Hospitality and Resistance in Metro Atlanta


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 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 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.