DEAM provides food; financial assistance for utilities and prescriptions; clothing; and referral services for qualifying Decatur area residents as described below. Using Internet Explorer or Firefox, click here (Service Area Map) to see DEAM service area, and locate your address on the map.
Emergency Food and Health Supplies
DEAM provides emergency food and basic health supplies to qualifying residents. Depending on food pantry stocks, DEAM can generally give out bags of groceries and supplies that will provide three nutritious meals/day for three days for all qualifying family members, once per month. Basic health supplies include soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, feminine hygiene supplies and diapers, and are dependent on current pantry supply.
Food Pantry Locations and Schedules
All clients must apply in-person at the main DEAM office at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Mon-Fri, 9-11:30AM, before receiving food from one of the two food pantries listed below.
Mon, Wed, Fri 9-11:30AM
DEAM Main Office
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
515 E. Ponce de Leon Ave (DEAM entrance around corner on Sycamore Pl.)
Decatur, GA 30030
Tues & Thurs, 1-2:30PM
DEAM Office (at Avondale First Baptist)
Avondale First Baptist Church
47 Covington Road
Avondale Estates, GA 30002
DEAM helps prevent cut-off of water, gas and electicity services by providing financial assistance to qualifying residents once/year to help pay gas, electricity and water bills. Maximum assistance is $125.
Utility bill assistance is by appointment only. Call (404)373-2300 on Mondays or Thursdays at 11 AM to request an appointment time. If requesting financial aid for utilities, bring current bill showing amount due for service.
DEAM provides financial assistance to qualifying residents who cannot afford prescriptions for chronic and life-threatenting conditions. Applicants should bring current, original prescription from doctor.
DEAM provides new and gently used clothing for children and adults, including summer and winter wear. Qualified residents select clothes from one of two Clothes Closets at Avondale First Baptist Church and Decatur First Baptist Church.
Housing (Please Note: No financial aid for rent is available in 2013)
DEAM helps prevent homelessness by providing emergency financial assistance to those in immediate danger of eviction or foreclosure.
Funds are limited, and funding is allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis to qualified applicants once/year, through the following process. Housing Assistance applicants mustcall the DEAM office (404.373.2300) on the last business day of the month to provide information to pre-qualify and schedule an appointment for further qualification in person.
Please note: If a qualifying resident has received an official yellow eviction notice from the Dekalb County Sheriff’s office, then they do not need to wait until the last business day to call, as described above. They may come to DEAM office on any regular business day (Mon-Fri, 9-11:30AM) to request emergency assistance. Applicants must bring the eviction notice, their lease contract and social security card to be considered for funding assistance through this resource.
DEAM serves Decatur and Avondale Estates-area, Georgia residents who live in the geographical area bounded by I-285 on the east, Glennwood Road on south, Moreland and Briarcliff on west, and LaVista Road on the north.
Click here (Service Area Map) to see DEAM service area, and locate your address on the map.