TACC’s Urban Community Placement Sites
TACC Urban Community Placement sites are designed for CPE students to have an active clinical immersion in community awareness, outreach, and ministry. During the COVID-19 crisis we are discerning at all times how we can still safely serve our Atlanta community.
Crossroads Community Ministries
Crossroads Community Ministries houses several different programs for the homeless including a community kitchen, a mail room for purposes of offering an address to people who are job-hunting, an office that helps physically and mentally impaired homeless persons get government disability, a counseling and referral office, and a daily free Mercy Care clinic. At Crossroads students are called upon to work in each component of service as they relate to clients and guests who are seeking a way out of homelessness and addiction. They may counsel, pray, sort mail, serve soup, play with a child, or refer for shelter and clothing.
> Monday to Friday 8:30 to 12:30
> Saturday Bible study 9 -11 (students arrive at 8:15)
Emmaus House is a mission parish of the Atlanta Episcopal Diocese located in Peoplestown which is an inner-city neighborhood close to TACC. This parish relates strongly to the critical needs of the community and, among other services, provides a poverty rights office which functions in an advocacy role with the community. At Emmaus House students have an opportunity to preach, tutor in the after school program, staff the summer day camp for neighborhood children, and assist in the art program. Lokey Center Hours
> Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9am-3pm
> Tuesday and Thursday 9am-2pm
Central Outreach and Advocacy Center (OAC)
Central Outreach Advocacy Center (OAC) is located in a large downtown Presbyterian Church. OAC relates to homeless persons who are in need of services. OAC has a food pantry, a counseling and referral service, and a hospitality component in which clients can sit in an orderly waiting lobby, drink coffee, and eat donuts as they wait to be seen by a counselor. Students relate to Central’s clients in all of these areas and provide pastoral care as they relate to the concrete needs of each client. Once a week the students have the opportunity to plan and offer a worship service for clients.
> Monday to Friday 8:30 -1:00
> Wednesday afternoon 2 to 4
Church of the Holy Comforter
Church of the Holy Comforter is located in an old and transitional neighborhood of Atlanta. This is a mission parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, like Emmaus House, and is unique in that it relates to a large percentage of parishioners who live in the neighborhood in government-funded housing and are mentally and physically challenged. There is a day program during the week, and the students are present during this activity as well as at weekly worship services. Students provide pastoral care as they visit parishioners in their boarding homes. The students are called upon to plan and lead morning and noon worship during the day program.
> Friendship Circle 9 to 1 Tuesday and Thursday
> Monday, Wednesday, Friday visit boarding homes and residents who are hospitalized
Church of the Common Ground (CCG)
Church of the Common Ground (CCG) is a church for the homeless and its parishioners are all members of the inner-city homeless community. The students are involved in the many contexts of worship during the week, all of which are held outdoors, and a Sunday Eucharistic Service in Woodruff Park (a large inner-city public park). During the week, there are Bible Studies and AA meetings, a free clinic, an art program, and outreach in the downtown community. The students are involved in all aspects of CCG’s ministry.
> Sunday- 1pm
> Mon- 10:30 coffee, prayer at 11, 1-3 Common Soles
Trinity House / Big Bethel
Trinity House is a lived in recovery house for formerly homeless men in downtown Atlanta. The house provides a structured living environment and programming to empower the residents to make life-altering choices and work on their addiction issues. Students provide administrative support, group facilitation, Bible study leadership and preparation, and pastoral care to the residents. Students assigned to Trinity House spend time there throughout the week.
> Breakfast 7am
> Clinical hours until 5 pm