Hospitality and Resistance in Metro Atlanta

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The Open Door Community is a residential community in the Catholic Worker tradition (we’re sometimes called a Protestant Catholic Worker House). We seek to dismantle racism, sexism and hetero-sexism, abolish the death penalty, and proclaim the Beloved Community through loving relationships with some of the most neglected and outcast of God’s children: the homeless and our sisters and brothers who are in prison.

We have a prison ministry, including monthly trips for families to visit loved ones at the Hardwick Prisons in central Georgia. We also advocate on behalf of the oppressed, homeless and prisoners through non-violent protests, grassroots organizing and the publication of our monthly newspaper, Hospitality.

We are in need of Drivers with their vehicle for our Monthly Hardwick Prison Trip on the 3rd Saturday of each month. We pick up family members at the Candler Park Marta station at 8:45am. We help family members that can’t afford or don’t have the means to drive the 90miles to Millidgeville, Ga. We take them to Millidgeville to First Presbyterian Church for a wonderful lunch. Then we drop off the family members to visit their loved ones in the prison. Once they are done with their visit we bring them back to the Candler Park Marta station. Usually we return around 5:30pm.  If you would like to donate your time to help us please contact Sarah Humphrey at 770-722-5682. 

We are no longer providing hospitality to our friends on the streets. We are in the process of moving our ministry to Baltimore Maryland. We officially closed on January 15th to prepare for our move on February 15th.

Since we still will be here until Feb 15th and we have always fed ourselves on delicious meals prepared by friends and food that has been donated. If you would like to donate any food or if you would like to cook us a meal please call David Payne at 404-290-2047.

WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING DONATIONS OF SANDWICHES AND CLOTHING.

We celebrated our 30th anniversary at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church on January 29th, 2012. See photographs by Kari and Carlton Mackey.

Learn more about our work by watching a video celebrating our 25th anniversary.

Recently WABE interviewed Terry Easton about his book, Raising Our Voices, Breaking the Chain, which tells the story of the 1990 Imperial Hotel Occupation spearheaded by the Open Door Community. Listen to the clip here.