Located in the heart of the South, and the home of a Civil Rights Museum, the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, and the Carter Center, Atlanta is often seen as the headquarters for civil rights and social justice. Atlanta is a city fueled by many cultures and is a significant immigration center. Participants are greeted with southern hospitality while serving people who may be mentally disabled and/or struggling with homelessness, or helping recent immigrants transition into a home. These experiences help DOOR Atlanta participants break down some of the stereotypes that people often have of those in the city and see the face of God in those with whom they interact.
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DOOR Atlanta Says Goodbye to Justin Chambers
DOOR staff member Justin Chambers has announced that he will conclude his service with DOOR at the end of December 2016.
In his two years on staff with DOOR, Chambers has served as the National Recruitment Associate and as Atlanta Assistant City Director. As the National Recruitment Associate, Chambers shared DOOR’s stories and programs with people interested in an experience that combines faith, service, and learning. Chambers talked to leaders of youth, college, and church groups about the weeklong Discover program. He also engaged young adults at colleges and churches across the country interested in a year of service in conversations about the yearlong Dwell program, where they could discern God’s call in their lives while engaging spiritual development, social justice, and intentional community. In addition to working closely with DOOR’s denominational partners, Mennonite Mission Network and the Young Adult Volunteers program of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Chambers sought out and developed relationships with new national and local partners.
As Atlanta Assistant City Director, Chambers had an impact on all of Atlanta’s programs. He regularly shared his story with visiting weeklong Discover groups. Chambers spent time getting to know the summer Discern participants and yearlong Dwellers, often engaging their deep conversations during community night outings.
Chambers first came to DOOR as a weeklong Discover participant as part of a college spring break service trip. That experience led him to apply for Dwell where he served at Mercy Church in Atlanta. After completing two years of Dwell, Chambers was hired as a full time staff member at DOOR.
DOOR thanks Chambers for his years of dedicated service and wishes him well in his next ventures.
Discover is DOOR's short term mission trip/service-learning program that includes time for service, learning, and reflection. Read more about the Discover program.
A DOOR Atlanta Discover experience centers on the theme of Bread for the Journey and answers the question of "who is our neighbor?" by using the Bible and writings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Participants engage this theme and focus question through service work and community interactions. All participants go to The King Center to learn more about social justice and the changes the city of Atlanta has experienced because of the Civil Rights Movement.
DOOR Atlanta partners with 32 agencies across the city. Participant service experiences may include:
- a local soup kitchen
- packing and sending medical supplies to third world countries
- working on a local urban farm
Atlanta's evening programming focuses on the theme Bread for the Journey through:
- Group discussion facilitated by full time and Discern staff
- Art projects
- Community projects
- Speakers, including individuals who have transitioned from struggling with homelessness, motivational speakers or year long mission workers living and s erving in Atlanta
- Groups need to provide their own transportation. Any size vehicle will work.
- Parking fees will apply and range from $8-$15 per day.
- Marta, Atlanta's public transit system, is not recommended as transportation to service sites.
DOOR Atlanta works with several local churches to host Discover groups. For details about the facility that would house your group, contact the Atlanta City Director.
DOOR's Discern program provides summer staff and local yearlong engagement opportunities for young adults. Read more about the Discern program.
DOOR Atlanta's Discern program features:
- Leadership development through work with hosting Discover groups
- Vocational discernment through service, learning, and reflection
- Opportunity to work with agencies focused on serving people who are struggling with homelessness, people who are mentally disabled, and the elderly
- Build community with fellow Discern team members
As a DOOR Atlanta Discern participant, you will receive:
- Housing at the same church facility where Discover groups stay
- Meals during the Discover program week
- Public transportation pass
- End of summer retreat for fun and reflection
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Dwell is a yearlong program for young adults interested in dedicating a year to service, intentional community, discernment, and faith development. Read more about the Dwell program.
In Atlanta, Dwellers will experience:
- Southern hospitality and culture through a variety of festival and cultural experiences
- Civil Rights history by visiting the Civil Rights Museum, The King Center, and The Carter Center
- Learn and advocate for civil rights and social justice
- Community nights that include:
- Board member hosted evenings, which could include personal growth and/or Bible study
- Community outings to explore an activity in the city with DOOR staff
- Mentor hosted evenings focused on building community and individual discernment
- Book or Bible study
- Homeless services and advocacy
- Furniture bank
- Youth programs
Atlanta Dwellers live in "the big purple house" in the Grant Park Community. This large house has 6 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and an open kitchen/dining/living area. It is in walking distance of Grant Park, ZOO Atlanta, and the Atlanta Braves stadium.
The Dwell house is in a gentrified community served by Marta bus lines.
Dwellers can bring personal vehicles, but gas, insurance, and repairs are the responsibility of the owner.
Local Support and Connections
- DOOR Atlanta board members take turns spending one community night per month with the Dwellers
- Former Atlanta Dwellers/YAVs serve as mentors and spend one community night per month with the Dwellers
- Connected with several churches in the Atlanta area and have a game night with a different church each month
- Board members and Dwell/YAV alumni often attend various celebrations and gatherings hosted at the Atlanta Dwell house