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Holy Comforter

Located in southeast Atlanta, Holy Comforter is a parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. About 60% of the congregation live with mental illness.

This diverse community gathers for the Friendship Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for Evening Prayer or a healing service and a community dinner on Wednesday evenings, and for Holy Eucharist on Sundays.

Holy Comforter is supported by the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta and by various parishes, foundations, and individuals. The Georgia Mental Health Consumers' Network provides funds for the parish's art and gardening programs, and Woodland Hills Baptist Church provides space for their art studios.

The Friendship Center

Through the Friendship Center, Holy Comforter offers day programs for persons with mental illness or other disabilities. These programs include a variety of activities, such as painting, music and movement, ceramics, weaving, woodworking, gardening, and games, as well as lunch.

The parish has a standing invitation to neighbors and other friends to help as volunteers.

Holy Comforter opened the Friendship Center in 1997 in response to reduced availability of day programs for people living with mental illness. It now serves from 90 to 125 people each Tuesday and Thursday.