About DEAM

Decatur-area Emergency Assistance Ministry (DEAM), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides emergency help for local residents to prevent homelessness and hunger. Supported by more than 20 Decatur and Avondale area churches of many denominations, DEAM provides emergency food, financial aid for utilities and prescriptions, clothing and volunteer support to qualifying residents in the Decatur and Avondale area.

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DEAM’s service area has strict geographical boundaries, and can only serve clients living in this area. Please check your address on this DEAM Service Area Map (use Internet Fxplorer or Firefox browser) before requesting services.

DEAM serves more than 250 local families/month, providing critical assistance to ease hunger; and prevent utility service disconnection, and loss of life-sustaining prescriptions. DEAM is run almost entirely by volunteers in space donated by local churches.

Requests for help from DEAM increase substantially during economic downturns, now averaging 250 families each month, including 350 individuals, 100 children, and 40 seniors.

Types of Assistance:

  • Food (Clients eligible for free food and health supplies once/month, estimated to feed qualifying household about 3 days. Total distributed averages 5,000 pounds per month.)
  • Prescriptions (limited eligible list)
  • Financial assistance for gas, electric and water bills
  • Clothing (Closets located at Decatur First Baptist and Avondale Estates First Baptist)

To receive DEAM services, clients must apply in person at the DEAM office, Mon-Fri 9-11:30AM.
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 515 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030. (Note: DEAM office entrance is on Sycamore Place-side of Holy Trinity Church. Directions below.)
Utility bill assistance is by appointment only. Call (404)373-2300 on Mondays or Thursdays at 11 AM to request an appointment time. Food and prescription assistance is provided in person on a first-come, first-served basis.

From Decatur MARTA Station exit, go left onto Church Street. At first intersection, turn right onto E. Ponce de Leon Ave. and go .3 mile/3 short blocks. Turn right onto Sycamore Place. DEAM office is on left, on ground floor of Holy Trinity Church, about 1/2 block down Sycamore Place. Look left down drive to see DEAM entrance. Proceed to the next driveway into parking area on left.  (Holy Trinity Church is on corner of E. Ponce de Leon Ave. and Sycamore Place, Decatur.)

DEAM is supported by the following churches in the Decatur and Avondale Estates area:


Atlanta Friends Meeting First Christian of Decatur
Avondale Estates First Baptist Church Holy Trinity Episcopal Parish
Avondale Pattillo United Methodist Church Lutheran Church of the Messiah
Belvedere United Methodist Church North Clarendon Baptist Church
Columbia Presbyterian Church North Decatur Presbyterian Church
Decatur First United Methodist Church North Decatur United Methodist Church
Decatur Presbyterian Church Oakhurst Baptist Church
Emory Presbyterian Church Oakhurst Presbyterian Church
Episcopal Church of the Epiphany Scott Boulevard Baptist Church
First Baptist Church of Decatur St. Thomas More Catholic Church
First Church of Christ, Scientist The Church at Decatur Heights

DEAM services and client eligibility are described on this website. If DEAM is unable to meet your need or you are seeking additional information on services and resources, please dial 211 from any phone to be connected to the United Way 211 hotline .