In 1995, Jeffrey and Vivian Tobias had a vision to help abused, neglected, and abandoned children. They wanted to be able to provide a safe haven where children would feel secure and loved until their family situations were improved. We believe that a Christian environment, which teaches the principles of Jesus Christ, would have an enormous impact on their lives.
In 1996, Jeffrey and Vivian Tobias became incorporated under the name, The Boys To Men Discovery Home, and in 1999 received a license from the State of Georgia to operate as a Child Caring Institution and to provide Therapeutic Foster Care Services. They began using their home, in Stone Mountain, Georgia for their first location. Vivian and Jeffery were the directors, counselors, therapists, cooks, landscapers, janitors, tutors, transporters, shoppers, etc…, while continuing to maintain full time employment. They began with seven children in their home, along with their daughter.
These children had been so severely abused that being afraid of going to sleep were a common occurrence. Most of the children had been physically and sexually abused in ways that are almost indescribable. Often Vivian and Jeffrey would say, “we would have never believed that such horrific acts could be performed by adults who have been given charge to care for their children”.
In 2000, they expanded and a second home was opened in Clarkston, Georgia and changed the name of the organization to the Potter’s House Homes For Children. In the Book of Jeremiah, the prophet is given a vision by God of people broken in spirit, and God takes the clay into His hands and remakes them into new and better vessels. God told Jeremiah to "go down to 'the potter’s house,' and watch me perform miracles." Today, He is still working miracles at The Potter’s House Homes For Children. We have many success stories and anticipate many more to come.
The Potter's House opened its third home in Lithonia, Georgia in 2001. A fourth home was opened in Stone Mountain, Georgia in 2003.
In 2006, The Potter's House acquired 7000 square feet of office space to provide mental health services. This Mental Health Clinic allows services to be expanded to include therapeutic services to not only the children in our residential program, but also to the families of the children that serve in the surrounding metropolitan Atlanta community. We have come to realize that often times the child is healed but the family unit remains dysfunctional. By providing services to the entire family the impact will be more profound and permanent.