Dalton Organization of Churches United for People

With unemployment at over 10% in Dalton and Whitfield County, many of our neighbors struggle to pay rent, utilities and minor prescriptions. DOC-UP assists those struggling with these bills, ensuring that families remain at home and avoid homelessness.

Our threefold mission : (1) To be a tangible Jesus. (2) To provide responsible short-term financial assistance to people in temporary crisis who are living one or two lost paychecks from financial disaster. (3)To relieve the work of state and federal agencies by preventing at-risk households from entering the cycle of poverty and homelessness.

Who are we ? Supported by 25 area churches and 6 Sunday School Classes, DOC-UP is a non-profit of numerous denominations, local businesses, and compassionate individuals who contribute regularly to this ministry. Our current annual budget is $211,700.

Where are we? We are physically located at 114 S. Hamilton Street. Our mailing address is 100 W. Gordon Street, Dalton, GA 30720.

When are we open? Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 9:00-11:30 a.m. We also open one evening a month. Applicants may call 706.529.9000 to schedule appointments.

What is required? Applicants must be residents of Dalton/Whitfield County. Applicants must provide their government-issued identification cards, Social Security cards of every household member, proof of income, and proof of residency (at least 3 months). Complete utility bills, a landlord form, or a doctor’s prescription(s) are also required.

Whom do you serve? We serve people who work hard or are severely disabled. Some of our applicants are those who support our community: teachers, police, nurses, and veterans. Each may be assisted once per calendar year for a total of 3 years to avoid dependency. Payments for rent, utility bills, or medicines are sent directly to the vendor.

How do you operate? We depend on volunteers who serve by greeting applicants, assisting with forms, interviewing applicants, handling paperwork, or creating personal care kits. “The Good Life,” a life skill series taught by experts in their fields, enables applicants to learn what they may have missed growing up. A dedicated volunteer team prays for confidential requests submitted by applicants anonymously.

What’s in it for me? Experience a personal spiritual revolution. Come observe one morning. Receive training through our TGIF seminars once a month Contact us at 706.278.7883 or at And check our website at