• Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga

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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  • Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga

We know many of you are concerned about our community’s most vulnerable members during these uncertain times. While many are restricting themselves to their homes, we are incredibly thankful for the faith community who continue to help those without homes -- even when it means putting themselves at risk.

We are working hard to maintain the safety of everyone by following recommendations from the CDC and general best practices, including washing hands for a full 20 seconds, asking staff not to come to the office or any of the church hosts locations if they are sick, restricting office hours and meetings, canceling group classes, and socially distancing from each other in all our day-to-day operations. We’re also providing hand sanitizer to families and cleaning hard services with a bleach solution.

If you are looking for ways to help, please consider donating online to cut down on in-person visits to the office. If you have extra cleaning supplies you are interested in giving, please call us at 423-756-3891 to schedule a curbside drop off with our staff.

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  • Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga

Updated: Dec 30, 2020

We have big news to share! Our founding Executive Director, Mary Ellen Galloway, has decided to continue her fight against homelessness in a new role. She will join Signal Centers, Inc. this April. While we’ll miss Mary Ellen very much, we’re determined to continue the exceptional work she started as we serve families transitioning from homelessness to stable living. As a bonus, we will work on many joint efforts with Mary Ellen and Signal Centers to end homelessness in our community. The board is leading the transition and has already established a search committee. We’re excited to launch a new chapter for our organization!

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