Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri (closed Wed)
9:00am – 11:30am
Utility and Food Appointment Phone:
Call between 8:30 and 11:30 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday
DEAM (Decatur-area Emergency Assistance Ministry) is a ministry supported primarily by 22 area churches who seek to meet the emergency needs of the less fortunate in the community.
In 1973, DCM created DEAM as an effective way to provide emergency assistance to individuals and families. In 1977, a DCM task force recommended that DEAM become an independent and separate ministry. The governing body of each church adopted this proposal. The first year that DEAM was independent, it operated under a DCM seed grant and sponsorship. Since that time, DEAM has been completely self-sustaining.
A lay representative from each member church and two church staff persons comprise the DEAM Coordinating Council, which meets five times a year and makes all decisions on policies and finances. An Executive Committee oversees the day-to-day operations and brings policy and financial decisions before the Council for action.
Trained volunteers, working one or two days per month, staff the office and food pantry. Two salaried part-time administrators oversee operations during DEAM's office hours. Click here to learn more about how to volunteer.
DEAM is a designated non-profit charity 501(c)(3) as defined by the IRS. Our office will furnish an acknowledgement letter for any monetary donations so that the donor may use it to document their donation for tax purposes.
Decatur-area churches provide food, clothing and financial assistance to support neighbors in need.
DEAM will continue to offer emergency assistance to our neighbors in need and to direct them to community organizations who are equipped to provide long-term solutions to their financial stress.
DEAM both serves the communities of these churches and is supported by their generosities. Click on the church names below to find out more about our partners.
If you are interested in becoming a church partner, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.