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Where to find us...

Sweetwater Mission
6130 Hotel Street
Austell, GA 30106
Phone: 770-819-0662
Fax:      770-948-5402
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 802
Austell, GA 30168
*TEMPORARY*  Express Food Services 
Tuesday through Friday
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Meet the Team...

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Pat Soden

Interim Executive Director

770-819-0662, ext 15


Pat retired after 40 years as VP of Finance for a nationwide property management company. She has spent the past five years volunteering at Sweetwater Mission, assisting with all fundraising events. In January of 2020, Pat was asked to assume the role of Business Manager, and then graciously stepped in as Sweetwater Mission's Interim Executive Director in April just as the Covid-19 Crisis hit in full force.  "From the outset, I was very taken with the compassion and respect shown to the clients at Sweetwater Mission, and am honored to help the organization navigate through the tough waters that we all find ourselves in today. God has truly blessed me by guiding me to Sweetwater Mission."

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Linda Van

Director, Transformation Center

770-819-0662, ext 25


Linda came to Sweetwater Mission after 40 plus years in corporate America as Controller, Director of Operations and Financial Officer. At 62, she returned to college for a degree in Human Services at Kennesaw State University. After graduation, she began working at Sweetwater Mission, first as Volunteer Coordinator and then five years as Case Manager for the Kids Home Initiative in partnership with United Way. She is passionate about serving the homeless population and assisting disadvantaged and marginal persons move from survival to sustainability. Every person has potential. It is our mission to assist people in achieving that potential. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11


Paula Rigsby

Director, Family Services

770-819-0662, ext 19


Paula has many years experience working with volunteers in the non-profit field. She has spearheaded a variety of volunteer projects within the community and has a true passion for helping others. A mother of six, she still finds time to volunteer, with her children, in the community and in her church nursery. Paula's favorite scripture is Hebrews 13:2 "Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it,"


Debbie Ginocchio

Director, Strategic Partnerships & Fundraising

770-819-0662, ext 20


Debbie came with 18 years of Restaurant Supervision along with 25 years in the Financial Services Business. She initially came to help the clients of Sweetwater Mission with health insurance needs, which then led to helping in other areas. As our Development Director, Debbie is involved in getting support and organizing all of our fundraising events, using her perseverance in getting the word out about Sweetwater Mission. Debbie truly has a heart for serving the needs of others. “I Love everything about Sweetwater Mission and all they do to help people. I thank God for bringing me to Sweetwater and giving me the opportunity to improve peoples’ lives”.

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Frank Quatro

Director, Community Outreach

770-819-0662, ext 11


Frank brings a decade of experience in the nonprofit world, having served on several Boards including Chairman positions at both Andee’s Army and Fountain of Hope. As our Transformation Services Director, he has successfully leveraged his 40 year corporate career to the benefit of Sweetwater Mission in areas specific to operations as well as our new Transformation Center, providing sustainable job training to many of our traditional at risk clients.

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Mary Beth Alexander

Manager, Family Essentials Market

770-819-0662, ext 19


Mary Beth joined the Sweetwater Mission staff in 2019. As a Cobb County native and a third generation supporter of Sweetwater Mission’s work, she enjoys serving the community in this position. After graduating with a degree in Public and Social Services from Kennesaw State University, she spent 14 years in full-time ministry in Wyoming. She acquired skills and experiences in both secular and ministry positions. She returned to Georgia to be nearer her extended family. Her first ministry has always been her family, and her four young children keep her busy at home. An active member of her congregation, Mary Beth serves as a children’s teacher, nursery volunteer, and worship team vocalist. As a follower of Jesus, she strives to live out the words in James 1:22, “Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” 

The Board of Directors...

Pat Myers


Pastor Tracy Carter

Guy Scull

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Andrew Kiefer

Vice Chairman

Curtis Poole

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Brenda Leazenby


Dr. Mark Duffield

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Charles Black


Kimberly Bates-McCarl

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Thanks to Our Cornerstone Partners for Their Generous Support!

To learn more about our Cornerstone Partner Program click here.

Sweetwater Mission is a 501c(3) Non-Profit Charitable Organization        EIN: 58-2991771

Sweetwater Mission   |   6130 Hotel Street, Austell, GA 30106   |   P.O. Box 802, Austell, GA 30168   |   Austell, GA 30106   |   770-819-0662