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Decatur for a Lifetime

. . . a place for all ages and abilities to live a quality life

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Need Help Now

Support for urgent needs, such as housing, food and mental health

United Way 24-hour Hotline: Call 211 or go to

AgeWise Connection (for older adults and persons with disabilities)
Hotline: 404-463-3333 or 

24-hour Sexual Assault Hotline (Day League): 404-377-1428

Suicide Prevention
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Behavioral Health Crisis
Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL): 1-800-715-4225
Treatment and support services for people with mental illnesses and addictive diseases, and support to people with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities.

Homelessness Assistance
United Way 24 hour Hotline: Call 211 or go to:

Decatur Cooperative Ministry (limited availability). Determine eligibility at or 404-377-5365, Mon-Fri, 8 AM-5 PM

Decatur Police
Emergency: 911
Non-emergency: 404-373-6551


Decatur Neighbors

Building on Decatur’s tradition of neighbors helping neighbors.

National Neighborhood Day: 3rd Sunday in September. What will your neighborhood be doing? Visit the National Neighborhood Day website for ideas.

Being Neighborly: Helpful and friendly,

Kindness Ideas
Random Acts of Kindness:

Good neighbor – Simple Acts of Kindness

Where to volunteer in Decatur

How to connect with neighbors
Neighborhood associations:

Home-delivered meals
AgeWise Connection (for older adults and persons with disabilities): 404-463-3333 or
Meals on Wheels: 770-455-7602,

Holiday gifts for low income children and seniors
Season of Giving / Christmas Decatur: 404-378-8068 or

How do I learn more about Decatur?
Decatur 101 Class: 678-553-6512,

Citizens Police Academy: or contact Lt. Jennifer Ross, or 678-553-6613

Citizens Fire Academy and Citizens Assisting Public Safety: or call the fire department at 404-373-5092 or fire marshal's office at 678-553-6580 or email Ninetta Violante at



Information on creative and affordable housing options and more

Senior and Affordable Housing Information
AgeWise Connection (for older adults and persons with disabilities): 404-463-3333 or

Decatur Housing Authority: 404-270-2100,

Other senior housing in Decatur:

How to make my house accessible for people with disabilities and senior citizens

Home maintenance help for senior citizens
Decatur MLK Jr. Service Project: 678-553-6548,,

Shared Housing
Golden Girls Network:

Condos and Townhouses in Decatur:



Information on alternative transportation services in Decatur

Free rides for senior citizens to medical visits
I Care: 404-377-2273,

Ride sharing for people who cannot drive
Common Courtesy: 404-809-2521,

Free shuttle for Oakhurst residents age 60 and over
Go60+Shuttle: 678-553-6548,

Free shuttle service to and around Emory University, available to public
Cliff Bus Service: 404-727-1829,

Information on using public bus and rail service to get places in the Atlanta area
MARTA: 404-848-5000,

Information on parking in Downtown Decatur


Walking and Biking

Information on walkability and biking options in Decatur 

Safe walking, running and biking Information
Decatur Active Living: 404-377-0494, 
Active Living Blog:
Walking Tours, City of Decatur:*
Decatur Cemetery walking tour:*
Biking maps:
Safe Routes to School maps:

* Also available as a brochure at Decatur Visitors Center

Report unsafe sidewalks and roadways


Healthy Living

Information for healthy lifestyles and social interaction for all generations.

Recreational and educational classes and activities for all ages
Decatur Active Living: 404-377-0494, 
DeKalb County Library-Decatur Branch: 404-370-3070, 

Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Alzheimer’s Association: 404-728-1181, 

LGBTQ Community
The Health Initiative: 404-688-2524,

TransDecatur: First Baptist Church of Decatur, 300 Ponce de Leon Ave., Gathering Room.  Support Group for Transgender individuals meets first Saturday of each month at 4 PM starting May 6.

Depression and Mental Illness
DeKalb Community Services Board: 404-892-4646,
Adult mental health and addiction services, child and adolescent mental health

Fuqua Center for Late Life Depression: 404-728-6948, 

Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA):

Narcotics Anonymous: First Christian Church of Decatur, 404-378-3621, Sundays 8 PM.

Saint Thomas More Catholic Church, 404-378-4588
Held bi-annually. For dates and more information, contact Ann Dugan, 404-378-4588 x.127, 

First Baptist Church of Decatur, 404-373-1653
Group meets in six-week units from time to time. For information, contact 

Widowers Recovery Group
Decatur Presbyterian Church, 404-378-1777
Wednesdays at 6:30 PM in Slack Fellowship Hall. For information call Dr. Hugh Burns at 404-377-3900

Pregnancy and Loss Group
First Baptist Church of Decatur, 404-373-1653
For women and couples who experienced miscarriage. Call church office for next session.

Crime Victims Group
First Baptist Church of Decatur, Thursdays, 7-8 PM, sanctuary building, S210, 404-373-1653
For families of homicide victims. 

