Our love for and nurturing of children at the First Christian Church of Decatur, Disciples of Christ extends not only to the local community but internationally as well.
Decatur First Christian (DOC) supports these ministries to children:
- Aid to Children of Imprisoned Mothers, Inc. (AIM)
- Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM)
- Decatur Emergency Assistance Ministry (D.E.A.M.)
- Operation Christmas Child
- Total Family and Children’s Services
- Ronald McDonald House
Aid to Children of Imprisoned Mothers, Inc. (AIM)
A community-based organization that works with children of incarcerated women, their mothers and their caregivers, who are primarily maternal grandmothers. AIM works intensively with 100 children over a long period to allow for complete investment in the entire family. The Disciples Women is a supporter of AIM.
DCM was founded in 1969 and has been actively involved in serving the Decatur/DeKalb area ever since. It operates a transitional housing program for homeless, employed families as well as an emergency shelter for women with children. Additionally, it works to prevent homelessness by providing assistance with rent, mortgage, utilities, and food. Numerous volunteer opportunities are available for youth and adults.
Hagar’s House provides up to 30 nights of emergency shelter and support services for women with children. The facility, which operates only at night, can accommodate up to 30 guests per evening, and each family enjoys a private room and bath. While residing at Hagar’s House, families receive housing, two meals per day, laundry facilities, limited transportation assistance, resources and referrals, computer training opportunities, and other services as needed.
The purpose of DEAM is to meet the emergency needs of persons through ministry in the Spirit of Christ. DEAM provides emergency assistance (including rent, utilities and food) to Decatur area residents. Volunteers are needed for the food pantry each month. DEAM is open Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. To contact DEAM, please call 404-373-2300.
Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoeboxes and the goodnews of God’s love. Contact the Disciples Women for more information.
Total Family and Children’s Services
Formerly known as Columbia Community Connection, this Disciples sponsored organization provides mothers and fathers of DeKalb County and surrounding communities with information, skills, training, and resources that will enhance their ability to build and maintain safe, healthy, and productive families; and to aid in the prevention of child abuse, substance abuse, juvenile delinquency, and educational failure.
To provide a temporary home-away-from-home for families who must come to Atlanta-area children’s hospitals to have their children treated for cancer and other serious illnesses or injuries.