Clifton Sanctuary Ministry is the oldest house of worship emergency shelters operating in Atlanta. Many people refer to Clifton as a “sanctuary” instead of a shelter because it offers a place of solitude from the distressing reality of homelessness; a chance to rebuild a broken life; and an opportunity to connect to God through Christ Jesus.
The sanctuary description is appropriate also because Clifton was once a church, and the church’s former sanctuary now serves as the living space for up to thirty homeless men. The ministry provides the men — who we refer to as “guests” – a hot meal, clothing, a place to shower, laundry service, individualized counseling, job information, and health and wellness counseling, and most of all, respect.
The staff, volunteers, board of directors, and our guests invite you to become acquainted with our ministry through this web site, and we hope you will be moved to action and support this ministry.
One man at a time, we are working to show that homelessness is not helplessness, and disability is not inability.
Find out more about what makes us thankful for Clifton and why we help. Clifton has over a 70% success rate for its guests (including those who do not graduate). It is this kind of personal attention to the individuals in our community that changes not only homelessness, but the face of homelessness. We want each person to value themselves as God sees them, to know that we are all creating beauty on our journey, and that homelessness is not helplessness. Find out more as we continue updating our website and social media pages — and contact us to join our mailing list!