR’s founders Fred Bentley, Sr., Howard Ector, and Harry Holliday envisioned a better way to combine six existing emergency assistance organizations in the county under one roof to be more effective and efficient. The result was Cobb County Emergency Aid Association, Inc. (CCEAA). During the first decade, one part time director worked tirelessly to help meet the emergency needs of Cobb citizens through financial assistance, furniture, clothing, medical supplies, food, and a Christmas program.
In the mid-80s, the organization began to look closely at the barriers families faced in becoming independent and self-sufficient. Families repeatedly faced limited access to affordable transportation, childcare and housing, as well as a lack of education and training to secure and maintain employment. The organization determined the removal of those barriers was the real key to breaking the cycle of poverty. The organization also changed its name to Cobb Family Resources.
Cobb Family Resources then adjusted its mission to find real, lasting solutions that would not only impact our clients’ current condition, but also ensure their future success. Over the next two decades, CFR continued to grow, learn and adapt in changing and difficult times. In 2004, the agency changed its name to the Center for Family Resources (CFR).
In 2005, through the Bold Vision Capital Campaign, CFR refurbished an existing “big box building” at 995 Roswell Street in Marietta into the Mansour Conference Center, a nonprofit tenant center and meeting space for the community. The Mansour Conference Center hosts more than 12,000 people a year for meetings, conferences, training and special events, providing crucial earned income for CFR.