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. 

Contact DOOR Atlanta

Chad Wright Pittman, Atlanta City Director

DOOR Atlanta Social Media

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.

Service Opportunities

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

Evening Programming

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



Local Transportation

  • 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
  • Stipend

Atlanta Dwell YAV 2017

2017-18 Dwellers:

 Jeremy | Catherine | Martha | Wesley

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

Typical Placements

  • 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