A Space for Community- St. Joseph Place

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St. Joseph Place offers affordable, dignified independent living for the eldest and often loneliest in downtown Atlanta. People like Ivy, and couples like Carol and James enjoy a peaceful wooded community near the grounds of the Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Each day St. Joseph place offers stability to its residents by providing individual housing for seniors who are in most need.  The residents simply know St. Joseph Place as home. 

When their common area closed in 2018, sorely in need of renovations, residents patiently waited 5 years for the resources and hands to transform their space into a welcoming place to play cards, share meals and gather as a true community. On February 1st their common area was reopened, and the space, staff, and residents were blessed by Fr. Desmond Drummond.

It took several different teams participating using their time and talent to make it happen all under the direction of Catholic Charities of Atlanta. Various groups contributed to the church and community: the preschool at St. Jude provided Christmas goodies for residents, students from Therrell High School Art Club did prep work and painting, and generous corporate donors and individual donors secured by the Office of Mission Advancement used their treasure to be the life of the church and supported these efforts to assist community neighbors in need.

Veronica Russell, CEO of Catholic Charities, called the renovation “a great collaboration in the community to serve people in need.” 

Today St. Joseph place residents enjoy using the kitchen, playing cards, watching television, and chatting with one another in the common area. The fresh multi-use space will be a welcomed community gathering place for years to come. 

We love giving back to the community.  It is so gratifying to help create this space for the residents of St. Joseph Place.”

-Carolyn Johnson, Board Member

Ivy Brown, the first resident of St. Joseph Place, who has lived here for 26 years, was amazed at the renovation.  She simply said the new space “is beautiful”. 

Help other seniors in need see the beauty and find a place to call home. 

Help build a second St. Joseph Place with your time, talent, and treasure and learn more about Catholic Charities of Atlanta Projects.