Divorcecare Class
Decatur First United Methodist Church: 404-378-4541, Sundays, 5-6:30 PM, Adults, Room 209, Kids, Room 218. Cost for Adults $15. For adults and kids who are going through a divorce or separation

Caregivers Support Groups
Decatur Presbyterian Church: 404-378-1777, Thursdays, 10:30 AM-Noon, Scott-Huie Room (M201). For information, call Hugh at 404-377-3900

First Baptist Church of Decatur: 404-373-1653, First Tuesday, 11 AM-noon. Sanctuary Building, Parlor

For all Affected by Mental Illness
NAMI DeKalb, 404-604-2350, 

DeKalb Community Services Board: 404-892-4646,
Adult mental health and addiction services, child and adolescent mental health

Eating Disorder
ANAD, First Baptist Church of Decatur: 404-373-1653, Wednesdays, 7-8 PM, Sanctuary Building, S218
For people recovering from eating disorders of any kind.

Emotions Anonymous
First Baptist Church of Decatur: 404-373-1653, Wednesdays, 7-8 PM, Sanctuary Building, S210
For those who want to live healthy emotional lives 

Sexaholic Support Group
First Baptist Church of Decatur: 404-373-1653, Saturdays, 10-11 AM, Sanctuary Building, S205
For men desiring to recover from pornography use and/or promiscuity. Questions, contact Steve at 

Mothers of Young Ones (MOYO)
Oakhurst Baptist Church: 404-378-3677, Sunday, 9:45 AM, parlor 
Class for mothers of small children who meet to provide one another with support.

DeKalb Medical Hospital Support Groups: 404-501-1000,

Nicotine Anonymous: Free every Friday, 7:30-8:30 PM, 404-244-8444.12-step program to help you quit nicotine. No registration required. 

Gamblers Anonymous: 404-237-7281. 12-step program to help you quit gambling.


Affordability and Taxation

Information on property taxes in Decatur 

City of Decatur Taxes, Fees, Homestead Exemptions: Call 404-370-4100 or go to

DeKalb County Property Assessment: Property Appraisals: Call 404-371-0841 or go to

DeKalb County Homestead Exemptions
Tax Commissioner’s Office – County Homestead Exemptions: Call 404-298-4000 or go to

Discounts for Seniors
MARTA: Age 65 or older -reduced fare is $1. Documentation required to apply for card at the Five Points station or the Lindbergh headquarters, 

Utilities: Georgia Public Service Commission information on senior citizen utility discounts

Georgia Power: or 1-888-660-5890 for questions. Age 65 and older who meet income limits may qualify for a discount. 

Atlanta Gas Light: 
Age 65 and older who meet income limits may qualify for a discount on the base portion of the bill.

Telephone Service Assistance: 
Lifeline Assistance Program and Link-Up Georgia offer assistance to qualified residential telephone customers (do not need to be a senior citizen – check qualifications).

Senior Citizen Employment Resources
AARP - Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP)
Program for those 55 and older seeking employment. Call 404-292-1331 Monday-Friday 8 AM-4 PM to schedule appointment.

AARP - Job search resources for 50+

DeKalb WorkSource
774 Jordan Ln, Bldg #4, Decatur 30033
Monday-Thursday, 8:30 AM-6:30 PM; Friday, 8:30 AM-5 PM

Georgia Department of Labor
774 Jordan Ln, Bldg #4, Decatur 30033

Urban League of Greater Atlanta
229 Peachtree St NE, Ste 300, Atlanta 30303-1600



Services available for people to feel safe in their homes and in Decatur community

On-Line Neighborhood Watch:

Ways to protect yourself from legal and internet scams
Elderly Legal Assistance, Georgia Senior Hotline: 404-657.9915 or 888.257.9519

Free Smoke and Carbon Dioxide Detectors
Decatur Fire Dept.: 404-373-5092,

How to protect yourself and others from abuse
Adult Protective Services: 866-552-4464, press option 3 or

Children Protective Services: 1-855-422-4453,


Differing Abilities

Resources to maximize the potential of people with disabilities and their families.

Programs for individuals with developmental disabilities and families to create options for a meaningful life. 
All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD): 404-881.9777,

Programs to support the developmental and educational growth of adolescents and young adults who are on the autism spectrum
The Community School: 404-308-8548,

An organization led by and for people with disabilities - promotes choice and full participation in community life.
disability Link: 404-687-8890,

Agency to protect and advocate for disabled or mentally ill 
Georgia Advocacy Office (GAO): 404-885-1234 or 800-537-2329 (toll-free in Georgia) (voice or TDD),

Information and programs for development of Microboards – non-profit entities of friends and family who volunteer to help maintain the ongoing services necessary to support one person with a disability. 
Georgia Microboards Association: 404-771-9033,

Information on L’Arche – communities that bring together people with and without intellectual disabilities to live together as a faith community.
L’Arche: 404-563-6383,