About DCM


Decatur Cooperative Ministry helps families facing homelessness settle into safe, stable homes and build healthy lives filled with peace, hope and opportunity.

Core Values

  • Fairness
  • Empowerment
  • Appreciation for Diversity
  • Service with Humility
  • Stewardship of Resources
  • Compassion
Ministers Meeting

Board of Directors

Name Position
Rev Sharyn Dowd, Chair Retired Baptist Minister
Richard Klupchak, Chair-Elect Consultant
Jim Lambing, Treasurer Commercial Lending, Suntrust Bank
Melinda McBride, Secretary VP, New Market & Partner Development
Chris Davis Auditor / Examiner: EWM, PC
David Lewicki Co-Pastor, North Decatur Presbyterian Church
Gary Lockman Owner, Lockman Properties
Jacinda Walker Attorney, Rent Recover of Better NOI, LLC
Johnnie May Hall Gaston Insure USA Insurance
Joshua Brownlee Attorney, Andres & Brownlee,LLC
Koye Arulogun Precise Accounting Pike Solutions
Kristen Davis Teacher, Paideia School
Linda Pirkle Educator and a member of FBC Decatur
Rev. Nathan Hilkert Pastor, Lutheran Church of the Messiah
Robert Scott Gwinnett County Community Development Program
Sandra Kruger Director, Olnsted Linear Park Allicance (OLPA)
Shamika Battle-Packer Clinical Sup., Pathways Transition Programs
Shanesja Adams Burroughs Pediatric Services of America


Name Position
Marlene White Executive Director
James Wilson Director of Finance and Administration
Holly Joseph Director of Development
Machelle Scandrett PTC Intake and Follow-Up Coordinator, and Volunteer Coordinator (PT)
Sybil Corbin Hagar’s House, Program Manager
Christopher Tucker Housing Stability Case Manager
Tonya Colvin Hagar’s House Night Host, weekdays
Jackee Curiton Hagar's House Host - Weekends
Christy Oraelosi Family House, Program Manager
Cliff Richards Project Take Charge, Program Manager
LaTanga Montgomery Siemer Family Stability Initiative, Case Manager
Dimethia Hasan SSVF Case Manager
Diane Boshart Hagar’s House Night Host, weekends
Kenneth Zakee SSVF Case Manager
Joe Erkenbrack SSVF Case Manager

Participating Congregations



Decatur Cooperative Ministry was founded in 1969 and has been actively involved in serving those in need in DeKalb County and Metro Atlanta ever since.  The organization grew out of a partnership between the principal of Clairemont Elementary School and three Decatur churches. Their common goal was to address community concerns for children with no after-school care.

Early Years

During its first decade, the ministry coordinated the services provided by local churches, identified gaps, and started programs to fill those gaps. It functioned as a “seed-planting” organization, and once programs were able to survive on their own, DCM launched them into independent programs or agencies.

New Model

Over the years the organization grew, and in the early 1980s, DCM changed its model and began to create and nurture programs geared toward preventing and alleviating homelessness.  DCM created three such programs between 1983 and 1990, including its current transitional housing, shelter, and homelessness prevention program.


The organization has a long history of encouraging and facilitating collaboration among diverse congregations, groups, and individuals.  DCM currently partners with over 35 congregations from 14 denominations as well as private foundations, universities and schools, government agencies, community groups, the United Way, MARTA, and local businesses in order to carry out its mission.

View a detailed history of DCM (pdf).