"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before hand, that we should walk in them."
Ephesians 2:10


We exists to strengthen and stabilize families by assisting them to create and maintain healthy environments. We are dedicated to supporting the economically disadvantaged with education, spiritual support, and exposure to positive approaches to life.


Allen Temple Baptist Church (ATBC) has had a long standing commitment to social services. Since its inception in 1919, ATBC has been highly committed to providing an array of services to families in the East Oakland community. This commitment stems from the church’s mission, which includes a mandate for justice, love, and living in right relationship with our God and the community.

In 1996, as a result of the vision and support of then Senior Pastor, Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Sr., and then Assistant Pastor, Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Jr. and the leadership of Rev. Eunice Shaw, a Social Services program was established.

In 2002, the social services program received its Federal 501(c)(3) nonprofit status under its formal name Allen Temple Health and Social Services Ministries (ATHSSM). Under the continued leadership of our founding Executive Director, Rev. Shaw, the organization grew to serve over 1,000 men annually, along with additional support for women and children through an array of services that include substance abuse counseling and support groups, parenting classes, individual and family counseling, job information and training, and HIV/AIDS testing and treatment referral. Rev. Shaw retired in 2014.


Former Deputy Director, Gloria Crowell serves as Executive Director, and is continuing the vision of quality support programs for those in need.


Gloria Crowell

Executive Director

Crystal Boxton

DV Coordinator &
Intake Specialist


Food 4 Life – Congregate Meals
Alan Markert
Linda Wysinger
Ronnie McFarland

Anger Management
Volunteer – Clytee Johnson

Michael Johnson
Michael Buttram
Michael White III
James Horton
George Horton
Theresa Johnson
Bobbie J. Horton
Lloyd Gibson
Michael White Jr.
Rev. Lorraine Allen
Ben Johnson

Mental Health Services
Sr. Consultant – Dr. Alvin Mclean
Coordinator – Rica Sosa White

Community Nutrition & Education
Program Director – Raheema Nitoto
Program Instructor – Donna Orviss