Event Calendar

DeKalb County to Open Warming Centers Jan. 26 and Jan. 27

DeKalb County will open the following warming centers for residents to use on Thursday, Jan. 26, and Friday, Jan. 27, beginning at 8 p.m.:

  • Fire Station 3, 100 N. Clarendon Avenue, Avondale Estates, GA 30002
  • Fire Station 4, 4540 Flakes Mill Road, Ellenwood, GA 30294
  • Fire Station 6, 2342 Flat Shoals Road, Atlanta, GA 30316
  • North DeKalb Senior Center, 3393 Malone Drive, Chamblee, GA 30341

Anyone staying in the warming centers must follow the county’s COVID-19 protocols that include wearing a mask, social distancing and undergoing a temperature check.

The following community partner(s) will also open centers:

A Home for Everyone in DeKalb

This is a notice that we will be opening for cold weather shelter Thurs the 26th and Fri. the 27th.

If you know of families who would like this service, please refer them to us or have them reach out to us at: ahomeforeveryoneindekalb@gmail.com or text 904-825-8035.

Families may come directly to Decatur First United Methodist Church, 300 E Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur between 6:15 AND 6:45 PM. The entrance is the gym door at the back of the church next to the dumpsters and the parking lot.

You may also refer individuals but they must meet at Sycamore House, across from the Decatur Library BY 7 PM or they can go to Frontline Response, meeting at the Decatur Rec. Center, before 8 PM. Frontline also takes families.

New Life Church and Community Ministries

Overnight Cold Weather Warming Station for Men and Women Only


  • Monday night, Jan. 23rd   

  • Wednesday night, Jan. 25th

  • Thursday night, Jan. 26th

  • Friday night, Jan.  27th

Located at:

New Church and Community Ministries Campus

Building 2 - Gym

3592 Flat Shoals Road, Decatur, GA 30034 |


 Hours of Operation

  1. We accept men and women as overnight guests (up to 12 guests).

  2. Doors open at 7:00pm.

  3. Guests will be required to leave by 7:00am.

  4. Guests are not permitted leave the warming station once they enter 


The Warming Station Offers:


  1. A safe, clean environment.

  2. Hot meal upon arrival, breakfast in the morning and lunch when departing.

  3. Masks, temperature checks, and social distancing.

  4. Individual sleeping cots with clean bedding and a bin to store personal items.

  5. Armed security provided overnight.

Tucker First United Methodist Church Activities Center (gym) 

The Tucker First United Methodist Church Cold Weather Refuge for Men and Women will be open THURSDAY Night,  JANUARY 26, 2023. 

WhereTucker First United Methodist Church Activities Center (gym)4315 Church Street (across Church street from the Tucker City Park at the location of the old Tucker library building), Tucker, GA 30084.  Please note that Church Street is behind the church which is located on LaVista Road, and Church Street can be accessed from Fourth Street or through the church parking lot. (The Activities Center is at the east end of Church Street on the right directly across from the location of the old Tucker library building and is difficult to see from a distance in the dark). Telephone number for Tucker First United Methodist Church is 770-938-3030, and for the Activities Center building is 678-325-4041. Direct cell phone contact can be made by calling Don Andersen at 470-431-7800.

What:   A safe, clean shelter for men and women will be arranged for the night. Shelter provided at the Activities Center includes COVID TESTING PROVIDED FOR ALL HOSTS AND GUESTS, PERSONAL PROTECTIVE GEAR PROVIDED, a health check (including temperature check) prior to admittance, individual sleeping cots in 12’ distanced areas, and a hot  meal upon arrival at the Shelter. Each person there will have a freshly sanitized and clean cot with clean bedding, a bin for the storage of personal items while in residence at the Shelter. A shower facility is also available for all guests. We have facilities for at least 13 people (men and women in separate areas).

Hours of Operation: The Refuge opens at 7:00 p.m. and will admit guests until 9:00 p.m. Guests will be required to leave by 8:00 a.m. the next day.

Part-Time Police Coverage and Security At the Activities Center: Dekalb County Police Officers will provide part-time coverage during the hours of 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. each evening that guests are being accommodated at the Activities Center during the check in period for guests. The Shelter Rules prohibit any alcohol, weapons, or sharing of prescription drugs, and the officer on duty assists the Shelter staff as they make that determination upon check in. No smoking will be permitted in the facility. Any prohibited items and tobacco products are turned over to the Refuge staff for appropriate storage during the guests stay. Once the officers leave at 9:00 pm, the doors are locked from entrance from the outside and no further guests are admitted. Each night that guests are accommodated at the Activities Center, three Tucker First UMC volunteers (men and women) remain to stay the night with the guests, to provide a fire watch throughout the night, and to assist with the check out the next morning.

Please Help Us Inform the Community By Letting Homeless Persons Know That Warm, Safe Shelter is Available:

We have facilities for at least thirteen people. We would welcome any assistance in getting the word out to persons in need of shelter during this period. We also welcome any volunteers to help us staff the shelter. Please contact me at the number below.

Contact Information:

If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to e-mail me or to contact me on my cell phone at 470-431-7800, or contact the church office during business hours on Monday through Thursday at 770-938-3030.


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If you live in DeKalb County and need homelessness prevention or emergency housing services, please contact DeKalb County Coordinated Entry by calling (404) 687-3500.