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 communities...it starts with us.