Organizational Developer, Social Worker, Community Activist
Forty something years of dedication, Tireless hours of personal commitment, Tender concern for the less than fortunate, that is only the minimal manner in which to describe Joyce J. Dorsey. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Atlanta, this ninth child of a Preacher man was destined to be a leader. Joyce was molded to develop and lead organizations since she was twelve and the teacher of the youth Sunday school class at the church her father pastored, Tabernacle Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA. Her mother, who believed that all the children should know Bible verses “by heart” as well as Baptist hymns, schooled all of them religiously. She seemed to grab as much knowledge from both parents and this spirituality is evident in her leadership style and ministerial work. Completing all levels of education in her home city of Atlanta, GA was a bit unusual for her time, but Joyce felt that this experience would ground her in the community where she preferred to exercise her career …. and she was right. Presently, Dr. Dorsey attends the Pilgrim Cathedral of Atlanta where she was ordained an Elder by the Bishop Kent D. Branch.
Graduating from Spelman College (BA,1970), Atlanta University School of Social Work (MSW,1986), positioned her with career- advancing opportunities in corrections (officer, counselor, superintendent), self-employment (J.R.C. Enterprises, Management Consultant, Gladys A. Dorsey Home For Children) and non-profit organizations ….. Council on Battered Women (now the Partnership for Domestic Violence), The St. Anne’s/Perry Homes Support To Employment Project (STEP), and presently, the Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority, Inc (FACAA). She has held her current position since 1991. Dr. Dorsey is a devout Christian and received her Doctorate in Biblical Studies from North Carolina College of Theology / Atlanta’s Maranatha College of Theology Campus (June, 2008) in honor and respect for her deceased, pastoral parents. She participates with Atlanta’s Concerned Black Clergy, Fulton County’s Workforce Investment Board of Directors, Community Action Boards of Directors-Both Statewide and S.E. Region; Habitat Executive Women’s Build Steering Committee, Just Energy Circle and Environmental Equity, she is not too busy to advocate for her community.
In her present capacity as President/CEO of FACAA, she promotes this organization as an Academy For Life, motivating adults to get their GED, acquire effective skills in problem-solving, budgeting and finding jobs that enable them to get their families out of poverty. She implemented programs such as YouthBuild, services for probationers and “returning citizens” )or ex-offenders), and a CHDO or AffordableHousing Development to produce housing for those people who would otherwise not be able to obtain it. Annually, FACAA serves over 25,000 individuals and families per year. The Board of Directors has commended Joyce for achieving consistently positive annual audits as proof of her drive for efficient use of public funds to carry out the programs of FACAA. She attributes this accomplishment to her executive team responsible for implementing the strategic plan of the organization.
A motivating speaker, high-energy community leader, minister and a deeply loyal and committed friend, Joyce still finds the time to be an active grandparent. She has two sons, Jacques and Michael, their wives and children to keep her legacy going…. The grands are Brandon, Leah, Jacquelyn,and Skyla…… all budding scholars, destined to follow in her footsteps. God, her guide, has surely blessed her.
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