St. Paul’s offers many ways to serve the Chattanooga Community. Check out these opportunities to volunteer with our community partners, practicing our gospel call to love our neighbors and be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in the world.
St. Catherine’s Shelter for Women & Children
The first of its kind in Chattanooga, St. Catherine’s Shelter for Women and Children opened its doors in 1996, and has occupied the basement of St. Paul’s Church for over sixteen years. St. Catherine’s Shelter operates year-round for up to eight homeless women in need of temporary housing who are enrolled in assistance programs coordinated by the Chattanooga Community Kitchen. Those graduating their programs are aided by Community Kitchen staff in job placement and securing permanent housing. Find out more about St. Catherine’s Shelter here.
St. Matthew’s Night Shelter for Men
St. Matthew’s opened its doors in the basement of Second Presbyterian on December 14, 1984, as a joint ministry between Second Presbyterian and St. Paul’s. St. Matthew’s provides a loving and stable overnight environment for 10 men who are committed to rehabilitation and the development of self-sufficiency in order to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. The men of St. Matthew’s have been blessed by numerous caring volunteers who have provided encouragement, example, hope, strength and most of all love. Day to day shelter operation is handled out of Chattanooga Community Kitchen.
Victims of Violent Crime
St. Paul’s hosts a Memorial for Victims of Violent Crimes every year in conjunction with The Coalition Against Domestic & Community Violence and multiple other organizations. Family and friends of victims who have lost their lives as a result of violent crimes will gather at this candlelight service to remember their loved ones. Professionals who assist these families will attend to read responsive prayers and to show support for those who are left to grieve and rebuild their lives. Those present have the opportunity to hear healing prayers and hear the stories of individuals who have experienced violence in the community. Following the service, names of victims are be read in the garden.
NEEMA Resettlement Ministries
Neema Resettlement Outreach is a program founded by Father Peter Kanyi in order to provide critical services for refugees and immigrants to successfully intergrate into American life. Literacy classes, transportation, housing, health care, education, and employment opportunities are just a few of the services that Neema Resettlement Outreach addresses in partnership with local placement agencies.
Begun in 1979 as a ministry of the Episcopal Commission of Southeast TN (ECSET), Metropolitan Ministries’ continuing goal is to prevent homelessness and provide greater stability to the marginalized in our community. Clients’ emergency financial needs are mitigated by a team of over 25 volunteers who negotiate with clients’ creditors and make pledges that guarantee their stability for at least the coming 30 days. Assistance areas include third party payments for rent arrearages; utility arrearages; food vouchers; prescription payments, and local and out-of-town travel. The MM Supportive Services Project provides clients with on-site consultation and enrollment in programs that portend more ongoing stability without their having to travel to several different agencies to access those services. Clients are assisted Monday – Wednesday on a first-come, first-served basis from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. (Wednesdays are reserved for clients age 62 and older.) The Ministry is located at 1112 McCallie Ave., right across from Warner Park. For more information, see: www.metropolitanministries.org.
The Chattanooga Community Kitchen
The Chattanooga Community Kitchen first opened its doors to a feeding program in 1982. Since then, it has expanded to cover a city block, providing food and wrap-around services to the homeless and needy of Chattanooga seven days a week, 365 days a year. Every year the Community Kitchen serves more than 130,000 meals and also provides onsite health care, substance abuse treatment, and mental health services. It also provides a safe place for families during the day. In a given year, the Community Kitchen houses twenty homeless families in on-site apartments; helps dozens of single mothers offset the increasing costs of moving their families into permanent housing and helps hundreds of individuals find employment and permanent housing. All of these services are provided at no cost to the homeless and needy individuals. The Community Kitchen depends on donations and support from churches, individuals, and businesses in order to continue providing these services. Find out more at www.homelesschattanooga.org.
Habitat for Humanity & Habitat ReStore
Habitat for Humanity of Chattanooga is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. Habitat seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. Habitat ReStore is a store that accepts donations of new and gently used items from individuals and businesses in the community. Located at 1201 E. Main Street, it then sells those items to the public at a reduced cost, usually 50-70 percent of the original retail value. All proceeds go toward building Habitat homes in the Chattanooga area. Donations are welcome. Visit www.habichatt.org for more information.
