The Zaban Paradies Center for Homeless Couples (originally called the Temple Night Shelter for the Homeless) was founded by members of the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation in 1984 as the first and only shelter for homeless couples in Atlanta.
The Zaban name was added after a few years, as an acknowledgment to Erwin Zaban‘s part in funding the addition to the Selig building. The mission of the Center was to keep couples together as they moved from being homeless to finding permanent places to live. The Zaban Paradies Center provides year-round support for homeless couples but opens its door for its residential season from mid-October through the end of April.
In 2008, the shelter became an independent non-profit and was formally named the Zaban Couples Center. Additionally, the mission expanded to provide, not just a safe place to eat and sleep, but also numerous services to assist couples in the process of moving from homelessness to independent living.
In 2015, the Center was renamed the Zaban Paradies Center for Homeless Couples after the generous donation from Rick Paradies in memory of his father, Dan Paradies, a long time supporter of the Center.
ZPC has 20 private rooms for couples, housing up to 40 residents at a time. The center has several shared spaces for workshops, counseling, relaxation, and quiet reflection. The center also has a kitchen, laundry facilities, and a computer lab.
Being a part of a supportive community is one of the positive aspects of life at ZPC. Couples can enjoy dinner and center activities together. They also participate in weekly groups and workshops designed to support their mental and emotional wellness and economic stability goals. Couples contribute to the residential community’s well-being by assisting with facility care and treating staff, other residents, and volunteers with respect and dignity.
ZPC has a chairlift to assist residents, volunteers, staff, and guests with disabilities. If you are in need of the chairlift when visiting ZPC, please contact us at 404-872-2915.