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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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  • 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 communities...it starts with us.

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