Contact: Leslie Raymer

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.

MLK Day(s) of Service Guide for Home

Matthew 25:31–46 calls all of us to actively engage in the world around us, “to be a living translation
of Jesus Christ” as Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett says. The PC(USA) has called on its churches to act boldly
and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned or poor. DPC & many
churches in our Presbytery and around the US have answered this call. We hope for our re-energized
faith to unite all Presbyterians around a common and holy purpose: our common identity to do
mission. Serving others on MLK Day is just one step in living out this invitation that will continue to
lead us to meet the immediate needs of our community while working for systemic change.

What are Threshold Ministry’s hours and location?

Threshold Ministry is located at:

218 Sycamore St.
Decatur, GA 30030
Click here for a map

We are located in Sycamore House across the street from Decatur Presbyterian Church and the Decatur Public Library. Parking is available; we are less than a block from the Decatur MARTA station.  

Threshold Ministry is open Mondays and Thursdays, 9-11:45am. If this is your first visit to Threshold, please arrive by 11:00am for intake.

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
  • When funds are available, Threshold may be able to provide limited financial assistance. Please click here to learn more about our financial assistance policy.

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.  We can be reached at 404 378-1777 or

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, 404-378-1777.

  • 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  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 at 404-378-1777 or

Already a volunteer? Click Below to help on upcoming Threshold days!

March Volunteer Sign Up = Click Here


Privacy Policy

Threshold Ministry of Decatur Presbyterian Church (DPC) is committed to protecting the privacy rights of individuals and organizations. Threshold is part of DeKalb County’s Pathways Community Network. We have adopted privacy policies related to data we collect in the process of serving our clients. View or download the Threshold Ministry Privacy Policy.