PERIMETER ADULT LEARNING & SERVICES (PALS), INC.
1548 Mount Vernon Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30338
Perimeter Adult Learning and Services, Inc. (PALS), a Georgia corporation, is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), all-volunteer organization led by senior adults for senior adults. PALS offers life enrichment learning and other services in the Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Norcross and surrounding communities to those retirees 50+ years of age. Celebrating 25 years of service, PALS has grown from a modest 47 participants in the first year to as many as 1,400 participants in a single year.
Not only does PALS offer stimulating and educational classes, personal services, and socialization amongst peers, but, importantly, PALS also offers retirees an opportunity to “give back to the community’’ by volunteering their talents in the many aspects of providing such an extensive program. For example, the PALS Board is a working, all-volunteer, group of retirees from professional and business careers with extensive experience and a variety of technical skills, who give of their time and talents to PALS.
Begun in 1991 PALS and local congregations affiliated with PALS provide facilities, in-kind services and financial support as part of their outreach program for older adults.
PALS is an organization with members representing all faiths. Although congregations are PALS affiliates, PALS itself is not a religious organization. Other contributing organizations such as civic groups, corporate sponsors, which give support are also affiliates of PALS. These organizations along with our affiliate congregations are listed on the front of our quarterly brochures.
Life Enrichment Classes
The PALS quarterly life enrichment classes include the all-day Monday Lunch ’N Learn (L’NL) classes. Held in facilities provided by area congregations, PALS low-cost L’NL classes are focused upon the interests of senior adults. Subject topics offered in the lecture classes include finance, estate planning, history, gardening, health, world issues, literature, music, travel, religion, science, architecture, anthropology and the arts.
Instructors for the L’NL classes are all volunteers from Atlanta area businesses, educational and religious organizations, health services providers, other professionals, and retirees from PALS volunteers. The L’NL classes are held one day per week for 8 weeks, fewer in the Summer Session. At these L’NL sessions a book exchange, and current information from area organizations are made available.
For the low cost of $45 per session, the student may attend L’NL classes each Monday. An unregistered person may attend classes for one day for $8. A catered lunch is available. Based on need, partial or full scholarships are available.
In-kind contributions and high utilization of volunteer personnel allow PALS to operate with an extremely low budget. Office space, utilities (except telephone and internet use), and copying service are donated by the Dunwoody United Methodist Church. This congregation and other area congregations furnish space and setup services for quarterly Lunch ‘N Learn classes and space for meetings.
PALS operating income comes 75% from class registration and 25% from donations. Individuals, congregation affiliates, businesses, civic organizations and foundations are the sources of donations.