Hosanna Community for Adults
Hosanna Community is a non-profit residence community for adults with physical disabilities. The mission of Hosanna is to provide a secure, home-like Christian residence for physically disabled people living together, encouraging their fullest possible development, physically, socially, intellectually and spiritually. Sixteen residents, who are too high functioning to be in a nursing home, live in two houses on 7 acres in Hixson. All of the residents are working toward independent rewarding lives. Some are working full or part-time, some are in school, some do volunteer work, some are in rehabilitation programs and some are still mending. Some of the residents are able to pay their full rent, but most require scholarships. Volunteers are a big part of Hosanna’s ministry. While the work performed helps Hosanna reduce its costs, the interface with the residents is of equal value. For more information visit www.hosannacommunity.org.
We provide weekday meeting space to a downtown chapter of this important group that fights alcohol abuse and supports those who suffer from alcoholism. AA at St. Paul’s meets Monday – Friday from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Find out more about AA in Chattanooga: www.chattanooga-aa.com.
Chattanooga Area Food Bank
The mission of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank is to gather and share grocery products with our neighbors in need. The Chattanooga Area Food Bank is a bridge between America’s food bounty and those who cannot provide for themselves. Through a network of over 360 nonprofit agencies and churches, we distributed nearly 8.8 million pounds of food to more than 125,000 families in need last year, and over 13,600 emergency food boxes were shared. St. Paul’s members serve on the board and volunteer time sorting food. St. Paul’s youth organizes a church-wide offering of food every January with the Souper Bowl of Caring. For more information about the Food Bank, call 423-622-1800 or visit www.chattfoodbank.org.
VORP: Victim Offender Reconciliation Program
VORP is a voluntary confidential process in which victims and offenders of non-violent crimes have the opportunity to meet face to face in the presence of a trained Volunteer Facilitator. The victim and offender discuss the crime, its effect, and ways to help restore the loss. VORP seeks to broaden the meaning of restitution beyond replacement of damaged or stolen property and by contributing to the restoration of the participants’ lives. Offenders have the opportunity to realize that a person has been hurt by the crime, to apologize directly to the victim, and to do what can be done to make things right again. Independent research studies have concluded that VORP is a proven deterrent to crime. Juvenile offenders who participate in VORP are half as likely to commit future crimes as juvenile offenders who do not participate. To find out more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-209-5144.
Vet Force 1
VetForce1 assists recently returning Veterans find meaningful employment. The programs and services of VetForce1 are completely free to recently returning Veterans. A Veteran is considered to be anyone who served and was honorably discharged from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard. VetForce1 is singular in purpose, to assist and prepare recently returning Veterans through the employment maze into meaningful employment. Find out more at http://vetforce1.org/
Northside Neighborhood House
A hand up to neighbors in need http://nnhouse.org/
St. Barnabas Senior Living Services
Chattanooga Endeavors is a publicly supported charity with a mission to improve public safety by restoring former offenders to productive roles in society. With a special emphasis on recently released prisoners, Chattanooga Endeavors prepares former offenders for work, supports them in their job search and offers limited opportunities for remunerative work training through an alternative staffing program. The premise for most of its efforts is that helping former offender obtain employment that leads to a livable wage is a simple and cost-effective way to prevent repeat crime and re-incarceration. For more information, see www.chattanoogaendeavors.com.
Bridge Refugee Services
Blue Monarch Program for Women and Children
Blue Monarch is a non-profit organization designed to serve the oppressed and abused women of Tennessee. They accept women, with their children, who are currently recovering from physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse, alcohol or drug addictions, poverty, and/or severe family issues. Blue Monarch offers each woman a one-year residential program specifically designed to fit her individual needs and eliminate the abuse and oppression within her life. While we house and support each woman and her children for an entire year, the women work hard to further their education, break their addictions, become better mothers, obtain a job, and much more. The mission is to give these women hope for themselves and their children, and equip them with the tools they need to become strong, confident, and self-sufficient. Visit www.bluemonarch.org for additional information.
Grateful Gobbler Thanksgiving Walk for the Homeless
Did you know more than 12,000 people in Chattanooga are homeless? Do your part by joining the Annual Grateful Gobbler Walk for the Homeless. The Walk is held on Thanksgiving morning and begins around 8:00 a.m. at Coolidge Park. Brochures are available in the Church Office every November as well as at www.gratefulgobbler.org.
An emerging congregation in downtown Chattanooga http://southsideabbey.dioet.org/