• Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga

How do you support Family Promise?

Currently, I volunteer at the front desk of the Family Promise Day Center every other Thursday morning. I also help my First Baptist Church because we are a host congregation. I love going to other churches and training members on how to be good hosts when FP families are there for a week.

Why do you believe in Family Promise's mission? Why do you volunteer?

I have been involved with FP since its inception. It is a ministry dear to my heart because there is a desperate need to get families with children off the street and into a safe environment.

How can others join you and support the Family Promise mission?

For students who need volunteer hours or anyone who wants to volunteer their time, FP always needs helpers to do various activities. Monetary support is also much appreciated.

Updated: Dec 30, 2020

Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga announces Jackie Clay joined the organization as executive director. Clay brings more than 15 years of experience to Family Promise, a track record of proven success leading strategic planning and development for nonprofits and experience in healthcare and government entities.

“Jackie brings a unique collection of skills that are closely aligned to Family Promise and our goals for the families we serve,” said Aggie Stephenson, board chair and leader of the search committee. “She joins the group with a remarkable understanding of leading an organization serving a vulnerable population. She has vital experience in developing deep partnerships with local governments and community agencies. We’re dedicated to helping families transition to permanent housing, and Jackie shares our passion for creating this reality for our community.”

"Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga has been serving families since 1998 and is a pillar in our community. It is an honor to work with an organization that has such a long history of making a difference,” Clay said. “I’m grateful to the board of trustees and staff of Family Promise for inviting me to become part of this wonderful team that works tirelessly to help families in need. I look forward to serving in this role.”

Clay holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Social Work. Both are from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has often been recognized for excellence and her dedication to the community. In 2015, she was named to the 40 Under 40 by the Greater Knoxville Business Journal. In 2014, she was recognized as a Health Care Hero by the Tennessee Health Care Campaign, and, in 2005, she received the Change Agent Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

“Because of the rapidly changing situation caused by COVID-19, our work and the needs of the families we serve are rapidly changing,” Stephenson said. “We are thankful to have Jackie’s strategic leadership during this time of crisis to help families avoid homelessness and, when needed, work toward helping families find employment and long-term housing.”

About Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga is a local, nonprofit organization that is part of a national movement to help families with children and veterans in need. Since it opened its doors in 1998, this nonprofit has helped 650 families and 1,216 children transition to self-sufficiency. To find out more about Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga, visit

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  • Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga

Updated: Dec 30, 2020

Herb Hooper and his friends of the First Baptist Church of Chattanooga lead a Truck Ministry in partnership with Family Promise. This group of retirees utilizes their free time and resources to pick up furniture and drop it off for families moving into their new homes.

"We are always excited for our families in transition to find their home, but the moving in process is not easy," says Lauri Moyle, Family Promise's director of development. "The Truck Ministry's assistance is invaluable to families needing furniture in their new place."

"This is a church-wide effort to give back to our community," says Hooper. "We love partnering with Family Promise!"

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