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Updated: Dec 17, 2020


After getting evicted from their rental property because their landlord sold the house, the family of four lived in their van for several months. The lack of formal childcare forced Ms. Harris to give up her job.


When asked to describe her situation she said, "Trying to live out of a van with a 15-year-old, a 10-year-old, and a 19-month-old was overwhelming and stressful." Victoria showed signs of emotional distress. Monica expressed her pain by acting out negatively.


To make matters worse, Victoria, the eldest child, was on an inhaler, which she had to have on her at all times, and the family did not have a primary care physician.


Their future looked bleak until they found shelter at Family Promise. The Family Promise team kept the family together and gave them tools to rebuild their lives.


As you decorate and bake for the holidays, consider families in our community who cannot do so.


Partner with Family Promise to create a community where every family has a home, sustainable income, and the chance to build a better future.


Will you join us again this year to help families like the Harris gain permanent housing? Your contribution today ensures our families are home for the holidays. Can you imagine a better gift?




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COVID-19 brought a lot of instability and change to the world. To families in transition, it was downright terrifying. Schools and faith congregations were closing their doors; employers were laying people off; businesses were put in a hiring freeze...suddenly, the threat of living in the streets was very real for some in our community. In stepped Chattanooga First Church of the Nazarene.


Although the congregation has been partnering with Family Promise for nearly a decade, they only hosted families once a quarter. But with the pandemic raging, the leadership team of Chattanooga First responded to the need and provided continuous shelter in place for the families in transition.


"Just because there is pandemic doesn't mean the homeless are not vulnerable," says Pastor Eric Johnson of Chattanooga First. "We have an underused wing in the church. With a $10,000 redesign, we created a temporary home for these families to shelter in."


Other community members joined in on the effort. Grace Episcopal Church and B'nai Zion Congregation partnered with Chattanooga First and provided home-cooked meals and volunteers. "We are different faith congregations working together to help fight homelessness," says Pastor Johnson. "We are doing more than providing food and shelter; we become these families' support system."


If your congregation wants to host or support our families in transition, let us know! We welcome you.

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  • Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga

Support Congregations do not host guest families. They do, however, offer their help through volunteers that assist the hosting congregations with such things as meals, playing and tutoring children, interacting with parents and giving in-kind donations (food, toiletries, clothing, school supplies, etc.), and through staffing our Family Day Center.


Serving as a Support Congregation also creates the opportunity for the members of the congregation to help live out their faith’s tradition of helping those in need and positively impact Chattanooga’s community. We’re so fortunate to have these generous people volunteer their time and talents at the congregations, our Family Day Center, and our projects and events.


The Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga staff is always in close contact with our congregations throughout the process, and is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If your group wants to join us as a support congregation, please contact us at (423) 756-3891.

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