Community Focus

We work with leaders in the Chattanooga area to coordinate services, help widows, orphans, and the homeless.  Our non-profit consultation helps the development of local non-profits.

 

city-wide programs

 

Brainerd / East Chattanooga Initiative

A variety of committees have been formed to address the needs:

  • Community Committee: agencies, churches, organizations convene to address the stabilization needs of families with children at Brainerd High and feeder schools; 
  • Employment Committee: agencies providing employment training and placement for parents and teens of families with children at Brainerd High and feeder schools;
  • Schools Committee: organizations providing volunteer support at inner-city schools, mentoring and building relationships with students while encouraging school success and extra-curricular involvement;
  • Collaborators: Salvation Army, East Chattanooga Improvement, East Chattanooga and Brainerd churches,
  • Learning Centers: Literacy Fun, Math Games, Prizes, Tutoring; and
  • Mentoring - Building Their Tomorrow Today! 

 

Outcomes:

  • Agencies and organizations have agreed to work together to coordinate services
  • Gaps in services or service delivery have been identified
  • Working relationships with schools have been established
  • Extreme cases of students’ household instability have been identified and addressed

 

compassion alliance

  • Emergency Assistance with Housing, Utilities, Food, Medicine; 
  • Referrals for additional services with partnering agencies
  • Community involvement with an opportunity to support neighboring families; and
  • Widows emergency assistance with referrals to agencies that protect them from predators.

 

Fathering Initiative/Mentoring

  • Dr. Cassie Carstens “The World Needs A Father” training of 24 Master Trainers 2012;
  • Dr. Rozario Slack continued training for coaches, teachers, fathers, mentors 2013-2017;
  • Guest speakers for family and fathering training 2013; and
  • Master Trainers reaching out to fathers with family events for Dads & Sons2014-2017.

 

Nehemiah Backpack Project

  • 71,500 backpacks filled with supplies since 2001;
  • Retail value to the community is $1,800,000 in 16 years;
  • 11 Title I elementary schools in Chattanooga have been served; and
  • 5,800 backpacks filled and delivered by volunteers in 2017.

 

Nehemiah 10B4

  • Collaboration of student led prayer on the field/court at 10 minutes before an event;
  • FCA, youth groups and churches, in prayer for their school families, students, faculty;
  • T-shirts, bracelets, flags and mass social media connections with students; and
  • Football Jamboree and games attended and prayed over in 2013.

 

Summer Youth Program

  • 50+ Collaborators: Supporters, Youth Service Providers, City of Chattanooga, Churches, Para-church Ministries, Community Organizations;
  • 7,700  “at-risk” youths served in 2016;
  • Sports league in the Southside of Chattanooga operated by Reach One; and
  • Services: Job Readiness Skills, Leadership and Teamwork Skills Training, Gang Prevention, Relationship Skills, Career Exploration, Work Experience, Writing a Business Plan Training, College Visits, Heritage Tour, Water Sports, Team Sports, and a safe place for the summer months.

 

Youth Development – Gang Prevention/Intervention

  • Gang Prevention & Intervention by Wake Up Youth Foundation (WUYF);
  • FPA sponsored trainings for faculties and students;
  • Trainings and presentations for camp counselors and campers;
  • Trainings with Juvenile Justice personnel, Hamilton Co. School Resource Officers;
  • Trainings for pastors, youth leaders and mentors; 
  • The truth about youth and gangs, the attraction, graffiti signs and symbols, the culture, the vocabulary and meanings; and
  • Equipping the community with information, strategies, and intervention support to reduce juvenile crime.

 

Howard High School ESOL

  •  Necessity Room with uniforms, clothing, shoes, food, hygiene products and laundry facilities;
  • Tutoring and translation services;
  • School supplies for Central American Pride Art Projects;
  • Stipends for Graduation Recovery Credits; and
  • Referrals for services with partnering agencies: La Paz, Ladies of Charity and Chattanooga State.

 

Non-Profit Consulting

(10) meetings per week advising non-profit executives regarding their funding needs and foundations, their operations, the Chattanooga youth, local resources and collaborations.