Join DCM for the 2016 Decatur Shines

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Join as we shine a light on families living in homelessness and poverty

On Friday, April 15, 2016, Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM) will host the annual 2016 Decatur Shines to bring the community together and raise awareness around the issues of homelessness and poverty in DeKalb County and beyond.

The event will begin at 6 pm with a candlelight Requiem for the Living, which will take place at the Decatur Square Gazebo. The Requiem asks the community to hold dear the lives of those individuals and families who are still of the living but who are currently living through the darkness of homelessness.

The Requiem will be followed by a processional to the Lutheran Church of the Messiah. At 7:30 pm, in the church’s Messiah Fellowship Hall, local choral groups in Decatur will display their talents at the Decatur Shines Sing Out. Groups will sing out for an end to homelessness and sing out for those whose voices are muted by poverty.

Decatur Shines will end with a Sleep Out. The Sleep Out invites the community to show an act of solidarity to the cause by camping out in vehicles or in tents in reserved outdoor spaces on the church property. Lutheran Church of the Messiah will provide a hot breakfast in the morning.

Join DCM in a night of unity as we shine a light of compassion for the many homeless individuals throughout DeKalb County and as we shine a light of hope for a future where every man, woman, and child has safe and stable shelter to call home.

For more information about Decatur Shines, for information about sponsorship opportunities, or for information about reserving an outdoor space for the Sleep Out, contact Marlene White at: marlene(at)decaturcooperativeministry(dot)org, 404-377-5365, ext. 108.

Proceeds from the 2016 Decatur Shines will be used to purchase furniture for four of DCM’s permanent supportive housing units and to provide operating support for DCM’s housing and homelessness prevention programs for families in crisis.


The mission of Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM) is to help families facing homelessness settle into safe, stable homes and build healthy lives filled with peace, hope and opportunity. To achieve the mission, DCM provides emergency, transitional and permanent supportive housing programs to homeless families and provides homelessness prevention services to low-income seniors, Veterans, families and individuals at imminent risk of losing their housing. Serving approximately 1,000 individuals each year, DCM programs provide clients with the resources they need to achieve and maintain long-term housing stability.

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