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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 211online.unitedwayatlanta.org

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

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

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

Homelessness Assistance
United Way 24 hour Hotline: Call 211 or go to: 211online.unitedwayatlanta.org

Decatur Cooperative Ministry (limited availability). Determine eligibility at decaturcooperativeministry.org/html/screening.php or 404-377-5365, Mon-Fri, 8 AM-5 PM

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


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Decatur Neighbors

Building on Decatur’s tradition of neighbors helping neighbors.

Being Neighborly: Helpful and friendly, merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neighborly

Kindness Ideas
Random Acts of Kindness: randomactsofkindness.org/kindness-ideas

Good neighbor – Simple Acts of Kindness
goodhousekeeping.com/health/wellness/advice/a19031/acts-of-kindness

Where to volunteer in Decatur
decaturga.com/volunteer

How to connect with neighbors
Neighborhood associations: decaturga.com/neighborhoodgroups
NextDoor.com

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

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

How do I learn more about Decatur?
Decatur 101 Class: 678-553-6512, decaturga.com/decatur101

Citizens Police Academy: decaturga.com/communitysafetyprograms or contact Lt. Jennifer Ross, Jennifer.ross@decaturga.com or 678-553-6613

Citizens Fire Academy and Citizens Assisting Public Safety: decaturga.com/caps or call the fire department at 404-373-5092 or fire marshal's office at 678-553-6580 or email Ninetta Violante at ninetta.violante@decaturga.com


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Housing

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 agewiseconnection.com

Decatur Housing Authority: 404-270-2100, decaturhousing.org

Other senior housing in Decatur: decaturga.com/housing

How to make my house accessible for people with disabilities and senior citizens
Visitability: visitability.org 

Home maintenance help for senior citizens
Decatur MLK Jr. Service Project: 678-553-6548, leeann.harvey@decaturga.com, mlkserviceproject.com

Shared Housing
Golden Girls Network: goldengirlsnetwork.com

Condos and Townhouses in Decatur: decaturga.com/housing


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Transportation

Information on alternative transportation services in Decatur

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

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

Free shuttle for Oakhurst residents age 60 and over
Go60+Shuttle: 678-553-6548, decaturga.com/go60shuttle

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

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

Information on parking in Downtown Decatur
decaturga.com/parking



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Walking and Biking

Information on walkability and biking options in Decatur 

Safe walking, running and biking Information
Decatur Active Living: 404-377-0494, decaturga.com/active-living 
Active Living Blog: beactivedecatur.com
Walking: decaturga.com/walking 
Walking Tours, City of Decatur: decaturga.com/walkingtours*
Decatur Cemetery walking tour: decaturga.com/cemetery*
Running: decaturga.com/running
Biking: decaturga.com/city-government/biking
Biking maps: decaturga.com/bikemaps
Safe Routes to School maps: decaturga.com/srts

* Also available as a brochure at Decatur Visitors Center

Report unsafe sidewalks and roadways
decaturga.com/seeclickfix


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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, decaturga.com/city-government/active-living 
DeKalb County Library-Decatur Branch: 404-370-3070, dekalblibrary.org 

Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Alzheimer’s Association: 404-728-1181, alz.org/georgia 

LGBTQ Community
The Health Initiative: 404-688-2524, thehealthinitiative.org

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

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

Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): atlantaaa.org/meetings.php

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

Grief/Bereavement
Saint Thomas More Catholic Church, 404-378-4588
Held bi-annually. For dates and more information, contact Ann Dugan, 404-378-4588 x.127, adugan@stmga.org 

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

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, namidekalb.com/programs 

DeKalb Community Services Board: 404-892-4646, dekcsb.org
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 decaturrevocery@gmail.com 

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, dekalbmedical.org/patient-visitor-Informationrmation/support-groups

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.


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Affordability and Taxation

Information on property taxes in Decatur 

City of Decatur Taxes, Fees, Homestead Exemptions: Call 404-370-4100 or go to decaturga.com/taxes

DeKalb County Property Assessment: Property Appraisals: Call 404-371-0841 or go to taxassessor.dekalbcountyga.gov:81/PropertyAppraisal

DeKalb County Homestead Exemptions
Tax Commissioner’s Office – County Homestead Exemptions: Call 404-298-4000 or go to taxcommissioner.dekalbcountyga.gov/TaxCommissioner/PropertyTax.html

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, itsmarta.com/reduced-fare.aspx 

Utilities: Georgia Public Service Commission information on senior citizen utility discounts
psc.state.ga.us/consumer_corner/cc_advisory/seniordiscount.asp

Georgia Power: georgiapower.com/residential/billing-options/senior-citizen-discount.cshtml or 1-888-660-5890 for questions. Age 65 and older who meet income limits may qualify for a discount. 

Atlanta Gas Light: atlantagaslight.com/en/residential/energy-assistance 
Age 65 and older who meet income limits may qualify for a discount on the base portion of the bill.

Telephone Service Assistance: psc.state.ga.us/consumer_corner/cc_telecom/advisory/lifeline.asp 
Lifeline Assistance Program and Link-Up Georgia offer assistance to qualified residential telephone customers (do not need to be a senior citizen – check qualifications).


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Safety

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

On-Line Neighborhood Watch: NationofNeighbors.com

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, decaturga.com/fire

How to protect yourself and others from abuse
Adult Protective Services: 866-552-4464, press option 3 or aging.dhs.georgia.gov/adult-protective-services

Children Protective Services: 1-855-422-4453, dfcs.dhs.georgia.gov/child-abuse-neglect


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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, aadd.org

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, thecommunityschool.net

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

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), thegao.org

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, gamicroboards.org

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, larcheatlanta.org


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