• Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga

Updated: Dec 30, 2020

Operational for over two decades in the Chattanooga community, Family Promise's overnight host program started with 13 local congregations. Since then, the program has grown to include 23 host congregations in the Chattanooga area who provide overnight shelter for families in transition.

Host congregations take turns once per quarter hosting guests in their buildings overnights. Family Promise brings in rollaway beds and sheets, while that week's congregation provides the evening meals and interacts with the families. Congregations that do not have hosting space are part of our support network. They help by assisting the host groups with activities like playing games and tutoring the kids. They also bring love offerings and housewares and groceries for families moving into permanent homes.

"We are always looking for congregations to join us," says executive director Mary Ellen Galloway. "There is a certain amount of turnover. So if any group wants to help us, we can meet with them and work with their schedule." If your congregation wants to host or support families in transition, give us a call at (423) 756-3891. The fight against homelessness starts in our starts with us.

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  • Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga

Updated: Dec 30, 2020

"I have met so many different types of people who helped us — people from different backgrounds and religions. At first, I was not sure about them. Some folks might have a religion, but they don't always act consistently, but with Family Promise and the congregations that helped me, that was not the case. They were all very friendly — particularly a family at First Centenary Church.

My caseworker Linda was awesome! She helped me when I needed help, was direct when she needed to be, but loving and caring at the same time.

I am glad I will be Home for the Holidays." — Ms. Garth

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  • Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga

Updated: Dec 30, 2020

It's the little things that help us better serve our families in transition, like bed linens. Our staff and volunteers work hard to prepare for our overnight guests, but keeping hundreds of linens fresh and ready for the families is not easy. 

In steps CHI Memorial. They have been invaluable to us by offering to wash our laundry regularly. Thank you CHI Memorial for donating your time and services to the community! 

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