St. Paul’s supports many programs and ministries at our Church, and partners with area agencies and other churches throughout the year to bring many ministry opportunities to our parishioners. In addition to ministries within our Church, St. Paul’s congregation supports many causes “beyond our walls” through volunteering, organizing, and ingatherings for non-profits, charities and ministries in the Chattanooga area — and around 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.
Family Promise Ministry
Since its beginning in October of 1998, Family Promise (formerly Interfaith Homeless Network) has served over 500 homeless families, 900 homeless children, and 1500 homeless individuals. They have provided 3,285 nights of lodging and 19,656 meals. Family Promise quickly transitions homeless families with children from shelter to permanent housing with supportive services and follow up. Family Promise has a network of 49 congregations which provide volunteers, meals and shelter for families. St. Paul’s is a host church for Family Promise in partnership with Mizpah Congregation – hosting families four times a year. Sign up to volunteer during our next Family Promise week! For more information please contact our Family Promise Ministry Coordinator Shannon Mowrer 423-875-8446 or by email.
United Way 211 Program
St. Paul’s is one of many United Way 211 Program partners. United Way’s 211 is an information and referral service where you can get or give help just by dialing 2-1-1. Whether it’s a problem making rent, finding quality, affordable child care or overcoming a family crisis, 2-1-1 is there to connect people to human services that can meet their needs. Find out more about United Way 211 and how to get connected here.
Angel Tree: Christmas Sharing
St. Paul’s and Metropolitan Ministries partner with the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program. Every child deserves to experience the joy of Christmas morning, and thanks to supporters of The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, thousands of American children will find this waiting under their Christmas trees each year. Angel Trees are decorated with numbered paper angel tags with the first name, age and gender of a child in need of presents. Contributors remove one or more tags from the tree and purchase appropriate gifts for the child or children described on the tags. Participants bring unwrapped gifts back to St. Paul’s Angel Tree (in bags provided by the Salvation Army) for distribution to families in early December.
Souper Bowl of Caring Food Drive
Each January, St. Paul’s Youth participate in The Souper Bowl of Caring to support the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. Our Youth have won the Souper Bowl for many years — but the real winners are the needy local families who receive your monetary ($1 = 1 pound of food) and non-perishable food donations.
Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive
Each August, St. Paul’s participates in United Way’s Stuff the Bus school supply drive to equip Hamilton County public school students for success in school.