Jesse’s House Inc., originally known as the Forsyth County Youth Shelter, was founded in 1998 as a result of a 1996 needs assessment survey for the north Georgia region conducted by Kennesaw State University. The survey identified the need for an emergency shelter in Forsyth County for adolescent girls who were experiencing abuse and neglect. The Larry Morris family answered the call by donating a 2 bedroom home in honor of their father, Jesse Morris. With a house in place and generous contributions from the community, Jesse's House began operation. In our early years, Jesse’s House was able to serve seven residents with a maximum-allowed stay of 90 days.
The past 23 years have seen tremendous growth in response to the changing needs in our community. Our new shelter has the capacity to serve 12 girls, and the average length of stay in this past year was 9 months. We have served over 1,000 girls from all over the state of Georgia in these past 23 years, and with the support of our community, we hope to serve another 1,000.