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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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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As the coordinator of programs and outreach at the Hart Gallery, Brooke Montague closely works with Chattanooga's nonprofits to bring growth and art expression to the community. Family Promise is one of the organizations that partners with the Hart Gallery to provide art therapy for the families in transition.

Though classes are currently postponed, this is a long-standing partnership that has been very successful over the past 4 years. Montague holds a class at the Family Promise day center, teaching participants how to deal with their uncertain situation through art. She starts every session with a breathing exercise that aims to calm participants and leads them through a guided imagery trip. This technique helps them create a story in their mind that is relevant to the art they are about to make.

Once they are ready, Montague instructs them to express their past, present, or future through art—to create an image of what happened, how they are feeling, and/or where they see themselves going. Unfortunately, she is met with art resistance a lot of times. But Montague is patient. She encourages participants to imagine their inner child, to nurture them, and to empower them. There are no mistakes or judgments in her class. With her support, participants quickly start putting down color and imagery.

"How you approach art is how you approach life," says Montague. "If you are resistant or self-critical, it reflects. The beautiful thing about art is that when you're stressed, and it becomes challenging to verbalize your situation, you can communicate through the picture or piece. That's why art therapy is empowering."

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