In 1985, Army drill sergeant Victor Lamar Johnson joined forces with five other
The pastor of Antioch Baptist church – Rev. C.C. Cloud – provided space for the outreach program, which organized as the Antioch Veterans Outreach, later renamed Veterans and Community Outreach Foundation.
VCOF’s first established programs were transportation services to the Atlanta VA Hospital, evangelistic street outreach and substance abuse recovery groups. The agency outgrew the basement and moved to a neighborhood house. VCOF had monthly board meetings and named Johnson as CEO/President. Three volunteer staff members provided administrative support.
VCOF began to focus on children whose parents were battling substance abuse addiction and/or were incarcerated. The “house of faith and hope” was a safe haven for these children at-risk of repeating their parent’s criminal behaviors. VCOF offered comprehensive services to the students through academic and social development programs.
In 1988, VCOF reached out to older youth who were unable to participate in school-based athletic programs due to student misbehavior or family economic issues. Unity Basketball League was created as a gateway into these young adults’ lives through mentoring, crisis intervention and judicial advocacy.
In May 1990, VCOF was incorporated under the Secretary of the State of
A major turning point for VCOF occurred in 2000 when it relocated to a 3,000 square foot facility – the
Rev. C.C. Cloud served as pastor of the Antioch Baptist Church, Gainesville, GA for many years and his life touched many in this community, throughout the state of Georgia and nation. VCOF honors Rev. Cloud's compassionate nature and commitment to his faith. Rev. Cloud's mission - calling people to service - lives on.