Who We Are
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.
Opportunities for Service
Female volunteers are needed to stay one night a month or more. A coordinator opens the Shelter each evening, and stays until everyone is settled. The coordinator leaves the guests in the care of the trained female volunteer, and remains on-call for the night. The volunteer stays overnight in a private bedroom, and then oversees the clients leaving the Shelter in the morning.
Donations of supplies for the Shelter are always needed.
Twin bed sheets (new), pillows, and blankets
Cleaning products (disinfectants, soap powders, etc.) and toiletries
Paper towels and large garbage bags
Special treats (popcorn, pizza, etc.) and non-perishable grocery items
We also welcome financial assistance to St. Catherine’s fund, which helps keep the Shelter open and available.
St. Paul’s Church values St. Catherine’s as one of its most important ministries, as does the Diocese of East Tennessee. St. Paul’s Church supports its Shelter by providing the space that houses St. Catherine’s, paying utility costs, and furnishing volunteers for various activities. They also underwrite the trained director and staff from the Community Kitchen responsible for running the program. Please consider the role you can play in the continued success of St. Catherine’s Shelter.