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