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Charlie Hughes to Retire June 30th

Posted on March 24, 2014 by David Costellow
When Charlie Hughes started as a case manager at the Chattanooga Community Kitchen in 1989, the facility served only soup and sandwiches to its homeless clients. In the next two-and-a-half decades, the Community Kitchen has expanded to serve three hot meals a day and offer showers, laundry facilities, a thrift store and respite care.   To read the full story from the Chattanooga Times Free Press: Click Here ...keep reading

Bee-ing a Blessing to Others

Posted on March 24, 2014 by David Costellow
Several years ago, Seteria Lewis started thinking about ways she could give back to single mothers in our community. Having grown up in a local public housing development where abuse, drugs, gangs, and crime were commonplace, she really did not have any positive role models to look up to.  However, she was determined to do better.  She was the first female in her family to graduate high school with honors, attend college, and move out of public ...keep reading

Winter 2014 Newsletter

Posted on February 27, 2014 by David Costellow
Our Winter 2014 Newsletter includes a new section entitled "In Their Own Words," a client success story, and a story on our new Permanent Housing Program as well as many other exciting news stories. If you would like to be added to the e-mail or mailing list to have our newsletters sent to you, please contact David at Newsletters are published four times a year. Winter 2014 Newsletter ...keep reading

“She wouldn’t let me quit.”

Posted on February 17, 2014 by David Costellow
On New Year’s Eve in 2012, Daniel became homeless after ending a relationship with his girlfriend. Having no other place to go, he came to the cold weather emergency shelter at the Chattanooga Community Kitchen. After doing his initial intake at the Homeless Health Care Clinic, he was referred to our Homeless Employment and Life-skills Program (HELP II), where he began taking classes and working in our 90 day work program at the thrift store. H ...keep reading

Mary’s Story

Posted on January 30, 2014 by Mikki Blaes
Listen to Mary, who was literally saved from death through the help of the Chattanooga Community Kitchen: ...keep reading

Thomas Chastain’s Story

Posted on January 22, 2014 by David Costellow
After being in the plumbing business in Atlanta for many years, Thomas hit some hard times, lost his business, and ended up homeless. He decided to come to the Chattanooga area to stay with family, but they lived a long distance from town and from where Thomas could find a new job. He ended up at the Chattanooga Community Kitchen, where he was assigned a case manager in our employment and life skills program (HELP II), who helped him get involve ...keep reading

Incredible Numbers – services in high demand!

Posted on July 27, 2013 by Mikki Blaes
A new monthly record of over 16,000 meals served at the Community Kitchen in June! The Kitchen has been expecting a record year since February, but at this rate, 200,000 meals could be served by year end – far more than the anticipated 160,000 or last year’s record of just over 130,000. This record demand has taken a tremendous toll on the Kitchen’s finances and supplies. Not only are there more hungry mouths to feed, but the extreme ...keep reading

Current Needs List

Posted on June 3, 2013 by Mikki Blaes
Here at the the Chattanooga Community Kitchen, we serve over 180,000 meals per year, serving three meals every day to hundreds of people.  If you have any of these items sitting unused in your pantry or if you are going to the grocery store this week, please consider donating one of these items! Immediate Needs 8 oz. Styrofoam Bowls Styrofoam Plates Plastic Forks/Spoons Pasta - any size Dry Milk Ongoing Needs Block Butter #10 Cans of Fr ...keep reading

Pets and the Homeless

Posted on May 28, 2013 by Mikki Blaes
Last week at the Chattanooga Community Kitchen, Dr. Liz Boggan generously donated her time and resources to treat the pets of our homeless clients. Each of the dogs and cats were updated on their vaccinations, de-wormed and examined for health problems, as well as scheduled for spay and neuter at the owner’s request at McKamey Animal Center free of charge. We want to thank her so much for coming out! There are an estimated 3.5 million indivi ...keep reading