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Located in the heart of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historical District, Café 458 has been serving homeless persons since 1988. In contrast to classic soup kitchens, meals are provided by “reservation only” to men and women who have been referred by another social service agency. Guests are also permitted to invite family and friends to dine with them twice a month, which helps them develop and maintain supportive relationships. Café 458 offers its homeless guests a true dining experience just like a fine restaurant. Guests are greeted by a host as they come in and are offered a menu from which to choose a healthy noontime meal. Volunteers serve as cooks and wait staff, and are encouraged to interact with guests whenever possible.

For many of our guests, the lunch they receive at Café 458 is their only balanced meal of the day, and for far too many of our guests, it is their only meal each day. A choice from the menu, however, is simply a starting point in the process of empowerment at Café 458. Each guest also receives personalized case management to help them meet their goals for self-sufficiency. Potential guests participate in an intake interview and set achievable goals. Our case managers help guests navigate through the system to obtain benefits (such as VA, SSI, and/or SSDI), and access medical care and mental health services that will help them become self-sufficient.

Additional supportive services offered at Café 458 include on-site substance abuse and dual-diagnosis support groups, financial management workshops, a clothing closet, laundry, secure storage space, counseling, Community Voice Mail, telephone access, and a mailing address. Café 458 also continues to support its graduates through an aftercare program that invites them to dine at the Café twice a month and attend life skills workshops.


1815 Ponce de Leon Avenue, NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
Fulton County

404-523-1239 ext 17

Dana Inman
404-523-1239  Development & Marketing Manager, Samaritan House of Atlanta

Gwendolyn Jenkins
404-446-4691  Marketing & Special Events Associate, Samaritan House of Atlanta