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Bound for Laundry
January 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! 

Home for the Holidays for the Johnsons
December 30, 2019

The Johnson family was the first to settle into their own sanctuary this holiday season. Moving into their own Eastdale home in time for the holidays changed their lives⁠—Ms. Johnson got a secure job and worked out the childcare situation for her baby boy—all because they did not have to worry about a roof over their heads.

While we could not be more excited about the Johnsons, we know much work still needs to be done. Families are at a particular need for access to stable housing during the cold winter months. 

Your continued generosity and encouragement are appreciated this winter season. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/familypromisechattanooga

Building Trust Through Therapy Dogs
December 30, 2019

The statistics of kids who experience homelessness are troubling. Many suffer a range of mental health issues with long-lasting consequences as a result of this form of instability. These kids are more susceptible to problems at school and are NINE TIMES more likely to repeat a grade than their classmates with a home.

Pam Moore felt called to help. As a veteran dog trainer, Moore knew the healing power of dog interaction. Therapy Dog International gave her a list of local outlets that could use a certified therapy dog, and Family Promise was on it. So Moore called Family Promise's executive director, Mary Ellen Galloway, offering her and Australian shepherd Pecos Bill's services, and they were scheduled to meet the families in transition staying at Tyner United Methodist Church.

At five years old, this was Pecos' first session as a certified therapy dog. Moore started by letting her faithful dog scout the building to familiarize himself with his new surroundings. Once he got used to the new environment, Pecos went inside the church to make some new friends.

Shy, reserved Walter was the only child in at that time and was invited to meet Pecos. A friendship bloomed. Walter could not hold his laughter as Moore led Pecos to do a few adorable tricks. Pretty soon, Walter joined Moore in training Pecos to roll over.

"I train Pecos through positive reinforcement," says Moore. "If he fails to follow a command, I simply don't give him a treat versus punishing him. That turned out to be a great learning experience for Walter...He learned the value of treating others with kindness and patience."

Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga works hard to help families with children achieve and sustain independence through community partnerships. Thanks to individuals like Pam Moore, we are able to improve the quality of life for our neighbors and friends. For more volunteer opportunities, visit www.familypromisechattanooga.com/get-involved/.

Winning the Nightingale Network Grant
November 14, 2019

The Nightingale Network awarded a $12,750 grant to Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga to help homeless, single moms and their children make the transition to permanent housing.

The Nightingale Network is made up of more than 75 members and is based on an empowered philanthropy model. Each member makes a donation between $25 and $250, then votes between three fantastic organizations helping women. The cause with the most votes wins the grant. 

“Family Promise stood out this year because of their holistic approach and the long-term success their programs achieve,” said Nightingale Network committee chair and Women’s Fund board member, Kelly Allen. “By working together, our network is able to multiply our impact over and over.”