Decatur Presbyterian Church’s ministry to the homeless and those suffering other effects of poverty.
The purpose of Threshold Ministry is to invite women, men, and children who are in need into a community of faith where their stories can be heard, where Christ’s love can be demonstrated, and where practical assistance can be offered.
What assistance is offered at Threshold?
Since opening its door in the Spring of 2012, Threshold Ministry has served more than 600 men, women, and children. Threshold volunteers welcome those who come to Threshold into a safe place. Volunteers listen attentively, learn another’s story, share joy over successes, and commiserate during times of misfortune.
Threshold provides the following assistance:
- MARTA cards for medical appointments, job interviews, etc.
- referral for assistance with utilities or rent
- referral to food pantries
- help finding employment and educational opportunities
- referral for medical treatment
- referral for immediate and long term shelter
Threshold also offers:
- a bag lunch
- a hygiene kit (one per month)
- a winter kit containing a hat, gloves, and a scarf (during winter months only)
- a small clothes closet
A key task of Threshold volunteers is to help clients navigate the maze of resources that exist for the economically disadvantaged.
Visitors are also invited into the life of Decatur Presbyterian Church, both worship and fellowship activities.
The ultimate goal of Threshold is to create – through compassionate outreach – a community of faith that fully reflects the vision expressed in Scripture, where everyone experiences what it means to be a child of God – belonging, engaged, and being transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Learn more – view/download the January 2016 Threshold Ministry presentation
Who qualifies for services from Threshold?
We welcome anyone in need to come meet with us. Policies for service vary, and some agencies have additional requirements. Our hours are from 9am-11:45am on Mondays and Thursdays. We are closed on holidays. We can be reached at 404 378-1777.
How can I help?
There are multiple ways to use your talents, depending on your interests and time available.
- Visit with Clients
Come for a few hours a month and join fellow volunteers in listening to clients and providing services. We will provide training, resources, and support. No prior skills needed! To volunteer or to get more information, please contact the coordinator of Threshold, Ellen Gallow
- Assemble Hygiene Kits
Organize your family or group to collect items for or put together male and female hygiene kits.
- Provide Winter Kits
Organize your family or a group to provide hats, gloves, and scarves for the winter months. Kits for men, women, and children are all needed.
- Provide Snacks
Provide healthy items for lunches to go with the sandwiches provided by the church’s Sandwich Brigade. Portable snack options include granola/cereal bars, fruit cups, chicken/tuna salad kits, Vienna sausages, and bottled water.
- Shop at Kroger
We have been approved to participate in Kroger’s Community Rewards Program. If you have a Kroger Plus card, go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com and input the number 50989 in the search box or ‘THRESHOLD MINISTRY, DECATUR PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH’ to locate the account. Then select Threshold as the recipient of your rewards. You will continue to receive points that accrue to your Kroger account, and Threshold will receive income as well!
Interested in volunteering? Contact Threshold Ministry Coordinator Ellen Gallow, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Already a volunteer? Click here to sign up to help on upcoming Threshold days!